Sep 272016
 

Demonstrate

Wednesday, October 5, 12 Noon

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

USE FEDERAL HARDEST HIT FUNDS TO
KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES
NOT TEAR THEM DOWN

Since the beginning of this year, the State of Michigan received an additional $260 million in Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds from the federal government. While the stated purpose of these funds, which are the people’s share of the federal bank bailout, is to keep families in their homes, the state has allocated $231 million for blight removal, leaving only $47 million to pay off delinquent property tax bills and mortgage arrearages to keep people in their homes.

While this is outrageous, even $47 million used for tax foreclosure relief would be enough to stop the residential tax foreclosures and massive evictions as a result scheduled to happen this October. But Gov. Snyder’s MSHDA which administer the funds has made it almost impossible for families get to these funds! In contrast, according to the Special Inspector General, there is no supervision over how the blight programs are run, and now the Detroit Land Bank and Blight Taskforce are under investigation for criminal fraud for their misuse of these funds.

With these Federal funds available, there is no excuse for any Detroit resident to be losing their home as a result of a tax foreclosure, or face a water shut-off which is an effective eviction. The Wayne County Treasurer, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and the Great Lakes Water Authority should declare immediate moratoriums (halts) on evictions resulting from tax foreclosures and water shut-offs.

The moratoriums would avert the humanitarian crisis of thousands more Detroiters losing their homes. It would allow time to ensure that adequate Hardest Hit Homeowner funds are diverted back to their intended purpose, to keep people in their homes. It would allow for a community taskforce to develop a plan to remove the bureaucratic restrictions imposed by MSHDA on release and use of these funds by families that need them the most. And it would provide time for all Detroiters to have their homes reassessed so property tax bills are based on the true value of the homes as required by law, and for all seniors and other residents to be evaluated for hardship exemptions to which they may be entitled.

Using Helping Hardest Hit Funds to pay delinquent property taxes and water bills would actually pump money into the government agencies which in turn can be used to fight blight and everything else. The banks that caused the blight through their predatory lending policies resulting in 65000 foreclosures in the late 2000’s should be made to pay for its removal.

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Issued by: Moratorium Now Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
moratorium-mi.org                  313-680-5508

Hardest Hit Funds Fact Sheet

 September 27, 2016  Posted by at 10:08 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 302016
 

Say NO to TRUMP in Detroit Sept 3

From the facebook page: Protest Donald Trump in Detroit:

Trump will visit Great Faith Ministries International church, 10735 Grand River, corner of Oakman Blvd., Detroit, in the old Federal’s Department Store this Saturday (Sept. 3) at 10:00 am.

Pastor W. J. Rideout (pastor for D-15, the Detroit $15 an hour movement) has told several media sources that he plans to organize an anti-Trump protest and urges any and all Metro Detroiters to join with him.

“I think he’s a racist, I think he’s a bigot and I think he doesn’t have a care for human kind,” Rideout said about Trump in the Detroit News.

SPREAD THE WORD.

BRING YOUR OWN SIGNS AND BANNERS.

Comment on this Facebook Page to report which organizations (labor, community, faith-based, etc.) that you know WILL BE THERE.

Join the Anti-Trump, Stop the Hate Protest
Saturday, Sept. 3, 10:00 am
Great Faith Ministries
10735 Grand River, at Oakman Blvd., Detroit

 August 30, 2016  Posted by at 9:38 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
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.

 August 6, 2016  Posted by at 10:13 am Uncategorized No Responses »
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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 August 2, 2016  Posted by at 8:33 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
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/

 June 16, 2016  Posted by at 10:04 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
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

 June 14, 2016  Posted by at 10:59 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
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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 June 4, 2016  Posted by at 9:56 am Uncategorized No Responses »
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

 May 19, 2016  Posted by at 9:54 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
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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 May 14, 2016  Posted by at 12:25 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
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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 April 16, 2016  Posted by at 2:29 pm Uncategorized No Responses »