rally http://michiganradio.org en Trayvon Martin supporters rally in Ypsilanti (photos) http://michiganradio.org/post/trayvon-martin-supporters-rally-ypsilanti-photos <p>A crowd wearing hooded sweaters of all colors gathered in downtown Ypsilanti Monday afternoon, one month after the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin of Florida.</p><p>The unarmed black teenager was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. The man who shot Martin has not been arrested.</p><p>&nbsp;Jeff Clark lives in Ypsilanti, and helped organize the event.</p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:13:38 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 6801 at http://michiganradio.org Trayvon Martin supporters rally in Ypsilanti (photos) Driver sick-out idles dozens of Detroit busses http://michiganradio.org/post/driver-sick-out-idles-dozens-detroit-busses <p>Bus service has been disrupted in Detroit today, with dozens of drivers calling in sick to attend a <a href="http://laborweb.afscme.org/sites/MI_C_25/index.cfm?action=article&amp;articleID=51434dbb-044a-4f81-b9e4-c74e56a4f5b7">labor rally </a>in Lansing.</p><p>Lovevett Williams is with the city of <a href="http://71.159.22.28/Departments/DetroitDepartmentofTransportation/tabid/80/Default.aspx">Detroit&rsquo;s Department of Transportation</a>. She said the sick-out cut bus service by about 20 percent.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:37:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 2065 at http://michiganradio.org Driver sick-out idles dozens of Detroit busses Protesters begin to rally in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/protesters-begin-rally-lansing <p><strong>Update 1:44 p.m.</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://detnews.com/article/20110308/POLITICS02/103080383/">Detroit News</a> reports the Michigan Senate is expected to pass the Emergency Financial Manager bill despite the protests taking place in the capitol. From the Detroit News:</p><blockquote><p>A bill to give broad authority to emergency financial managers to fix a governing body&#39;s finances is expected to pass in the Senate on Wednesday despite boisterous union protests that punctuated today&#39;s session.</p><p>Senate Republicans voted down more than 20 Democratic amendments as more than 1,000 union members chanted &quot;Kill the Bill&quot; outside the Senate chamber. Their chants were audible as the chamber debated the bill, as were the catcalls of protesters crammed into the gallery above the Senate floor.</p></blockquote><p>The union members protesting the bill say it would make emergency financial managers too powerful, &quot;allowing them to toss out union contracts, overrule elected officials and dissolve city councils and school boards.&quot;</p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><strong>10:59 a.m.</strong></div><p>Protesters have arrived at the state Capitol to show their opposition to a measure that would give more power to Emergency Financial Managers. Laura Weber sent this report from Lansing:</p><blockquote><p>The state Capitol is jammed this morning with a raucous group of union members and supporters who are opposed to a proposal to grant more power to Emergency Financial Managers. Hundreds of protesters are chanting &quot;kill the bill&quot; loudly outside of the Michigan Senate chamber as lawmakers prepare to vote on the controversial measure.</p><p>Still hundreds more are on the Capitol lawn rallying against the emergency manager bills. The package of bills would strip unions of collective bargaining rights, and dissolve union contracts, if an emergency manager was put in place to take over the finances of a struggling city, township, or school district.</p></blockquote><p>The Associated Press reports there are around 1,000 people demonstrating:</p><blockquote><p>...protesters are at the Capitol objecting to bills that would give broad new powers to emergency financial managers appointed by the state to run struggling cities and schools.</p><p>The Senate plans to vote on the measures Tuesday. The House passed the bills two weeks ago.</p><p>Groups opposed to legislation they consider anti-union are holding the morning rally and also are chanting inside the Capitol.</p><p>Local officials warned during a Monday news conference that the financial manager measures would take away voters&#39; rights by removing the authority of elected school board members, mayors and council members.</p><p>Workers warn that the bills could allow financial managers to terminate union contracts.</p><p>Supporters of the legislation say it would lead to earlier intervention in financially troubled communities and schools, avoiding bigger crises. Tue, 08 Mar 2011 18:44:37 +0000 Zoe Clark & Mark Brush 1547 at http://michiganradio.org Protesters begin to rally in Lansing