Giving the EM a fist? Or just the finger?
Emergency Manager Backlash
Published: March 27, 2013
One obvious party is organized labor. AFSCME already has a place at the podium, but they are in need of a show of solidarity from all their fellow unionists.
There are also the various aspects of the Occupy movement, the core of which remains active, and is in touch with a reservoir of youth, energy and creativity. There are students who only want a good public education at schools that are safe. There are environmentalists worried about the privatization of public water systems, and activists who want the big banks and Wall Street to pay for the devastation they have wrought. It is a movement for anyone who believes that democracy needs to be defended, public assets protected, and austerity economics resisted.
During the part of Saturday’s meeting we were allowed to observe, the Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, a first-rate orator, told the story of a young man who wanted to become a karate champion, but lacked a left arm. But he didn’t let that disability deter him, and found an instructor who said he could help the young man achieve his goal if “… he was disciplined, remained focused, and mastered just one move.”
In the end, the championship was won, and it was revealed that the one crucial move that needed to be mastered was one that could only be countered by an opponent’s grabbing the left hand of the person using it.
The point, we gathered, was that a seeming liability could be turned into an asset.
That might be true. But even a one-handed person needs to be able to form a fist if they are going to have any real chance in a fight. And for all the attempts to recast this struggle in the shadow of Selma, it is difficult to imagine it succeeding if more fingers don’t come together.
And at this moment, Detroit seems as good a place as any in America for all this to happen.
But one thing is for sure: Having 100 people listen to preachers shout into a bullhorn in front of the Spirit of Detroit isn’t going to stop anything.
News Hits is written by Curt Guyette. Contact the column at 313-202-8004 or NewsHits@metrotimes.com.
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