Mar 082015
 

HELL NO, DETROITERS WON’T GO!

EMERGENCY PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY
Saturday, March 14, 2015

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Christ Church
960 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit (at I-75, just east of downtown)

We will be planning direct action to save our communities!

  • Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures and evictions from occupied homes.
  • End water shut-offs.
  • Save homes with OUR tax $…don’t destroy them!!townhall2-03-14-15-pics
  • This is a State of Emergency! Under Michigan law, the Mayor, County Executive and Treasurer, and especially the Governor, have the authority to stop all foreclosures and water shut-offs to stop this disaster from taking place.
  • 62,000 homes are scheduled for tax foreclosure on March 31, 2015. 37,000 are occupied homes.
  • In the meantime, Lansing is sitting on $220 Million of Hardest Hit Homeowners funds, enough to pay all the delinquent property tax bills of occupied homes, stop the foreclosures, and provide funds to restore county and city services.
  • Instead these funds are being given to Dan Gilbert to tear down homes, while the banks are completely left off the hook for the destruction they caused.

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If your organization would like to endorse the Emergency People’s Assembly, please email moratorium@moratorium-mi.org or call 248-470-0296.

To download leaflet, click here: Emergency People’s Assembly

For more information contact: Moratorium Now Coalition – moratorium-mi.org
Email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org – Phone 313-680-5508
Detroit Eviction Defense – detroitevictiondefense.org – Phone 313-740-1073

Endorsed by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition,  Detroit Eviction Defense,  Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA),  Detroit People’s Platform,  Detroit News & Letters Committees,  Russell Woods – Sullivan Area Association

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Mar 072015
 

rasmea-pic-for-oct-2nd-announcment-337x300Arab American National Museum

13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48126
(Across from Dearborn City Hall)

Wednesday, March 11, 7 – 9 pm

Join us in welcoming Rasmea Odeh to Detroit on March 11 at the Arab American Museum Annex. We are hosting a fundraiser in celebration of the resilience of Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh. All proceeds will go directly towards her legal defense fund.

Visit justice4rasmea.org for more information on Rasmea Odeh.

 March 7, 2015  Posted by at 10:10 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Mar 052015
 

Stand with Rasmea and fill the federal courthouse in Detroit!

Thursday, March 12th, 2015, at 10 AM EST (hearing starts at 11 AM EST)

231 W. Lafayette Blvd., downtown Detroit

rally_for_rasmea-650pxPlease join us on Thursday, March 12th, in Detroit for Rasmea’s sentencing hearing.  Rasmea was unjustly convicted in November of last year, and the prosecution is now asking for an enhanced sentence of 5-7 years in prison.  (The vast majority of those convicted of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization are sentenced to no more than 21 months.)

Rasmea’s defense attorneys are arguing that she shouldn’t be imprisoned for even one more day, and over 70 important leaders of unions and community-based, faith-based, civil rights, and student organizations, as well as prominent academics and activists, who all wrote letters of leniency to Judge Gershwin Drain, agree.

In addition, it must be made clear that Rasmea will be appealing the conviction regardless of the outcome of the sentencing, so visit the national Rasmea Defense Committee’s new website at www.justice4rasmea.org to help us fundraise for the appeal and learn of other action steps you can take.

Rasmea spoke with her supporters across the country by livestream a number of times in the past few weeks, and fundraisers and educational events were organized in New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Tucson, Tampa, St. Lake City, Gainesville, Miami, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Seattle, Albany, NY, and other cities.  More fundraisers are scheduled for Fishers, IN, DC, and Chicago in the coming weeks. (See a full list of events here.)

There is still much more organizing to be done!

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Feb 222015
 

From Detroit to Greece,
Say No to the War on the Working Class!

Friday, February 27, 2015, 4 P.M.

Gather Outside Chase Bank, Woodward and Fort Street
March to Greektown

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CANCEL THE DEBT
STOP PENSION CUTS, FORECLOSURES & WATER SHUTOFFS

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Austerity in Greece has meant conditions much like those faced by Detroiters: A poverty rate of 44%, up from just 3% in 2009; a 27.7% unemployment rate; and 240,000 people with their utilities shut off. Continue reading »

 February 22, 2015  Posted by at 10:18 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 222015
 

Pack the Court on Friday, February 27, 1 PM
Berrien County Courthouse,
811 Port Street, St. Joseph, Michigan

Carpooling on February 27, 2015

Depart from 5920 Second, off Antoinette, Detroit, Micihigan 48202.
Time: Gather at 8:15-8:30 a.m. to go to Berrien County courthouse at 811 Port Street, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.

