The 2014 Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

Reports to the Workers Inquiry

The rape of Detroit: Deindustrialization, financialization and parasitism

By Barry Grey, 28 February 2014

This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions by Barry Grey, World Socialist Web Site US national editor.

Following Workers Inquiry, SEP meeting discusses Detroit restructuring plan

By Shannon Jones, 28 February 2014

Lawrence Porter, chairman of the Workers Inquiry, addressed the well-attended meeting, which attracted city workers and retirees, Griswold tenants facing eviction, students, young workers and professionals

Video: Attendees speak on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

By Jeff Lusanne, 27 February 2014

In this video, workers and youth reflect on the content of the Inquiry, its significance and the way forward in the fight to defend the rights of working people.

Report to the Workers Inquiry

Art and the working class

By David Walsh, 26 February 2014

This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions by David Walsh, World Socialist Web Site arts editor.

A bankers’ plan for Detroit

By Joseph Kishore, 24 February 2014

The “plan of adjustment” released by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is a massive assault on the city’s working class.

Report to the Workers Inquiry

The Detroit Bankruptcy: A Travesty of Democracy

By Tom Carter, 24 February 2014

This report was presented February 15 to the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions, by Tom Carter, World Socialist Web Site legal correspondent.

Report to the Workers Inquiry

The Political Conspiracy Behind the Bankruptcy of Detroit: Anatomy of a Crime

By Larry Porter, 21 February 2014

This report was presented to the February 15 Workers Inquiry by Larry Porter, assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions.

Report to the Workers Inquiry

The Social and Historical Context of the Detroit Bankruptcy

By Jerry White, 19 February 2014

This report was presented to the February 15 Workers Inquiry by Jerry White, a writer for the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate in the 2012 US presidential election.

“We need to educate more people. We have to know who we are fighting here.”

Workers, youth speak on the significance of the Detroit Inquiry

By WSWS reporters, 18 February 2014

Workers, retirees and youth spoke with the World Socialist Web Site after the Workers Inquiry.

Workers Inquiry discussion focuses on political strategy to oppose Detroit bankruptcy

By our reporter, 18 February 2014

Workers, students and youth discussed the central political issues at stake in the Detroit bankruptcy at the Workers Inquiry on February 15.

Workers Inquiry examines political conspiracy behind Detroit bankruptcy

By Kate Randall, 17 February 2014

The inquiry exposed a political conspiracy to rip up city workers’ pensions and benefits, privatize the DIA and restructure the city in the interests of the rich.

“This country could have a revolution”

Detroit Inquiry attendees denounce attack on workers’ rights

By WSWS reporters, 17 February 2014

The WSWS spoke with workers, retirees and youth after the Workers Inquiry.

The Workers Inquiry into the bankruptcy of Detroit

By <em>World Socialist Web Site</em> Editorial Board, 14 February 2014

On Saturday, the Socialist Equality Party in the US is holding an Inquiry to reveal the social and political roots of the Detroit bankruptcy and provide workers with the information they need to fight back.

Detroit firefighters speak on Workers Inquiry

By Thomas Gaist, 11 February 2014

With less than a week before the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions, the World Socialist Web Site spoke with Detroit firefighters about the Inquiry.

Tenants Council welcomes Lawrence Porter

Detroit meeting builds delegation for February 15 Workers Inquiry

By WSWS reporters, 10 February 2014

Socialist Equality Party Assistant National Secretary Lawrence Porter addressed a lively meeting of tenants at the invitation of the United Tenant Council of Councils on February 7.

“We have to be conscious, think, plan and unite”

Detroiters endorse Workers Inquiry, denounce bankruptcy

By WSWS reporters, 8 February 2014

The WSWS spoke to workers who explained why they were planning to attend the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions (detroitinquiry.org).

New pamphlet on Detroit bankruptcy

Exposing the Bankers Conspiracy

For a Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

4 February 2014

This new SEP pamphlet examines the financial swindles behind the bankruptcy of Detroit.

Bankruptcy court seeks union backing for assault on Detroit workers

By Lawrence Porter, 4 February 2014

The following statement was issued by Lawrence Porter, the assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and chairman of the February 15 Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA & Pensions.

Video: Detroit tenants determined to fight eviction

3 February 2014

Low-income seniors facing eviction from the Griswold Building in downtown Detroit appeal for support.

As media pushes governor’s “rescue” fraud

Visitors to Detroit Institute of Arts discuss Workers Inquiry

By Tim Rivers, 3 February 2014

Visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts have reacted with suspicion over the scheme by mediators to put the museum’s priceless collection into the hands of private foundations as part of a bankruptcy settlement.

The reality behind the “comeback” of Detroit

At Detroit Auto Show, workers denounce bankruptcy, attacks on wages and pensions

By Tim Rivers, 27 January 2014

Workers attending the North American International Auto Show spoke with reporters from the WSWS about the Workers Inquiry into the Detroit bankruptcy.

