Sunday, November 01, 2009

We, The People by Akindele Akinyemi

We, the People, of the City of Detroit, declare and assert:

Whereas: The City of Detroit has consistently fostered a long tradition that celebrates robust public discussion of issues, including the unfettered expression of opinion at public demonstrations; and

Whereas the healing of wounds begins with an apology, and the current leadership of Detroit has never apologized for their horrific lack of leadership and racist practices against our region during the past eight years, nor held accountable for the residual impact that those atrocities and practices are having on us today,

Whereas from 2005-2009 the Detroit City Council, under the leadership of Councilman Kenneth V. Cockrel, has refused to take our city in a different direction by becoming a more regionalized entity.

Whereas the anti-regional and global Detroit City Council continue to verbally attack Republicans, Conservative Democrats and Independents because we want to free our people through global education and grant Detroiters their silver rights.

Whereas Detroiters cannot fight blight, crime and failing education without addressing the need to decrease adult illiteracy. Adult illiteracy has paralyzed us on all levels in Detroit.

Whereas Detroit needs its own version of a tea party through financial literacy. This is the ability of individuals to make appropriate decisions in managing their personal finances;

Whereas raising levels of financial and adult literacy in the City of Detroit should be one of the top priorities of the local, county and state governments because many are being misled through bad information.

Whereas an educational reform movement has been launched here in Detroit to help keep Detroit competitive and assist the Detroiters in understanding and addressing financial, voter and educational matters;

Whereas a survey has found that one out of three Detroiters are not saving for retirement;

Whereas research shows that when employers offer financial education programs, in the form of brochures or seminars, workers in the City of Detroit increase their participation in retirement plans, which allow them to save and invest for their own retirement;

Whereas minorities in the City of Detroit are more likely to be functionally illiterate;

Whereas even though the Detroit City Council incumbents received the vote of many Detroiters in the last election they have embarrassed our city. Monica Conyers, Barbara Rose Collins and Martha Reeves have turned Detroit into a disgraceful city.

Whereas Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who had an opportunity to transform Detroit into a regional network, he instead failed to do so. Instead, he resurrected the old racial politics of the 1970s and in the end resigned from office.

Whereas the Detroit School Board has been dysfunctional for the past 10 years. This dysfunction stems from the lack of leadership, vision and attitude to help transform the school district and;

Whereas the Detroit School Board have characters such as Reverend David Murray, Otis Mathis, Terry Catchings, Annie Carter and Marie Thornton have paralyzed the district with their anti-educational reform behaviors.

Whereas the City of Detroit is on the brink of transformation on Election Day, November 3, 2009 and will become regional.

Whereas the next Mayor of Detroit, must work with business leaders across the region to educate them on the importance of regional cooperation.

Whereas the mission of the New Detroit City Council is to expand economic opportunity in underserved communities through economic education and empowerment to connect us globally;

Whereas the mission of the Detroit School Board is to prepare to merge with Wayne RESA once Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb leaves because the school board is obsolete.

Whereas the New Detroit City Council will place rebuilding families, reducing government, fiscal accountability, connecting with our region, empowering our community with easier access to resources, creating a business friendly Detroit and understanding that Detroit is no longer an automotive market but a global financial market. That the New Detroit City Council are people who believe in the vision of silver rights, working with all levels of government, business and technology to move our region forward.

Whereas the New Detroit Charter Commission will rewrite the entire city charter, making the language transparent, supporting council by districts by electing 5 members to city council with 2 at-large, and give better checks and balances for city government. This includes moving Detroit into the information age of technology.

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, that We, the People,

(1) supports the efforts of those working with the public and private sectors to increase adult literacy in both school and  in the workplace, to increase access to financial services, to establish measures of national civic literacy, to conduct research on financial knowledge, and to strengthen global education programs; and

(2) recognizes the need for change today in the City of Detroit through a radical and revolutioanry procedure to bring about a financial market.

And be it further resolved, that We, the People, acknowledges the serious responsibility of the City of Detroit to continue the City's long tradition upholding the free exercise of First and Fourth Amendment right while protecting both public safety and constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties for all parties during the upcoming November 3rd Elections.

Resolved, The City of Detroit must keep Dave Bing as Mayor for four full years as he continues to help transform our region with the help of Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Livingston, Essex and St. Clair Counties.

Resolved, The City of Detroit must elect Lisa L. Howze,  James Tate, Andre L. Spivey, Fred Eliott Hall, Saunteel Jenkins and Raphael B. Johnson to the New Detroit City Council.

Resolved, the City of Detroit must NOT elect Councilwoman JoAnn Watson and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi back to the Detroit City Council. While Talabi has been on council for 16 years she is out of ideas and Watson is a complete obstructionist to the regional process by pitting Democrat vs Republican, black vs white and Detroit vs Suburb.

Resolved, the City of Detroit must elect Tonya Myers-Phillips, Olumba-John Olumba, Jenice Mitchell Ford, Ken Harris and Ken Coleman as the New Detroit Charter Commission team that will help usher in the new silver rights movement.

Resolved, the City of Detroit must NOT elect Reverend David Murray, Marie Thornton, to the Detroit School Board. These two members must be replaced with Carol Banks and Deborah E. Davis until Robert Bobb's contract expires in 2011 and allow Detroit Public Schools to merge with Wayne RESA.

Resolved that Detroiters must vote NO on Proposal S because our city cannot afford it.

Resolved that Detroiters must vote YES on Proposal D because our city needs Council by Districts.

Resolved that Detroiters must vote NO on Proposal O. Allow Wayne County government to trim government instead of raising taxes on the backs of people.

Now, therefore, for the documented atrocities and accumulated wrongs inflicted upon the City of Detroit through the current City Council and School Board, we must go forth and NOT vote for name recognition but vote for a new movement that will help place Detroit back on track on November 3, 2009.

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