Oct 182014
 

Come to Detroit on Oct. 21, Rasmea Odeh court appearance

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Join us, the National Rasmea Defense Committee as we travel with Rasmea Odeh to court in Detroit on Oct. 21 for an important hearing before Judge Drain. We are asking you to join Rasmea Odeh’s supporters for rally and protest outside the court on Tuesday, Oct. 21, Palestine solidarity and civil liberty activists from Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids and other Michigan cities will join Rasmea Odeh and pack the courtroom. You can make a difference in stopping this ugly U.S. government targeting of a great woman and Palestinian leader. Join us in saying, “No more torture! Drop the charges now!”

Court Hearing for Rasmea Odeh
Oct. 21
9 am. – Picket line outside the court building
231 W Lafayette Boulevard, in Detroit

Hearing starts at 10:00 a.m.

The Rasmea Defense Committee, United States Palestinian Community Network, and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) are mobilizing to fill the courthouse.

 

Detroit U.S. Attorney threatens supporters of Rasmea Odeh

Bizarre DOJ accusations against Hatem Abudayyeh attempt to criminalize opponents of political repression.

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 October 18, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
Sep 042014
 

Rally to Support Injured Colombian Autoworkers

Sunday, Sept. 7

4 – 5:30 pm

COBO Center (1 Washington Blvd at Jefferson, Detroit)

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Left - GM CEO Mary Barra, Right - Columbian workers

Left – GM CEO Mary Barra, Right – Columbian workers

MARY BARRA: STOP BEING PART OF THE PROBLEM!

“…if you are aware of a potential problem affecting safety or quality and you don’t speak up, you are a part of the problem. And that is not acceptable.

If you see a problem that you don’t believe is being handled properly… contact me directly.”

– Mary Barra, GM CEO, June 5, 2014

Mary Barra was talking about the sloppy design flaws of GM cars which resulted in hundreds of fatalities and injuries, and millions of recalls. But what about the safety of GM’s factories in places like Colombia where unions are repressed and workers are severely injured on the job?

Autoworkers at GM’s assembly plant in Colombia decided to not be “part of the problem.” They and the union they’re affiliated with (SINTRAIME), emailed Barra on August 5th, and made two requests: (1) address the unsafe working conditions and illegal hiring practices at their plant, and (2) send a team to reach an equitable settlement with workers who GM illegally fired after they suffered disabling spinal and other injuries working on the line. The union is standing in solidarity with the former GM workers and their association, ASOTRECOL. The fired & injured workers recently began the fourth year of their protest encampment at the U.S. Embassy, with a renewed hunger strike.

Mary Barra is ignoring the workers’ appeal, the same way “Old GM” ignored warnings about fatal ignition switches. This is not acceptable. As union members and defenders of human rights, we must turn up the volume to make sure GM does not ignore the safety of its workers the way it did the safety of its customers. GM caused these workers’ disabilities, and then got rid of them. GM must agree on a fair settlement. Let’s tell Mary Barra to stop being part of the problem, and respond to concerned GM employees who are speaking up!

Called by ASOTRECOL SOLIDARITY NETWORK      web: asotrecol.org       email: asotrecol@gmail.com

Endorsers: Autoworker Caravan – National Action Network, Detroit – Michigan Coalition for Human Rights – MECAWI – Killer Coke Campaign – International Action Center – Portland Central America Solidarity Committee – Corporate Campaign Inc – Alliance for Global Justice – Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs – Oregon Jericho – Cleveland Peoples Fightback Center – B Media — and more to come

 September 4, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
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

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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 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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 July 5, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
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

 June 1, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
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