Apr 142016
 

May Day Detroit 2016

Sunday, May 1

Gather 2:00 PM

Grand Circus Park, Woodward and Adams, Pingree monument

March through downtown Detroit and rally afterwards

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On International Workers Day, We say:
DETROIT AND FLINT LIVES MATTER!

Water is a human right. Fix Flint’s pipes. Refund the bills for poison water. Fully fund the costs of lead poisoning treatment. Stop shutoffs in Detroit and everywhere. Housing is a right. Stop foreclosures and evictions. Cancel the tax foreclosures. Education is a right. Solidarity with DPS teachers. No charter schools. Fire Judge Rhodes. Restore authority to the current elected school board in exile. Use Helping Hardest Hit funds to keep families in their homes, not tear homes down. No more Emergency Managers!

NO TO RACISM! Stop the raids and deportations!

No to immigrant-bashing, Islamophia, sexism, anti-LGBTQ bigotry and oppression everywhere. Shut down fascist Trump campaign. Stop police violence. Justice for Terrance Kellum, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Aiyana Jones, Sandra Bland, and over 1000 more killed by racist police.

Make the banks, the government, and the auto bosses pay for the crisis they created!

Cancel Flint’s and Detroit’s debt. Restore city retiree pensions and health care benefits that were stolen. Make GM give $4 billion to Flint. State and federal aid to Flint and all hard-hit Michigan cities. Release budget surplus and rainy day funds. Money for people, not for war.

Justice for workers here and around the world.

Stop union-busting attacks. $15-an-hour minimum wage with a union.

System change, not climate change.

Capitalism is the problem! People before profits!

Gather 2:00 PM

Grand Circus Park, Woodward and Adams, Pingree monument

March through downtown Detroit and rally afterwards

Endorsers: Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs; Detroit Green Party; Workers World Party; Fight Imperialism Stand Together; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice; Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association; Detroit Public Schools Board-in-exile; Fifth Column; Autoworker Caravan; Stand Up Now; Friends to Elect Cynthia A. Johnson; Alexandria Montgomery; National Action Network, Detroit Chapter; Ja’Meka Armstrong; We the People of Detroit; Peoples Water Board; Student Justice League, U of M Dearborn; Students for a Democratic Society, Detroit; Water You Fighting For (Flint); United Hispanic Workers of Detroit

To endorse, email moratorium@moratorium-mi.org or call 313-680-5508

Click here for leaflet: Mayday Detroit 2016 leaflet

For more info contact: Moratorium Now! 313-680-5508

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Apr 162016
 

Moratorium NOW! Coalition weekly organizing meeting

Public Education Crisis in Detroit

Monday, April 18, 7 pm

5920 Second Ave., Detroit (at Antoinette, 2 blocks north of WSU Law School)

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Guest Speakers Include:

  • Helen Moore, a longtime education activist with Keep the Vote, No Takeover and other organizations.
  • Elena Herrada, a member of the Detroit Board of Education in-exile among other affiliation.

Please come out to this special Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) weekly meeting. Our focus will be on the education crisis in Detroit examining the role of the State of Michigan, the corporate community and the banks in driving the system into financial ruin.

Join this discussion on what is really behind the crisis in public education in Detroit. How can the state legislature and Gov. Snyder provide remedies for the system when they continued its near destruction through financial unaccountability, school closings, massive lay-offs, failure to maintain buildings and the disempowerment of students, parents, educators, elected officials and the community?

Learn how we can support our youth, teachers, parents and elected board members who are being ignored in yet another “restructuring” of the public schools aimed at draining even more funds and property rightfully belonging to the people.

In addition, we will report on the mobilization efforts for May Day (May 1) in downtown Detroit; our planned trip to Grand Rapids on May 11 for the Michigan Appeals Court hearing on the case of Rev. Edward Pinkney of Berrien County; the bus to Benton Harbor to protest against the PGA Tournament on May 28; among other issues.

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Apr 102016
 

Special Moratorium NOW! Coalition organizing meeting – focus on fighting tax foreclosures

Monday, April 11, 7 pm
5920 Second Ave., Detroit

Michael Steinberg, Director of the ACLU of Michigan, will speak on the efforts that the ACLU is pursuing to fight tax foreclosures in Detroit and Wayne County.

In May, 2015, Moratorium NOW! Coalition along with a number of community groups, joined the ACLU of Michigan in calling for a moratorium on mass tax foreclosures in Wayne County. (See Community groups send letter to the Wayne County Treasurer calling for a moratorium on tax foreclosures.) Michael Steinberg will update us on the legal aspects of the ongoing struggle.

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Mar 282016
 

Nidia Quintero, General Secretary of FENSUAGRO, Colombia’s largest federation of agricultural workers unions, will be a special guest at the weekly Moratorium NOW! Coalition meeting.

Monday, April 4, 7:00 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit 48202

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Colombia and all the world is hopeful about new peace accords that will end more than 50 years of civil war. But despite the progress that has been made, Colombia still is the most dangerous place in the world to be a unionist and assaults against human rights defenders have spiked in recent years. Colombia has also had peace agreements before that have been sabotaged by extreme right wing violence. Popular movements in Colombia have said international awareness is key if this peace is going to be just and durable.

Rural workers and their families are especially vulnerable and no labor organization is more targeted than FENSUAGRO. They represent the population most affected by forced displacement; many of their leaders have been jailed for political reasons; and since FENSUAGRO’s founding in 1976, more than 1,500 of their members have been murdered. Agricultural workers and peasant farmers are encouraged by agreements that when implemented will return many to their homes along with development of the infrastructure for new crops and markets for those crops. The peace could provide a level of security for labor organizers that has been absent for far too long. Nidia will discuss both the aspirations and fears of rural workers and all workers in Colombia.

Nidia comes from a farming family that was displaced by the armed conflict in the department of Cauca. She relocated to Putumayo, where she and her family became community and labor organizers. Fifteen of her fellow organizers were assassinated for their activities between 2000 and 2004. These included both her husband, a union leader who was killed on May 20, 2002 and her 19 year old son killed ten days later, who was also active in the union. In 2008 Nidia was chosen to be FENSUAGRO’s Secretary for Rural Women, and in 2010 she was elected to FENSUAGRO’s executive committee. She serves today as the federation’s Secretary General.

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Mar 152016
 

STOPdestroydetroit

Keep Wayne County residents in their homes!

Stop foreclosures of all occupied homes!

Demonstrate at the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office
400 Monroe Ave. (in Greektown)
Wednesday – March 23, 2016 – Noon

More than 30,000 occupied homes are facing tax foreclosure in 2016, about the same high number we faced last year. Why?

  • An 18% yearly interest is added to the property tax—People had their homes auctioned off even when they paid their taxes because they did not realize a fee had been tacked on to their bill! End usurious interest
  • Detroit property taxes are over assessed and have been over assessed for years. The city’s present efforts at reassessment are “too little, too late” for the thousands who have lost their homes in recent auctions or now face foreclosure. The city was obligated to properly assess these properties but didn’t! The right to request reassessment has been limited to a ridiculous two-week period in February. Other cities have reassessed residential properties. We demand proper reassessment, and debt incurred by failure to properly assess be wiped clean! Stop Foreclosures and auctioning of homes based on “fraudulent” assessments!
  • Water bills are added to the property tax. Remove all water bill debt from property tax bills!
  • In a city where 43% live in poverty, the tax department does not notify people that they may be eligible for “poverty” or principle residence exemptions. Eligibility for “poverty” exemptions should be retroactive, and everyone needs to be informed of these exemptions!
  • There are few or no counselors to help people, particularly those with a limited ability to read or whose first language is not English. Persons should be directly contacted, “occupied” homeowners identified, informed of their rights and worked with in the first year of forfeiture. Make independent counseling available!
  • The State of Michigan has just received a new grant of $74 million in Federal Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner assistance, with millions more on the way. These funds, intended to keep families in their homes, must be used to pay delinquent property tax bills for occupied homes, not be diverted for “blight removal” as was done last year. Place an immediate moratorium on tax foreclosures to allow families the opportunity to access these new Step Forward Funds. Make the Banks and Gilbert pay for the blight they caused through their predatory lending policies.

We demand an immediate moratorium (Halt) on all owner occupied home foreclosures, until the above and other glaring inequities are addressed!

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Issued by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
facebook.com/MoratoriumNowCoalition/      Moratorium-MI.org       moratorium@moritorium-mi.org      313-680-5508

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Feb 172016
 

Friday, February 19

11 am

Assemble at the Metropolitan Baptist Church at 10am

930 E. Myrtle Avenue, Flint, MI

Carpooling from Detroit:

Gather at 9am at 5920 Second Ave., Detroit (2 blocks north of WSU). Cars will depart for Flint at 9:30am. There is no guarantee of a ride.

Also, the Detroit Light Brigade and the Social Bustice are going back to Flint to stand with the residents to demand justice! They will be leaving Detroit at 8:15 am. The march starts at 11am! There is space for 9 people. Please call 313-704-5150 if you want to go.

 

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Feb 072016
 

General Motors is Guilty in Flint!

Demand GM, which made $9.7 billion in 2015, immediately contribute $4 billion to rebuild Flint’s water infrastructure, housing and schools, and provide quality, lifetime healthcare and services for Flint’s youth!

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Working people across the U.S. and even many celebrities have made significant contributions to aid the people of Flint, who are experiencing the devastating effects of the Water Lead Poisoning Scandal. One entity, however, has been notably silent: General Motors Corporation. This is despite the fact that it was the actions of GM that are responsible for the financial destruction of Flint, which led to the city being placed under racist Emergency Management with the disastrous consequences that followed.

  • GM eliminated 72,000 union auto worker jobs in the Flint from 1970 to the present, driving out half of the population, and turning Flint from one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S. to the poorest. GM moved operations all over the globe seeking low wages and replaced workers with robots in its drive for super-profits.
  • When GM became aware of the toxic nature of Flint’s water supply in October 2014, it didn’t alert the public or call for the end of its use in family water taps. No, it negotiated an exemption for itself to get water from Lake Huron so its parts would not be corroded, the people be damned.
  • GM is the single greatest polluter of the toxic Flint River, using it to dump industrial waste for years.
  • GM promoted lead-based gasoline for 60 years to make its engines more efficient at the least cost, knowing full well the poisonous effects of lead.
  • GM got a bailout from the federal government in 2009 which cost taxpayers $11 billion. The State of Michigan, under governors Granholm and Snyder, gave GM $4 billion in tax credits through 2030, meaning every year GM is profitable it pays ZERO state taxes.
  • GM pocketed $9.7 billion in profits in 2015. It’s time for GM to pay its debt to the people of Flint.

For more info: 313-680-5508

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Jan 032016
 

13th Detroit Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally & March

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Central United Methodist Church

Mon. Jan. 18, 2016

Noon to 5:30 pm

Sponsored by the Detroit MLK Day Committee
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Dec 072015
 

Protest Gov. Snyder,  Mayor Duggan and retired U.S. Judge Rhodes

Return stolen Detroit municipal pensions to city workers!

Stop the water shutoffs!

Reverse the layoffs in the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department!

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5pm

Wayne State University
Community Arts Auditorium
450 Reuther Mall
Detroit , MI 48202

Gov. Rick Snyder, Mayor Mike Duggan and retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will be featured on a panel discussing the the recently concluded bankruptcy of the City of Detroit. The event begins at 6pm.  After the protest, you are encouraged to go into the auditorium for the panel discussion.  You will need to obtain free tickets  at

 December 7, 2015  Posted by at 9:58 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Nov 292015
 
Re. Edward Pinkney speaking in Detroit in October 2014

Re. Edward Pinkney speaking in Detroit in October 2014

Emergency Conference to Save Rev. Edward Pinkney

Saturday – December 12, 2015 – Noon to 5 pm

St. Matthew-St. Joseph Episcopal Church
8850 Woodward Ave. (at King St.)
Detroit, Michigan

Michigan political prisoner, the Reverend Edward Pinkney, fears for his life. With phone access denied, he is isolated in the far north Marquette Branch Prison, 500 miles from his wife, attorney and supporters. He recently wrote:

“I was transferred to Marquette Prison, shackled, mistreated, and intimidated. I was forced to strip on five different occasions. I am forced into overcrowding, inadequate exercise, lack of clean clothing, and inadequate medical care.

“I believe that [they] have put a hit on me, inside the prison system. I believe they are trying to force me to die in prison. If I do not survive this, you will know the reason why.

“The blatantly unconstitutional conduct by Judge Sterling Schrock, Prosecutor Mike Sepic, Sheriff Bailey, and the all-white jury have placed my life in danger.
“I need you to stand with me against the corrupt, broken system, a criminal enterprise operating in Berrien County and across the country–a lynch mob in black robes and three-piece suits.”

Rev. Pinkney’s family and supporters agree that his life is in danger. Racist guards are whipping up hostility among the 80% white prisoners against Rev. Pinkney. He lacks clean clothes, decent food, adequate medical care and exercise. Rev. Pinkney turned 67 at the end of October. We need to come together to put this critical situation before the whole nation and the entire world.

For more information and to endorse, please call 313-680-5508 or email mecawi@mecawi.org.

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Initial Endorsers: Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (mecawi.org); Observers in the Court; Pan African News Wire (panafricannews.blogspot.com); Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA); Detroit Green Party; Detroit School Board (in exile); Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures (moratorium-mi.org); Workers World Party

For more information regarding Rev. Edward Pinkney, please visit bhbanco.org

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