Sep 282012
 

Chicago Anti-NATO-05-20-2012October  5-7: Anti-war actions

in over 20 cities on

11th anniversary

of invasion & occupation

of Afghanistan

Say NO to…

  • wars of colonial conquest

  • to sanctions and drone attacks

  • frame ups, raids and repression at home

  • to Islamophobia and racism

Demand …

  • money for jobs and education, not war

  • U.S.-NATO hands off Syria and Iran

  • Bring all the troops home NOW

 

Demonstration

Friday – October 5, 2012

4:00 to 5:30 PM

Hart Plaza, Detroit – Jefferson Ave. & Woodward

Sponsored by: Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
(313) 680-5508

MECAWI joins the call by the United National Antiwar Coalition for demonstrations, meetings, vigils or other actions for the weekend of Oct. 5-7, along with protests internationally in 3 cities in Canada – Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor and protests in London, Tehran, Iran and Islamabad, Pakistan to mark the 11th anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

UNAC is recognized for linking the endless wars abroad to the expanding “war at home”. This means the persecution of Muslims, raids and deportations of immigrant workers, racist profiling and the stop-and-frisk policies, mass incarceration and voter suppression in the U.S.

The demonstrations are underlining these difficult issues of US wars abroad: ending the occupation of Afghanistan, demanding hands off Syria, no war on Iran, stop the drone wars and stand with Palestine.

A Crucial Time for Solidarity

The killing of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, Libya, and the wave of massive, angry protests targeting U.S. missions, consulates and other targets of western imperialist intervention that has swept the Muslim World has sharpened the international crisis. U.S. militarists may press for even more intervention. The Pentagon is sending warships to Libya and posting Marines at U.S. embassies. The proxy war against Syria continues, as do the threats against Iran with the largest naval armada in history conducting “U.S. war games” in the Persian Gulf this week.

Organizers have also noted that elections in Venezuela, a country also long targeted by Wall Street, take place on Oct 7 and it is an important time to also demand Hands Off Venezuela and Latin America.

This all makes anti-war protests even more timely and necessary.

The following is a list of some of the more than 20 demonstrations that have been called as of Sept. 20 in North America:

In Los Angeles, a rally will be held Oct. 6 at Pershing Square, 532 S. Olive St., at 2 p.m. The broad coalition sponsoring the protest includes the International Action Center, School of the Americas Watch-L.A.,  Arab Americans for Syria, Latinos Against the War, and Union of Progressive Iranians. For more information and to endorse the protest, call 323-306-6240.

Also in Los Angeles, a march to “shut down the military recruitment center” is set for the same day at noon at Hollywood and Highland.

In New York, UNAC has called for a march on Oct. 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. centered at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza at 163 West 125th St. in Harlem. A UNAC press release says they were able to win a permit after “a fight and a lot of work by Nellie Bailey, of the Harlem Tenants Council and Black Agenda Report, and Imam Talib, president of the Islamic Leadership Council of Metro N.Y.” The march is timed specifically to avoid conflict with an important Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which is taking place in New York that same weekend. Another protest is set in New York’s Duffy Square, 47th and Broadway, at noon Oct. 6. For more information, call 212-633-6646

In Boston, the action is set for Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Park Street, raising the slogans, “Hands off Syria and Iran! No to racism, raids and repression! No to Islamophobia!”

In Chicago, protesters will march to Boeing headquarters at 435 N. Michigan Ave. at 3 p.m. on Oct. 7. An additional slogan is “Stop FBI repression of anti-war activists.” For more information, call 773-301-0109or email: joeiosbaker@gmail.com.

A particularly broad coalition has set a protest in Minneapolis on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. to meet along the sidewalks at Hennepin and Lagoon Avenues and march at 1:30. For details, call 612-522-1861 or 612-827-5364.

In San Francisco, a march and rally will be held Oct. 6 at noon at Powell and Market Streets. Also scheduled in California’s Bay Area is a Civil Liberties Teach-in at Laney College in Oakland on Oct. 1-3, organized by Northern California UNAC.

The Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice set the demonstration in Detroit for Friday, Oct. 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the entrance of Hart Plaza on Jefferson at Woodward Ave. It will also protest the drone attacks in Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen.

The Philadelphia protest will take place on Oct. 6, there will be a vigil/demonstration/kite-flying at 1 p.m. at 34th & Walnut Streets and will join the NYC protest on Oct. 7. 

Other actions are already set for Salt Lake City; Richmond, Va.; Talahassee, Fla.; Duluth, Mn.; Columbus, Ohio; Concord, N.H.; Teaneck, N.J., Olympia, Wash. and Albany, N.Y. on or near the Oct. 5-7 weekend.

In Vancouver, Canada, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 6 an event at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson & Howe Streets downtown, is sponsored by the Mobilization Against War & Occupation. For details, call 604-322-1764.

The Canadian Peace Alliance is also planning actions in other Canadian cities. There will be a protest also in London, England on Oct. 7 in Trafalgar Square and another on the same issues is taking place in Brussels, Belgium on Sept. 25.

For more information on the individual cities or to add your own city to the list, see october7actions.net/wordpress and UNACpeace.org

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Sep 262012
 
What: Massive Community Solidarity Gathering

Where: Ford Community and Performing Arts Center- Ballroom 15801 Michigan Ave Dearborn, MI 48126

When: Friday, September 28, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

American Muslims, Interfaith Leaders and Public Officials Reject Hate and Extremism with Massive Solidarity Event in Metro Detroit

Facebook Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/tarek.m.baydoun?ref=tn_tnmn#!/events/427191747338774/

Contacts:

Attorney Tarek M. Baydoun – 313.729.3737 – tbaydoun@gmail.com

Osama Siblani, Editor of The Arab American News – 313.505.4889 – osiblani@arabamericannews.com

 

Metro Detroit- Dozens of area mosques, community activists and interfaith leaders are joining together in a massive gathering to reject hatred and extremism. The event is inspired by an outpouring of support for the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by Muslim Americans and other concerned Americans standing up to reject hate and extremism.

The gathering will be attended by over 1,000 community members, clergy, community leaders and public officials of all persuasions who continue to reject the messages of hate and Islamaphobia that have escalated in recent months and years, most recently with the production of the infamous film “Innocence of Muslims”.

The event will feature religious clerics of all several faiths, community leaders and public officials that will pledge to raise the slogan “No to Hate, No to Violence, and Yes to Unity”.

 

Media are asked to reserve space for their attendance in advance as space will be limited.

 

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Sep 162012
 

Attend the Wyandotte Board of Education meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 PM

in the Council Chambers of Wyandotte City Hall

3131 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, MI

map

More info:

Demonstrate against racism in Wyandotte schools

By Abayomi Azikiwe

September 13, 2012

A picket line went up in front of the Wyandotte Public Schools headquarters right outside the city of Detroit on Aug. 30 in response to a series of allegations regarding blatant racial discrimination, intimidation and violence carried out against students and their parents.

The action was called by Team for Justice in conjunction with the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice. Joe Hudson, who has a 13-year-old daughter in the district, is the spokesperson for the civil rights organization TfJ.

He said that African-American students and their white friends have been harassed and stalked by a contractual service employee at the Wilson Middle School.

Even after two personal protection orders were taken out to restrain the behavior of the employee, the same activity continued without any effort by the school district to remove the employee.

Hudson has been attacked before in Wyandotte. After he complained to police about the harassment of him and his daughter, a white man who lived next door to his home continued to walk pass the house shouting racial slurs.

“He would say, ‘You people should not be living here,’” Hudson recalled. Wyandotte is a majority white community. Eventually the man was arrested but the attempts to intimidate the family continue.

Keith Tims, a colleague and friend of Hudson, who also has a 13-year-old at Wilson, said during the demonstration that he has witnessed firsthand the racism and violence against people who are residents of Wyandotte. Tims, a UAW member, expressed his appreciation to MECAWI for supporting TfJ’s efforts to expose and eradicate racism in Wyandotte.

