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MOSES co-sponsors Detroit Bankruptcy and Beyond April 7-8

Posted by: Gordon on 3/20/2014

Detroit Bankruptcy and Beyond

Local and national experts will consider the Detroit bankruptcy from a different angle — one more concerned with racial equity and preserving the city than making big investors whole and looking at how the same issues may play out elsewhere — on April 7-8.

The forum "Detroit Bankruptcy and Beyond: Organizing for Change in Distressed Cities” will feature keynote speakers Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation and Prof. Thomas Sugrue of University of Pennsylvania.

The conference will bring together organizers, policy makers, community members, and researchers from Detroit and other cities facing tough financial challenges.

The conference will feature presentations and discussion on topics such as:

  • What is municipal bankruptcy? 
  • How did Detroit get here? 
  • What are the options for cities facing bankruptcy & fiscal crisis?  
  • What are the racial justice & equity implications of municipal bankruptcy?


Sugrue, a Detroit native who has written extensively on the city, gave a foretaste of his comments in a recent interview on Huffington Post that was provocatively titled “Detroit Doesn't Need Hipsters To Survive, It Needs Black People.” The interviewer highlights equitable development and issues of gentrification and downtown vs. neighborhood development. 

Rapson is a former Minneapolis deputy mayor. Kresge, of suburban Troy, Mich., is the biggest foundation spender in Detroit, awarding almost $165-million in grants there from 2007 to 2011, according to an October 2013 Chronicle of Philanthropy report.

Affiliate MOSES is co-sponsoring the event with Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California-Berkeley.

The event is free but pre-registration is required. Agenda, speakers list, registration and other information is available at a conference website.


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