Ann Arbor Area Community News
MOSES (Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength) will be holding a rally at the University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall on Sunday, September 26 from 3:30-5:00 pm; the University of Michigan will be providing bus transportation from Ann Arbor.
A similar MOSES rally in September 2002 drew 5,000 people and focused on the “Fix it First” approach to infrastructure spending that became Jennifer Granholm’s policy upon winning the gubernatorial race later that year. MOSES hopes to draw 7,000 people to this year’s rally, which, among other regional issues, will support recent calls to refocus SEMCOG’s activities on existing urban areas rather than fringe development.
From MOSES’ website,
The theme of this year’s rally is “Can You Hear Us Now?: A Rally for Regional Unity and Accountability.” Our goal is to address issues such as urban revitalization, adequate health care, regional public transportation, and infrastructure repair while preserving natural areas from unwanted development, as well as ensuring the civil rights of Michigan residents, including immigrants and other ethnic minorities.
UMich students, staff, and faculty have priority on the buses, but free parking is available at Calihan Hall. The buses will leave from North University, across from the Michigan League, with the first bus leaving at 1:30pm and the last bus no later than 2:00pm or when full, and will return to the same location after the event. Greg Markus, Professor of Political Science, is the contact for bus reservations and other event questions.
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