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Jorge Parra, Colombian ex-GM worker who was scheduled for several Detroit appearances June 5-9, has been denied entry to the US by the US government. His ten-year visa was abruptly “cancelled” a few days before his departure for a multi-city speaking tour.

Regardless, we are holding our scheduled events to welcome Portland, Oregon ASOTRECOL solidarity activist Paige Shell-Spurling in his place. Paige will share updates about ASOTRECOL and the broader struggle by injured Colombian workers.

Monday June 5 –7-9 pm > MORATORIUM NOW! COALITION
5920 Second Ave. (near Antoinette), Detroit 48202
Accessible ramp at side entrance (please call 313-680-5508, 248-470-0296 for assistance)

Tuesday June 6 — 3 -6 pm > Autoworkers Caravan & IWW, Detroit Chapter
Anchor Bar, 450 W Fort St, Detroit 48226

Thursday June 9 — 5:30-7 pm > Detroit Area Peace & Justice & MCHR
SWORDS INTO PLOWSHARES Peace Center and Gallery
33 East Adams, Detroit 48226 – parking in rear—Light refreshments

Paige will join with Detroit supporters to discuss where does the solidarity movement go from here? Come on by!

More info:

Jorge Parra, association leader of fired injured GM workers (ASOTRECOL) is traveling from Bogota, Colombia for a 6-city US tour, and will be in Detroit Mon. June 5th through Fri. June 9th . His arrival here will coincide with the GM shareholders meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 6th at GM headquarters. Detroit activists are starting to put together an itinerary so that he can meet with his supporters and present updates about the struggle by injured workers in Colombia.

The tent encampment at the US Embassy has now extended over 2,100 days. ASOTRECOL’s persistent struggle for justice has significantly impacted the fight by injured workers at the GM plant, and in other industries throughout Colombia. Colombian courts recently forced GM to recall 24 injured workers who were illegally fired. Proposed legislation to make such firings legal has been stalled in the Colombian congress due to public outcry. Injured workers’ associations are emerged and growing. International solidarity efforts have remained steadfast.

Jorge and his co-workers are a profound example of the protracted struggle justice requires. We hope to give him a Detroiters welcome!

Please join us!!

Long live International Solidarity

 June 3, 2017  Posted by at 11:04 am Uncategorized No Responses »
May 292017
 

FIRED AND INJURED COLOMBIAN EX-GM WORKER JORGE PARRA IS RETURNING TO DETROIT!
JUNE 5-9, 2017

7-9 pm Monday June 5th
MORATORIUM NOW! Weekly Meeting
Special presentation by Jorge Parra
5920 Second Ave. (near Antoinette), Detroit
Accessible ramp at side entrance
phone: 313-680-5508, 248-470-0296
email:moratorium@moratorium- mi.org

Additional engagements

9 am Tuesday June 6th
GM SHAREHOLDERS Meeting
GM World Headquarters
Ren-Cen, downtown Detroit

3-5 pm Tuesday June 6th
AUTOWORKER CARAVAN Solidarity Reception
Anchor Bar
450 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 964-9127

Other events are being scheduled. Please contact Frank Hammer to schedule yours: fkhammer@ameritech.net, 313-680-3202
Jorge Parra, association leader of fired injured GM workers (ASOTRECOL) is traveling from Bogota, Colombia for a 6-city US tour, and will be in Detroit Mon. June 5th through Fri. June 9th . His arrival here will coincide with the GM shareholders meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 6th at GM headquarters. Detroit activists are starting to put together an itinerary so that he can meet with his supporters and present updates about the struggle by injured workers in Colombia.

The tent encampment at the US Embassy has now extended over 2,100 days. ASOTRECOL’s persistent struggle for justice has significantly impacted the fight by injured workers at the GM plant, and in other industries throughout Colombia. Colombian courts recently forced GM to recall 24 injured workers who were illegally fired. Proposed legislation to make such firings legal has been stalled in the Colombian congress due to public outcry. Injured workers’ associations are emerged and growing. International solidarity efforts have remained steadfast.

Jorge and his co-workers are a profound example of the protracted struggle justice requires. We hope to give him a Detroiters welcome!

Please join us!!

Long live International Solidarity

 May 29, 2017  Posted by at 11:16 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 142017
 

RALLY and MARCH

Monday – May 1, 2017 – 5 P.M.

