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



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


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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

Dec 022014

Attention: Students, Youth, Anti-Racist Activists, Unionists, Religious Leaders and All Progressive People angry at the Outrageous Ferguson Grand Jury Decision:

Come to a planning meeting to build future actions that can unite us all.

Monday – Dec. 8 – 7 PM
5920 Second Avenue, Detroit
(at Antoinette St., just north of Wayne State U)

Protesters gesture as they stand in a street in defiance of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Protesters gesture as they stand in a street in defiance of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Ferguson has unleashed a torrent of anger over racist police murders of African American youth across the country. The outrage is fueled by the lack of decent jobs, housing and education while the wealth of the 1% goes up and up.

Protests are breaking out everywhere. Ferguson signals the beginning of a stronger, unified movement to fight against racism and fight for economic justice. Nowhere is that movement more needed than Michigan where entire Black communities have been disenfranchised through the appointment of emergency managers by racist Governor Snyder to serve the banks. Any type of community control over the cops is also being eliminated.

Come to the meeting this Monday. Report to other activists on protests and demonstrations in your area. Hear a round-up of actions across the U.S. and world-wide. Let’s discuss how we can coordinate and build the movement here in Michigan where it is so desperately needed.

Initiated by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice; Fight Imperialism/Stand Together-FIST

Call 313-680-5508 for more information

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Dec 022014

For Immediate Release

Media Advisory

Event: Moratorium NOW! Coalition/MECAWI Weekly Meeting
Date: Mon. Dec. 8, 2014, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: 5920 Second Ave. at Antoinettee, Near WSU in Midtown
Contact: 313-671-3715 or 680-5508

On Nov. 24 the Grand Jury in Missouri delivered their decision not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for the brutal killing of 18-year-old African American youth Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson. This decision speaks volumes about the current social status
of African Americans in the United States. Continue reading »

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Nov 282014

Monday, December 1, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

34th District Court,  in front of Judge Brian Oakley

11131 Wayne Road, Romulus, MI 48174

(Wayne Road exit on I-94, west of Detroit Metro Airport) map

Enyka and Ricco Gaines are seeking support against another outrageous foreclosure/eviction perpetrated by Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac. They are asking supporters to attend the eviction hearing in front of Judge Brian Oakley, this Monday, December 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m., 34th District Court, 11131 Wayne Road, Romulus, MI 48174.

Enyka and Ricco Gaines sought a loan modification from Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo provided a trial modification, fully executed and signed by the Gaines and Wells Fargo. The Gaines made the trial payments and continued to make the payments while waiting for the permanent modification pursuant to the agreement. Instead, Wells Fargo rejected the payments and the Gaines were told to “reapply”. The next thing they knew, the Gaines were defaulted and foreclosed upon.

After the foreclosure, the Gaines were even more shocked to learn Freddie Mac, a government entity charged with assisting borrowers to retain homeownership, owned their loan and was carrying out their eviction. The Gaines have been fighting in federal court to keep their home as they have minor children. The Gaines through their attorney Vanessa Fluker are preparing a petition in their federal case to the US Supreme Court which is not due until December 29, 2014.

But rather than waiting for the judicial process to be completed, rather than aiding the Gaines in forcing Wells Fargo to abide by Freddie Mac’s own regulations, and rather than allowing for time for the new policy announced by Mel Watt allowing foreclosed homeowners or investors on their behalf to purchase their homes at market value, Freddie Mac is rushing to evict the Gaines Monday, December 1, 2014, at 9:00 a.m., at the 34th District Court in Romulus, MI.


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Nov 232014

On the day after the Ferguson grand jury announces its decision, regardless of what it is:

Gather at Hart Plaza, Woodward and Jefferson

4 PM

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Oct 252014

Support Rev. Edward Pinkney

Rev. Edward Pinkney’s trial starts on Monday, Oct. 27, 8:30 am.

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Rev. Pinkney speaks to activists in Detroit at a Moratorium NOW Coalition meeting on Oct. 20, 2014. Photo: Leona McElevene.

Activists from Detroit will be going to Benton Harbor on Monday, Oct. 27 to stand with Rev. Pinkney as they (the local rulers and Whirlpool Corp.) bring him to trial on phony charges after his successful petition drive to recall the mayor. They admit they have no evidence but count on an all white jury to convict this African American fighter for justice. Yes, that’s right – an all white jury, despite the fact that Benton Harbor is 96% African American.

Moratorium Now has chartered a bus to support Rev. Pinkney on the opening day of the trial which starts at 8:30 am in the Berrien County Courthouse.


  • The bus ticket is $20 per person but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • The bus will depart from Lot C in Northland Mall, 21500 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, just off of J.L. Hudson Drive. Lot C is behind Hudson’s. The Lot C sign is on a pole at the parking lot. Please park all vehicles away from the building. The parking is free and has been authorized by the Head Security of Northland Mall. You can park your vehicle in that area.
  • Bus leaves 5 am SHARP. Please arrive at 4:30 am.
  • The bus will return sometime after 8pm.

For more information or to reserve a bus seat, call David Sole at 313-680-5508 or email him at davidsole48@gmail.com.  If you leave your name be sure to leave your contact info (on voicemail or email).

If you can’t go, please make a donation to Moratorium NOW Coalition, 5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202, to help someone else who wants to go but can’t afford the fare.

To contribute to Rev. Pinkney’s legal defense, please visit bhbanco.org

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