What to do with Detroit?
Detroit Activist Frank Hammer says activists are outraged that Detroit’s badly needed civilian review board of police – dismantled as part of the city’s bankruptcy proceeding – is not being restored now that the city is out of bankruptcy
Detroit Activist Frank Hammer says though Michigan State Bill 5977 aimed at Detroit’s Community Development Ordinance has failed for now, Republicans will likely reintroduce it in 2015
The bankruptcy plan is a blow to retirees and falls short of addressing the circumstances that led to the bankruptcy in the first place, say journalist Curt Guyette and Rev. David Alexander Bullock
Bonnie Castillo and Monica Lewis Patrick discuss the ongoing public health emergency in Detroit
Emily Wurth and Tom Stephens say that the city is turning off residents’ water so that they are forced to pay their bills, thereby driving up the commercial value of the public water system in order to sell it to private investors
Frank Hammer: Obama and UAW leadership restructured auto industry in a race to the bottom, not a stronger "middle class"
It’s been almost four decades since Motown records moved it’s studios to Los Angeles. Years later, the auto industry began it’s sharp decline. All this left the once vibrant NW Goldberg neighborhood, also known as Zone 8, in disrepair. Today, people like Yusef Shakur are taking action to pick the community back out of the rubble. Produced by Jesse Freeston.
Paul Jay speaks to Carl Anthony about the solution local community of Detroit found to problems of vacant and depreciated and lack of transportation infrastructure.
As the government works with the management of GM and Chrysler to help them become competitive auto companies, many of the company’s workers are demanding a drastically different approach. Paul Jay sits down in Detroit with Frank Hammer, who has helped organized the Auto Worker Caravan, an organization of active and retired auto workers that is lobbying Washington to change their question. Instead of asking what would make the companies competitive, Hammer believes the question the Obama administration should be asking is what would best serve the transportation and economic needs of the American people?
Barack Obama announced earlier this month that he will not accept the restructuring plans put forward by the management of GM and Chrysler, giving them two and one months respectively to make another, more drastic proposal if they wish to receive the billions of dollars in government loans they are applying for. The White House report targets both the management and the union for criticism, yet the media has focused on the need for workers to make concessions in order to allow for the development of a viable auto industry, with little attention paid to the vision being put forward by management. Senior Editor Paul Jay visited Detroit, Michigan to find out how workers are responding to this situation.
The CEO’s of Chrysler, Ford and GM are still hoping for movement from the US Congress on the $25B bailout of the auto-industry. The Real News asks Jim Stanford and Justin Fox about public control of this sector. Jim Stanford from the Canadian Auto Workers Union says that if the companies are "bailed out" by Congress, they will need to guarantee better efficiency, and regulation from a federal level is a possibility.
In the first part of our discussion with Jim Stanford and Justin Fox, the two discuss what they see as the causes of the current crisis in the automotive industry, the importance of that industry to the North American economy, and debate the wisdom of allowing the companies in question to go bankrupt.