Stop the Auction – Stop Foreclosures
Wayne County Treasurer’s Office
400 Monroe, Greektown, Detroit
Tuesday, September 15, Noon – 2 PM
Thousands of Detroiters and other Wayne County residents will be evicted from their homes in the next month, as the Wayne County Treasurer auctions their homes to investors following tax foreclosure. The first auction begins September 11 and goes until September 17.
This disaster is entirely avoidable! The State of Michigan is sitting on $200 million in federal Helping Hardest Hit Funds that can be used to pay delinquent property tax bills for occupied homes. But instead of using these funds for their stated purpose, to keep families in their homes, the State and Federal governments are using these funds to tear down homes and turning them over to the “blight taskforce” led by Dan Gilbert.
A recent Detroit News report documented how the banks along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are responsible for the destruction of Detroit’s neighborhoods, through their massive foreclosures on predatory, sub-prime mortgage loans, and then giving away the properties to “investors” who never paid the property taxes. Of the 84,000 properties on the city’s blight list, 76% are foreclosures. The banks, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and lenders like Quicken Loan must be made to pay for the blight they caused through their massive foreclosures in Detroit and all of Wayne County!
- Moratorium to Stop Tax Foreclosures and Auctions of Occupied Homes
- Use Federal Helping Hardest Hit Funds to Pay Delinquent Property Tax Bills
- Make the Banks Pay for the Blight They Caused
Support Rev. Pinkney
Monday, Sept. 14, 7 PM
5920 Second Ave., near Antoinette, two blocks north of WSU
Rev. Pinkney was charged in 2014 with allegedly altering five dates on a recall petition against Benton Harbor’s mayor. A community leader in the overwhelmingly African American city, Pinkney was tried and convicted before a white judge, white prosecutor and all-white jury. He was sentenced to 2.5 to 10 years in prison on December 15, 2014. The jury had been told “you do not need evidence to convict Rev. Pinkney” and the judge said he was “going to make an example” of him.
*Learn about how Rev. Pinkney was railroaded to prison. Hear directly from Rev. Pinkney calling in during the meeting from prison. Find out how you can help free an innocent man.
*Donations can be made at bhbanco.org or checks can be sent to BANCO, c/o Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney, 1940 Union St., Benton Harbor, MI 49002
On Facebook: Detroit Organizing in Support of Rev Pinkney
Friends – Rev. Pinkney needs your help as his motion for reconsideration is heard before the Michigan Court of Appeals. He is only seeking bond, pending his appeal being heard (which could take another year). Four things we need from you:
Everyone can write a letter to 3 judges (same letter to each judge) politely urging them to grant Rev. Edward Pinkney bond pending his appeal, especially since he was convicted with absolutely no evidence against him. The address is Court of Appeals, State Office Building, 350 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Again – be polite in your letters. The judges are
a) Judge Joel P. Hoekstra
b) Judge David H. Sawyer
c) Judge Douglas B. ShapiroEmail a copy to email@example.com so we can show the press strong support for Rev. Pinkney
Sign the petition: https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/free-rev-pinkney
3) You all know how bad the food is in prison and that Rev. P has lost a lot of weight. I am sending him a special package of items from the prison store at his request on Monday morning, charged to my credit card. The cost is $84.83. If you are able, and would like to contribute toward this “care package” please bring something extra to donate to our Monday night meeting. Thank you in advance. – David Sole
4) Car pool with us from Detroit to Grand Rapids on Wed., Aug. 26 for a protest/press conference at noon in front of the Court of Appeals. We are leaving from 5920 Second Ave., Detroit 48202, gathering at 8 AM and departing at 8:30 AM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are going and if you can drive your car (2.5 hours each way). We will be back in Detroit before 5 PM.
Thank you – David Sole
Join Moratorium NOW!, Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), Michigan Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI), Fight Imperialism-Fight Together (FIST) , and Workers World Party for a relaxing summer BBQ and celebration.
Summer Celebration BBQ
5920 Second Avenue, Detroit (at Antoinette, 2 blocks north of WSU)
Saturday, August 1, 2 PM
Everyone in the struggle for a better Detroit and a better world is welcome!
Menu: Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, baked beans, potato salad, green salad, desserts and more.
Donations accepted (not required). If you would like to bring a dish to share, please call Lula at 313-587-7845, in order to coordinate.
Thousands of households face foreclosure and eviction in neighborhoods already devastated by years of predatory mortgage lending by the banks. Some 25,000 families are facing water shutoffs while the banks got paid $537 million on interest rate swindles. Schools are shuttered while property taxes are diverted to pay off debt service to the banks. Youth face joblessness and the school to prison pipeline. If they have a job it does not pay enough to live on.
From Greece to Puerto Rico to Spain and Across the US workers are fighting back against the austerity being imposed the banks and financial institutions.
Stop the War on Detroit
People’s Assembly and Speakout
Saturday – August 29 – 2 PM
Grand Circus Park
(Woodward Ave. at E. Adams St.)
“It’s not one thing…It’s everything!”
- Stop police killings and brutality – jail killer cops; Black, Brown, Native, LGBTQ lives matter!
- Stop the school to prison pipeline—no to the New Jim Crow
- $15 minimum wage
- Health care for all—single payer now
- Stop tax and mortgage foreclosures – Demand Hardest Hit Homeowners funds be released to keep people in their homes
- Stop mass water shutoffs and theft of Detroit’s water department
- Stop destruction of public schools and Emergency Manager dictatorship
- Protest pension cuts, wage/benefit cuts and union busting
- Protest lack of public lighting
- Demand world class public mass transportation and paratransit services, for people with disabilities!
- Shut down Enbridge’s oil Line 5 under the Great Lakes, no tar sands oil, ban fracking, stop Marathon’s environmental racism—System change not climate change!
- Protest jailing of Benton Harbor’s Rev. Edward Pinkney, victim of a racist frame-up!
- Full employment now. Make the banks pay for a $2 billion program to put our youth to work rebuilding the city
THE BANKS OWE US FOR DESTROYING OUR COMMUNITIES!
Partial list of endorsers: Moratorium NOW Coalition (Moratorium-Mi.org); Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association-DAREA; Fight Imperialism, Stand Together-FIST; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI.org); Workers World Party (workers.org); Stand Up Now!
For more information: 313-680-5508
Demonstration: Stand with Greece
No to Austerity and Economic Terrorism
Wednesday, June 15, NOON
Chase Bank, Woodward Avenue at Fort Street, Detroit
This Wednesday there will be demonstrations all over the world against the austerity being imposed on the people of Greece by the Eurozone and U.S. dominated IMF. After six months of resistance, the Syriza leadership capitulated to the threat of economic blockade by international finance capital, but the workers worldwide are standing up in defense of their Greek brothers and sisters.
Detroit is the epicenter for austerity and the war by finance capital against the working class in the US. The workers of Detroit know what it is to be bludgeoned into givebacks and selling off their assets by the same banks who created the financial crisis.
The workers of Detroit stand with the people of Greece on this day of international solidarity in saying NO to austerity, NO to pension cuts, and NO to privatization. CANCEL THE ILLEGAL DEBT. MAKE THE BANKS PAY.
Called by Moratorium Now! Coalition and Workers World Party
Click here to read the Greek Parliament Debt Committee Report: Debt to Banks is “Illegal, Illegitimate, And Odious”
Blow the Great Lakes Water Authority Out of the Water!
Let the People Vote!
On June 12, 2015, the “City of Detroit” signed a contract with “The Great Lakes Water Authority.” It “leases” the nation’s third largest public municipal water and sewerage department, (DWSD) to an unelected regional authority imposed by Detroit’s unelected former Emergency Manager under the unconstitutional Detroit Bankruptcy plan.
But all is not lost. THE CONTRACT ALLOWS DETROITERS TO HOLD A REFERENDUM VOTE ON IT, under PA 233 of 1955. A total of 15,000 petition signatures must be submitted. PETITION CIRCULATORS DO NOT HAVE TO BE RESIDENTS OF DETROIT.
