We call on our elected leaders in Michigan and Washington, D.C. to restore the city of Detroit and help return it to greatness. The current bankruptcy plan is not a fair solution because it jeopardizes the well-being of the city’s pensioners, its low-income citizens and its dedicated civil servants, particularly its first responders.
Michigan’s Constitution is clear that pension payments are a contractual obligation of the state. Article IX, Section 24 states:
“The accrued financial benefits of each pension plan and retirement system of the state and its political subdivisions shall be a contractual obligation thereof which shall not be diminished or impaired thereby.”
Michigan must uphold its constitutional obligations and not use the federal courts to avoid paying pensions owed to municipal workers who have dedicated their lives to helping the city and serving its residents.
The people of Detroit have been there to help their fellow Americans in their times of need. Detroit helped bail out New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Detroit contributed to the restoration of New York City after the 9/11 attacks. The residents of Michigan’s largest city deserve no less. It is wrong for elected officials in Michigan and around the country to harshly deny Detroit’s citizens the same compassionate treatment as other Americans.
By signing this petition, you are telling your elected leaders that they cannot allow a bankruptcy court to destroy the pensions of Detroit’s public employees. We cannot allow the courts to break the promise Detroit made to its pensioners and deny our friends, family members and neighbors of their ability to retire with dignity.
Go to Change.org to read then sign the petition. Detroit Demands Democracy