Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr announced yesterday that he has begun his restructuring plans for the city which will closely mirror the turnaround recommendations that were set forth in the 2012 consent agreement.
“Our opposition to emergency management and the consent agreement has been based on two claims: it is anti-democratic and it doesn’t offer a holistic vision for Detroit’s renewal. Unfortunately, our concern about democracy has been ignored. It is our hope that the need for an inclusive recovery plan is not ignored. Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr will execute the Snyder Administration’s agenda to transform Detroit. It is our hope that this is not a transformation that excludes minorities, seniors and students. True transformation of Detroit will require initiatives that will employ Detroiters, end insurance redlining, provide access to capital for small business owners and most importantly put forth a recovery plan that is inclusive of all of Detroit and not midtown and downtown alone,” said David Alexander Bullock, Change Agent Consortium national spokesperson.
Orr is required by law to present an operational and financial plan to Gov. Snyder within a month and a half of appointment. CAC is currently putting forth several citizen driven holistic initiatives to empower Detroit.
The Change Agent Consortium is a national coalition of faith, labor, civil rights organizations and active citizens. We combine the best of the protest tradition (direct action) with economic empowerment, community development and community organizing to effect real change and real solutions. We believe that authentic social change must combine the power of grassroots protest (direct action), public policy and local projects that help communities discover themselves, determine themselves and develop themselves. For more information please visit www.actioncac.org.