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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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 »
Nov 012016
 

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Demonstration at Chase Bank
in solidarity with the struggle at Standing Rock

611 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226

Friday, Nov. 4, 4 PM

Members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other Native American Nations began demonstrating in April in opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipe Line on Treaty Lands when they rode in on horseback and established the Sacred Stone spiritual camp.

Since then, thousands of activists and supporters have travelled to the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota, including members of Native Nations from across the US and beyond, in order to protect the water and the environment. Several more camps of protectors have been established. A huge and continuing protest has emerged and has become a rallying cry for Indigenous rights, as well as opposition to climate change and environmental destruction. More than 280 Native American Nations are represented in the camps, making this the largest gathering of Native Peoples ever.

Last week, militarized police, organized by the oil companies in collusion with big banks, used teargas, tasers, rubber bullets, sound cannons, dogs, snipers, and physical brute force to attack peaceful protesters in a manner reminiscent of the brutal attacks by white supremacist police on African Americans during the civil rights movements more tha fifty years ago.

The Standing Rock protectors have called upon all good people to to converge on Standing Rock in a massive show of resistance to DAPL and in support of the unalieanble right to self-determination of all Native Ameican Nations. For those that cannot make the journey to North Dakota, the Standing Rock protectors urge that we target the dozens of banks financing DAPL. As it turns out, many of these banks were also involved in the destruction of homes in our neighborhoods, destructions of our schools, water shutoffs, and the general looting of Detroit.

Join us in a demonstration at Chase Bank on Friday, Nov. 4, at 4 PM. We may also march to others banks in downtown Detroit that are also financing DAPL. Check out this chart from Food & Water Watch showing the banks financing the pipeline:

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 November 1, 2016  Posted by at 9:56 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 022016
 

Demonstrate in Support of the Charlotte Uprising

Tuesday,     Oct. 4,       4 PM

Bank of America – Guardian Building

500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI

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Responding to an urgent call from organizers on the front lines against police murder, Detroit will be standing in solidarity with the Charlotte Uprising! These courageous North Carolina activists and community members have been struggling against police murder for nearly two weeks, and are facing increased arrests and police repression. Now is the time to show our solidarity!

Call to Action from Charlotte Uprising

charlotte_uprising-logoOn September 20th, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police killed Keith Lamont Scott, a disabled Black father who deserved to live. People have taken to the streets of Charlotte every day and every night to demand an end to the war on Black lives and Black communities. People on the ground continue to be met with police repression from the police murder of Justin Carr in the protests to the use of tear gas in crowds to the issuing of warrants for the arrests of people who have livestreamed from the frontlines.

Led by Black, queer & trans organizers & accomplices, the Charlotte Uprising has tirelessly inspired people to resist state violence and dream of new possibilities beyond the current conditions we live in. Freedom fighters in Charlotte are now calling on freedom fighters everywhere to host coordinated actions on Tuesday, October 4, which will mark two weeks since Keith’s murder.

Eleven days into the Uprising and Charlotte is still bubbling with righteous rage and energy. We see this rage and energy connecting cities across the country–from Tulsa, OK to San Diego, CA where communities are lifting up the names of Terrence Crutcher and Alfred Olango, both Black men killed by police. Black people are being criminalized, killed, and abused by the police state everywhere. We raise Charlotte’s struggle and demands alongside those of Black communities across the country fighting against the structure whose murderous shootings are what we deem modern day lynchings. Let our actions show solidarity with the resistance in Charlotte, as well as demanding an end to the anti-Black, classist, gender-policing system of police and prisons that holds so much power over our lives everywhere.

While recent uprisings have immediately followed the murders of Black men, it must not be lost on us that our resistance is in response to the same system that is killing Black women and femmes via police violence, criminalization of Black motherhood & self-defense, and the perpetuation of sexual violence. We must say the names of Korryn Gaines, Sandra Bland, Mya Hall, and the countless Black women and femmes whose deaths must invoke outrage and responsibility.

For folks in North Carolina, come to Charlotte! For folks elsewhere, organize an action–whether it be a rally, march, street theater performance, or turn up–to pull out your communities in solidarity with Charlotte, with Tulsa, with San Diego, with every city where Black folks are rising up and demanding strange fruit no more!

