The Detroit Economic Club is sponsoring The National Summit, June 15-17, a far-ranging symposium/forum/discussion/press event about the future of the U.S. economy. Many, many top manufacturers will be represented at the summit, which is being co-chaired by William Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Co. and Andrew Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Co. NAM President John Engler is participating at the conference at the Marriott Renaissance Center.

We’ll be reporting lots more about the event as it nears. Today we note that the American left is planning counterprogramming. The communist Workers’ World reports:

Organizing for the June 14-17 People’s Summit and Tent City in Detroit is building fast. A planning meeting April 25 was attended by representatives from a broad base of progressive organizations. They included the Autoworkers Caravan, which has been in the forefront of challenging the massive attacks on auto workers’ wages and benefits; the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions; disabled activists from Warriors on Wheels; Call ’Em Out; the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality; and the National Lawyers Guild. Two UAW members from Toledo, Ohio, also attended.

The People’s Summit in Grand Circus Park will be an opportunity to link the struggles challenging the war on poor and working people, and to put forward a program for jobs, universal health care and a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, as well as full rights for oppressed nationalities, immigrants, people with disabilities, women and the lesbian/gay/bi and trans communities.

Quite a broad coalition of such disparate causes and interests. They really need a vanguard to organize and mobilize. Reading assignment: The Black Book of Communism

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