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GM recently announced that it plans to close five North American manufacturing facilities, including two in Metro Detroit. This shameful announcement comes at a time when the company is reporting record profits and its CEO, Mary Barra, makes $22 million a year. Meanwhile, as GM proclaims its commitment to a “zero emissions” future, it has decided to pull the plug on the hybrid Volt, which is manufactured at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, so it can focus on gas-guzzling pickup trucks and SUVs. GM has no right to displace over 14,000 workers, their families, and their communities. These facilities are not just the “property” of a corporation. They belong to the workers who have contributed their labor, and the taxpayers who have provided enormous tax breaks, public subsidies, and bailouts to GM.

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.


Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Representative, MI 13th District
Raquel Castañeda-López, City of Detroit Council Member, District 6
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
Detroit Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)
The Autoworkers Caravan
Sunrise Michigan
The Boggs Center
Good Jobs Now
East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC)
Breathe Free Detroit
We the People, Michigan
SE Michigan Jobs With Justice
Detroit Jews for Justice
Moratorium Now
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
We Want Green Too
Detroit Green Party, a local of the Green Party of MI
Detroit League of Revolutionaries for a New America
Detroit Eviction Defense
Detroit Community Wealth Fund
East 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 & Gallery
Detroit IWW Solidarity Committee
Detroit Solidarity
National Lawyers Guild–Michigan/Detroit Chapter
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
Revolution for Detroit NOW!
Michigan For Revolution
Good Jobs Nation
Green Party of Michigan
South Central Michigan Greens
Detroit Food Not Bombs
Food Not Class

K.T. Andresky, longtime community activist for shutting down Detroit’s incinerator
Natasha J. Fernández-Silber, Esq., co-chair, Detroit DSA
Catherine Hoffman, co-chair, Detroit DSA
Frank Hammer, former president and chair, UAW Local 909-GM Powertrain (Warren)
Al Benchich, former president UAW Local 909
Ron Lare, former UAW Local 600 Exec. Board
Asar Amen, UAW
William Copeland, Collective Wisdom Detroit, former Director EMEAC
Tony Leah, Unifor Local 222 PAC Chair
Bruce Allen, Unifor Local 199, retired
Bob Sisler, Michigan Alliance to Strengthen Social Security & Medicare (MASSSM)
Tom Laney, Nuts & Bolts, UAW Local 879
William Toms, Michigan for Single Payer Healthcare
Cary S. McGehee, Chair Michigan Coalition of Human Rights
Michelle Deatrick, Democratic National Committee Member & Interim Chair, Washtenaw County Environmental Council
Donald Mongrain, President, Romulus Democratic Club
Beau Perry, Ferndale Area District Library Board Member, Green Party, Detroit DSA
Judith Bonini, IHM
David Finkel, editor, Against The Current
Margo Dalal, Detroit Community Wealth Fund
Danielle Aubert, member, AAUP-AFT Local 6075, Detroit DSA
Biba Bell, AAUP-AFT Local 6075
Johann Hariman, Graduate Employees' Organization, AFT-Michigan Local 3550
Brandon Moss, Detroit DSA, Michigan Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, local 6482
Andre S. Iadipaolo, Wayne State Social Work
Hasan Newash, Director Palestine Cultural Office
Jessica Newman, Detroit DSA
Brian Stawowy, Detroit DSA
Hank Kennedy, Detroit DSA
Mordechai Sadowsky, Detroit DSA
Dan Whelan, Detroit DSA
Drew Pearson, Detroit DSA
Daniel Washburn, Detroit DSA
Matthew Cummings, Detroit DSA
Mikal Goodman, 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar
Helen Zhao
Tiffiny Elise Shipp
Isobel Plowright
Robert Glassman
Kimberly Seibel
Kristine Danielson
Mary Etta Kreklau
Misty Evans
Leo Kopack
Elena Mosher
Michelle Martinez
Tessa Brittenham
Aaron Lazarecky
Carolyn Hejkal
Noura Farra
Ryan Christopher Verstraete
Jacob Bolton
Nina Dodge Abrams
Lou Novak
Laura Matthiessem
Linda Lauer
Paul Chislett
Fred Miller
Eric Schneider
Steve Goodhall
John Mackey
Glen Miles
Nathan Reiber
Egypt Otis
Paul Krehbiel
Abby Waldorf
Mara Steinitz
Shaun and Wes Nethercott
Gavin Redding
Joel Campbell
Julie Beutel
Bradley William Plaisier
Julie Houck
Doug Kryskalla
Kyle Seasly
Jeremiah Bulkowski
Sean Harris
Laura Kennedy
Larry Lipton
Maya Radhakrishnan
Eli Gold
Jen David
Adam Zemke
Craig Regester
Rene Lichtman
Leah O'Donnell
Jill-Morgan Aubert
Lejla Bajgoric
Mike Espejo
Andrea Cardinal
Nancy Dziedzic
Mel Herrera
Stefanie Mezigian
Diandra Gourlay
Andrew Gronda
Ellen Duff
Kristen Boucher
Alistair Stephenson
Aaron Martz
Michael Crowe
Emma Lockridge
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