Hudson told the demonstration that if the situation with the school had not been resolved before the next board meeting, he would put a call out for Wyandotte residents and others to attend that Sept. 18 meeting.

http://www.workers.org/2012/09/13/demonstrate-against-racism-in-wyandotte-schools/

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Sep 082012
 
CeCe McDonald touches hands with Leslie Feinberg

CeCe McDonald touches hands with Leslie Feinberg, WW managing editor, author and LGBTQ leader, through the plexiglass barricade during a visit in April 2012. WW photo: Leslie Feinberg

Call the City Attorney today!

Please call the Minneapolis City Attorney’s office and demand the charges be dropped against Leslie! Info is below.

Court date in Sept. 13 so please DO THIS TODAY!! and keep calling/faxing/emailing.

The people’s struggle got Leslie’s felony charges dropped. We can do this!!

Contact the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office

Phone: (612) 673-2010

Fax: (612) 673-2189

Email: Minneapolis311@ci.minneapolis.mn.us

See Leslie’s facebook post

Court re-charges transgender author Leslie Feinberg for action supporting CeCe McDonald

By Kris Hamel
on September 6, 2012

This article uses the gender-neutral pronouns hir and ze.

Leslie Feinberg has been recharged by the Hennepin [Minn.] County prosecutor for hir solidarity action in support of CeCe McDonald on June 4, the date of McDonald’s sentencing. Feinberg’s charge, which is classified as a “gross misdemeanor,” carries with it a possible 1-year prison term plus a $1,000 fine.

The case of CeCe McDonald in Minneapolis roused support and solidarity from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer activists and supporters around the country. This young, African-American, transgender woman was the victim of a violent, racist, anti-gay, anti-trans attack in June 2011. She and her friends were set upon by three bigots as they walked past a bar. One of her attackers smashed a bar glass into McDonald’s face, puncturing her cheek and salivary gland.

A melee followed in which McDonald was the only person arrested. She was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and eventually accepted a plea deal that allowed her to avoid possibly decades in prison for a crime she says she did not commit. For defending herself against a violent attack, McDonald was given a prison term of 41 months.

Feinberg is an award-winning author, transgender warrior and trailblazer in the LGBTQ liberation movement. Ze is also a revolutionary Marxist and a managing editor of Workers World newspaper. Despite being in poor health, Feinberg traveled to Minnesota to visit McDonald in jail prior to her sentencing, and again for McDonald’s June 4 sentencing. A large “noise” protest took place outside the county jail that night to let McDonald — and her state captors — know she was not alone.

Feinberg was arrested and jailed for three nights without bond for hir participation in the actions outside the jail. Mass pressure on the county attorney resulted in Feinberg’s release and the dropping of felony charges.

McDonald’s case and unjust incarceration were raised at Pride events in June around the U.S. and in several other countries. “Free CeCe McDonald!” has become a rallying cry for many in the struggle for LGBTQ liberation, against racism, and for the right to self-defense against violence fueled by hateful bigotry.

On Aug. 30, Feinberg announced the recharging on hir Facebook group page. “I hope to see friends and other activists in court,” Feinberg wrote. “As defendant, I welcome parents and other caregivers bringing children of all ages, including infants and toddlers. I’ll bring crayons and drawing paper. Please wear purple/buttons/t-shirts in solidarity with CeCe McDonald! I’ll be wearing the free CeCe t-shirt designed by artist/activist Ricardo Levins Morales.

“I’ve made a sign in support of CeCe to take with me to court. If you make and post your own sign in support of CeCe McDonald and/or have already posted one online, send me a copy of the photo/credit/location via social media and I’ll do my best to include your solidarity in the multimedia dedication to CeCe.”

Feinberg has been ordered to appear in court on Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m., at the Hennepin County District Court, 401 S. Fourth St., in Minneapolis.

‘I will not be silent!’

Feinberg gave the following statement, noting, “These words below are the only statement I can make at this time — the best I can do. I also include my June 4 statement below.” (See https://www.facebook.com/notes/leslie-feinberg/leslie-feinberg-re-charged-for-solidarity-action-for-cece-mcdonald/10151141939389784 for the complete statements.)

