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  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

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 October 25, 2014  Posted by at 12:39 pm Uncategorized Tagged with:  No Responses »
Oct 232014



Sign the petition to demand protection for all healthcare workers.

 October 23, 2014  Posted by at 8:16 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 202014

Submission to the
United Nations Human Rights Commission Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque
United Nations Nations Human Rights Commission Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha

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 October 20, 2014  Posted by at 8:35 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 192014

The Foreclosure King, David Trott, is spending millions to buy a seat in Congress.

David Trott is the millionaire front-man for the mega banks who paid him to do their dirty work foreclosing on thousands of Metro Detroit homeowners. The banks have since paid billions in penalties for the foreclosure fraud Trott helped them pull off.

Join “Trott Survivors” Testifying Against Expanding Trott’s Rule to Congress

Wednesday, Oct. 22, Noon
in front of his Birmingham office selling foreclosed homes,
294 E. Brown St., 2nd block west of Woodward, south of Maple
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 October 19, 2014  Posted by at 8:56 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 182014

Monday, Oct. 20 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

5920 Second Avenue at Antoinette, Near WSU in Midtown

Contact: 248-383-3595 or 313-671-3715

Rev. Edward Pinkney, the veteran community activist from Benton Harbor has been bound over for trial on false charges in St. Joseph, the seat of Berrien County. Rev. Pinkney is facing prosecution on five counts of election fraud, which are felonies, as well as six misdemeanor charges. If found guilty he could be sentenced to up to twenty-five years in prison.

He was under house arrest during his initial hearing, but now he is out on bond.

Also Rev. Pinkney desperately needs funds for his defense. Funds are also needed to transport supporters from Detroit to his upcoming trial on Mon. Oct. 27.

The fight continues: Rev. Pinkney is just one man who like many others will not fall under pressure, it will only make them stronger.

The battle in Berrien County continues against the corrupt politicians, local government and Whirpool Corporation, who have staged a complete takeover of Benton Harbor.

 October 18, 2014  Posted by at 8:52 pm Uncategorized Tagged with:  No Responses »
Oct 142014

A Special Visit to Detroit by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


Sunday, October 19, 2014

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

Wayne County Community College District
Downtown Campus in the Atrium
1001 W. Fort St, Detroit MI 48226

Special guests:

Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing

International and locally known panelists will hear testimony from Michigan residents about water, sanitation and housing issues offered by victims of this crisis.

Help will be offered to all audience guests.

Partial list of co-sponsors: Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition; AFSCME Local 207; Assembly to End Poverty; Critical Moment; Democracy Defense League-Flint, MI; Detroit Active Retired Employee Association; Detroit Green Party; Detroit School Board in Exile; Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management; Food and Water Watch; Free Detroit-No Consent; Go Detroit; Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit; Green Party of Michigan; Highland Park Human Rights Coalition; Housing Is a Human Right Coalition-Detroit; James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership; Keep the Vote No Takeover; Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; Michigan Legal Services; Moratorium Now!; NAACP Legal Defense Fund; National Boricua Human Rights Network; Detroit Chapter; National Lawyers Guild-Detroit MI Chapter; National Nurses United; Peoples Platform; Poverty Roundtable-Flint, MI; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church-Detroit; Sierra Club; The Raiz Up; Trenton Manor Tenants Association; U.S.-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants; Voices of Indigenous Peoples; Wayne County Community College District; We the People of Detroit; Women’s Economic Agenda Project.

For more information, contact MWRO at (313) 964-0618 or

 October 14, 2014  Posted by at 9:34 pm Uncategorized Tagged with: ,  No Responses »
Sep 292014

No Veolia

September 18, 2014

Mayor Duggan announced on Sept. 9 a proposal to create the Great Lakes Water Authority which will hand control of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the suburbs and ultimately pave the way for its privatization. The creation of the GLWA without voter approval violates the Charter of the City of Detroit and Michigan State Constitution. This is why Governor Synder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are using Detroit’s bankruptcy to steal DWSD from the people of Detroit.  Veolia Water has been hired undertake a “peer review” of the Detroit’s water system, looking for ways to lay off workers and cut labor costs, while neglecting to review the legality of the $537 million in infrastructure improvement funds transferred to Wall Street to settle dirty swaps deals.

Who is Veolia Water?

Veolia Water is the largest private operator of municipal water and sewer systems in the U.S.  Veolia Water is a subsidiary of the Paris, France, based Veolia.  Veolia also has its tentacles in environmental services, transportation, and energy. Once part of the massive and financially troubled Vivendi Universal empire, the company name was changed to Veolia, in 2002, in hopes of escaping a disreputable past.  Veolia also has established numerous small companies under different names in different countries. Veolia Transportation once operated paratransit services for the City of Detroit

In 2002, a Veolia CEO was convicted and fined millions of dollars for fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Corruption, bribery and embezzlement are still part of Veolia’s sleazy corporate culture. Veolia recently disclosed accounting fraud amounting to $120 million in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010.

Veolia has contempt for workers and their unions

Veolia has a history of treating workers badly, often leading to strikes. Veolia likes to impose lower wages and reduce retirement, health care and other benefits; break contracts; enforce lower work standards detrimental to workers and the community; and reduce the workplace environment to levels below safety standards.

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 September 29, 2014  Posted by at 9:22 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Sep 282014

Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac head Mel Watt is coming to Detroit!

Thursday, Oct. 2,
Please gather at 10:15 a.m.

at the Cass Ave. entrance, Detroit Public Library
Main Branch,
just north of Warren Ave. Detroit

Talk starts at 11 a.m.

Please allow plenty of time to find parking.

Called by Detroit Eviction Defense

Two young people with signs saying, No foreclosures, No evictions!Program needs big changes to offer real relief

A chance to tell Director Mel Watt how its foreclosures have devastated our neighborhoods

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 September 28, 2014  Posted by at 10:03 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Sep 282014

Detroit Water Shutoffs from Kate Levy on Vimeo.

This summer, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced that it would increase its shut-off campaign to 3000 shutoffs per week.

 September 28, 2014  Posted by at 8:08 pm Uncategorized No Responses »