SEP and IYSSE hold meeting at Wayne State in Detroit to discuss campaign for Workers Inquiry

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 January 2014

The meeting was attended by students, workers and retirees, including a delegation of tenants facing eviction from the Griswold Apartments in downtown Detroit.

SEP and IYSSE teams campaign for February 15 meeting

Workers speak on Detroit bankruptcy inquiry

By Tim Rivers, 20 January 2014

Workers and young people responded strongly last week to the campaign for the February 15 Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA and Pensions.

Public meeting at the University of Michigan

Exposing the Bankers’ Conspiracy: A Report on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

20 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality will hold a public meeting at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, February 5 to discuss the campaign to build the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality holds rally to build support for Workers Inquiry

By our reporters, 17 January 2014

The IYSSE at Detroit’s Wayne State University is leading the fight to develop working class opposition to the bankruptcy.

Meeting January 23 at Wayne State University: Exposing the bankers’ conspiracy

A Report on the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit

16 January 2014

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality will hold a public meeting on January 23 at Wayne State University to discuss the campaign to build the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

Hands off the Detroit Institute of Arts and pensions!

By Larry Porter, 14 January 2014

The following statement was released by Larry Porter, the assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Attack on the DIA and Pensions.

“Educated workers are dangerous workers”

Support builds for the Workers Inquiry into Detroit bankruptcy

By our reporting team, 13 January 2014

An SEP campaign team discussed the upcoming Detroit Workers Inquiry at Eastern Market on Saturday.

Corporate spokesman Mike Duggan inaugurated as Detroit mayor

By Lawrence Porter—chairman of the Detroit Workers Inquiry, 3 January 2014

Duggan assumes an office with virtually no powers, with all decisions in the hands of an unelected emergency manager.

”They want to go back to the days when art was only for the wealthy”

DIA visitors support Workers Inquiry

By Jerry White, 30 December 2013

A Socialist Equality Party team campaigned outside the Detroit Institute of Arts Saturday to build for the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA to be held February 15 at Wayne State University.

Statement from the chairman of the Workers Inquiry

Cancel Detroit’s debt!

By Lawrence Porter, 27 December 2013

Lawrence Porter issued the following statement on the city of Detroit’s settlement with Bank of America and Swiss bank UBS.

As campaign builds for workers inquiry

More Detroit workers speak on pensions, jobs and the DIA

By Tim Rivers, 24 December 2013

Many workers and young people at Chrysler’s Warren Truck plant and Detroit’s Eastern Market spoke out about the issues being investigated by the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

Inquiry gains momentum among workers

Detroiters denounce the widening social divide

By Tim Rivers, 23 December 2013

At a Chrysler plant and Detroit’s Eastern Market, workers denounced the looting of city pensions and the art museum, the mortgage swindle and the disappearance of well-paying jobs.

Chairman of Workers Inquiry condemns privatization of Detroit public lighting system

By our reporter, 18 December 2013

Lawrence Porter, the chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit, condemned the handover of the city’s public lighting system to utility giant DTE Energy.

Supporters of Detroit Workers Inquiry hold meeting with tenants facing eviction

By Our reporting team, 10 December 2013

Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) held a meeting Saturday with tenants facing eviction at the Griswold Apartments in downtown Detroit to discuss the February 15 Workers Inquiry Into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

Chrysler workers denounce Detroit bankruptcy ruling, support Workers Inquiry

By WSWS reporting team, 7 December 2013

Workers at Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assembly plant expressed anger at the bankruptcy court ruling that Detroit city workers’ pensions were not protected by the state constitution and could be cut.

Video: SEP holds press conference to announce Workers Inquiry

6 December 2013

The answer of the working class to the ruling of the bankruptcy court in Detroit is being prepared by the campaign for the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit.

As unions push sale of art treasures

Detroit workers defend DIA

By Tim Rivers, 2 December 2013

In preparation for the February 15 Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit, members of the Socialist Equality Party spoke to workers and students who were visiting the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) last Friday night.

Students, retirees campaign for workers’ inquiry into Detroit bankruptcy

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 November 2013

A campaign team in downtown Detroit won an enthusiastic response to the call for a workers’ inquiry into the attack on the Detroit Institute of Arts and the bankruptcy of the city.

Water and Sewerage Department employees support Detroit Workers Inquiry

By James Brewer, 16 November 2013

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Departmen is a major target in the plunder of public assets under the auspices of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

Chrysler workers speak on inquiry into Detroit bankruptcy

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 November 2013

Workers at the Chrysler Warren Truck Assembly Plant voiced support for the proposal for a workers inquiry in the bankruptcy of Detroit.

For a Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party

4 November 2013

The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality are organizing a Workers Inquiry as the next stage in the Battle of Detroit in opposition to the entire political establishment.