The Bankruptcy of Detroit
By Jerry White, 6 December 2013
Within days of a federal judge’s ruling in support of the Detroit bankruptcy filing, the devastating implications for the working class across the US are becoming apparent.
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 Jerry White, 5 December 2013
The Detroit bankruptcy ruling handed down Tuesday is a turning point in class relations in the United States.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 December 2013
A WSWS reporting team spoke with Detroit Water and Sewerage Department workers and Wayne State University students Wednesday about the Detroit bankruptcy ruling.
By Thomas Gaist, 4 December 2013
WSWS reporters spoke with workers in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Detroit, as a judge ruled the city’s bankruptcy could go forward.
On the eve of the bankruptcy ruling
By Thomas Gaist, 3 December 2013
Residents spoke out Monday in Hamtramck, a working class enclave in Detroit, as US Judge Steven Rhodes prepared to rule on Detroit’s bankruptcy.
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 Thomas Gaist, 29 November 2013
The Detroit Blight Task Force will be surveying city properties, targeting vast areas for “blight removal and redevelopment” to benefit wealthy investors.
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 Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 27 November 2013
In this installment, the WSWS examines the role of the top trade union executives in the Detroit bankruptcy
By WSWS reporting team, 27 November 2013
The scene, reminiscent of the soup or bread lines of the 1930s, speaks to the dire conditions facing working people in Detroit, America’s poorest big city
By Thomas Gaist, 26 November 2013
Malik Shelton, 14, is the latest victim of what can arguably be described as criminal negligence by utility giant DTE Energy.
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.
By Thomas Gaist, 23 November 2013
Even as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is imposing brutal cuts in city workers’ pensions and health benefits, he is handing out at least $62 million in city revenues to private consultants.
By Thomas Gaist, 22 November 2013
A report issued Wednesday by the Washington DC-based liberal think tank Demos is a devastating refutation of the arguments used to throw the city of Detroit into bankruptcy.
By Shannon Jones, 21 November 2013
At a public forum organized by the Detroit News, Democratic Party officials voiced support for the pro-corporate restructuring being carried out by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
“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 Thomas Gaist and Lawrence Porter, 19 November 2013
A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition Monday after touching a fallen power line in West Detroit
By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 19 November 2013
Here are profiled Richard Baird, Governor Rick Snyder’s top political aide, federal Judge Steven Rhodes, who is overseeing the bankruptcy case, and Detroit Mayor David Bing.
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.
”Art has a long term value which dwarves that of a quick, soon to be forgotten buck”
15 November 2013
As part of the campaign opposing the closure of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the SEP (Britain) solicited this statement from Dr. Adrian Locke.
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 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, 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 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.
By James Brewer, 1 October 2013
Documents acquired by the Detroit Free Press have exposed a boondoggle for well-connected bankruptcy consultants.
“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.
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.
By Andre Damon, 23 September 2013
In this video, members of the SEP speak about the historical significance of the museum, the political implications of the drive to sell its art, and the fight to organize workers in its defense.
“This is our culture”
By Jerry White, 23 September 2013
Auto workers at Chrysler’s truck assembly plant in the Detroit suburb of Warren expressed deep support for the arts and anger over the emergency manager’s threat to sell off the masterpieces of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By Joseph Kishore, 23 September 2013
Polls show overwhelming popular opposition to proposals from Detroit’s Emergency Manager to cut pensions and sell off art from the Detroit Institute of Arts, potentially shutting down the museum.
By the Socialist Equality Party, 21 September 2013
The art at the DIA belongs to the people, not the rich!
By Shannon Jones, 20 September 2013
As the Detroit bankruptcy moves forward, the role of the unions as enforcers of austerity emerges ever more clearly.
By James Brewer and Lawrence Porter, 20 September 2013
A WSWS team visited Detroit’s Wayne State University campus to campaign against the selloff of art and document the feelings of students and staff.
“It is like selling the soul of the city”
By our reporters, 18 September 2013
At Wayne State University there is widespread opposition to the selloff of masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts threatened by the city’s emergency manager.
By David Walsh, 17 September 2013
We are posting today an edited version of a talk given by WSWS Arts Editor David Walsh to a June 13 meeting on the threat to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
By Khara Sikhan, 14 September 2013
Much of Detroit’s public electricity grid lost power Wednesday and Thursday, forcing the closure of government buildings and of Wayne State University.
By James Brewer, 13 September 2013
City retiree health benefits, which include vision care, dental care and health coverage will be replaced by a small monthly stipend under Kevyn Orr’s new proposal.
By James Brewer, 11 September 2013
In this video, the WSWS interviews students and workers who attended the demonstration against the threat of a US war in Syria.
By Bryan Dyne, 28 August 2013
Pension-based objections to Detroit’s bankruptcy filing will not be heard until after it is determined whether or not the city is eligible to file for Chapter 9.
By Tim Rivers, 26 August 2013
Many people the WSWS spoke to Saturday in downtown Detroit expressed outrage over the threat to sell precious works from one of the world’s great museum collections.
By Lawrence Porter, 26 August 2013
Over 20,000 votes were discounted in the August 6 mayoral primary election.
By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2013
The gross profits of Chrysler’s Jefferson North plant alone exceed the total debt of the city of Detroit.
By Lawrence Porter and Nancy Hanover, 22 August 2013
Despite a US District Court having ruled in mid-August that New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional, the notorious police program will be introduced in Detroit.
By Zac Corrigan, 22 August 2013
Legal representatives of various Detroit creditors, as well as individual residents including city workers and retirees, filed close to 100 objections to the city’s impending bankruptcy on Monday, the deadline for objection filings.
By David Walsh, 21 August 2013
More details have emerged about the agreement between Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Christie’s auction house concerning the appraisal of major works at the Detroit Institute of Arts.