by Lee DeVito
As the media whirlwind surrounding the North American International Auto Show gears up in advance of the show next week, the Autoworker Caravan is holding its fifth annual protest in front of COBO Center on Sunday, Jan. 12.
From a press release:
We choose the day before "media week" because reporters are here from around the world, and don't start reporting on the auto show until Monday, 1/13. Many are looking for a story about the auto industry and Detroit, and in past years have come out to interview us on our picket line. This year that's especially true what with the take-over of Detroit and the city entering into bankruptcy, the sale of the remaining government shares in GM, FIAT taking over 100% ownership of Chrysler, etc.We see this as a golden opportunity to get past the Detroit corporate media censorship and tell our side of the story: that the 1% are making out like bandits while autoworkers are living with concessionary contracts and city workers are getting thrown under the bus. This is a time to make NOISE! The world is watching to see what autoworkers, and the working class and people of Detroit and all of Michigan are doing in response to the assaults on our livelihoods and democratic rights. This is the time to develop our own agenda that will help bring us together to fight as part of one common cause.