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He made his call for action at a rally on Friday held at Detroit's Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, accompanied by citizens who plan to challenge the legality of the emergency manager law, Public Act 436, in court this coming week, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"Centered around the filing will be protests and civil disobedience," Jackson said in a WXYZ video. "I certainly agree that we need and we seek federal intervention, but we must make our federal government do what they are supposed to do on our behalf."
PA 436 is a revised version of Public Act 4, a controversial law that gave sweeping powers to officials appointed by the state of Michigan to manage financially-distressed school systems and cities. The earlier law was rejected by a majority of Michigan voters in a referendum last November, but state legislators afterwards approved a slightly altered act that can't be challenged by a ballot initiative.
Earlier this month, the state of Michigan appointed Kevyn Orr, a former partner in the Jones Day law firm with a background in corporate restructuring, as Detroit's new Emergency Financial Manager. When PA 436 takes effect on March 28, Orr will become an emergency manager (EM) with expanded powers, including the ability to revise contracts and sell off city assets.
Detroit Councilwoman JoAnn Watson and Congressman John Conyers (D-Detroit) were also on hand at the protest. Conyers along with fellow Metro Detroit Congressman Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp) have called for a nonpartisan investigation of the state's application of emergency manager laws.
Jackson has long been a critic of Michigan's EM laws. In December 2011, he spoke out with members of the Occupy movement against the legislation at a rally at Detroit's Bethany Baptist Church.
Source: Black Voices