The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Have It Your Way?
Not so Much

Apr 3, 2023

Burger King announced it will be closing 26 locations in Metro Detroit in a matter of about three weeks. Twelve of the stores closing are in the city of Detroit, and several others are located near the city’s borders.

This is a serious problem for workers in at least two ways. First, it means 424 workers will lose their jobs, according to the company. For these workers, it is how they make their livelihoods and they will have to find work elsewhere.

In addition, it simply adds to the food desert that already exists in the city. Most workers can’t afford the many pop-ups and fusion restaurants catering to the new gentrified crowd. Burger King is an affordable lunch or dinner accessible in the city neighborhoods.

In a society organized for profit, it’s bad enough to be limited to poor quality. But worse, not to have any.