Aug 282014
 
A cloud of smoke rises from the Zafer Tower highrise apartment complex, which was completely levelled by two Israeli missles on Saturday

A cloud of smoke rises from the Zafer Tower highrise apartment complex, which was completely levelled by two Israeli missles on Saturday

End the Siege of Gaza NOW!

Sunday, August 31, 1:30pm

Cobo Center
1 Washington BLVD, Detroit, MI

On Saturday, Israel committed yet another atrocity against the Palestinian people. Two Israeli missiles hit a highrise apartment complex in Gaza City, wounding 22 people – half of whom are children. Although Netanyahu talks about negotiations, Israel is continuing its murderous war of aggression.

Since July 8, over 2,000 people have been murdered by Israel (80 percent of whom were civilians), including 437 children and 246 women, and over 10,000 people have been injured. Gaza has been under a suffocating siege by Israel since 2007.

In response to these ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity, a broad coalition of anti-war, Muslim and Arab-American groups have joined together to organize a national march in Detroit, Mich., where one of the largest gatherings of American Muslims will take place on August 31.

Please allow extra time for parking. The Detroit Jazz Festival will be going on downtown all weekend.

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Aug 312014
 

Protest at Federal Court

231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit

Tuesday, Sept. 2

2 pm

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Rasmea is due in court again next week, Tuesday, September 2nd, for a status hearing on her case, in front of new judge Gershwin Drain.  The Rasmea Defense Committee, USPCN, and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) is mobilizing to fill the courthouse once again, and we ask you to join us!

WHERE: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

 231 W. Lafayette Blvd., in Detroit, Michigan

WHEN: We will gather on Tuesday, September 2nd, at 2 PM Eastern Standard Time (hearing begins at 3 PM EST) Continue reading »

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Aug 282014
 

Rights to Justice: A Photography Exhibition of Families of Muslim Prisoners

ISNA convention 201451st Annual ISNA Convention

August 29 – Sept 1
Cobo Center
1 Washington BLVD
Detroit, MI

“The image of the Muslim women as “backward”’ and “oppressed” and “in need of liberation” has served as justification for various projects within the imperial era and continue to be utilized to portray women as passive victims of Islam.

However, Muslim women living in the United States have been victims of state violence targeted by law-enforcement and mainstream media in the US war on terror. The women in the photo images are mothers, sisters, wives, daughters of Muslim American men unjustly imprisoned in draconian federal prison facilities that many experts identify as “Guantanamo North”.

These women are in the forefront of the struggle calling for justice and organizing themselves to give voice to their loved ones and those oppressed in our society. In doing so, they contest the way Muslim women have been formulated by the US government and dominant American society. They also challenge the larger Muslim American community which has isolated, alienated and stigmatized their families for being related to a political prisoner.

Through their brave campaigning, these women remake themselves as active and positive agents of social change while simultaneously navigating cultural shame of being targeted for counter-terrorism measures, the stigma of prison in their day-to-day life, and larger narratives of the war on terror. They challenge Orientalist representations and gendered narratives associated with Islam and terrorism by breaking their silence and creating their own narratives of their lives.”

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Jul 052014
 

Appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

ushrn_web_logoA Call for Assistance in the Efforts to Halt Racism, Racial Discrimination and Acts of Genocide Directed Towards the People of the City of Detroit in the United States of America

The following draft appeal was submitted and accepted by the United States Human Rights Network (USHRN) to be included in their report related to the gross human rights violations being committed inside the country. This appeal is an important contribution to the annual submission by the USHRN that is designed to point out the violations by the U.S. government of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). The appeal requests the direct intervention by relevant UN agencies including, but not limited to, the High Commissioner for Human Rights based in Geneva, Switzerland.

This appeal is directed towards the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and all other agencies of this international body concerned with the prevention and halting of institutional racism, racial discrimination and genocide. Two organizations which have played a leading role in opposition to the imposition of austerity, the racist denial of the right to vote and due process under the law in defense against the predatory actions of multi-national corporations and international financial institutions in the City of Detroit, the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), founded in 2002 and the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs, founded in 2008, are making this appeal to the United Nations due to the failure of the local, state and federal governmental structures to uphold the fundamental civil and human rights of the majority African American population of Detroit, but not limited to this predominant segment of the people, and encompassing all those who are impacted by the current policies enacted by a system of emergency management, forced bankruptcy and restructuring of the City of Detroit.

