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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Restoring the Revenue: City of Detroit Bankrupcy Filing Timeline

By:  Friends of George Cushingberry Jr. 

       This is the schedule of proceedings from the US Bankruptcy court regarding the bankruptcy filing by the appointed leadership of the City of Detroit.  The City of Detroit is not Gateway Computer Company and our Police and Fire Department employees do not deserve to be paid Wal-Mart wages for a difficult and dangerous job. 

If you have an objection to the filing of the bankruptcy you need to use this form from the court.  (Click Here to download and print the objection form)        

"The Bankruptcy Code permits objections to the petition. 11 U.S.C. § 921(c). Typically, objections concern issues like whether negotiations have been conducted in good faith, whether the state has authorized the municipality to file, and whether the petition was filed in good faith. If an objection to the petition is filed, the court must hold a hearing on the objection. Id. The court may dismiss a petition if it determines that the debtor did not file the petition in good faith or that the petition does not meet the requirements of title 11. Id."
If the petition is not dismissed upon an objection, the Bankruptcy Code requires the court to order relief, allowing the case to proceed under chapter 9. 11 U.S.C. § 921(d).

        Gateway employment under Snyder went from a 20,000 employees down to 7,000 with over 19,000 jobs shipped to Mexico and China.  We do not want the same for the City of Detroit. Just imagine that you will have privatized public safety officers and fire fighters working for profit on the number of arrests, prosecutions, and putting out fires.   There is too much room for manipulation and fraud to boots profits if this is allowed to continue.       

             This bankruptcy filing has created few extremely high paying jobs for small venture capital firms that specialize in selling off property, cutting wages and benefits for WORKING people, and skimming off the profit leaving behind a tornado of low wage jobs and empty homes. 100 hours work of work at $495.00 an hour adds up for Conway MacKenzie's Charles Moore and others on the gravy train. It has allowed a bunch of video game nerds and bean counters to tell retired and current Police and Fire Department personnel that they don't work hard enough, and they can train anyone to do the job for much cheaper.    

    Detroit workers must stand up, file an objection and let your voice be heard.  We want timely garbage pickup,  streets to be repaired with quality concrete or asphalt, and city employees to be paid a fair and living wage. We want our retirees and current employees to have quality health care because health is a moral issue not financial. 


Bankruptcy Timetable as Defined by the US Bankruptcy Court of Eastern Michigan
Case Number:  13-5384

1. August 19, 2013 Deadline to file Eligibility Objections. (Click Here for Form)
2. August 23, 2013 Deadline to serve written discovery requests.
3. September 6, 2013 Deadline for the City to file responses to the Eligibility Objections.
4. September 13, 2013 Deadline to comply with written discovery requests.
5. September 23, 2013 Deadline to complete non-expert depositions.
6. September 23, 2013 Deadline to designate expert witnesses and submit expert reports.
7. October 3, 2013 Deadline to counter-designate experts and submit reports.
8. October 10, 2013 Deadline to complete expert depositions.
9. October 17, 2013 Deadline to submit proposed joint final pretrial order.
10. October 17, 2013 Deadline to file pretrial briefs.
11. October 21, 2013 Pretrial conference (10:00 a.m.).
12. October 23, 2013 Trial on the Eligibility Objections.
       Additional dates as necessary - October 24-25, 28-29, November 4-8, 2013.
       (Mondays and Tuesdays- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; other days- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
13. Motion hearing dates (all at 10:00 a.m.):
        August 21, 28, 2013      December 11, 2013
        September 18, 2013       January 8, 22, 2014
        October 2,16, 2013        February 5, 19, 2014
        November 13,27, 2013  March 5 & 19, 2014
14. March 1, 2014 Deadline for the City of Detroit to file a plan

Let your voice be heard loud and clear.  The time may be short to file but the time is now to get the job done.  Even more important is that you participate and vote for your ELECTED City Council because all of the EFM positions will be gone by the end of 2014.  If we re-elect the  current leadership in November we will get more of these Emergency Financial Managers for the next 4 years. 

When you cast your vote for George Cushingberry Jr., the City of Detroit will have their own insurance company that can set competitive and lower rates for property and car owners. The charter that was voted upon by the people of Detroit has this provision clearly written in the language.

Let us take back Detroit one home at a time because the only direction to go is UP!

Please remember to register to vote by October 5th to vote for me in District 2 by November 5th.

Your city's future depends on it.

#PushCUSHingberry for Detroit City Council 2013
The Committee to Elect George Cushingberry Jr.  to Detroit City Council District #2

Friday, August 16, 2013

Corners of Black History: The Annual 8 Mile Reunion in Detroit and my love for the City.

By The Friends of George Cushingberry Jr. & Committee to Elect George Cushingberry to Detroit City Council.

"There has always been good in the neighborhood" - Anon.

In a small corner of Detroit evolves a history and a talent so immense that it cannot be described until you have been there.  The annual 8 mile reunion is held every 2nd August on the grounds that served as a mustering grounds for African American troops in Civil War. 

The base line road (8 mile) served as a marker for Lewis and Clark expedition to map the United States long before GPS was in the picture.  
Later on in life it served as a National Guard base.   The infamous wall of segregation is nearby when the neighborhood was transitioning from predominantly Jewish to Black.

In the park behind the old Beaubien Jr. High School (Bates Academy) there are people who have made it another year and still standing here.  This is a welcome to each other because you are always thinking about the people who have made the transition to eternity, with the people who could not make it for other reason second. This event has come symbolize the gathering of people who grew up along the road we call 8 mile. 

Photo And This is where it all began.
I was fortunate to have the Church’s Confidence when I served as secretary of the Sunday school under Rev. C.B. Heath and,  S.Leon Whitney. Pastor "J" has improved and expanded with Christ.

I will continue to work for my man Oscar Baker and it 8mile family.

Thanks to mom for the chicken, Dr. Al, Dennis, Carey, Roscoe Ben, Bowe, Willie, Jackie, Todd, Jim and all our poll team, Big Lu, Poku, Binion, Clement family.

I am indebted to Larry, Des, Trey Squared, and my main man B.J.
Without B. I couldn’t have sustained.
Thanks Pastors, deacons and my trustee Eddie my big brother.

PhotoI'm proud of my Church families.
Keep praying for me.

Oscar I love you and Robin for your confidence.
I could not have one without my true friend Sheree.
Thanks Pastor Perkins and Sr. Flip, Golden empress, Hottentott, the Black,
Thanks Locker Room Lounge.
Thanks Livernois and Hurst family.
I exist with your love.
Thank you James Weiner for all of your support

Thank you and shout out to all of you in the cannabis community who supported my efforts to bring a sane end to this horrible war on drugs.  The drug war is an additional tax on the backs of black people in our community and this must end now! Michael Kormorn, you are and always will be the man.

We celebrate breast cancer survivors.
My friends reminded me to not change on women rights.
I won’t....Edna probably switch me:-)

We taking our neighborhoods back one home and lot at a time.
Thanks to  all y’all and remember to Vote this November 5th (or by absentee two weeks earlier) to start a new day and Direction for our beloved City of Detroit.


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