Local pastors, community leaders and residents plan protests against possible emergency manager

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Community leaders, local pastors and residents gathered today at Bethany Baptist Church on Detroit's west side.They're coming up with plans on how to take a stand against having an emergency manager for the city of Detroit.

The looming possibility has brought all of them together. They are planning a protest on January 16 outside Governor Rick Snyder's home.

On Wednesday, State Treasurer Andy Dillon said a preliminary review by the Department of Treasury found Detroit is in "probable financial stress."

Today, Congressman John Conyers says he has contacted US Attorney General Eric Holder because he wants the US Department of Justice to intervene. Conyers say the emergency manager law is "seriously flawed".

So far, more than 160,000 signatures have been collected in order to get the emergency manager issue on the november ballot "so the people can decide if they want one".

They have the legal number needed, but organizers say they want to get 250,000 just to be safe.

"I believe we have the capability to manage our own city," says lifelong Detroit resident Norma Bright.

We are trying to figure out how we all come together to save democracy," says Rev. David Bullock of Rainbow PUSH Detroit.

What do you think? Would an emergency manager do good or harm?

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