Jul 162018
 

Stop the Tax Foreclosures!       Stop the Water Shutoffs!

Stop Dumping Toxic Waste into the Sewer System!

Shutdown the Polluting Incinerator!

July 18, 3:30PM

Gather at Cobo Center (1 Washington Blvd. at Jefferson)

March to the Spirit of Detroit (Woodward and Jefferson)

The demonstration will begin at Cobo Center, where the National Association of Letter Carriers is holding their biennial national convention. Letter carriers will join us in demanding an immediate end to the water shutoffs, tax foreclosures, the shutdown of the incinerator and the toxic waste dumping into the sewer system in one of Detroit’s poorest neighborhoods.

The Detroit ”comeback” has bypassed Detroit neighborhoods. While billionaires receive massive tax breaks and taxpayer funds to finance their private projects in 7.2 square miles of central Detroit, the rest of the city, about 133 square miles, continues to face the largest wave of home foreclosures since the 1930s, while thousands of families face water shutoffs. Meanwhile, toxic waste is dumped into the Detroit Sewer System in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, where sewer backups spread the toxic materials into residents’ basements and streets. Air quality in some neighborhoods is so bad that Detroit experiences the highest asthma rates in the Michigan!

The poverty rate in Detroit is almost 40% and just over 50% for children under 18 years of age. The poverty is deep. In 2015, when Detroit’s median income was $25,980, 21.2% of Detroit households had income less than $10,000, 19.5% had incomes between $10,000 and $20,000, and 14.7% had incomes between $20,000 and $30,000.

Meanwhile, the city’s rulers have diverted the federal Hardest Hit Funds to tear down homes instead of keeping families in their homes. The Hardest Hit Funds were created in the aftermath of the Great Recession when Wall Street was bailed out at our expense. Michigan received $760 million to assist those hardest hit by Great recession by assisting with mortgage and property tax payments, and water bills arrearages attached as liens on those homes. Mayor Duggan hijacked the funds to tear down blighted homes!

Detroit fact sheet

Hosted by Moratorium NOW Coalition, People’s Water Board, Coalition to Oppose the Expansion of U.S. Ecology

Cell: 313-680-5508 email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org Facebook: @MoratoriumNowCoalition

 July 16, 2018  Posted by at 5:51 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jul 032018
 

Friday, July 6

4 PM to 6 PM

Spirit of Detroit
1 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226

The City of Detroit is shutting off water to thousands of residents resuming a condemned practice of denying water and sanitation service to low income households. Since mid-May, 1,940 households have had their water service terminated!  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 weekly Friday protests until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event, invite your Facebook friends, and share.

We will be meeting at the Spirit Of Detroit and marching a short distance to Campus Martius.

Please join us in demanding:

No more water shutoffs!

Implementation of an affordable water plan!

 July 3, 2018  Posted by at 11:19 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 282018
 

On the 25th anniversary of Lucasville, Ohio, prison rebellion

Free the Lucasville Five!

Video showing: “The Shadow of Lucasville”

Saturday, June 30, 3:00 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, 48202

Hear from:

  • Lucasville defendant Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan, calling from Ohio State Penitentiary death row
  • Released Lucasville defendant Mosi Paki
  • Michigan prisoner rights activists

April 11 marked the 25th anniversary start of the uprising at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio. The spark was the forcing of Muslim inmates to take a forbidden test for tuberculosis, but there were many grievances. Inmates were only allowed one phone call per year. There was overcrowding, inadequate food and medical care and frequent guard and guard-instigated violence. By the time the rebels surrendered nine inmate hostages and one guard were dead.

The 21-point agreement that ended the uprising promised no retaliation, but in fact the opposite happened. Several dozen inmates were scapegoated for the killing of officer Robert Vallandingham and/or the slain inmates and sentenced to long prison terms. Five — Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan, Keith Lamar, Namir Mateen, George Skatzes and Jason Robb — were given death sentences and remain on death row. No evidence was presented tying any of them to Vallandingham’s murder or other killings. In fact most were among the leaders who negotiated the surrender that prevented further loss of life.

The Lucasville Five are innocent! On the occasion of the Lucasville Uprising’s 25th anniversary, and out of concern that Keith Lamar could soon be given an execution date, they have reached out to concerned activists around the country to fight for the freedom of these political prisoners.

Please attend this important and informative public forum

For more infö call 216-534-6435 or 313-974-0501

 June 28, 2018  Posted by at 2:30 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 282018
 

Friday, June 29th, 7-9pm

The Horace L. Sheffield, Jr. Center
12048 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48204

Gail Walker, Executive Director of Pastors for Peace, will be speaking at the Horace L. Sheffield, Jr. Center on the upcoming caravan to protest the blockade of Cuba.

Dare to Dream: Cuba’s Latin American Medical School
A half hour documentary about the U.S. graduates of ELAM, Cuba’s revolutionary medical school.

This Event is FREE and Open to the Public!
$10 Donation for Food and Drinks!

Raffle – Several bikes plus a bottle of an aged Cuban beverage and other items.

