Jun 142016

Stop Tax Foreclosures & Water Shut-Offs

Demonstrate Thursday June 23, 12 Noon

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

Instead of using FEDERAL HELPING HARDEST HIT HOMEOWNERS FUNDS to keep people in their homes with running water – the politicians are using that money to TEAR HOUSES DOWN!

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On June 1, 2016, the State of Michigan got a new grant of $188 million in Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner Funds from the federal government. While the purpose of these funds is to keep families in their homes, only 26% of the $188 ($49 million), is planned for foreclosure prevention including preventing tax foreclosures. The rest is going for “blight removal”.

While this is outrageous, even $49 million used for tax foreclosure relief would be enough to stop the residential tax foreclosures scheduled to go into effect June 30. But they make it almost impossible for people to apply for and get this money! WAYNE COUNTY SHOULD PLACE AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM to HALT THESE FORECLOSURES TO ALLOW PEOPLE TIME TO GET ACCESS TO THESE FUNDS AND STAY IN THEIR HOMES! There is plenty of legal precedent for a foreclosure moratorium dating back to the 1930’s. But confronted with the demand for a Moratorium, Wayne County treasurer Eric Sabree’s aids said the “bondholders wouldn’t like it.”

Mayor Duggan and Corporation Counsel Butch Hollowell are lying when they say that federal law determines how the Helping Hardest Hit Funds are used. MSHDA recently admitted that as the state Housing Finance Authority, they make the decision how the funds are used. MSHDA simply needs to put into effect a 13th amendment for use of the funds to insure ALL THE HELPING HARDEST HIT FUNDS ARE USED TO STOP RESIDENTS OF TAX FORECLOSED PROPERTIES FROM BEING EVICTED, AND TO PAY DELINQUENT RESIDENTIAL WATER BILLS WHICH AMOUNT TO A CONSTRUCTIVE EVICTION.

Only the politicians running our city, county and state can’t see the obvious — using Helping Hardest Hit Funds to pay delinquent property taxes and water bills would pump money into these government agencies which in turn can be used to fight blight and everything else. The banks that caused the blight should be made to pay for its removal. And why are federal funds being turned over to a blight task force laced with corruption, led by a sub-prime lender (Gilbert) who is being sued by the Justice Department for costing people their homes through the misappropriation of FHA dollars. And why is the Detroit Land Bank spending government funds to defend corrupt officials against a criminal probe into their misuse of the Hardest Hit Funds?

Moratorium Now Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs

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Jun 042016

Make GM Pay!

Demonstrate at Shareholders Meeting

Ren Cen (GM Headquarters), Jefferson Ave., Detroit

June 7, 9 AM

Demo-GM-June 2016

Flint Lives Matter!
Justice for injured workers, from Colombia to India!
Unsafe vehicles caused 124+ deaths in the U.S.!
Make GM Pay!

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May 192016

Occupy the PGA

Support Rev. Pinkney and the People of Benton Harbor

Saturday, May 28

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Bus departs Detroit 7:00 am sharp

Demonstration starts at 11 am at Benton Harbor City Hall, 200 East Wall St., Benton Harbor, MI

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Bus transportation from Detroit has been organized. The departure time is 7 am sharp. Begin gathering at 6:30 am at 5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI. The round trip ticket cost is $30. Financial support is available and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please call 313-680-5508 to reserve a seat or more information.

For details and background information, please visit:

Occupy the PGA 2016

Mumia Abu-Jamal: ‘Free Reverend Pinkney!’

‘Occupy PGA’ tackles racism, dictatorial rule

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May 142016


Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 pm

Detroit Water & Sewerage Department Board Meeting
735 Randolph, Detroit, MI


Demand an Immediate Moratorium on All Tax Foreclosures and Water Shutoffs!

Demand NO Dumping of Poisonous Fracking Waste into Detroit’s Sewer System and Neighborhoods!

The federal government announced this week that Michigan will be receiving an additional $188 million in Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner funds, on top of the $74 million the state received earlier this year. The purpose for these funds is supposed to be to help families stay in their homes. But they are being illegally diverted to “blight removal.”

  • We must demand that these funds be used to pay overdue property tax bills, so no families face eviction as a result of tax foreclosure.
  • We must demand that these funds also be used to pay overdue water bills, so no families face water shut-offs, which are really an eviction.
  • We must demand that US Ecology not be allowed to dump poisonous and radioactive industrial waste into Detroit’s sewer system and into Detroit neighborhoods. We must say no to environmental racism.

The government intends on turning the Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner funds over to Gilbert’s “blight task force” to tear down homes rather than keep families in their homes as these funds are intended to do.

Gilbert, the banks and the financial institutions caused the blight through their fraudulent and predatory mortgage practices. And the banks extorted $537 million from the water department to pay off interest rate swindles. Then the mass water shutoffs began.

