The Spark

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

Dead Child:
A Cost of Budget Cuts

May 2, 2011

On April 21, a house fire killed a four-year-old girl in a poor working-class neighborhood on Detroit’s northeast side.

The nearest fire station, less than a mile away, was “browned out” at the time. Detroit fire stations are starved for funds and city officials “brown out,” that is, temporarily suspend operations, at a certain number of stations each day.

The city rolls its financial dice every day, and this day a four-year-old girl lost the roll of these loaded dice.