Detroit City Council Members Pugh, Tate, Jenkins, Cockrel and Brown just voted to sell 1900 parcels (180 acres) of Detroit to a private developer, Hantz Woodlands, a subsidiary of Hantz Financial (a private equity firm). Despite the land being less than a half mile from the waterfront, encompassing a historic district and being at the foot of the busiest international border crossing, the land is being sold for .08 cents per square foot. Despite the masses of people that signed petitions and spoke at public hearings in opposition of the land grab, the peoples voices were omitted as though we never spoke. Despite the long-standing history of urban renewal, divestment and displacement, the people of Detroit are left to falsely choose between privatization and neglect. Although the system is set up for us to fail, power is not for others to relinquish. We have to take it by realizing our own inherent power and moral authority by organizing around a collective vision of justice, equity and liberation! This has never been more clear than it has today. From our schools, to land, to water to energy to food to governance, we have to create what’s rightfully ours and as Danny Glover said over the weekend at Timbuktu Academy, be the “architects of our own rescue!” In solidarity of the tens of thousands in Lansing fighting in opposition of right to work legislation. Shane Bernardo
(734): We’re using joints as your birthday candles
That area code. I died.
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