June 20, 2011
After graduating from high school in Detroit, Dave Ivers attended Wayne State University and subsequently joined the Navy, where he spent three years in the Submarine Service. He then became an engineer and served for many years as a business agent for International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 547.
Dave and his wife Nancy have been married 41 years and have two children and four grandchildren. They are active in their church, Historic Trinity Lutheran, located in downtown Detroit. They have worked on behalf of many social justice causes. Dave serves on the board of the Macomb County Interfaith Center for Racial Justice, the Opportunity Resource Fund and Elder Law of Michigan.
“I am proud to be part of the lawsuit because it fights back against the total lack of concern for the citizens of Michigan shown by our legislature and our Governor. These lawmakers think they know more than our own citizens on how to run a community or a school district. I think it’s significant that this mistrust and paternalism are aimed particularly at communities that are predominantly African-American.
“Our legislature and Governor are hell-bent on eliminating all services that help the least of us! And this action of Lansing shows that they have no respect for the will of the people. They are attacking all the institutions that make a middle class, and every process and right that makes for a real democracy.”
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