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August 16 2013

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DETROIT (WXYZ) - An online petition aims to make the Detroit Institute of Arts a National Monument, preventing the sale of its artwork.

With over 3,900 signatures, the MoveOn.org petition created by Donald Handy has nearly reached its goal of 4,000. Handy says “I am a native Detroiter, and I love the Detroit Institue of Arts. The thought of losing its collection—especially the Diego Rivera murals—is heartbreaking.”

Earlier this month Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr hired Christie’s to appraise a portion of the DIA’s collection.

It sparked fear that the priceless collection could be sold to help the city pay back some of its $18 billion long term debt.

Handy and other metro Detroiters is attempting to gain the attention of The House of Representatives, The Senate and President Obama. …

(via MoveOn.org petition aims to make Detroit Institute of Arts a national monument, save collection)

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MoveOn Petitions - Make the Detroit Institute of Arts a National Monument

There is talk of selling art owned by the City of Detroit, contained within the Detroit Institute of Arts, to pay off the city’s debt. This to me would like New York City selling the Statue of Liberty, or Washington D.C. selling the Washington Monument. If we designate the Detroit Institute of Arts, including all of the treasures within, as a national monument, this would protect and preserve them for future generations. Petition Background President Obama has the power with the stroke of a pen to designate the Detroit Institute of Arts as a national monument. I am a native Detroiter, and I love the Detroit Institute of Arts. The thought of losing its collection—especially the Diego Rivera murals—is heartbreaking. I can’t just sit by and do nothing while my main source of pride in Detroit is stolen. …


A non-elected bankruptcy lawyer is doing his best to destroy my city and insult her inhabitants, sticking us with the bill his fine dining and hotel entails. Why? He even plans on selling the treasures of a great museum, which is illegal: our art is held in a charitable trust for the people of Michigan.

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Tell the International Olympic Committee to protect Olympic athletes and fans by moving the 2014 Winter Olympics out of Russia.

Russia is waging a war on gay people — and Russian politicians have made it clear that they will enforce the country’s draconian new anti-gay rules on both fans and athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

The “gay propaganda” ban makes it illegal to be openly gay and has harsh consequences for anyone convicted of sharing what is considered to be “homosexual information” to minors. A same-sex embrace or carrying a pro-gay sign can lead to arrest and imprisonment. What’s more, the Russian government can detain foreigners for up to 14 days before expelling them from the country if their behavior runs afoul of Russia’s harsh anti-gay statutes. …

via Don’t let Russia arrest gays at the Olympics | CREDO Action

August 07 2013

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