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D. Alexander Bullock and Rainbow PUSH Michigan Praise No on Michigan Proposal 1

Repeal Public Act 4 - Emergency Manager Law
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(DETROIT) – In a 52 to 48 percent vote, Michigan voters rejected Michigan Public Act 4. After a long fight over the last year, Public Act 4 will now be replaced with a previous law that gives emergency managers fewer powers.

Michigan Public Act 4 was signed into law in March 2011. Public Act 4 gave emergency managers sweeping powers to enter municipalities or school districts and terminate or force contracts on public workers, disband duly elected local governments and make academic decisions.
“Democracy has been protected, I am happy. We fought to deny emergency managers unilateral powers to decide the fate of cities and school districts and we won.

It is a great day in the state of Michigan. I hope in the wake of our victory, that Governor Snyder will now work with elected officials and a broad coalition of community stakeholders in financially challenged cities to develop a plan for renewal and reinvestment instead of silencing voices and denying votes.

I also hope in the wake of our victory that the state legislature does not preempt the will of the people and enact another version of the law we have just repealed. The people of Michigan have spoken and despite the challenges we face, we do not believe any solution to those challenges should come at the expense of democracy,” said D. Alexander Bullock.
Rainbow PUSH Michigan has led the fight to repeal Public Act 4 since March of 2011. From the onset the repeal of Public Act 4 was met with much opposition. Last April the Michigan State Board of Canvassers deadlocked in a 2-2 decision which kept 226,000 petition signatures, turned in by citizens across the state of Michigan, from being certified allowing the initiative to move to the November ballot. The coalition of groups fighting against Public Act 4 and for the protection of democracy then took their fight to the Michigan Court of Appeals; ultimately making their final case to the Michigan Supreme Court which held that the State Board of Canvassers had to put the initiative on the November ballot for citizens to decide.

To schedule an interview with D. Alexander Bullock please call the contact listed.
Contact: DaVonne Darby            
Phone: 313-505-4333      
Email: dadarby@rainbowpushdetroit.org

Rainbow PUSH MI is an affiliate of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change. Our mission is to protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.
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