Demand the banks pay to remove the blight they caused!

Demand the financial institutions repay the DWSD for their swap swindle, using the funds to set up an affordable rate plan!

Click here to download leaflet: Demo-Demand_MORATORIUM_ON_TAX FORECLOSURES_WATER_SHUTOFFS


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Apr 162016

Moratorium NOW! Coalition weekly organizing meeting

Public Education Crisis in Detroit

Monday, April 18, 7 pm

5920 Second Ave., Detroit (at Antoinette, 2 blocks north of WSU Law School)


Guest Speakers Include:

  • Helen Moore, a longtime education activist with Keep the Vote, No Takeover and other organizations.
  • Elena Herrada, a member of the Detroit Board of Education in-exile among other affiliation.

Please come out to this special Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) weekly meeting. Our focus will be on the education crisis in Detroit examining the role of the State of Michigan, the corporate community and the banks in driving the system into financial ruin.

Join this discussion on what is really behind the crisis in public education in Detroit. How can the state legislature and Gov. Snyder provide remedies for the system when they continued its near destruction through financial unaccountability, school closings, massive lay-offs, failure to maintain buildings and the disempowerment of students, parents, educators, elected officials and the community?

Learn how we can support our youth, teachers, parents and elected board members who are being ignored in yet another “restructuring” of the public schools aimed at draining even more funds and property rightfully belonging to the people.

In addition, we will report on the mobilization efforts for May Day (May 1) in downtown Detroit; our planned trip to Grand Rapids on May 11 for the Michigan Appeals Court hearing on the case of Rev. Edward Pinkney of Berrien County; the bus to Benton Harbor to protest against the PGA Tournament on May 28; among other issues.


 April 16, 2016  Posted by at 2:29 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 142016

May Day Detroit 2016

Sunday, May 1

Gather 2:00 PM

Grand Circus Park, Woodward and Adams, Pingree monument

March through downtown Detroit and rally afterwards

May Day 2016 leaflet pic
On International Workers Day, We say:

Water is a human right. Fix Flint’s pipes. Refund the bills for poison water. Fully fund the costs of lead poisoning treatment. Stop shutoffs in Detroit and everywhere. Housing is a right. Stop foreclosures and evictions. Cancel the tax foreclosures. Education is a right. Solidarity with DPS teachers. No charter schools. Fire Judge Rhodes. Restore authority to the current elected school board in exile. Use Helping Hardest Hit funds to keep families in their homes, not tear homes down. No more Emergency Managers!

NO TO RACISM! Stop the raids and deportations!

No to immigrant-bashing, Islamophia, sexism, anti-LGBTQ bigotry and oppression everywhere. Shut down fascist Trump campaign. Stop police violence. Justice for Terrance Kellum, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Aiyana Jones, Sandra Bland, and over 1000 more killed by racist police.

Make the banks, the government, and the auto bosses pay for the crisis they created!

Cancel Flint’s and Detroit’s debt. Restore city retiree pensions and health care benefits that were stolen. Make GM give $4 billion to Flint. State and federal aid to Flint and all hard-hit Michigan cities. Release budget surplus and rainy day funds. Money for people, not for war.

Justice for workers here and around the world.

Stop union-busting attacks. $15-an-hour minimum wage with a union.

System change, not climate change.

Capitalism is the problem! People before profits!

Gather 2:00 PM

Grand Circus Park, Woodward and Adams, Pingree monument

March through downtown Detroit and rally afterwards

Endorsers: Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs; Detroit Green Party; Workers World Party; Fight Imperialism Stand Together; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice; Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association; Detroit Public Schools Board-in-exile; Fifth Column; Autoworker Caravan; Stand Up Now; Friends to Elect Cynthia A. Johnson; Alexandria Montgomery; National Action Network, Detroit Chapter; Ja’Meka Armstrong; We the People of Detroit; Peoples Water Board; Student Justice League, U of M Dearborn; Students for a Democratic Society, Detroit; Water You Fighting For (Flint); United Hispanic Workers of Detroit

To endorse, email moratorium@moratorium-mi.org or call 313-680-5508

Click here for leaflet: Mayday Detroit 2016 leaflet

For more info contact: Moratorium Now! 313-680-5508


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Apr 102016

Special Moratorium NOW! Coalition organizing meeting – focus on fighting tax foreclosures

Monday, April 11, 7 pm
5920 Second Ave., Detroit

Michael Steinberg, Director of the ACLU of Michigan, will speak on the efforts that the ACLU is pursuing to fight tax foreclosures in Detroit and Wayne County.

In May, 2015, Moratorium NOW! Coalition along with a number of community groups, joined the ACLU of Michigan in calling for a moratorium on mass tax foreclosures in Wayne County. (See Community groups send letter to the Wayne County Treasurer calling for a moratorium on tax foreclosures.) Michael Steinberg will update us on the legal aspects of the ongoing struggle.

