The People's Summit applauds the decision of the Detroit City Council in unanimously passing a resolution granting a permit for a People's Summit and Tent City to be convened at Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit from June 14-17, 2009.
The Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions petitioned the City Council in February to establish a Tent City during the People's Summit at Grand Circus Park. Despite opposition from the Detroit Police and the Parks and Recreation Department and other city departments, the Honorable Councilwoman JoAnn Watson prevailed upon her colleagues to grant the permit.
The People's Summit is being organized to give a voice to poor and working and to counter the National Big Business Summit being held on June15-17 in the Renaissance Center. Sponsored by the Detroit Economic Club, the Business Summit will bring together some of the nation's largest corporations who are responsible for the massive layoffs and cutbacks, to plot the next round of attacks on our living standards, under the guise of discussing “innovation and policy ideas in technology, energy, environment and manufacturing.”
The National Big Business Summit will be held in a city with record-high unemployment and poverty rates, lay-offs, budget cuts, school closings, utility cost hikes and shut-offs and massive home foreclosures. With a registration fee of $695, it is unlikely that any victims of foreclosures and evictions, let alone laid-off workers, will be able to attend the National Big Business Summit. Certainly, no one at this event will be speaking in the interests of those most affected by the economic collapse.
The People’s Summit will be a dynamic event. During the People’s Summit, organizers will implement a moratorium on foreclosure evictions by going into the neighborhoods and supporting homeowners who are willing to confront the bailiffs. If there is a strike, demonstration or sit in, the People’s Summit will join it. The People’s Summit will confront the big-business CEOs and politicians gathering next door. Join us!