May 182018
 

Saturday, May 19, Noon – 2 PM

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
735 Randolph St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Last month, the City of Detroit announced plans to shut off water to more than 17,000 residents resuming a condemned practice of denying water and sanitation service to low income households. Meanwhile, Detroit and surrounding cities are in the middle of an alarming Hepatitis A epidemic! This public health crisis has led to national travel warnings not to go to Michigan.

People’s Water Board, Moratorium NOW, and the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign are organizing a weekly Saturday protest until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event and invite your Facebook friends.

We will be meeting at the downtown DWSD office and marching a short distance to Campus Martius. Please join us to express your public concern!

Please call Valerie Jean (313-704-5150) if you have any questions about this event.

See the May 5 post for background info: http://moratorium-mi.org/solidarity-saturdays-stop-the-water-shut-offs/

 May 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:39 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
May 112018
 

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Saturday, May 12, Noon – 2 PM

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
735 Randolph St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Last month, the City of Detroit announced plans to shut off water to more than 17,000 residents resuming a condemned practice of denying water and sanitation service to low income households. Meanwhile, Detroit and surrounding cities are in the middle of an alarming Hepatitis A epidemic! This public health crisis has led to national travel warnings not to go to Michigan.

People’s Water Board, Moratorium NOW, and the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign are organizing a weekly Saturday protest until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event and invite your Facebook friends.

We will be meeting at the downtown DWSD office and marching a short distance to Campus Martius. Please join us to express your public concern!

Please call Valerie Jean (313-704-5150) if you have any questions about this event.

See the May 5 post for background info: http://moratorium-mi.org/solidarity-saturdays-stop-the-water-shut-offs/

 May 11, 2018  Posted by at 10:39 am Uncategorized No Responses »
May 032018
 

Saturday, May 5, Noon – 2 PM

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
735 Randolph St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

This month, the City of Detroit announced plans to shutoff water to more than 17,000 residents resuming a condemned practice of denying water and sanitation service to low income households. Meanwhile, Detroit and surrounding cities are in the middle of an alarming Hepatitis A epidemic spread from fecal-oral contamination! This public health crisis has led to national travel warnings not to go to Michigan because of it.

People’s Water Board, Moratorium NOW, and the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign are organizing a weekly Saturday protest until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event and invite your facebook friends.

We will be meeting at the downtown DWSD office and marching a short distance to Campus Martius. Please join us to express your public concern!

Background:

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept shuts off service to customers who are $150 behind and/or 2 months late on their bill. Low income customers are eligible to sign up for payment plans to catch up on current and past due bills with a starting deposit of 10%. If they default, the deposit goes up to 30% then 50% — a losing formula if you’re already struggling to pay the lowest rate.

Let’s be honest, no one chooses to live without household water to drink, cook, bathe and flush the toilet. Most low income families can’t afford to keep up annual service rate increases and the growing cost of infrastructure repairs that are passed on to customers. What we need is a WATER AFFORDABILITY PROGRAM BASED ON INCOME so that poor families can pay 2-3% of their income instead of double digit percentages like now.

This type of program started last summer in Philadelphia and is a big success! Households with low income vulnerable populations like seniors, people with disabilities, chronically ill persons, low wage workers, kids and babies are more likely to contract water-borne illnesses and experience inadequate access to clean sanitation. Protecting the least among us by ensuring they have safe, clean, accessible and affordable water is a win-win solution for us all! These families can address their basic life-sustaining needs and we all experience safe public health and community well-being. As Michiganders, let’s make water a human right for all!

 May 3, 2018  Posted by at 10:01 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 212018
 

May Day Demonstration

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

3:30 PM

Clark Park
Clark Street and Vernor, Detroit, MI 48209

3:30 PM – Rally
4:30 PM – March
5:15 PM – Closing Rally
6:00 PM – End

Each of us – no matter our identity or the place of our birth – deserves clean & affordable water, housing, good iobs, & education, not jails, deportations, and war.

  • Disband ICE! No raids, no deportations!
  • No to lslamophobia!
  • No to racism, sexism, ableism, and LGBTQ oppression!
  • Money for iobs, housing, and education, not war!
  • No to imperialism, colonialism, and imperialist wars!
  • No more gentrification!
  • End police brutality!
  • Demilitarize police to demilitarize society!
  • Housing is a human right!
  • Water is a human right! Fix the pipes, end the water shut-offs!
  • No Union Busting! $15 Minimum Wage and a Union!
  • End right-to-work laws!
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work!
  • Abortion on demand, without apology!
  • Sex work is work!
  • Stop the Trump-Pence agenda!
 April 21, 2018  Posted by at 10:49 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 202018
 


              

Registration is now open for the National Conference Against Austerity. The conference on March 24th is free and open to the public, with a suggested $10 donation for the registration packet. Register here.

For help with housing for traveling attendees, please contact us at sfsharonfeldman@live.com

 February 20, 2018  Posted by at 7:32 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Jan 252018
 

Rescheduled from last week due to the snow storm.

Honduras: The people resist dictatorship

Monday, February 5, 7:00 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, 48202

Come to a special presentation at the regular weekly meeting of  Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI).

On November 26 the Honduran people voted in a presidential election. Polls and initial vote tallies showed the main opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, clearly winning the election. Yet the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, dominated by the ruling National Party, declared current President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) the winner. Hernandez became president four years ago amid widespread fraud, irregularities, bribery and intimidation. Seeing a repeat of 2013, the people took to the streets in protest and they remain in the streets — the struggle around the demand “Fuera JOH!” (JOH Out) is in high gear. About 40 people have been killed and hundreds injured seriously by the police and military; thousands have been arrested. Washington has recognized the illegal regime and continues to fund the Honduran repressive forces. But the people, who staged a national strike from January 20-27, are not backing down!

Martha Grevatt, who will be giving the presentation, was a human rights observer during the stolen election of 2013. She has covered recent events in Honduras for Workers World newspaper. Grevatt is part of the Honduras Solidarity Network. This meeting is one of a number of actions coordinated by HSN to protest the inauguration of JOH and support the Honduran resistance.

TeleSur article: Honduras: Anti-Govt. Protests Continue Ahead of Presidential Inauguration

 January 25, 2018  Posted by at 1:08 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jan 192018
 

ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRUMP’S INAUGURATION

DEMONSTRATE – FIGHT TRUMP AND THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM HE REPRESENTS

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, NOON

CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK,
800 WOODWARD, DOWNTOWN DETROIT

DEMAND:

  • Overturn the tax giveaway to the rich and corporations
  • Defend Medicaid, food stamps, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program — No cuts — Expand Social Programs for the Poor
  • No to U.S. Imperialist War and Aggression across the globe — Defend the DPRK, Yemen, and Iran. Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising
  • Smash White Supremacy, sexism and LGBTQ oppression.
  • Defend Immigrant Rights — there are no borders in the workers’ struggle
  • Fight for 15 and a Union — Stop the robbery of servers’ tips
  • Jobs and Health Care are fundamental Human Rights and must be guaranteed to all
  • Stop the War on the Environment
  • Make the Banks pay for the Destruction they caused from Detroit to Puerto Rico
  • End the giveaway of our City to Detroit’s Trump — Dan “Robber Baron” Gilbert.
  • Stop all Foreclosures, Evictions and Water Shut-offs
  • DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST THE J20 2017 DEFENDANTS

Called by Moratorium Now! Coalition, Michigan People’s Defense Network & Workers World Party

 January 19, 2018  Posted by at 5:41 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 032017
 

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

7 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48219


Where do we go from here? After a very successful meeting on October 26, called “World Conference of Mayors: Real Detroiters Speak OUT!”, https://www.facebook.com/events/748951851959622/, we need to discuss future plans for this emergent coalition of Detroiters fighting for a new future. How do we resist the neo-liberal agenda that is being imposed on our city?

Please visit the Facebook group that emerged from the meeting: World Conference of Mayors: Real Detroiters Speak Out, https://www.facebook.com/groups/313614759108235/.

Sponsored by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Peoples Defense Committee (MPDN), Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), Workers World Party

 December 3, 2017  Posted by at 9:01 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Nov 272017
 

Ways to reduce property taxes and fees for qualified low-income residents and seniors in the City of Detroit

Poverty Tax Exemption

Low-income homeowners in Detroit may have their property taxes reduced or waived. The City of Detroit offers a “Poverty Tax Exemption” on an annual basis but you must apply for it. Applications for this year must be submitted before December 12, 2017. The PTE is not retroactive, but it should be.

Applications are available online at www.detroitmi.gov/How-Do-I/Appeal/Property-Assessment-Forms or from the Detroit Citizens Board of Review located at

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue
Room 824
Detroit, MI 48226

For assistance, see the United Community Housing Coalition, located at 2727 2nd Ave, Suite 313, Detroit, MI 48201. Their phone number is 313-963-3310 and website is www.uchcdetroit.org.   The UCHC offers counseling assistance on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-12pm.  Also, visit www.fromclosuredetroit.com. (This is not misspelled.)

Senior Citizen Solid Waste Discount

The application period is July 1 thru September 15.  The City of Detroit may provide a discount to homeowners who are at least 65 years old and have a household gross income below $40,000.00. Effective July 1, 2009, the Solid Waste Fee is $240.00. Qualifying seniors will receive a discount of $120.00. For more info, visit www.detroitmi.gov/How-Do-I/File/Senior-Citizen-Solid-Waste-Discount-Information.

Veterans with Disabilities

Veterans with disabilities may also qualify for an exemption and more. Please visit www.detroitmi.gov/How-Do-I/Appeal/Property-Assessment-Forms for details.

Disclaimer

The position of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition is that the Hardest Hit Fund should be used to assist all residential occupants facing the loss of their homes through tax foreclosures and water shutoffs. The Hardest Hit Fund was created by the U.S. Department of Treasury through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to assist states such as Michigan that had been particularly hard hit by the economic and housing market downturn that began in 2007. The Hardest Hit Fund program was created in 2010 to assist states with their foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization efforts.  Michigan received over $761 million to operate its Hardest Hit Fund programs. Unfortunately, since 2014, a majority of the remaining funds have been redirected toward blight removal in Detroit, resulting in criminal investigations of the Gilbert/Duggan Detroit Blight Authority and more foreclosures. Moratorium NOW! Coalition demands that the funds be redirected to their original purpose which was to help residents in danger of losing their homes.

To join our efforts, please attend the weekly organizers meetings of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition every Monday at 7 PM at 5920 2nd Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.

Download leaflet: Ways to reduce property taxes and fees for qualified low-low income residents and seniors

Hardest Hit Funds Fact Sheet

 November 27, 2017  Posted by at 10:26 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 192017
 

During the final week of October, 2017, the World Conference of Mayors is scheduled to meet in the city of Detroit. The conference taking place at MGM Grand Casino Hotel is designed to promote Detroit as a model for “urban revitalization.”

We invite all organizations in the City involved in the struggles against water shut-offs, foreclosures and evictions, police brutality, against union busting and for a living wage, immigrant rights, full access for people with disabilities, quality public education, deprivation of voting rights, and who are fighting racism, sexism and LGBTQ oppression in all its forms, to join the World Conference of Mayors, Real Detroiters Speak Out alternative People’s Summit that week at St. Matthew’s/St. Joseph’s Church at 8850 Woodward Ave.

The Speak-Out will fully expose the role of the banks, multi-national corporations, the business media and political comprador elites in perpetuating the super-exploitation of the people of Detroit. The majority African American, working class and poor residents of the city are being totally left out of the so-called “rebirth of Detroit.”

Detroit’s “rebirth” has meant that the public revenues generated through the process of taxation are being funneled to the capitalist corporations.

The People’s Summit will discuss a real agenda for the rebirth and rebuilding of our neighborhoods and communities. Real development in Detroit would focus on the rehabilitation of neighborhoods, the guaranteeing of jobs, housing, water services, heating and quality education for all. The banks who are responsible contributed for the destruction of our neighborhoods must be held accountable through criminal prosecution and the payment of reparations.

At the Real Detroiters Speak Out we will invite the mayors from across the world to come and hear from the people of Detroit. We will offer tours of our neighborhoods so the invitees will get an opportunity to see the corporate disaster imposed on the people of Detroit, and what the future holds for every major city if the banks get their way.

Join in building the Real Detroiters Speak Out during the World Conference of Mayors. Please let us know if your organization would like to be listed as an endorser of this event. Please respond via telephone to 313-319-0870 – or by email to apcjerry@gmail.com

Initial conveners:

Moratorium Now! Coalition; Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA); Citizens with Challenges; Vanessa G. Fluker, anti-foreclosure attorney; Defenders of Truth & Justice organization,; Rev. W. J. Rideout III; Jean Vortkamp, co-producer, Looting Detroit; Elena Herrada, Tawanna Simpson, Detroit Public School Board in Exile; Reverend Edward Pinkney; Monica Patrick, We the People of Detroit; International Action Center; Detroit Green Party; Friends of Detroit City Airport; Beverly Kindle Walker; Detroit People’s Task Force, Inc.; Black Woman, Inc.; Defend Affordable Ypsi; Detroit/Michigan National Lawyers Guild chapter; Employment Research Associates; Juvenile Lifers without Parole Support Committee; Freedom Road Socialist Organization; Workers World Party.

Schedule of events

Monday, October 23rd: Birthday Bash for Rev. Pinckney
https://www.facebook.com/events/1131055143697222
5920 Second Ave
7pm – 9pm

Tuesday, October 24th: Outreach
MGM Grand Casino & Hotel
1777 3rd Ave
11am – 3pm

Wednesday, October 25th: People’s Tour of Detroit
More info TBA

Thursday, October 26th: World Conference of Mayors: REAL DETROITERS SPEAK OUT
8850 Woodward Avenue
6pm – 9pm

Visit the Facebook event page for the latest schedule of activities for the week of Oct. 23 – Oct. 26.

 October 19, 2017  Posted by at 10:12 pm Uncategorized No Responses »