Grand Circus Park – Detroit
(corner Woodward Ave. & W. Adams St.)

  • Stop the raids! Stop the deportations! Hands off Immigrants!
  • Stop the U.S. war against Syria.
  • Hands off People’s Korea.
  • Stop police terror.
  • Water is a right, from Standing Rock to Flint and Detroit! No pipelines – No shutoffs.
  • $15 and a union! Jobs, health care, housing and education are human rights.
  • Defend Planned Parenthood! Reproductive rights now. No to Trump’s rape culture.
  • No anti-trans bathroom bills or presidential decrees! Stop attacks on the LGBTQ community.
  • Stop foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs.
  • Money for jobs, education, housing – not war.

The recent roundups of migrants under the Trump directive have shocked the world, drawing parallels to internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. But like the racist, anti-Muslim travel bans these attacks are meeting resistance. Large numbers stayed off work during “a Day Without Immigrants” and huge numbers of migrants are expected to skip work and school on May Day.

The scapegoating of migrants, as well as attacks on Muslims, people of color, women and the LGBTQ community, are all designed to fracture the working class and destroy any possibility of unity. Unity is desperately needed to fight mass layoffs, poverty wages, cutbacks in social programs and a myriad of economic attacks by the capitalist class.

More than a dozen calls have been issued for a general strike in the U.S. on May 1, International Workers Day. These have come from a wide range of organizations of migrant workers, women, prisoners, socialist revolutionaries and others. IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT A GLOBAL GENERAL STRIKE – NO WORK, NO SCHOOL, NO SHOPPING, NO RETALIATION!

Initiated by: Moratorium Now Coalition; Michigan People’s Defense Network; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice; Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association; Workers World Party

 April 14, 2017  Posted by at 11:45 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 282017
 

“Economic Resurgence” is a LIE

Protest Bankers’ & Corporations’ Continued Looting of Detroit

Demonstration – March 2 – 1 P.M.

Motor City Casino Hotel

Temple St. & Brooklyn St., Detroit, MI 48201

(One block south and west of 2901 Grand River, Detroit, MI 48201  –  see map)

The 2017 Detroit Policy Conference sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce is being held at the Motor City Casino on March 2nd. The very banks and corporations that faked the Detroit bankruptcy and then looted over $7 Billion from workers’ and retirees’ pension funds, health care and other benefits to pay themselves off are now going to wine and dine. They plan to “celebrate Detroit’s ongoing economic resurgence.”

The only resurgence is to their profits. Unemployment continues at record levels. Tens of thousands of foreclosures have decimated our neighborhoods. Public schools are being shut down while failing private charter schools are encouraged. Retirees will never recover from the theft of their pensions and health care. Water shutoffs for thousands of poor people go forward while the water keeps flowing to corporate scofflaws. Public funds are handed to build private stadiums. The Federal government is still investigating the “blight removal” task force and Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans. Mayor Duggan covers up for all these corporate crooks while he refuses to use hundreds of millions of dollars of Federal “Hardest Hit Homeowner” funds to keep people in their homes. Leave downtown and drive through the neighborhoods to see the poverty and devastation the politicians, bankers and corporate big wigs have caused.

For more information: 313-680-5508

Sponsored by: Moratorium Now Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs (Moratorium-Mi.org); Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice; Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association; Workers World Party;

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 February 28, 2017  Posted by at 11:06 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 122017
 

Friday, February 17, 3PM

333 Mt Elliott St. at E. Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48207

Workers, documented and undocumented, unite!  Racist mass deportations have already begun in Detroit and throughout the country. Immigrants are being scapegoated and targeted by the Trump Administration and their reactionary supporters in order to divide the working class and distract us from identifying the real threat and our common enemy: Hate groups, U.S. imperialism, and the bosses. We will start by demo.nstrating at the main entrance of the ICE Detention & Deportation Center.

Initiated by the Michigan Peoples Defense Network.

 February 12, 2017  Posted by at 10:29 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 082016
 

Holiday Party

Friday, Dec. 30

5 pm – 10 pm

5920 Second Ave., Detroit (near Antoinette, two blocks north of Wayne State U)


Join activists from the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Detroit Active and Retired Employess Association (DAREA), and Detroit FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, and Workers World Party for the annual year’s end pot-luck dinner and celebration of another year of struggles.

