facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Jesse Jackson protests Detroit manager

March 23, 2013 at 4:32 PM   |   Comments

DETROIT, March 23 (UPI) -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson says the appointment of an emergency financial manager violates Detroiters' right to elect their own leaders.

Jackson joined JoAnn Watson and Brenda Jones, both members of the City Council, and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., for a small rally Friday at City Hall, the Detroit Free Press reported. Jackson urged residents to engage in non-violent protest against the appointment and promised to join in a civil lawsuit against the Michigan financial manager law.

Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, named Kevin Orr, a Washington bankruptcy lawyer, as the manager last week.

"As opposed to having a City Council that's democratically elected and a mayor, you'll have a plant-ocracy, a plantation-ocracy, replacing a democracy," Jackson said.

Mayor Dave Bing's office refused to comment on the rally.

"The governor encourages citizens to come together to be part of the solution to move Detroit forward towards everyone's goal of a creating a vibrant, thriving city," Snyder's office said in a statement. "Continued litigation and organized disruptions will only delay the revitalization process and cause the eventual solutions to be more difficult."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Northrop Grumman developing reusable space plane for lifting spacecraft into orbit
2
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State
3
Britain pardons World War II code-breaker castrated for homosexuality
4
New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover
5
Texas man on trial for 'public execution' of drunk driver
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback