“Bankruptcy should be a last resort. It is a very dramatic step,” Gov. Rick Snyder.

More than 200 people attended the “Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later” event on Wayne State University’s campus Dec. 9. The agenda included Gov. Rick Snyder, Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, and Mayor Mike Duggan as well as retirees, a representative from the Detroit Institute of Arts and journalists from the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, who produced work as part of a month-long retrospect on the effects of the case on the city and the region.

Kicking off the evening, the teen poets of the InsideOut Literary Arts Project performed an original poem, written for the event. In advance of the evening, WDET’s Sandra Svoboda led two workshops for the students at Cody High School, teaching them about the background of the case and leading discussions about bankruptcy’s impact. Here is a video of some of that work.

While Gov. Snyder defended the bankruptcy  in his on-stage interview with Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White. Some in the audience repeatedly interrupted Gov. Rick Snyder and Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, and the event ended early without Mayor Mike Duggan taking the stage.

Here is the audio of some of the segments:

Gov. Rick Snyder with Michigan Radio’s Jennifer White

A discussion of the “Grand Bargain” and the Great Lakes Water Authority led by WDET’s Sandra Svoboda

Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes with Bridge Magazine’s Nancy Derringer

A panel discussion with DJC Journalists, led by WDET’s Jerome Vaughn

Here is a video of the youth poets’ performance:

Here are some articles about the event published by the Detroit Journalism Cooperative partners:

WDET: “Community Forum on Bankruptcy Sparks Conversation and Criticism

DPTV’s MiWeek Full Episode: “Detroit: One Year After Bankruptcy

The Arab American News: “Protesters Highlight Mixed Feelings About Detroit Post-Bankruptcy

WDET  “B is for Bankruptcy” [POEM with VIDEO and AUDIO]

WDET  “The Coverage: Detroit Bankruptcy One Year Later

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