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Mar 282016

Nidia Quintero, General Secretary of FENSUAGRO, Colombia’s largest federation of agricultural workers unions, will be a special guest at the weekly Moratorium NOW! Coalition meeting.

Monday, April 4, 7:00 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit 48202


Colombia and all the world is hopeful about new peace accords that will end more than 50 years of civil war. But despite the progress that has been made, Colombia still is the most dangerous place in the world to be a unionist and assaults against human rights defenders have spiked in recent years. Colombia has also had peace agreements before that have been sabotaged by extreme right wing violence. Popular movements in Colombia have said international awareness is key if this peace is going to be just and durable.

Rural workers and their families are especially vulnerable and no labor organization is more targeted than FENSUAGRO. They represent the population most affected by forced displacement; many of their leaders have been jailed for political reasons; and since FENSUAGRO’s founding in 1976, more than 1,500 of their members have been murdered. Agricultural workers and peasant farmers are encouraged by agreements that when implemented will return many to their homes along with development of the infrastructure for new crops and markets for those crops. The peace could provide a level of security for labor organizers that has been absent for far too long. Nidia will discuss both the aspirations and fears of rural workers and all workers in Colombia.

Nidia comes from a farming family that was displaced by the armed conflict in the department of Cauca. She relocated to Putumayo, where she and her family became community and labor organizers. Fifteen of her fellow organizers were assassinated for their activities between 2000 and 2004. These included both her husband, a union leader who was killed on May 20, 2002 and her 19 year old son killed ten days later, who was also active in the union. In 2008 Nidia was chosen to be FENSUAGRO’s Secretary for Rural Women, and in 2010 she was elected to FENSUAGRO’s executive committee. She serves today as the federation’s Secretary General.

112 assassinations


 March 28, 2016  Posted by at 12:14 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Mar 152016


Keep Wayne County residents in their homes!

Stop foreclosures of all occupied homes!

Demonstrate at the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office
400 Monroe Ave. (in Greektown)
Wednesday – March 23, 2016 – Noon

More than 30,000 occupied homes are facing tax foreclosure in 2016, about the same high number we faced last year. Why?

  • An 18% yearly interest is added to the property tax—People had their homes auctioned off even when they paid their taxes because they did not realize a fee had been tacked on to their bill! End usurious interest
  • Detroit property taxes are over assessed and have been over assessed for years. The city’s present efforts at reassessment are “too little, too late” for the thousands who have lost their homes in recent auctions or now face foreclosure. The city was obligated to properly assess these properties but didn’t! The right to request reassessment has been limited to a ridiculous two-week period in February. Other cities have reassessed residential properties. We demand proper reassessment, and debt incurred by failure to properly assess be wiped clean! Stop Foreclosures and auctioning of homes based on “fraudulent” assessments!
  • Water bills are added to the property tax. Remove all water bill debt from property tax bills!
  • In a city where 43% live in poverty, the tax department does not notify people that they may be eligible for “poverty” or principle residence exemptions. Eligibility for “poverty” exemptions should be retroactive, and everyone needs to be informed of these exemptions!
  • There are few or no counselors to help people, particularly those with a limited ability to read or whose first language is not English. Persons should be directly contacted, “occupied” homeowners identified, informed of their rights and worked with in the first year of forfeiture. Make independent counseling available!
  • The State of Michigan has just received a new grant of $74 million in Federal Helping Hardest Hit Homeowner assistance, with millions more on the way. These funds, intended to keep families in their homes, must be used to pay delinquent property tax bills for occupied homes, not be diverted for “blight removal” as was done last year. Place an immediate moratorium on tax foreclosures to allow families the opportunity to access these new Step Forward Funds. Make the Banks and Gilbert pay for the blight they caused through their predatory lending policies.

We demand an immediate moratorium (Halt) on all owner occupied home foreclosures, until the above and other glaring inequities are addressed!

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Issued by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
facebook.com/MoratoriumNowCoalition/      Moratorium-MI.org       moratorium@moritorium-mi.org      313-680-5508


 March 15, 2016  Posted by at 6:38 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 172016

Friday, February 19

11 am

Assemble at the Metropolitan Baptist Church at 10am

930 E. Myrtle Avenue, Flint, MI

Carpooling from Detroit:

Gather at 9am at 5920 Second Ave., Detroit (2 blocks north of WSU). Cars will depart for Flint at 9:30am. There is no guarantee of a ride.

Also, the Detroit Light Brigade and the Social Bustice are going back to Flint to stand with the residents to demand justice! They will be leaving Detroit at 8:15 am. The march starts at 11am! There is space for 9 people. Please call 313-704-5150 if you want to go.


Rebuild Flint demo -02-19-2016



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