Jan 8, 2006

Auto Workers Protest Outside Auto Show In Detroit


(Detroit, MI) As many as 1,000 people gathered outside the Morth American International auto show (NAIAS) in support of Delphi workers, who face massive wage and benefit cuts as the company undergoes bankruptcy restructuring.

The line of protesters extended about a quarter-mile from the Cobo Convention Center to Hart Plaza. There were workers from places as distant as St. Louis, MO and Ingersoll, Ontario.

It has taken me a while to find a wireless signal, and the cold seems to be interfering with my laptop's microprosessors. I will provide more updates from the protest when I can find a spot to warm up my computer.

The first confrontation came about 1:20 PM, when most of the protesters left the official protest zone and attempted to walk arounf to get to the Cobo Center. They got as far as Shelby and Jefferson before being stopped by about 50 officers and a dozen police vehicles.

Lawyers connected with the group attempted to negotiate with Detroit Police to allow the protesters to continue marching to Cobo, but to no avail.

"GM does not own the sidewalks, the people do!" shouted one protester to the captain in charge.

More on this story shortly...


Marie said...

History Mike...are the Portesters being TREATED without the same CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS that the Nazi Group was given...

Why were they NOT allowed to Protest in front of Cobo?

The Protesters are BRAVE...they have my SUPPORT...

Is the confrontations between UAW and Soliders of Solidarity?

Thanks, for the posting...

historymike said...


The Nazis got much better treatment in Toledo than the UAW marchers in Detroit.

The protesters were kept at least 150 yards from Cobo Center, and threatened with immediate arrest for straying from the sidewalk.

qrswave said...

that's terrible.

Hey, thanks a lot for covering the protest.

Anonymous said...

The protesters were kept at the distance THEY NEGOTIATED AND AGREED TO during planning meetings with the Detroit Police Dept. held a few days ago.

They weren't even supposed to cross the street they did before police turned them around.

historymike said...

Got some anger there, anonymous?

If there was such an agreement, it was not communicated to the protesters.

Anonymous said...

“We wanted to surround the building, but these are the terms Soldiers of Solidarity agreed to,” said Todd Jordan, a 28-year-old hourly worker for Delphi Corp. in Kokomo, Ind., and protest organizer for Soldiers of Solidarity, a faction of the United Auto Workers.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Great coverage Mike!