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“It strikes me that the best way to protest the state’s intervention (and to make a strong point about city government’s dysfunction, to boot) is to do things that make the need for state help less dire. Show how dedicated Detroiters, working together, can actually make things better. Take control of the city’s trajectory. Make a difference.” -Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press
On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder introduced Kevyn Orr as Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager. For the next 18 months, he is charged with getting Detroit’s finances in order.
During this time, it is vital that Detroit citizens remain engaged to move Detroit forward. It’s an election year, and we have a great responsibility and opportunity to ensure our future leaders have the vision and will to forge a brighter future.
If you care about defending democracy, here are 5 proactive things you can do:
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1. Register to Vote in Detroit: If you live in the city, we need you to vote in the city. If you live here but have been voting elsewhere, today is a good day to make the switch. Click here to learn how.
2. Get Out the Vote in Detroit: As Rochelle Riley reminded us in her March 15 Free Press column, we can preach and protest about democracy, but when it comes time to vote in Detroit, only one out of four of us actually does. We need YOU and all your friends & neighbors to be at the polls on August 6 & November 5. Go ahead and mark those dates on your calendar now.
3. Help Us Identify Candidates: Showing up on Election Day is only half the battle; we need to make sure we have strong leaders on the ballot from which to choose. If you know someone running for City Council in your district who supports the principles of the Detroit Declaration and needs support, let us know.
4. Volunteer for Candidates: Getting good leaders elected doesn’t happen magically. Candidates need our help to knock doors, make calls and raise dollars to win. Commit to offering your time to a promising City Council candidate in your district.
5. Donate to our PAC: We’re raising funds to support promising, solution-oriented future leaders who will represent the best interests of the people of Detroit. Whether you can give $13 or $313, we need your help. Donate today.
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“Detroit is struggling, but what are we doing? Fighting about a democracy that some of us care about only when it’s convenient — or when the cameras are rolling. Oh, we can make speeches about it. We can preach about it. But when it’s time to vote, one out of four people actually does. And when an entire city is in dire straits, do you pull out civics guides and a history of American democracy? Or do you solve the problem?” -Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press
Now more than ever, you can help us solve the problem by declaring Detroit through continued civic engagement and political action. Together, we can make a difference.
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