We are charging that deliberate actions by the State of Michigan through its Governor Rick Snyder and majority right-wing legislative bodies are calculated and well-planned to foster the disempowerment of the African American people. This program is specifically designed to destroy the political and social gains made by the African American people, but also severely impacts negatively the labor movement, social justice organizations and all other historically affected groups facing national discrimination and class oppression in the United States.

The Nullification of the Elections of November 2012

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Jun 012014
 

2014 Motor City Pride

Motor City Festival, June 7-8, Hart Plaza

Motor City Pride Parade, Sunday, June 8, 10:30 am

Once again, Moratorium Now/MECAWI and Workers World Party will be marching in the annual LGBTQ Motor City Pride Parade. To join contingent in the Parade, gather at 10:30 am on Sunday, June 8,  at Fort and Griswold and look for our banners.

Volunteers needed to staff literature table

We will also have a literature table at the Pride festival at Hart Plaza. Table slots are 1:00-3:00, 3:00-5:00 and 5:00-7:00 on Saturday, June 7 and 12:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00 and 4:00-6:00 Sunday, June 8.

Please email Martha Grevatt, grevatt.m@gmail.com, if you can join our contingent in the parade and/or take a two hour slot at our literature table.

Motor City Pride - June 2013

Motor City Pride – June 2013

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Mar 132014
 

MONEY FOR DETROIT!

For our schools, services, pensions, art, parks, homes and neighborhoods, for jobs for youth and the unemployed, and at higher wages—billions for our hurting city, not for war!

NO NEW U.S. WAR!

Hands off Ukraine and Venezuela!

Stop U.S. $upport for fascists

DEMONSTRATE!

Tuesday, March 18, 4:30 PM
Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit

Ukrainian and Russian people oppose U.S. backed fascism in Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian people oppose U.S. backed fascism in Ukraine

The Ukrainian and Russian people in this picture are resisting the imposition of a U.S. backed fascist dictatorship in Ukraine. The U.S. has collaborated and conspired with outright fascists to threaten the Venezuelan people’s chosen government and to overthrow the elected president of Ukraine and install a pro-U.S. regime. The neo-Nazis now running Ukraine openly flaunt the swastika and the Confederate flag. These forces have received billions and Washington has committed $10 billion more to the illegal government in Ukraine—money that we need to save our city! Sanctions, U.S. war ships in the Black Sea, U.S. fighter jets in countries bordering Ukraine—the war danger is real. Only the people can stop it.

Sponsored by Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice
313-680-5508

Resources

Stay informed!
Find more information on Ukraine and upcoming actions at
iacenter.org/

Variety of downloadable signs helpful for demonstrations:
iactucson.org/signs

UKRAINE: What the media isn’t telling you
iacenter.org/ukraine/ukraine-1-031114/

United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) demands
‘U.S. hands off Ukraine and Venezuela’

unacpeace.org/

Veterans for Peace – San Diego:
‘Preparing for war with Russia’

sdvfp.org/preparing-for-war-with-russia/

Sara Flounders:
‘Why are Nazi & Confederate flags on display in Kiev?’
iacenter.org/struggle/ukraine2–030514/

Glen Ford:
‘Hillary and other assorted barbarians at Russia’s gate’

blackagendareport.com/content/
hillary-and-other-assorted-barbarians-russia’s-gate

Fred Goldstein:
‘U.S. whips up crisis over Crimea’

workers.org/articles/2014/03/12/u-s-whips-crisis-crimea/

Ajamu Baraka:
‘Ukraine and the Pathology of the Liberal Worldview:
An African American Perspective’

counterpunch.org/2014/03/07/
ukraine-and-the-pathology-of-the-liberal-worldview/

Transcript of leaked Victoria Nuland-Geoffrey Pyatt call
bbc.com/news/world-europe-26079957

Leak:
Estonian FM says Maidan snipers were not Yanukovich’s

dailykos.com/story/2014/03/05/1282285/–BREAKING-Leak-Estonian-PM-says-Maidan-snipers-were-not-Yanukovich-s

Mar 102014
 

The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Demands “US Hands off Ukraine and Venezuela”

The United States government is the main instigator of the present crises in both countries.

The hypocrisy of Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement on Face the Nation, “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext,” is beyond belief.  What about the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, or regime change in Libya, or the threats to bomb Syria and attack Iran?

The US has waged a massive propaganda campaign of misinformation, distortion, and outright lies and the national media has taken the State Department’s “facts” and disseminated them without question or challenge.  News about the US/EU role in creating the current crisis is buried.

The US is the only country that has its troops throughout the world in over 120 countries.  It sends drones and special operations forces to kill anyone and anywhere it chooses and uses its vast economic power to undercut any government that will not submit to its policies.  Although there is lip service to concerns about democracy and sovereignty, the reality is that the US acts in the interests of preserving its imperialist power and wealth.

