The 2014 Detroit Bankruptcy
By Thomas Gaist, 6 January 2014
Hearings continued last week on a plan for Detroit to pay $165 million to end a swaps deal with Bank of America and UBS that has already bled hundreds of millions of dollars from the city’s coffers.
By Shannon Jones, 6 January 2014
The deaths are the most recent in a series of tragedies related to the use of space heaters in cold weather.
By Lawrence Porter—chairman of the Detroit Workers Inquiry, 3 January 2014
Duggan assumes an office with virtually no powers, with all decisions in the hands of an unelected emergency manager.
By our reporters, 3 January 2014
“These things are owned by the people, not just by the city council; they’re the people’s property.”
By Walter Gilberti and Nancy Hanover, 31 December 2013
Long before Michigan’s emergency manager law was used to throw Detroit into bankruptcy, the anti-democratic measure was first used to restructure Detroit schools and create a profit driven school system.
”They want to go back to the days when art was only for the wealthy”
By Jerry White, 30 December 2013
A Socialist Equality Party team campaigned outside the Detroit Institute of Arts Saturday to build for the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA to be held February 15 at Wayne State University.
Fee bonanza for attorneys, accountants and consultants:
By Kevin Reed, 28 December 2013
Nothing reveals more openly the criminal looting of Detroit by the wealthy elite than the $100 million being paid out to well-connected law firms, accountants and consultancy businesses.
Statement from the chairman of the Workers Inquiry
By Lawrence Porter, 27 December 2013
Lawrence Porter issued the following statement on the city of Detroit’s settlement with Bank of America and Swiss bank UBS.
As campaign builds for workers inquiry
By Tim Rivers, 24 December 2013
Many workers and young people at Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant and Detroit’s Eastern Market spoke out about the issues being investigated by the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit.
Inquiry gains momentum among workers
By Tim Rivers, 23 December 2013
At a Chrysler plant and Detroit’s Eastern Market, workers denounced the looting of city pensions and the art museum, the mortgage swindle and the disappearance of well-paying jobs.
“What you have now is not a true government, it is a dictatorship”
By our reporters, 21 December 2013
For four years, Detroit residents have seen the already grossly inadequate public bus system gutted by cuts in public funding.
By Joseph Kishore, 20 December 2013
An itemized list from the New York City auction house places the combined monetary value of a selection of the DIA’s most significant artwork at $867 million.
In the bankruptcy court
By Thomas Gaist, 19 December 2013
Nearly two-thirds of the massive loan sought by Kevyn Orr will likely be paid to Bank of America and UBS AG to end the "swap deal."
By Gabriel Black, 18 December 2013
Detroit’s bankruptcy ruling will be used to deepen the attack against workers in California.
By our reporter, 18 December 2013
Lawrence Porter, the chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit, condemned the handover of the city’s public lighting system to utility giant DTE Energy.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 December 2013
The bankruptcy judge has approved a key aspect of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan to privatize Detroit’s public lighting system.
By our reporters, 16 December 2013
A WSWS team spoke with Detroit fire firefighters and workers at the city’s giant sewerage treatment plant.
By Jerry White, 13 December 2013
Although the details of the secret discussions involving the fate of the Detroit Institute of Arts remain sketchy, a federal mediator in the Detroit bankruptcy case is reportedly close to a deal that would privatize the DIA.
By our reporting team, 13 December 2013
Two Detroit house fires in the past week have left two children dead and other residents injured.
By Our reporting team, 10 December 2013
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) held a meeting Saturday with tenants facing eviction at the Griswold Apartments in downtown Detroit to discuss the February 15 Workers Inquiry Into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit.
By WSWS reporting team, 7 December 2013
Workers at Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assembly plant expressed anger at the bankruptcy court ruling that Detroit city workers’ pensions were not protected by the state constitution and could be cut.
6 December 2013
The answer of the working class to the ruling of the bankruptcy court in Detroit is being prepared by the campaign for the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit.
By Joseph Kishore, 2 December 2013
In precise legal language, a motion filed in bankruptcy court to demand the sale of DIA art exposes the unions as full participants in the bankers’ conspiracy against the working class.
