DETROIT - They believe that if a negligent slumlord did what he was supposed to, the worst urban blight could be used to generate good jobs.
The unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent in May, up from April's 9 percent rate, signalling a pause in any economic recovery.
Activists joined the national effort for "First Friday Vigils" on behalf the unemployed the day that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released new unemployment data.
Prospects for redeveloping the Oakland Army Base moved a step forward last week as the City Council voted to extend its negotiating agreement with developers California Capital Group and AMB Corp.
Chicago Jobs with Justice joined with U.S. Uncut and other community allies and marched on the Bank of America, demanding that the financial giant pay its fair share of federal taxes
The nation's official unemployment rate declined ever so slightly for the third straight month in February, down 0.1 percent to 8.9 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week.
Unemployment compensation acts as one of the most efficient stimulus programs, pumping more than $9 billion into the local economy.
Women's rights activists note that, while the jobs crisis is harming all sectors of society, women and girls are being hit especially hard. Despite recent recovery efforts the unemployment rate among women has increased.
Unemployment has hovered at 10 percent for months, yet employers are refusing to hire the jobless.
House Republicans are seeking large cuts in domestic programs for the rest of this fiscal year - including 21 percent from the Labor Department - and they promise more to come next year.