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Follow the Facebook event page for specific details for Charlotte and actions in other cities. Submit information about your city’s action on www.charlotteuprising.com

Endorsed by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association, Workers World Party

For more info, please call: (313)671-3715

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 October 2, 2016  Posted by at 4:47 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Sep 272016
 

Demonstrate

Wednesday, October 5, 12 Noon

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Wayne County Treasurer’s Office
400 Monroe (near Greektown, Detroit)

USE FEDERAL HARDEST HIT FUNDS TO
KEEP PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES
NOT TEAR THEM DOWN

Since the beginning of this year, the State of Michigan received an additional $260 million in Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds from the federal government. While the stated purpose of these funds, which are the people’s share of the federal bank bailout, is to keep families in their homes, the state has allocated $231 million for blight removal, leaving only $47 million to pay off delinquent property tax bills and mortgage arrearages to keep people in their homes.

While this is outrageous, even $47 million used for tax foreclosure relief would be enough to stop the residential tax foreclosures and massive evictions as a result scheduled to happen this October. But Gov. Snyder’s MSHDA which administer the funds has made it almost impossible for families get to these funds! In contrast, according to the Special Inspector General, there is no supervision over how the blight programs are run, and now the Detroit Land Bank and Blight Taskforce are under investigation for criminal fraud for their misuse of these funds.

With these Federal funds available, there is no excuse for any Detroit resident to be losing their home as a result of a tax foreclosure, or face a water shut-off which is an effective eviction. The Wayne County Treasurer, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and the Great Lakes Water Authority should declare immediate moratoriums (halts) on evictions resulting from tax foreclosures and water shut-offs.

The moratoriums would avert the humanitarian crisis of thousands more Detroiters losing their homes. It would allow time to ensure that adequate Hardest Hit Homeowner funds are diverted back to their intended purpose, to keep people in their homes. It would allow for a community taskforce to develop a plan to remove the bureaucratic restrictions imposed by MSHDA on release and use of these funds by families that need them the most. And it would provide time for all Detroiters to have their homes reassessed so property tax bills are based on the true value of the homes as required by law, and for all seniors and other residents to be evaluated for hardship exemptions to which they may be entitled.

Using Helping Hardest Hit Funds to pay delinquent property taxes and water bills would actually pump money into the government agencies which in turn can be used to fight blight and everything else. The banks that caused the blight through their predatory lending policies resulting in 65000 foreclosures in the late 2000’s should be made to pay for its removal.

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Issued by: Moratorium Now Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
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 September 27, 2016  Posted by at 10:08 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 302016
 

Say NO to TRUMP in Detroit Sept 3

From the facebook page: Protest Donald Trump in Detroit:

Trump will visit Great Faith Ministries International church, 10735 Grand River, corner of Oakman Blvd., Detroit, in the old Federal’s Department Store this Saturday (Sept. 3) at 10:00 am.

Pastor W. J. Rideout (pastor for D-15, the Detroit $15 an hour movement) has told several media sources that he plans to organize an anti-Trump protest and urges any and all Metro Detroiters to join with him.

“I think he’s a racist, I think he’s a bigot and I think he doesn’t have a care for human kind,” Rideout said about Trump in the Detroit News.

SPREAD THE WORD.

BRING YOUR OWN SIGNS AND BANNERS.

Comment on this Facebook Page to report which organizations (labor, community, faith-based, etc.) that you know WILL BE THERE.

Join the Anti-Trump, Stop the Hate Protest
Saturday, Sept. 3, 10:00 am
Great Faith Ministries
10735 Grand River, at Oakman Blvd., Detroit

 August 30, 2016  Posted by at 9:38 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 062016
 

Demonstration – Oppose Trump

Monday, August 8, 10:30 am

Cobo Center, Detroit

No Trump, No Racism, No Fascism, No Muslim and immigrant Attacks, No Police Violence and War - Unite

Numerous groups, including various unions, have called for a demonstration against Trump when he speaks to members of the Detroit Economic Club at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The Detroit Economic Club is an organization of corporate and banking “leaders”, as well as their agents and apologists.

Join with others on Monday to oppose Trump and his racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, immigrant bashing, and general hatred of a united multinational and multiracial working class.

 August 6, 2016  Posted by at 10:13 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 022016
 

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Summer Bar-B-Q

Saturday, August 20, 2 PM ‘til 6 PM

5920 Second Avenue, Detroit
(at Antoinette St., N of WSU)

Activists and supporters in the fight against foreclosures and water shutoffs; Black Lives Matter protesters and anti-war demonstrators; LGBTQ rights advocates and retirees fighting for their pensions. Our struggles continue – but we will take a moment for good food, good company and good music.

Hosted by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Workers World Party, Fight Imperialism/Stand Together (FIST), Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA) and other Detroit-area activists.

For more info: 313-680-5508

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