We are launching a coalition of labor, environmental, and community groups to resist this outrageous action, and push for a just, green economy, starting here in Detroit. Our first planned protest will be held at the International Auto Show (at Cobo Hall in Detroit) on Friday, January 18, from 5:30-7:30pm. Our rallying cry is “Make Detroit the Engine of Green New Deal.” Our list of demands is as follows:
1. GM must honor its labor contracts and its legal and moral commitments to the places in which it has done business. This means keeping all the plants open, creating more union jobs, and ensuring they contribute to the building of a green economy.
2. If GM does not agree to keep the plants open, we demand that they be seized via eminent domain and put to public use. If eminent domain was used to take property from the residents of Poletown in the early 1980s to build the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, it can be used today to take the assets back. Public hearings on this issue are vital.
3. We demand a Green New Deal that takes us on a path to rapid decarbonization of the economy, implements a federal union jobs guarantee, and ensures a just transition for workers, people of color, the poor, and other marginalized groups.
CURRENT LIST OF CO-SIGNERS:
Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Representative, MI 13th DistrictRaquel Castañeda-López, City of Detroit Council Member, District 6Dr. Abdul El-SayedDetroit Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)The Autoworkers CaravanSunrise MichiganThe Boggs CenterGood Jobs NowEast Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) Breathe Free DetroitWe the People, MichiganSE Michigan Jobs With JusticeOneHamtramckDetroit Jews for JusticeSoulardarityMoratorium NowDetroiters Working for Environmental JusticeWe Want Green TooDetroit Green Party, a local of the Green Party of MIDetroit League of Revolutionaries for a New AmericaDetroit Eviction DefenseDetroit Community Wealth FundEast Ferry/Warren Community Association LP-Indivisible (Lafayette Park, Detroit)Indivisible Fighting 9 Unifor Local 222 Political Action Committee (Canada)Unifor Local 222 Retired Workers’ Chapter (Canada) Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & GalleryDetroit IWW Solidarity CommitteeDetroit SolidarityNational Lawyers Guild–Michigan/Detroit ChapterMichigan Coalition for Human RightsRevolution for Detroit NOW!Michigan For RevolutionGood Jobs NationGreen Party of MichiganSouth Central Michigan GreensDetroit Food Not BombsFood Not Class
K.T. Andresky, longtime community activist for shutting down Detroit’s incineratorNatasha J. Fernández-Silber, Esq., co-chair, Detroit DSACatherine Hoffman, co-chair, Detroit DSAFrank Hammer, former president and chair, UAW Local 909-GM Powertrain (Warren)Al Benchich, former president UAW Local 909Ron Lare, former UAW Local 600 Exec. BoardAsar Amen, UAW William Copeland, Collective Wisdom Detroit, former Director EMEACTony Leah, Unifor Local 222 PAC ChairBruce Allen, Unifor Local 199, retiredBob Sisler, Michigan Alliance to Strengthen Social Security & Medicare (MASSSM)Tom Laney, Nuts & Bolts, UAW Local 879William Toms, Michigan for Single Payer HealthcareCary S. McGehee, Chair Michigan Coalition of Human RightsMichelle Deatrick, Democratic National Committee Member & Interim Chair, Washtenaw County Environmental CouncilDonald Mongrain, President, Romulus Democratic ClubBeau Perry, Ferndale Area District Library Board Member, Green Party, Detroit DSAJudith Bonini, IHMDavid Finkel, editor, Against The CurrentMargo Dalal, Detroit Community Wealth FundDanielle Aubert, member, AAUP-AFT Local 6075, Detroit DSABiba Bell, AAUP-AFT Local 6075Johann Hariman, Graduate Employees' Organization, AFT-Michigan Local 3550Brandon Moss, Detroit DSA, Michigan Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, local 6482Andre S. Iadipaolo, Wayne State Social WorkHasan Newash, Director Palestine Cultural OfficeJessica Newman, Detroit DSABrian Stawowy, Detroit DSAHank Kennedy, Detroit DSAMordechai Sadowsky, Detroit DSA Dan Whelan, Detroit DSADrew Pearson, Detroit DSADaniel Washburn, Detroit DSAMatthew Cummings, Detroit DSAMikal Goodman, 2018 U.S. Presidential ScholarHelen ZhaoTiffiny Elise ShippIsobel PlowrightRobert GlassmanKimberly SeibelKristine Danielson Mary Etta KreklauMisty EvansLeo KopackElena MosherMichelle MartinezTessa BrittenhamAaron LazareckyCarolyn HejkalNoura FarraRyan Christopher VerstraeteJacob BoltonNina Dodge AbramsLou NovakLaura MatthiessemLinda LauerPaul ChislettFred MillerEric SchneiderSteve GoodhallJohn MackeyGlen MilesNathan ReiberEgypt OtisPaul KrehbielAbby WaldorfMara SteinitzShaun and Wes NethercottGavin ReddingJoel CampbellJulie BeutelBradley William PlaisierJulie HouckDoug KryskallaKyle SeaslyJeremiah BulkowskiSean HarrisLaura Kennedy Larry LiptonMaya Radhakrishnan Eli GoldJen DavidAdam ZemkeCraig RegesterRene LichtmanLeah O'DonnellJill-Morgan AubertLejla BajgoricMike EspejoAndrea CardinalNancy DziedzicMel HerreraStefanie Mezigian Diandra GourlayAndrew GrondaEllen DuffKristen Boucher Alistair StephensonAaron MartzMichael CroweEmma Lockridge