Detroit Free Press: 700 Detroit residents gather to sound off on jobs

A panel of four U.S. Representatives heard a litany of woes from Detroit residents tonight, ranging from unfair labor practices to the use of credit scores on employment applications to uncut grass in Detroit parks.

U.S. Reps. Hansen Clarke and John Conyers, D-Detroit, Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, came to the city as part of Congress’ progressive caucus, which is calling for shrinking defense budgets and higher taxes on Wall Street in favor of assistance for beleaguered communities.

Nearly 700 people crowded into a sweltering King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit to talk about the best ways to create more jobs in America. Dozens lined up to speak out about all that ails Detroit and the country.

“Corporations are biased in terms of your credit score,” one woman said. “When they see you’ve got bad credit, they don’t want to give you a job.”


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