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... On Saturday October 19, 2013 the Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit held a Meeting at the Royal Oak Community Center in Royal Oak, MI.

The featured speaker was Mr. Edward McNeil, Special Assistant to Michigan AFSCME Council 25 President, and Lead Negotiator for 33 of Detroit's 48 labor unions.

Mr. McNeil delivered a presentation called an “Update on the Financial Crisis in Detroit” and he presented many shocking facts about the City of Detroit’s “Bankruptcy”.

If interested, please click on the following links to video clips:

In Part 1 of 8 video clip, Mr. McNeil speaks about how the City of Detroit is NOT bankrupt at this point, how it is paying over $100 Million in consulting fees, about the plot to bust labor union contracts and to take over Detroit city assets; the creation of a Lighting Authority, Water Authority, and an upcoming Tunnel Authority; about Detroit City Airport, Belle Isle, Michigan Senate Bill 188, and more.

In Part 2 of 8, Mr. McNeil spoke about a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Account Executive who sent an email offering the City of Detroit a 10% reduction on administrative fee and a $2 Million bribe for BCBS to be made "the only game in town".  Ed McNeil also speaks about two instances where Michigan former State Treasurer Andy Dillon held millions of dollars from Detroit City Council (DCC) until they did exactly what he wanted.  In one instance, Dillon wanted DCC to extend contract to Ernst & Young and in the second instance, Dillon wanted DCC to hire Miller & Canfield Law Firm. (These two instances amount to giving "No-Bid Contracts" to Dillon's choice companies.)  In addition, Mr. McNeil delivers other facts about the Detroit’s “Bankruptcy”.

In Part 3 of 8 video clip, Mr. McNeil speaks about the Detroit Emergency Manger, Kevyn D. Orr, and the extravagant invoices and/or bills from Jones Day and paid for with taxpayer money, Consultant Fee schedules, Lack of transparency, Billionaire Mike Ilitch owes taxes to the City of Detroit, Billionaire Dan Gilbert pays no taxes to Detroit, and how news media in Detroit is not reporting this news and much more.

In Part 4 of 8, Ed McNeil answers questions from the audience.

In Part 5 of 8, Ed McNeil takes final questions from the audience.

In Part 6 of 8, Ed McNeil asks for help in the fight against Detroit's “Bankruptcy” including the "Protect Our Pension Action Day!".

In Part 7 of 8, After his presentation, Mr. McNeil enjoys a casual meet & greet with members of Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit and he shares an opinion about Detroit's Deputy Emergency Manager, Gary Brown.

In Part 8 of 8, Mr. McNeil speaks about the importance of getting factual information, demanding transparency from people, and not depending on news media to deliver the facts.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Here is link to Facebook photos (by Detroit Communicator) from - Surround the Federal Courthouse -- PROTECT OUR PENSION ACTION DAY! - Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – Detroit Federal Court, 231 West Lafayette Boulevard, in downtown Detroit, MI.

(The court trial begins today, 10/23/13, for the Judge render a City of Detroit “Bankruptcy” eligibility decision).

1:21 PM PT: (FYI) …

Direct Rule by Wall Street Begins with Detroit

“… This week, a judge begins a bankruptcy court trial that will decide if local corporate dictator Kevyn Orr, the emergency financial manager imposed by the state to protect the interests of Wall Street, will essentially be allowed to sell Detroit’s assets to a British bank in order to pay off the city’s debts to American banks. The pensions of city workers may also be gutted in the process.”  -- Glen Ford, BlackAgendaReport

Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 8:30 AM PT: (Rough Edit) - Bankruptcy Eligibility Action - Surrounding the Detroit Federal Courthouse - Debra Taylor 'Connecting the dots to Koch' - October 23, 2013 – by Detroit Communicator

Sat Oct 26, 2013 at 1:03 AM PT: ... According to LIVE Updates from Robert Snell (Detroit News) on October 25, 2013 at 2:57 p.m. EST: "Lawyers, state talked Detroit bankruptcy in March '12, witness says":

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The state and high-powered law firm Jones Day talked as early as March 2012 about having Detroit file Chapter 9 bankruptcy, 17 months before the city filed the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a witness testified Friday.

Investment banker Kenneth Buckfire initially said he couldn't recall whether a Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing was being considered in 2012.

Attorney Lynn Brimer, who represents retired Detroit police officers, showed him an email that includes an exchange in March 2012 about a possible Detroit bankruptcy filing.

"So is it fair to say that as early as March 2012 the state and Jones Day were discussing a Chapter 9 filing for Detroit?" Brimer asked.

Buckfire paused momentarily.

"Yes," he said.

Jones Day wasn't hired to work on the city's restructuring until this year but by then had spent about 1,000 hours analyzing Chapter 9 and the city's finances as a potential business development opportunity.

[--- END QUOTE ---]

Originally posted to CFCLFM on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM PDT.

Also republished by Motor City Kossacks and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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