Martha G. Scott
- For other uses, see Martha Scott (disambiguation)
Martha G. Scott is a State Senator, is a Democratic member of the Michigan State Senate, representing the 2nd district since 2001. The district includes the northeast section of Detroit and the cities of Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods, and the five Grosse Pointes. She is currently in her second full term, which will expire in 2010. Previously she was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives from 1994 through 2001.
Martha Scott is a South Carolina native and graduate of Highland Park (Michigan) Public Schools and Highland Park (Michigan) Junior College. In 1990, she received an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the Urban Bible Institute of Detroit, and an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the Tennessee School of Religion in 1994. Scott retired in 1986 from Michigan Bell after 26 years of service.
Scott began her public service career in 1972 as a Precinct Delegate. In 1977, she was appointed to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners. In 1979, she served as Vice-Chair of the Wayne County Civil Service Commission. From 1984 to 1987, she was President of the Highland Park City Council. In 1988, she was elected the first woman Mayor of Highland Park, making her the first African American woman elected Mayor of a Michigan city.
In 1994, Scott was elected State Representative of the 6th House District, representing Highland Park, Hamtramck and portions of Detroit. She was re-elected to her second and third House terms in November 1996 and 1998, respectively. During her tenure as State Representative, Scott served on the House Education and Insurance committees and on Task Force committees for Corrections, Education, Higher Education, and Transportation.
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
On Feb. 17, 2007, Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, chaired a meeting sponsored by the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice which was held at the Central United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit. The meeting was called to demand the withdrawal of funds for the occupation of Iraq. The event was also addressed by US Congressman John Conyers, JoAnn Watson of the Detroit City Council and State Senator Martha G. Scott. Also attending the meeting was Patricia Lay Dorsey.
Co-Sponsored SB 1306
As at July 7, 2008, Martha Scott was a co-sponsor of State Senator Hansen Clarke's Senate Bill 1306, "which would stop all mortgage foreclosures and evictions for two years." The bill is being supported by the Workers World Party-front, Moratorium NOW!.
Sept. 2008 Protest at Michigan Capitol
On Sept. 17, 2008, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions sponsored a rally at the Michigan State Capitol, demanding the State Legislature enact SB 1306, a two-year foreclosure moratorium bill. Bryan Pfeifer of Lansing, Michigan, writing at the International Action Center - Boston's website wrote a summary of the day's events,
- "...Dozens of UNITE HERE union members came from Detroit on a bus sponsored by the Change to Win labor federation. Other unionists included United Auto Workers, Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Teachers.
- The Green Party of Michigan, Detroit Greens and the Cynthia McKinney presidential campaign were represented, as were Students for a Democratic Society, National Lawyers Guild, Workers World Party, Food Not Bombs, the independent newspaper collective Critical Moment, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, Michigan Welfare Rights, Call ’Em Out, Latinos Unidos of Michigan, Grand Rapids Latino Community Coalition, Joint Religious Organizing Network for Action and Hope, and the Adrian Dominican Sisters & Associates for Peace.
- After leaving buses, vans and carpools, protesters began marching in a huge picket line. Sandra Hines and Abayomi Azikiwe of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition led chants of “We the people demand relief–Moratorium NOW!” and “A home is a right–We’re gonna fight, fight, fight!”... Azikiwe ...and co-chair Kris Hamel kicked off the rally on the Capitol steps...
- Reverend Ed Rowe of Central United Methodist Church in Detroit, one of the coalition’s initiators, said, “We’re fired up and ready to go. No more bailouts to the rich.” Rowe said all faith-based organizations should be supporting SB 1306. He pledged ongoing support to the coalition, whose office is in his church. Rowe worked with state Senator Hansen Clarke in drafting and sponsoring SB 1306...
- State Representatives Gabe Leland, Shanelle Jackson, Bettie Cook Scott and Steve Tobocman also addressed the crowd, as did state Sen. Martha G. Scott. Speaking from her wheelchair, Rubie Curl-Pinkins declared, “I don’t want anyone else to lose their home. Keep on fighting!”... Nikki Curl, Pinkins’ daughter, said, “When we come together as one, we can make a difference.” Sandra Hines, whose family home of 40 years was seized by the bank, said, “This is a national fight. We’re going to force elected officials to move. We have to win this moratorium.”
- Jerry Goldberg, people’s attorney and coalition leader, said, “We can’t wait one more day for a moratorium. We need an executive order from Governor Granholm..." Juan Daniel Castro of the Grand Rapids Latino Community Coalition connected the struggles of poor and working people in the United States to those in Latin America...
- Linette Crosby from rural St. Johns told how her family’s 140-acre mint farm, which has been in existence since 1912, is now in foreclosure... Larry Holmes of New York City, a leader of the Troops Out Now Coalition and the Ad Hoc National Network to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions, told the crowd: “When the rich want something, nothing is ever enough..."
- Robert Pratt of UNITE HERE... with dozens of union members in red shirts behind him on the steps of the Capitol, pledged to organize to help make the moratorium a reality. Rosendo Delgado of Latinos Unidos of Michigan stated: “If we can get a moratorium passed in Michigan, it will spread like wildfire. Therefore we must fight to make this bill a reality.”"
Arab American Political Action Committee
- Martha G. Scott Facebook page, accessed August 11, 2011
- Martha G. Scott Facebook page, accessed August 11, 2011
- Pan-African News Wire on Flickr: Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, at Central United Methodist Church..., Feb. 17, 2007 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)
- Moratorium NOW!: Endorsers of Senate Bill 1306 (accessed on Feb. 9, 2011)
- International Action Center - Boston: People tell Michigan legislators: ‘MORATORIUM NOW!’ (accessed on Feb. 10, 2011)
- AAPAC website, Oct. 26, 2010 (accessed on Feb. 15, 2011)