Economic Woes Spark Riots in Detroit

Tens of thousands line up to apply for Federal aid

Friday, October 09, 2009

Riots broke out in Detroit this week, when tens of thousands of residents lined up to apply for federal help to pay their rent, mortgages and utilities. We'll hear from the former police commander of the precinct where the mayhem happened, Gary Brown, who is running for the Detroit City Council, and Cheryl Johnson, CEO of the Coalition for Temporary Shelter, who was also on the scene. We'll also hear from Andrew Stettner, a deputy director for the National Employment Law Project, to see how this incident fits into the national economic picture.

Guests:

Gary Brown, Cheryl P. Johnson and Andrew Stettner

Produced by:

Abbie Fentress Swanson

Comments [1]

Dave Brubeck

These type of welfare programs have a long history of creating riots in Detroit. I remember the same thing happening in the late sixties when welfare destroyed the motivation for personal responsibility and productive work ethics in Detroit. The end result of this type of Robin Hood politics has completely destroyed this city.

Oct. 09 2009 09:24 AM

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