Ukraine and Venezuela are not exceptions to this rule of imperialist intervention.  For 20 years, $5 billion was invested in Ukraine to support the opposition and to create tens of thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to move the country more towards the US and EU and their policies. In an intercepted phone call between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine, she discusses who the US wants to be the head of the new illigitimate government, and lo and behold, the US pick, Arseniy Yatseniuk, is named as the interim Ukrainian leader.  This is clearly outside intervention in the affairs of a sovereign country that would not be tolerated if directed at the US or its allies.

What are the real objectives and why is Russia so alarmed?  Could it be the US-NATO campaign to militarily surround Russia and bring neighboring countries into the western military and financial orbit?  Might it be that the largest supply of natural gas in the world is in Russia and the pipelines go through Ukraine, or that global warming is opening the Arctic to oil drilling and Russia borders the Arctic?  It is clear that Russia will not passively sit by while the Western-backed coup, led by violent fascist forces and local billionaires, overthrows a democratically elected government and installs a puppet regime on its border.

Confederate flags and fascist symbols go up in Kiev City Hall

Confederate flags and fascist symbols go up in Kiev City Hall

By treaty, Russia can have 25,000 troops in Crimea.  To protect its military base there and to protect the people in the Eastern and Southern parts of the country, where the coup is not supported, Russia has moved some troops to the Ukrainian border and into the Crimean peninsula.  Many in the east and south are fearful of the new coup government and the neo-Nazi and nationalist forces that led the street demonstrations.

The escalating threats of military and economic aggression towards Russia should not be taken lightly.  Washington’s recklessness and disregard for humanity have resurrected the worst vestiges of cold war politics.  They have created a dangerous situation that can generate a real war with an adversary with a powerful military of its own.

The US is similarly intervening in Venezuela.   There, the US government wants a return to policies which brought the benefits of that nation’s oil wealth to a privileged few. The Bolivarian Revolution has been supported by a majority of Venezuelans in election after election. Yet the United States persists in violating the sovereignty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people.  In 2002, the US supported a coup against the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. During this coup, Chavez was forced onto a US military plane to be taken out of the country.  The Venezuelan people and military were able to rescue Chavez and defeat the coup.  However, the US has continued to intervene in Venezuela causing the government of Nicolas Maduro to expel three US officials for trying to organize students for anti-government protests.

As long as the United States is committed to aggression, the whole world is endangered, just as Ukraine and Venezuela are.  Libya fell, Syria is under attack, there is a “pivot to Asia”, and Africom controls the military in almost every African nation. We must demand that our government stop its policy of imperialist domination which generates conflict throughout the world.

NO TO US WARS, THREATS, ATTACKS, SANCTIONS, AND COVERT OPERATIONS IN UKRAINE, RUSSIA, VENEZUELA, AND ALL OTHER SOVEREIGN COUNTRIES!

MONEY FOR JOBS, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE AND MEETING SOCIAL NEEDS, NOT WAR AND AGGRESSION TO BENEFIT THE RICH!

3/6/14

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Feb 082014
 

German Television Channel NDR does an exclusive interview with Edward Snowden. (ENGLISH).

Uploaded on LiveLeak

Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview The Government Doesn’t Want You to See

by Jay Syrmopoulos, at BenSwann.com

This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD. The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story. In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube.

In contrast, this was treated as a major political event in both print and broadcast media, in Germany, and across much of the world. In the interview, Mr. Snowden lays out a succinct case as to how these domestic surveillance programs undermine and erode human rights and democratic freedom.

He states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year. Mr. Snowden goes on to state that, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.”

It seems clear that the virtual blackout of this insightful interview is yet another deliberate attempt to obfuscate the truth from the view of the American public. The media has continually attempted to shill the official government lies about mass domestic surveillance programs, justifying them as necessary to fight the “War on Terror”, while attempting to painting Mr. Snowden as a traitor.

In regards to accusations that he is a traitor or a foreign agent, he states, “ If I am traitor, who did I betray? I gave all my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who they think they’re working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy. Beyond that as far as my personal safety, Ill never be fully safe until these systems have changed.”

The attempt to bury this interview by the government/corporate symbiosis has extremely dark implications. Additionally, the fact that government officials have openly talked about assassinating Mr. Snowden cannot be taken lightly, and Mr. Snowden obviously takes these threats to his life very seriously. Sadly, the reality of the US government assassinating an American citizen is not beyond the realm of possibility in the age we live in.

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