DETROIT and WINDSOR, Canada, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Calling Matty Moroun a bully whose personal interest is standing in the way of jobs for workers in Detroit and Windsor, hundreds of protestors lined both sides of the international border Thursday in protest.
Individuals representing Bridge Watch Detroit, Occupy Detroit and Occupy Windsor joined faith and business leaders in the action against the Ambassador Bridge Company.
"This is a clear example of one of the richest 1% corrupting our democracy and using it to act above the law. They circumvent the process and use divisive tactics to continue to jeopardize our health, public safety and to block jobs from the 99% who need them," said State Rep. Rashida Tlaib. "For years, they have ignored the cries of our community and also refused to be accountable to our local, state and federal laws."
According to published reports, Moroun has spent close to $5 million on advertisements in opposition to the New International Trade Crossing (formerly the Detroit River International Crossing, or DRIC). That investment was characterized by Rich Robinson, the head of a non-profit group that monitors campaign finances as, "unprecedented."
Another published report stated that Moroun and his family members contributed $1.5 million in the 2009-10 campaign cycle to state and congressional candidates who could have a say on the bridge. The measure needed to move the project forward –which is estimated would create 30,000 jobs –died last week in a state Senate committee.
"Republicans in Lansing are just like Republicans in Washington, they are bought and sold by corporations and CEOs. In Washington, they killed the American Jobs Act and in Lansing," said Kila Mosley, 27 of Detroit. She has been trying to find work for the last six months. "We are the 99%! We deserve jobs. We demand that our interests come first with OUR government."
All the groups plan to continue to keep the pressure on both Moroun and elected officials to protect the public health, ensure that the Bridge Company complies with court orders to stop trucks from rumbling through local neighborhoods, and create jobs.
SOURCE Bridge Watch Detroit