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Students in Grand Rapids and across the state participate in action to draw attention to Gov. Snyder’s Austerity Politics

March 29, 2016

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Earlier today in Grand Rapids, Detroit and Ann Arbor, students with the Michigan Student Power Network took part in an action to challenge the brutal effects of economic austerity measures throughout the state.

The Michigan Student Power Network media release states, “Beginning at 8 am on Tuesday the 29th we will be driving side by side in teams at multiple locations around the state, slowing traffic, in protest against the Emergency Financial Manager law and Governor Snyder’s failure to resign in the wake of the Flint Water Crisis.”

This action takes its inspiration from the 1936/37 Sit Down Strike in Flint, which literally shut down production at the GM plant in Flint and had a ripple effect on the auto industry and sent a strong message to the capitalist class that workers will not be exploited. Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 12.16.49 PM

The media release went on to say:

As the scope of the Flint water crisis has become public, it has become a touchstone for popular resentment against a government; however this is just the latest, though most heinous, in a long series of corporate backed austerity policies that have stripped Michiganders of support, services, and rights, in order to protect private profit margins. These policies have served simply to further enrich Michigan’s wealthiest people and corporations; groups that coincidentally invested heavily in supporting the ruling conservative politicians.

We believe that fighting austerity begins with repealing its greatest weapon: The Emergency Financial Manager. We are demanding that the legislature pass, and the governor sign, HB 5260, a proposed repeal of the current EFM law. Direct action will be taken all across the state to show the people’s discontent with the EFM law and with the way our state is placing profit above people.”

GRIID also interviewed Lindsey Disler, with the GVSU United Students Against Sweatshops and the Michigan Student Power Network.

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