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Saturday, 29 October, 2011 11:38 PM

Hundreds in Detroit, Canada Protest Matty Moroun as Jobs Buster

Bridge Watch Detroit, Occupy Detroit, residents, faith and business owners among protesters

PHOTO BY MICHELE K. / ©AMERICAJR.com

Matty Moroun owns the Michigan Central Train Depot, among many other properties in the city of Detroit.

 

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DETROIT and WINDSOR, Canada -- Calling Matty Moroun a bully whose personal interest is standing in the way of jobs for workers in Detroit and Windsor, hundreds of protestors lined both sides of the international border Thursday in protest.

Individuals representing Bridge Watch Detroit, Occupy Detroit and Occupy Windsor joined faith and business leaders in the action against the Ambassador Bridge Company.

"This is a clear example of one of the richest 1% corrupting our democracy and using it to act above the law. They circumvent the process and use divisive tactics to continue to jeopardize our health, public safety and to block jobs from the 99% who need them," said State Rep. Rashida Tlaib. "For years, they have ignored the cries of our community and also refused to be accountable to our local, state and federal laws."

According to published reports, Moroun has spent close to $5 million on advertisements in opposition to the New International Trade Crossing (formerly the Detroit River International Crossing, or DRIC). That investment was characterized by Rich Robinson, the head of a non-profit group that monitors campaign finances as, "unprecedented."

Another published report stated that Moroun and his family members contributed $1.5 million in the 2009-10 campaign cycle to state and congressional candidates who could have a say on the bridge. The measure needed to move the project forward –which is estimated would create 30,000 jobs –died last week in a state Senate committee.

"Republicans in Lansing are just like Republicans in Washington, they are bought and sold by corporations and CEOs. In Washington, they killed the American Jobs Act and in Lansing," said Kila Mosley, 27 of Detroit. She has been trying to find work for the last six months. "We are the 99%! We deserve jobs. We demand that our interests come first with OUR government."

All the groups plan to continue to keep the pressure on both Moroun and elected officials to protect the public health, ensure that the Bridge Company complies with court orders to stop trucks from rumbling through local neighborhoods, and create jobs.

Source: Bridge Watch Detroit

 

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Gov. Snyder's plan calls for the new bridge to be located near Delray Park, about two miles south from the current Ambassador Bridge.

 

Michigan Chamber of Commerce Supports New International Trade Crossing, Urges Lawmakers to Vote for Senate Bills 410-11

 

LANSING, Mich. -- Calling on State Senators to support Michigan's job providers, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce today urged members of the Senate Economic Development Committee to act now on legislation to create the New International Trade Crossing (NITC).

"The Michigan Chamber of Commerce supports the NITC as a tool to promote conditions favorable to job creation and business growth," said Michigan Chamber President and CEO Rich Studley. "The Chamber has long supported improving the condition and performance of Michigan's transportation system. Creation of the NITC is a necessary and important step in rebuilding Michigan's roads and bridges."

"State lawmakers have a clear choice by this important legislation: Be a bridge builder or a barrier to progress," Studley added.

"The Michigan Chamber has been a strong advocate of the Administration's plan to reinvent Michigan and supports the new bridge between Detroit to Windsor as part of that plan," noted Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President of Business Advocacy & Associate General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber. "Building the NITC offers great benefits to our state's economic future, including the creation and retention of jobs."

"As members of the State Senate prepare to vote on Senate Bills 410-11, we ask them to support Michigan's job providers by voting 'yes' on the NITC," Holcomb concluded.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business organization representing approximately 6,800 employers, trade associations and local chambers of commerce. The Michigan Chamber represents businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties of the state. The Chamber was established in 1959 to be an advocate for Michigan's job providers in the legislative, political and legal process. It is one of only four state chambers of commerce in the nation accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Source: Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Related Story: Six out of nine want the new Detroit bridge crossing to be adjacent to Ambassador Bridge

 

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