Contact information: 734.718.2459 or 313.491.0003

For more details on Cuba Caravan 2018 and IFCO/Pastors for Peace, please visit https://ifconews.org/cuba-caravan2018/

 June 28, 2018  Posted by at 2:27 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 282018
 

Friday, June 29

4 PM to 6 PM

Spirit of Detroit
1 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226

The City of Detroit is shutting off water to thousands of 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 weekly Friday protests until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event, invite your facebook friends, and share.

We will be meeting at the Spirit Of Detroit 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.

 June 28, 2018  Posted by at 2:26 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 212018
 

Protest Criminal Separation of Families

Saturday, June 23, 12 PM – 1:30 PM

ICE Enforcement & Removal Operations – Detroit Field Office
333 Mt Elliott St, Detroit, MI 48207

Join us in condemning the horrors of family separation immigration policies, detailed in many recent news reports. Families arriving in the US are being torn apart by US Border Patrol. The US is traumatizing children by ripping them away from their families to be held in concentration camps and tent cities and then trafficked through adoption agencies or worse.

This is only the latest example of the US’s brutal practice of tearing apart and separating families. These practices were honed by the US government during their campaign to exterminate Indigenous people on this continent and during the enslavement of millions of Africans. We must build stronger political consciousness in our communities about the long history of these practices.

For more information, call 313-680-5508

Statement from Montanans for Immigrant Justice and Missoula Rises re: Trump’s Pending Executive Order to Stop Separating Families:

Trump has indicated that he will be signing an Executive Order today to stop separating families when they initially cross the border. While this is movement in the right direction, DO NOT BE FOOLED by what this Order does. Here are the facts thus far:

  1. Families will not be immediately separated, but they will be held in detention together.
  2. Crossing the border “illegally” will no longer be deemed a civil violation, it will be deemed a criminal violation.
  3. Because it is a criminal violation the parents will be charged criminally. At that point, their children will be forcibly taken.
  4. The Executive Order will provide a provision that families will be expedited through the criminal process. This means that the removal of their children will be expedited.

There is still a need for the Tent Cities. There will still be Tender Age Facilities. This serves as optics for Trump to claim he is not ripping families apart. He is. The GOP are. They are just hiding in the fine print.

Understand this is a result of the pressure we and others have exerted. WE made this change. But this is not the solution. He anticipates this will temper our moral outrage. Do not let it. This is not close to enough. This is not a victory for those families crossing the border.

No Justice, No Peace.

 June 21, 2018  Posted by at 1:11 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 152018
 

Saturday, June 16, Noon – 1:30 PM

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

735 Randolph St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

The City of Detroit plans to shutoff water to more than 17,000 households 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Human Services recommendations for the prevention Hep A infections advise practicing good hand hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food. There is a presumption in these recommendations that one has unfettered access to clean water. Thus, the DWSD’s irresponsible practice of denying access to water to thousands of people in the midst of the Hep A epidemic implicitly violates the recommendations of government public health experts.

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.

 June 15, 2018  Posted by at 12:50 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 082018
 

Everybody’s Got a Right to Live:
Education, Living Wages, Jobs, Income, Housing, Transportation

Monday, June 11, 2018, 12 NOON

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
510 W. OTTAWA St., LANSING, MI

March to the Treasury Department
430 West Allegan, Lansing MI

Bring a chair or whatever you will need to be comfortable.

RALLY @ TREASURY DEPARTMENT @2PM
430 West Allegan, Lansing MI

CHARTERED BUSES FROM DETROIT AND FLINT AVAILABLE
To reserve a seat go to www.michiganppc.org, click on Transportation box.

  • Fight for Quality Public Education – No to charters and privatization – equal funding for schools throughout Michigan.
  • Living Wage Jobs – Fight for 15 and a Union – Support the One Fair Wage Initiative
  • Guaranteed Income to all
  • End Foreclosure and Evictions – Demand MSHDA release the $200 in federal Hardest Hit Funds to keep families in their homes – Not tear them down.
  • Quality Accessible, Affordable Public Transportation for all

More information visit: www.michiganppc.org, www.poorpeoplescampaign.org,
Facebook: Michigan Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org, phone/text: 248-470-0296

 June 8, 2018  Posted by at 12:04 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 072018
 

Join the Workers World Party and Moratorium NOW Coalition Contingent

Sunday, June 10

Gather on Griswold between Lafayette and Fort at 11am

Parade begins at noon

 

 June 7, 2018  Posted by at 11:52 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 072018
 

Saturday, June 9, Noon – 1:30 PM

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

The City of Detroit plans to shutoff water to more than 17,000 households 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Human Services recommendations for the prevention Hep A infections advise practicing good hand hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food. There is a presumption in these recommendations that one has unfettered access to clean water.  Thus, the DWSD’s irresponsible practice of denying access to water to thousands of people in the midst of the Hep A epidemic implicitly violates the recommendations of government public health experts.

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, invite your facebook friends, share.

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/

 

 June 7, 2018  Posted by at 11:00 pm Uncategorized No Responses »