Come and relax and enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of fellow activists as we break bread together and celebrate another year of anti-capitalist struggle.

Please bring a dish or beverage to share.

Call Lula at 313-587-7845 for dish suggestions or to see if anyone else may be preparing the same dish as you are. In any case, please let Lula know what you are bringing so that we will know what food groups may be missing.

For other questions, please call 313-680-5508

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 December 8, 2016  Posted by at 8:40 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 072016
 

What’s Ahead for the War on Syria- Eyewitness Report from Aleppo

Join the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) for a special meeting to discuss the US/NATO war against Syria, featuring Eva Bartlett. Eva Bartlett is an independent journalist who recently spent time in Syria, covering one of the hottest points in the war, the battle for Aleppo. Our panel will expose the NATO role, make the connection to militarism in the horn of Africa, link domestic struggles with the war, and of course talk about the meaning of Trump in regards to Syria.

hands-off-syria-coalitionSpeakers:

  • Joe Mshahwar – Syrian American activist with Workers World Party and Detroit Fight Imperialism Stand Together
  • Abayomi Azikiwe – Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, organizer with Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, and a member of the United Antiwar Coalition administrative committee.
  • Eva Bartlett – Independent Journalist

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 December 7, 2016  Posted by at 7:32 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 052016
 

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Join with others from metropolitan Detroit as we join hundreds of thousands of people in Washington, D.C., on January 20th to protest the inauguration of Trump.  Buses will be leaving from Detroit on Thursday evening and returning early Saturday morning.  Participants will sleep on the bus to and from the demonstration.

The cost per seat is $85.  We are doing our best to raise funds to offset the transportation costs for those that cannot afford the full cost of a seat.

If you are not able to go to Washington, D.C., please consider a donation to help send others in your place.

Please call 313-680-5508 to reserve your seat. Click here for details.

 

 December 5, 2016  Posted by at 2:54 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 042016
 

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Call for the formation of a Detroit Anti-Fascist Defense Committee

November 29, 2016

Dear Friends,

You may be as alarmed as we are by the way the Trump election has embolden the most right-wing, racist elements. Reports around the country and here in Michigan indicate an upsurge in threats and attacks against many sectors of our population among whom are African Americans, Latinos/as, Muslims, the LGBTQ communities, immigrants, people with disabilities, women and others. We need to respond with more than messages of unity and solidarity.

We think it is necessary in the coming period to be prepared to come out in physical defense of anyone under attack by racists and fascists. We need to let the public know that we will physically defend any victim of such threats and attacks. That may mean defending a mosque, church, synagogue, home, organization or individuals who asks for our help and solidarity – with our voices and our bodies.

The formation of an Anti-Fascist Defense Committee is serious work, requiring careful organization, planning and coordination. If you are willing to participate in such work, please attend an initial meeting on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 PM at 5920 Second Avenue (just north of Wayne State U at Antoinette St.). For further information please feel free to call 313-680-5508.

Sincerely,

The initiating committee for an anti-fascist defense committee:

Abayomi Azikiwe – Moratorium NOW Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
William Davis – Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association
Elena Herrada – Detroit School Board in Exile
David Sole – Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
Debbie Johnson – Workers World Party – Detroit
Joe Mchahwar – Fight Imperialism/Stand Together (FIST) – Detroit
Carlos Topp- President Black Student Union, Henry Ford Comm. College

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 December 4, 2016  Posted by at 12:30 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Nov 162016
 

Solidarity with Standing Rock

No Dakota Access Pipeline

Thursday, Nov. 24, 8 AM

Gather at Grand River and Woodward
Gathering point may be changed

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Join us in a demonstration in solidarity with the struggle at Standing Rock, at the Annual Detroit Parade held on the National Day of Mourning, also known as Thanksgiving.

The United American Indiansof New England (UAINE) states that “Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.” (www.uaine.org)

If you would like to join in organizing for this action, please come to the weekly meetings of the Moratorium NOW Coalition, held on Mondays, at 7 pm, at 5920 Second Ave., Detroit.

Also sponsored by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

 November 16, 2016  Posted by at 11:02 pm Uncategorized No Responses »