If you are interested in carpooling to Berrien County from Detroit, Please Contact Marcina Cole, 248-383-3595 Continue reading »

 February 22, 2015  Posted by at 9:20 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 012015
 

Tell Mayor Duggan:

Declare a People’s State of Emergency in Detroit!

With almost 30,000 water shutoffs in 2014 and 62,000 tax foreclosures looming in 2015, $6 billion looted from city retirees, and no end to chronic high unemployment and growing poverty, tell Mayor Duggan:

“We’ve had enough!”

Stop Foreclosures! Stop Water Shutoffs Now!

Demonstrate at the Mayor’s  “State of the City” Address Tuesday, February 10, 6 PM Redford Theater 17360 Lahser, Detroit (1/2 block north of Grand River) Demand a moratorium on  tax foreclosures and water shutoffs

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Download leaflet: Duggan demo -State of City 02-10-2015

Endorsed by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Eviction Defense, People’s Water Board,Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA)

For more information, call 313-671-3715

Email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org Web: moratorium-mi.org

Property tax info: DetroitEvictionDefense.org/taxes/

From the Detroit News: Detroit needs to abolish residential property taxes
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Jan 052015
 

…Attacks On Unions, Education And Pensions Require Mass Mobilizations Against Capitalist Restructuring

Reprinted from Modern Ghana, January 20, 2014

By Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan African Newswire

dr_martin_luther_king_jrJanuary 15, 2014 represented the 85th birthday of the martyred civil rights, social justice and peace activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year a federally-recognized holiday is commemorated where office buildings, schools and mail delivery is shut down on the third Monday of January.

MLK Day this year takes on an added significance in light of the renewed attacks on municipalities throughout the United States. Workers and students within public educational institutions are facing massive lay-offs and school closings, while local governmental employees are threatened with job elimination and the theft of pensions and healthcare programs.

The city which has gained the most national and international attention in this regard is Detroit where the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history was imposed on the majority African American population during the summer of 2013. Nonetheless, additional cities such as Stockton, San Bernardino and Vallejo, California; Jefferson County, Alabama; Providence Rhode Island, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and others are either in bankruptcy or facing extreme austerity measures. Continue reading »

Dec 072014
 

Combat Racism, Poverty, and War

Detroit March Against Capitalism!

Friday, December 12 @3:00pm, Spirit of Detroit statue (Woodward and Jefferson)

After the march meet at 5920 Second Ave. for potluck/discussion

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Facebook-EventAll around the world from Detroit, Ferguson, to Ukraine the capitalist class is on the assault against poor people everywhere. Whether they’re shutting down schools, cutting food assistance programs, shooting unarmed people in our streets, or dropping bombs on innocent people abroad they’ve made it clear that there’s only one thing they want: everything! Capitalism has proven itself to be nothing but a parasitic system based purely on greed with no regard to the needs of the people, which threatens not only our own lives but all of the life on the planet.

They’ve destroyed our neighborhoods with unemployment and foreclosures. They’re shutting off our water. They’re plundering the city in a bankruptcy they threw us in. They’ve put the squeeze on us, it’s time we put the squeeze on them!

Put an end to racist police terror! Justice for Michael Brown and Eric Garner! A job is a right! A home is a right! Food is a right! Education is a right! End military interventions at home and abroad which put poor people against poor for the sake of profit for a few!

Endorsed by FIST, Moratorium NOW!, MECAWI, & Workers World Party

For more info, call or text FIST at 313-671-7426

 

 December 7, 2014  Posted by at 9:43 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 072014
 

Detroit Year-End Pot-Luck Dinner & Celebration of Another Year of Struggle

Saturday, Dec. 13, 5 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit

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Facebook-EventJoin activists from Workers World Party, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, MECAWI (Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice), Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee, and Detroit FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, for the annual year’s end pot-luck dinner and celebration/commemoration of another fierce year of struggles.

We’ve been thick in the battles to save our beloved City from the grips of dictatorship and bankruptcy on behalf of the banks. We’ve opposed massive pension cuts and water shutoffs. We’ve stood up for Gaza, Syria, the anti-fascists in Ukraine, and all those under attack from U.S. imperialism. We’re standing in firm solidarity with Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian activist from Chicago, and Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, both recently convicted on frame-up charges. We’ve marched with the hundreds of thousands across the country denouncing the racist police killings of Michael Ferguson, Eric Garner, and so many others. And many, many other struggles.

So please 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 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 my be missing.

For other questions, please call 313-680-5508