The shameful way supporters of the emergency manager law are trying to shut down a referendum on it
Published: June 27, 2012
How's that for irony?
If nothing else, Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility are succeeding in drawing things out, forcing opponents of the law to spend valuable time and limited resources in a fight to just get this measure on the ballot instead of being able to put all of their efforts into campaigning for its passage.
Frustration and anger over all this political chicanery were evident at last week's press conference.
Part of the concern is that, as soon as this measure is placed on the ballot, the emergency manager law is put on ice at least until voters have their say.
The "stalling tactics" being employed give the "dictator law more time to entrench itself," the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the local NAACP observed. He called this effort to deny people the right to vote "the highest level of injustice I've seen in the 62 years I've lived in Michigan."
As the Rev. Ed Rowe, pastor of downtown Detroit's Faith United Methodist Church, pointed out, this issue isn't of importance to just African-Americans or Detroiters. It transcends race and municipal boundaries.
He's right. The protesters who gathered at the Court of Appeals last week were there not just to show opposition to a law, but also to stand up and join the fight to preserve basic principles of democracy.
We all should be thankful to them for that.
News Hits is written by Curt Guyette. Contact the column at 313-202-8004 or NewsHits@metrotimes.com.
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