DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – He says it’s “a dangerous precedent for our nation.” The Rev. Jesse Jackson is pushing for mass demonstrations to protest Michigan’s emergency manager law and the appointment of a manager in Detroit.
Speaking at a news conference Friday at Detroit City Hall, national civil rights leader said the law takes away the rights of voters.READ MORE: Cousin Of Missing Teen Charged With Lying To Officers
In speaking out against the state takeover, Jackson describes the EFM as a stranger with the power to neutralize a sitting mayor and city council, end or renegotiate labor contracts and sell-off city assets.
“This czar will have the authority to — in fact — sell-off Belle Isle as an asset,” Jackson said. “He’ll have the authority to sell-off downtown buildings to few rich people. He’ll have the power to sell 18-hundred lots on east side Detroit. So, as opposed having a city council that’s Democratically elected and a mayor — you’ll have a plan-tocracy.”READ MORE: Cousin Of Missing Teen Zion Foster Charged With Lying To Police
Jackson is calling on opponents of the state’s emergency manager law to hold a massive, non-violent protest to educate residents about its potential impact.
Bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr was hired last week and will begin work Monday as Detroit’s manager.
Michigan voters in November repealed a 2011 emergency manager law that gave the state more power in financially strapped cities and public schools. A subsequent version of the law passed by Republicans and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December goes into effect Thursday.MORE NEWS: Doctors Warn Of Heart Attack Risk While Shoveling Snow
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