As unions push sale of art treasures
By Tim Rivers, 2 December 2013
In preparation for the February 15 Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit, members of the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers and students who were visiting the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) last Friday night.
By Jerry White, 28 November 2013
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has joined a legal action to demand that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr sell the cultural treasures of the Detroit Institute of Arts to pay off the city’s creditors.
By a WSWS reporting team, 25 November 2013
A campaign team in downtown Detroit won an enthusiastic response to the call for a workers’ inquiry into the attack on the Detroit Institute of Arts and the bankruptcy of the city.
“It’s capitalism, not democracy”
By Thomas Gaist, 20 November 2013
Sanitation workers face layoffs and benefit cuts as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr moves ahead with privatization plans.
By J. Cooper, 18 November 2013
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s spokesman announced that two private companies will be awarded contracts for Detroit’s garbage pickup.
By James Brewer, 16 November 2013
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Departmen is a major target in the plunder of public assets under the auspices of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
By Jerry White, 14 November 2013
Behind the façade of impartial justice, what has been discussed in the Detroit bankruptcy court is plain and simple: theft on a monumental scale.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 November 2013
A Michigan state financial assistance board voted Tuesday to approve the transfer of control over Belle Isle to the state government in Lansing.
By Thomas Gaist, 13 November 2013
Two weeks of testimony in the Detroit bankruptcy case have exposed the pre-meditated character of the July 18 decision by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to initiate the largest municipal bankruptcy proceeding in US history.
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 November 2013
Workers at the Chrysler Warren Truck Assembly Plant voiced support for the proposal for a workers inquiry in the bankruptcy of Detroit.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 November 2013
Judge Stephen Rhodes is now set to make a decision as to whether the bankruptcy can proceed.
By Thomas Gaist, 8 November 2013
Richard Baird, a key player in the plot to throw Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy, testified Thursday
By Jerry White, 8 November 2013
The election attracted barely 25 percent of registered voters, meaning Duggan will take office with the support of only a tiny fraction of the city’s eligible voters.
By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 6 November 2013
From the time Republican Governor Rick Snyder appointed him treasurer in January 2011, Dillon, a Democrat and former investment banker, was the chief architect of the drive to throw Detroit into bankruptcy.
By Lawrence Porter, 5 November 2013
The national and constitutional implications of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing was the central topic of discussion at the conference of bankruptcy judges in Atlanta, Georgia last week.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 November 2013
Cross examination of Orr further exposed the Jones Day law firm’s role in planning the bankruptcy of Detroit
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party
4 November 2013
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing a Workers Inquiry as the next stage in the Battle of Detroit in opposition to the entire political establishment.
By Shannon Jones, 31 October 2013
An article by Jones Day attorneys published in 2011 lays out a strategy to use the bankruptcy court to gut public employee pensions.
By Thomas Gaist, 30 October 2013
Orr’s testimony underscored the fact that the main purpose of the bankruptcy filing is to carry out a massive confiscation of wealth from working people in Detroit.
By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 29 October 2013
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and Governor Richard Snyder testified about their roles in preparing the Chapter 9 filing during Monday’s trial.
By Jerry White, 28 October 2013
A foul spectacle is being played out in bankruptcy court in Detroit that has ominous implications for workers throughout the United States and internationally.
By Thomas Gaist, 26 October 2013
Day three of the bankruptcy hearings saw initial testimony from Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who described his appointment as “a call to action.”
By Thomas Gaist, 25 October 2013
The city’s legal team concentrated on arguing that bankruptcy is legitimate and necessary, while the unions’ representatives continued to argue that bankruptcy should have been avoided by liquidating city assets.
By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 24 October 2013
Attorneys representing the city and the unions made arguments during an unprecedented Chapter 9 case.
By Shannon Jones, 22 October 2013
Detroit transit workers took off work Monday to protest a wide range of grievances, including assaults on drivers, cuts to pay and benefits and deteriorating service.
By Debra Watson, 21 October 2013
The WSWS spoke to residents of Detroit about the disastrous state of the city’s public transportation system.
