Detroit Bankruptcy & Beyond
Organizing for Change in Distressed Cities
Monday, 07 April - Tuesday, 08 April 2014
This project begins with a conference that brings together organizers, policy makers, community members, and researchers. These individuals are from Detroit and other cities facing similar situations. Participants are called together to review solutions & alternative strategies that can be pursued while building community power in the process. The conference considers not only Detroit, but other cities facing similar situations. In order to move forward while realizing community power and racial equity, the conference will also engage challenges and root causes.
Topics for discussion include: What is municipal bankruptcy? How did Detroit and other cities get here? What are the options for cities facing bankruptcy and fiscal crisis? What are the effects of cities facing bankruptcy from a racial justice perspective? How do these effects impact paths forward and the desire for equitable cities? How has the housing and foreclosure crisis contributed to bankruptcy? What are some of the key decisions to be made now? What are options for cities, pensioners and the public going forward? What are the strategies for communities moving forward? How may community power be built in places experiencing fiscal crisis or bankruptcy? What does this organizing look like?
We look forward to your joining us in this critical conversation. The conference is free & open to the public!