The following was distributed as a leaflet throughout May and June to mass meetings and protests of Detroit city workers by members and supporters of the Detroit Unit of the Workers Party in America.
Brothers and sisters! If you haven’t by now, you will soon receive the ballot sent to you by officials from the “emergency” dictatorship now running this city. This den of thieves and financial thugs will be asking you to vote to cut your own throat in exchange for empty promises and emptier wallets, courtesy of the bosses, bankers and political barbarians of the Republican and Democratic parties.
Rabid Ruling Classes Tell Bankrupt Detroit’s Working Poor to Drop Dead
As we go to press, escalating protests against the wave of mass water shutoffs have resulted in a 15-day moratorium on shutoffs, beginning on July 21. Rumors also abound that control of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will be taken out of the hands of appointed dictator Kevyn Orr and transferred back to the city. Check future issues of the Worker-Communist for the latest updates.
DETROIT, July 7 — In the year since the city of Detroit was forced into bankruptcy by the exploiting and oppressing classes, and placed under the control of “Emergency Manager” dictator Kevyn Orr by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, poor and working people have been under relentless attack in the name of “fiscal responsibility.”
From the moment that Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson told public school teachers gathered at Cobo Hall last Sunday that he and his fellow officials would not fight for a better deal if the tentative contract they presented at the meeting was rejected, the DFT ceased to exist as a labor union.
In its place is a collection of well-dressed and well-paid enforcers of the demands of “Emergency Manager” Robert Bobb and the corporatist Board of Education.
The 7,000 educators who looked to the DFT officials to represent them in contract negotiations at this critical moment are now left more or less disorganized, facing off against not just the school board, but local, state and federal officials, including Barack Obama’s White House. And now the DFT stands against them too.