Saturday, May 7, 2011

We Don't Need Jesse Jackson to Get Justice


It has been reported that Jesse Jackson is on his way to set up shop in Benton Harbor so that he can better position his legal fight against the emergency financial manager law, Public Act 4. As an American, he is free to do so, but as a Michiganian, I say, "We got it covered."

Do those who oppose this tyrannical bastard of legislation require Jackson's presence to highlight the unconstitutionality of Public Act 4?


Is there no advocacy organization in Michigan that can take on this abominable take over of our right to elect our own representatives?


Where, oh where, are the usual suspects when you need them? We have yet to see legal action taken by the Michigan office of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Michigan State Office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, etc.  

FYI, everyone: The City of Detroit's pension boards have already filed a lawsuit.  From their website:

"On April 18, 2011, the General Retirement System of the City of Detroit and the Police and Fire Retirement System of the City of Detroit (the Retirement Systems ), along with several individual active and retired City employees and pension participants, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan challenging the constitutionality of Section 19(1)(m) of Public Act 4 of 2011, commonly known as the emergency financial manager legislation (the Act). The lawsuit challenges only Section 19(1)(m) of the Act."

Here's the link:

While I agree this is fight is a civil rights issue as well, I believe we have the local resources necessary to stop this voiding of our right to taxation with representation.  Sure we need all the legal help we can get and that can be evidenced by the filing of amicus briefs to the pension boards' lawsuit.

So to Michigan advocates, I say:

Let's get cracking, and say thanks, but no thanks, to Jackson.

What do you think? 

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