The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for a mass, nonviolent protest in Detroit against the new emergency financial manager at a rally this morning at city hall.
The activists alongside Jackson pledged to file a lawsuit next week challenging the constitutionality of Michigan’s new emergency manager law, which takes effect Thursday and grants broad powers to the incoming EFM, Kevyn Orr.
Jackson said it “just so happens” a large portion of those impacted by the new emergency manger law are black, Democrat and labor-oriented.
Opponents of the law say 50 percent of Michigan’s black population live in communities under emergency financial management and are disenfranchised voters.
“You’ll have a ‘plantation-ocracy’ replacing democracy,” Jackson said, eventually whipping attendees to their feet, one man shaking a yellow tambourine. “We marched and bled too much” to lose our right to vote.