Aug 062016
 

Demonstration – Oppose Trump

Monday, August 8, 10:30 am

Cobo Center, Detroit

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Numerous groups, including various unions, have called for a demonstration against Trump when he speaks to members of the Detroit Economic Club at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The Detroit Economic Club is an organization of corporate and banking “leaders”, as well as their agents and apologists.

Join with others on Monday to oppose Trump and his racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, immigrant bashing, and general hatred of a united multinational and multiracial working class.

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Aug 022016
 

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Summer Bar-B-Q

Saturday, August 20, 2 PM ‘til 6 PM

5920 Second Avenue, Detroit
(at Antoinette St., N of WSU)

Activists and supporters in the fight against foreclosures and water shutoffs; Black Lives Matter protesters and anti-war demonstrators; LGBTQ rights advocates and retirees fighting for their pensions. Our struggles continue – but we will take a moment for good food, good company and good music.

Hosted by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Workers World Party, Fight Imperialism/Stand Together (FIST), Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA) and other Detroit-area activists.

For more info: 313-680-5508

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Jun 162016
 

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March Against Racism, Islamophobia,
Attacks on Immigrants and on LGBTQ people and Endless War!

Build Peoples Resistance!

Sunday, July 17, 4 PM

3615 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115-2514
(Site of last session of People’s Convention for Peace & Justice)

MARCH to City Hall and the RNC Convention Center

Co-sponsored by Solidarity Center NYC, Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement, Peoples Power Assemblies NYC, Peoples Power Assembly Balt, Moratorium NOW! Coalition, International Action Center

Endorsed by Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Milwaukee Anti-War Committee, People’s Opposition to War, Imperialism and Racism (POWIR), Students for a Democratic Society at College of DuPage, United Workers Organization of Wisconsin, Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), Minnie Bruce Pratt, UAW Local 1981/ National Writers Union* for id only, United National Antiwar Coalition, Muslims for Social Justice.

To endorse, send email to NoTrumpRNC@gmail.com

For more details, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/355737317883511/

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Jun 142016
 

Stop Tax Foreclosures & Water Shut-Offs

Demonstrate Thursday June 23, 12 Noon

Wayne County Treasurer’s Office
400 Monroe (Greektown) Detroit

Instead of using FEDERAL HELPING HARDEST HIT HOMEOWNERS FUNDS to keep people in their homes with running water – the politicians are using that money to TEAR HOUSES DOWN!

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On June 1, 2016, the State of Michigan got a new grant of $188 million in Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds from the federal government. While the purpose of these funds is to keep families in their homes, only 26% of the $188 ($49 million), is planned for foreclosure prevention including preventing tax foreclosures. The rest is going for “blight removal”.

While this is outrageous, even $49 million used for tax foreclosure relief would be enough to stop the residential tax foreclosures scheduled to go into effect June 30. But they make it almost impossible for people to apply for and get this money! WAYNE COUNTY SHOULD PLACE AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM to HALT THESE FORECLOSURES TO ALLOW PEOPLE TIME TO GET ACCESS TO THESE FUNDS AND STAY IN THEIR HOMES! There is plenty of legal precedent for a foreclosure moratorium dating back to the 1930’s. But confronted with the demand for a Moratorium, Wayne County treasurer Eric Sabree’s aids said the “bondholders wouldn’t like it.”

Mayor Duggan and Corporation Counsel Butch Hollowell are lying when they say that federal law determines how the Helping Hardest Hit Funds are used. MSHDA recently admitted that as the state Housing Finance Authority, they make the decision how the funds are used. MSHDA simply needs to put into effect a 13th amendment for use of the funds to insure ALL THE HELPING HARDEST HIT FUNDS ARE USED TO STOP RESIDENTS OF TAX FORECLOSED PROPERTIES FROM BEING EVICTED, AND TO PAY DELINQUENT RESIDENTIAL WATER BILLS WHICH AMOUNT TO A CONSTRUCTIVE EVICTION.

Only the politicians running our city, county and state can’t see the obvious — using Helping Hardest Hit Funds to pay delinquent property taxes and water bills would pump money into these government agencies which in turn can be used to fight blight and everything else. The banks that caused the blight should be made to pay for its removal. And why are federal funds being turned over to a blight task force laced with corruption, led by a sub-prime lender (Gilbert) who is being sued by the Justice Department for costing people their homes through the misappropriation of FHA dollars. And why is the Detroit Land Bank spending government funds to defend corrupt officials against a criminal probe into their misuse of the Hardest Hit Funds?

Moratorium Now Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
Moratorium-MI.org
moratorium@moratorium-mi.org
313-680-5508

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Jun 042016
 

Make GM Pay!

Demonstrate at Shareholders Meeting

Ren Cen (GM Headquarters), Jefferson Ave., Detroit

June 7, 9 AM

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Flint Lives Matter!
Justice for injured workers, from Colombia to India!
Unsafe vehicles caused 124+ deaths in the U.S.!
Make GM Pay!

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May 192016
 

Occupy the PGA

Support Rev. Pinkney and the People of Benton Harbor

Saturday, May 28

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Bus departs Detroit 7:00 am sharp

Demonstration starts at 11 am at Benton Harbor City Hall, 200 East Wall St., Benton Harbor, MI

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Bus transportation from Detroit has been organized. The departure time is 7 am sharp. Begin gathering at 6:30 am at 5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI. The round trip ticket cost is $30. Financial support is available and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please call 313-680-5508 to reserve a seat or more information.

For details and background information, please visit:

Occupy the PGA 2016

Mumia Abu-Jamal: ‘Free Reverend Pinkney!’

‘Occupy PGA’ tackles racism, dictatorial rule

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May 142016
 

DEMONSTRATION

Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 pm

Detroit Water & Sewerage Department Board Meeting
735 Randolph, Detroit, MI

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Demand an Immediate Moratorium on All Tax Foreclosures and Water Shutoffs!

Demand NO Dumping of Poisonous Fracking Waste into Detroit’s Sewer System and Neighborhoods!

The federal government announced this week that Michigan will be receiving an additional $188 million in Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner funds, on top of the $74 million the state received earlier this year. The purpose for these funds is supposed to be to help families stay in their homes. But they are being illegally diverted to “blight removal.”

  • We must demand that these funds be used to pay overdue property tax bills, so no families face eviction as a result of tax foreclosure.
  • We must demand that these funds also be used to pay overdue water bills, so no families face water shut-offs, which are really an eviction.
  • We must demand that US Ecology not be allowed to dump poisonous and radioactive industrial waste into Detroit’s sewer system and into Detroit neighborhoods. We must say no to environmental racism.

The government intends on turning the Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner funds over to Gilbert’s “blight task force” to tear down homes rather than keep families in their homes as these funds are intended to do.

Gilbert, the banks and the financial institutions caused the blight through their fraudulent and predatory mortgage practices. And the banks extorted $537 million from the water department to pay off interest rate swindles. Then the mass water shutoffs began.

Demand the banks pay to remove the blight they caused!

Demand the financial institutions repay the DWSD for their swap swindle, using the funds to set up an affordable rate plan!

Click here to download leaflet: Demo-Demand_MORATORIUM_ON_TAX FORECLOSURES_WATER_SHUTOFFS

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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 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 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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