By Bryan Dyne, 19 October 2013
Former police chief and current mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon said he would sell the art at the DIA to prevent the layoff of police officers.
By Jerry White, 17 October 2013
Orr is expected to make a decision on selling the artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts by next month.
By Jerry White, 16 October 2013
Nearly 20,000 retired municipal workers in Detroit will see their city-paid health benefits disappear as of January 1, 2014.
By Shannon Jones, 16 October 2013
In so far as the report presents any explanation for the crisis in the city, it is to suggest that overly generous wages and benefits are to blame.
By Jerry White, 15 October 2013
The Obama administration has intervened to uphold the power of the federal bankruptcy court to gut the benefits of public employees and sell off public assets, including masterpieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
15 October 2013
Chrysler and Ford workers voice their opposition to the threatened sale of art from the Detroit Institute of Arts.
10 October 2013
Workers and students spoke on their reasons for attending the “Defend the DIA” demonstration on October 4.
10 October 2013
Messages of support for the campaign to defend the DIA.
By Thomas Gaist, 10 October 2013
Detroit firefighters voiced their approval for the Defend the DIA! demonstration organized by the SEP and discussed how the struggle against the emergency manager could be taken forward.
“Without the DIA we would not know anything about culture”
By WSWS reporters, 8 October 2013
The WSWS is publishing more interviews from the hundreds of workers and youth who attended last Friday’s demonstration.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 7 October 2013
Hundreds of workers and youth attended the demonstration called by the Socialist Equality Party, in the first expression of mass opposition to the demands of Detroit’s emergency manager.
By Andre Damon, 7 October 2013
The demonstration, called by the Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality, gave expression to popular opposition to the dictates of Detroit’s emergency manager.
By Betty Hayes, 7 October 2013
Tenant councils from downtown Detroit held a march and rally on Saturday to oppose the attacks on decent and affordable housing for veterans, seniors and the disabled.
By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2013
Five hundred youth, workers, students, professionals and retirees from across the Detroit area expressed the mass opposition to the dictates of the city's emergency manager and the threat to loot the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By Tim Rivers, 5 October 2013
Workers and young people spoke to the WSWS about why they had come to the demonstration.
By Shannon Jones, 4 October 2013
At a Detroit Economic Club luncheon, Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr reiterated his determination to sell DIA artworks to pay off the city’s creditors.
By Betty Hayes, 4 October 2013
Detroit residents facing eviction due to gentrification are sending a delegation to the October 4 demonstration.
”To sell off any of its assets is to rob us all!”
4 October 2013
Messages of support for the campaign to defend the DIA and the October 4 demonstration continue to come in from throughout the US and internationally.
By Joseph Kishore, 3 October 2013
On Friday, the Socialist Equality Party is holding a demonstration outside the Detroit Institute of Arts, the first stage in the party’s campaign to oppose the threatened sale of the museum’s treasures.
By James Brewer, 3 October 2013
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality held a press conference Tuesday to prepare for Friday’s rally to defend the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2013
An SEP and IYSSE campaign team spoke to workers and young people at Detroit’s Eastern Market about the threatened sale of DIA artworks and the ongoing cuts in social services.
“The art at the DIA belongs to the people, not to the rich!”
2 October 2013
Lawrence Porter, the SEP’s assistant national secretary, delivered the main remarks at the press conference, which was covered by local media.
2 October 2013
Messages of support for the October 4 demonstration to defend the DIA continue to stream in from the US and internationally.
“All the beautiful things are being taken away from us”
By Tim Rivers, 1 October 2013
Workers and young people visiting the museum voiced their opposition to the threat from Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to sell off the collection of the DIA.
By James Brewer, 1 October 2013
Documents acquired by the Detroit Free Press have exposed a boondoggle for well-connected bankruptcy consultants.
1 October 2013
In recent days, dozens of workers, artists and youth in the Detroit area and around the world have sent in messages of support for the October 4 demonstration to oppose the sell-off of art from the DIA.