Join the Petition Campaign to Stop This Disaster for Detroit and the Counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Lapeer, Genesee, Washtenaw and Monroe.
- BILL OF SALE: The 333-page contract is NOT a lease. It repeatedly says it a “Bill of Sale” from the City conveying all its “right, title and interest” in DWSD personal property and every cent of its $6 billion in revenues, including retail revenues from Detroiters, to the GLWA.
- PRIVATIZATION: The Authority can also sell real property as it chooses, leaving the way open for privatization of the system. GLWA has an advisory contract with global water privatizer Veolia.
- RATES TO RISE FOR WHOLE REGION: Rate increases of 20.1% for Detroit and 11.4% for the suburbs are set for July 1, 2015, if the Detroit City Council approves them June 30. Then, the Authority will set rates “to satisfy the Authority’s Revenue Requirement.” The GLWA will greatly increase DWSD’s debt, to get contracts for cronies of board members from the State of Michigan, Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties, and Detroit. Debt payment is priority #1, not improvement of infrastructure, customer service, or water affordability.
- WATER SHUT-OFFS: The contract continues DWSD’s policy of water shut-offs and may expand it to the whole region. The United Nations has declared water a HUMAN RIGHT. But it may become unaffordable for families in the six counties. The GLWA Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) allows shut-offs, and does not base rates on income.
- TAX FORECLOSURES: The contract will attach water bills unpaid for six months to property taxes, as a “lien” on the home. Though this practice is now limited to Detroit, nothing stops the GLWA from expanding it throughout the six counties.
TO WIN OUR CAMPAIGN FOR WATER FOR ALL, WE MUST FIRST DEFEAT THE BIGGER ENEMY, THE GLWA, THEN DEAL WITH DWSD.
Click here to download leaflet: BLOW THE GREAT LAKES WATER AUTHORITY OUT OF THE WATER
Click here to download petition: REFERENDUM ON CITY OF DETROIT CONTRACT PROPOSED BY INITIATIVE PETITION
Endorsers to date: Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), We the People of Detroit, Citizens for Detroit’s Future, Moratorium NOW!, Michigan Emergency Committee against War and Injustice, Baxter’s Beat Back the Bullies Brigade, StandupNOW, Russell Woods-Sullivan Neighborhood Association, Detroit Water Brigade
INITIAL CONTACT NUMBERS: 313-649-7018, 313-825-6126; email email@example.com, or tweet @wethepeopledet
CLEAN, AFFORDABLE WATER FOR ALL: Detroit to Flint Water Justice Journey
THE MAIN EVENTS OF THE WATER JUSTICE JOURNEY ARE OUTLINED BELOW:
FRIDAY, JULY 3
8:00 AM: Spiritual ritual with a water theme, Underground Railroad Monument (Hart Plaza), led by indigenous Water Women
9:30 AM: Meet-up at Central United Methodist Church, walk to Water Department, and Spirit of Detroit.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Send-off at Spirit of Detroit Statue (send-off is scheduled for 11:00 AM)
2:30 PM- 3:30 PM: Cultural Celebration, Nandi’s Café, 12511 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203
4 PM to 5:30 PM: Voices from Highland Park-Town Hall Meeting, at location TBA
9:00 PM Detroit Light Brigade, 9 Mile and Woodard, Ferndale, MI
SUNDAY, JULY 5
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Meet for a Cross County Speak out, Baldwin Center, 212 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac, MI 48342
FRIDAY, JULY 10
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Rally for clean, affordable water, Flint City Hall, 1101 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, Michigan 48502. Governor Snyder has been invited for a citizens’ roundtable at the Flint City Hall to meet with residents impacted by water issues as well as water justice groups representing Detroit, Highland Park, and Flint. A delegation of representatives representing these cities will travel to Lansing that day to deliver the message that all of Michigan needs safe and affordable water.
*Start times and meeting places for those who wish to join in as a daily walker will be posted on the PWB website. Those who wish to walk the final leg of the journey are invited to gather at Woodside Church, 1509 Court St. Flint, MI 48503 no later than 9:30 AM on Friday, July 10.
Visit People’s Water Board for updates.