The Spark

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

Rocket Docket in Michigan = Railroading the Poor

Nov 28, 2011

Messing with children at Christmas in a way even Scrooge might find upsetting, Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Maura Corrigan demanded that 929 families all report at 8am the Monday after the Thanksgiving Holiday for appeals hearings.

These 929 are part of the 12,000 families thrown off assistance on November 1st. The pitiful grants they lost were used by the poorest of the poor to pay for rent and so on.

Michigan has set up so-called “Rocket Dockets” to “hear” these appeals.

Clients will be herded into rooms where hearings will be held via teleconference before administrative law judges, apparently all 929 families rushed through in one day. These judges have the power to act as economic executioners, yet they don’t have to show up!

Outraged at the railroading of poor families, DHS workers and welfare rights activists quickly organized a demonstration to denounce the loss of cash assistance for families as being the direct result of tax breaks for corporations.

For those who run this society, silence equals support. That’s why every expression of opposition counts.