By Joseph Kishore, 30 September 2013
Obama administration officials visited Detroit to provide a fig leaf of “reform” to the emergency manager’s plans to slash pensions and health care and sell off art from the Detroit Institute of Arts.
“The DIA has really helped educate me”
By Zac Corrigan and Usman Clemens, 30 September 2013
The DIA, which regularly hosts school visits and runs outreach programs to area schools and communities, has long had a powerful impact on young people.
On the 80th anniversary of the DIA’s Rivera Court
By Tim Rivers, 30 September 2013
An exhibition of 14 mural panels commemorating the completion eighty years ago, in March 1933, of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes opened September 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 28 September 2013
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Thursday to freeze the city’s pension plans, wiping out benefits for thousands of workers.
“Detroit is being used as a milestone for every city”
By our reporters, 28 September 2013
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to firefighters and retirees about the impact of planned pension cuts announced by Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
By Shannon Jones, 28 September 2013
Top figures in the Obama administration travelled to Detroit Friday for a meeting with state and local officials, presenting proposals for token federal aid to the city.
28 September 2013
The campaign to defend the DIA is winning widespread support from workers and youth throughout the country and internationally.
By Tom Mackaman, 28 September 2013
Along with the Detroit Institute of Arts, Belle Isle Park in Detroit, initially designed by celebrated landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, is being sized up for sale or liquidation.
27 September 2013
Students and visitors at the College for Creative Studies, across the street from the Detroit Institute of Arts, spoke to the WSWS.
By Joseph Kishore, 25 September 2013
The fight against the sale of artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts is of the highest importance to the working class in Detroit, throughout the United States and internationally.
By Lawrence Porter, 25 September 2013
A secret fund established by Michigan’s multi-millionaire governor, Rick Snyder, is paying for Detroit’s Emergency Manager’s luxury condominium and other expenses.
By James Brewer, 24 September 2013
Kevyn Orr is demanding the payoff of the banks involved in a toxic loan deal with the city before any other creditors, including pensioners
By Jerry White, 24 September 2013
Momentum is building for the October 4 demonstration called by the SEP and International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) to oppose the selloff of the masterpieces of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
While slashing city workers pensions
By Julien Kiemle, 21 June 2013
Billionaire developer Mike Ilitch will construct a new arena, largely with public funds, for his Red Wings hockey franchise
By Zac Corrigan, 20 June 2013
Billionaire home loan tycoon and real estate investor Dan Gilbert is anticipating a windfall from the potential bankruptcy of Detroit and is rapidly increasing his holdings in downtown Detroit.
Throw out the emergency manager!
19 June 2013
In this video, D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Detroit mayor, replies to the proposal by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to slash the pensions and health care benefits of city workers.
By Bryan Dyne, 19 June 2013
Workers in Detroit spoke with D’Artagnan Collier about emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s plans to gut pensions and sell off city assets.
By our team of reporters, 18 June 2013
SEP Detroit mayoral candidate D’Artagnan Collier spoke with protestors at Northwestern High School to discuss the nature of so-called “self-governing” schools
By Andre Damon, 17 June 2013
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced a plan Friday to wipe out the pensions and health benefits of current and retired city workers, condemning nearly 20,000 retirees and their families to poverty and poor health.
A dress rehearsal for Detroit
By Esther Galen, 17 June 2013
Of 21 Michigan cities under emergency managers, none has yet faced as drastic cuts in public services as Pontiac.
By our reporters, 17 June 2013
Workers in Pontiac spoke about their experiences under emergency management.
By David Brown, 15 June 2013
Workers in Detroit spoke to the WSWS about Edward Snowden and the leaks that have revealed massive government surveillance.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 June 2013
Collier and Walsh discussed the defense of culture as part of a program and perspective for the working class.
15 June 2013
We are reposting below a statement originally published by the WSWS last August opposing a property tax promoted by the political and corporate establishment of Detroit and Michigan for the ostensible purpose of “saving” the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By Bryan Dyne, 15 June 2013
Kevyn Orr met with Detroit’s creditors in a closed-door meeting to outline how he intends to restructure the city on behalf of the wealthy.