100 protest Detroit's emergency manager, ask to talk with mayor at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
12:53 PM, Mar 28, 2013
1:59 PM, Jul 10, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - About a hundred protesters gathered in the lobby of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center - Detroit's city hall - on Wednesday saying the appointment of an emergency manager is a violation of their voting rights.
This follows the filing of a lawsuit challenging Michigan's emergency manager law.
Participants in the peaceful protest were asking to meet with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on the building's eleventh floor.
They occupied the building's lobby, filling it with song. "We Shall Overcome," could be heard from many of the participants.
"We believe that emergency management is anti-Democratic and it is against our voting rights," said Rev. Charles Williams II, of the Historic King Solomon Baptist Church and president of National Action Network in Michigan.
Williams led the group in chants of, "Man up." That message - he said - was aimed at the mayor.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday evening in federal court. Reverend Al Sharpton's group, the National Action Network, is part of that lawsuit.