Detroit Coalition for a Green New Deal

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Detroit Coalition for a Green New Deal is based in Michigan.

Make Detroit the Engine of a Green New Deal

Make Detroit the Engine of a Green New Deal – Rally, Friday Jan 18th, 5:30pm at Cobo

Rally Cobo Jan 18 5:30pm


Official Statement on GM’s Announced Plant Closures

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GM recently announced that it plans to close five North American manufacturing facilities, including two inMetro 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 hasdecided to pull the plug on the hybrid Volt, which is manufactured at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, so it can focus ongas-guzzling pickup trucks and SUVs. GM has no right to displace over 14,000 workers, their families, and theircommunities. These facilities are not just the “property” of a corporation. They belong to the workers who havecontributed 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, andpush for a just, green economy, starting here in Detroit. Our first planned protest will be held at the International AutoShow (at Cobo Hall in Detroit) on Friday, January 18, from 5:30-7:30pm. Our rallying cry is “Make Detroit the Engine ofGreen New Deal.” Our list of demands is as follows:
GM must honor its labor contracts and its legal and moral commitments to the places in which it has donebusiness. This means keeping all the plants open, creating more union jobs, and ensuring they contribute to thebuilding of a green economy.
If GM does not agree to keep the plants open, we demand that they be seized via eminent domain and put topublic use. If eminent domain was used to take property from the residents of Poletown in the early 1980s to buildthe Detroit-Hamtramck plant, it can be used today to take the assets back. Public hearings on this issue are vital.
We demand a Green New Deal that takes us on a path to rapid decarbonization of the economy, implements afederal union jobs guarantee, and ensures a just transition for workers, people of color, the poor, and othermarginalized groups.