I will not be silent!

As a revolutionary activist, journalist/author, and proud member of the National Writers’ Union/UAW Local 1981 — I will not be silent!

STOP the WAR AGAINST TRANS WOMEN of COLOR! FREE CECE McDONALD NOW! supportcece.wordpress.com

TO NATIVE NATIONS: MY GREETING of RESPECT I send my greeting of respect to Indigenous Nations on the land now claimed as “Minnesota.” I vow to continue to defend your land and treaty rights, rights to sovereignty and self-determination, and defense of this planet that sustains all life. I am a proud neighbor of the Onondaga Nation.

As violent weapons of rule by the 1%, the police, prosecutors, judges and prison officials invoke “law.” I recall that in 1862, this racist injustice system proclaimed it “legal” to lynch 38 Dakota men in a mass execution in Mankato, after convicting the defendants of “war crimes” after 15-minute trials.

The Dakota people were forced to march into concentration camps, and many were deported to reservations far from the land of their ancestors.

STOP DEPORTATIONS: NO WORKER IS ‘ILLEGAL’ I send my heartfelt solidarity to immigrants who are courageously defying apartheid passbook laws. Stop racist apartheid laws, ICE immigrant-bashing, detentions & deportations!

STOP BRUTAL POLICE OCCUPATIONS in OPPRESSED COMMUNITIES! End racist profiling, the school-to-prison pipeline, racist, mass incarceration, the Prison-Industrial Complex, and prisons for profit!

FBI: HANDS OFF ACTIVISTS! stopfbi.net

FREE MICHAEL WILLIAMS NOW!

Solidarity with Muslims & Sikhs in the U.S. and around the world! facebook.com/events/429647060388717/

STOP ENDLESS WARS for PROFIT!

Solidarity with Pakistani sex(es)/gender(s)/sexualities in Sukkur who protested Pentagon drone attacks. Those killer drones leave from the same small airport in Syracuse, N.Y., U.S., as the plane that will take me to Minneapolis, MN.

Bring all the troops home! Disband private corporate armies! Free Pfc. B. Manning! Hands off Assange & Wikileaks!

JOBS, HOMES, FOOD, HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION! NOT PRISONS & PENTAGON WARS!

JAIL the real criminals: the 1%!

Supporters are urged to write McDonald to let her know she is not forgotten and that the struggle for her release continues. Please address correspondence to: Chrishaun McDonald, OID #238072, Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud, 2305 Minnesota Blvd. S.E., St. Cloud, MN 56304. Visit supportcece.wordpress.com for more information on the struggle to free CeCe McDonald.

 

Reprinted from http://www.workers.org/2012/09/06/court-re-charges-transgender-author-leslie-feinberg-for-action-supporting-cece-mcdonald/

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Sep 082012
 

Jorge Parra, President of ASOTRECOL

Special Guest Speaker at this week’s Moratorium Now/MECAWI meeting

Jorge Parra, President, Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of GM Colombia
Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
7:00 PM
5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI
For more info, please call: 216-534-6435

Working at breakneck speed under antiquated conditions at the General Motors Colmotores plant in Bogota, Colombia, over 200 workers have suffered injuries and illnesses rendering them unable to work. After being fired by GM and left with no source of income, these workers formed the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of GM Colombia (ASOTRECOL) and set up an encampment August 1, 2011 outside the U.S. embassy in Bogota, choosing that location because of the 26 per cent stake of the U.S. federal government in GM. This past August 1 13 ASOTRECOL members began a hunger strike, sewing their lips shut, to pressure GM to meet their demands for recognition of their injuries as work-related, reintegration into the workforce for those able to work, pensions for those unable to work, paid health care, and recognition as an independent union inside the plant.

The workers ended their hunger strike when GM representatives from Detroit agreed to travel to Colombia for mediation. Talks collapsed when the most money ASOTRECOL could get from GM was not even enough to cover medical bills and GM flat out refused to give workers their jobs back. “The insignificant funding they offered would have accomplished nothing but convert us into street food vendors,” ASOTRECOL stated.

The hunger strike has been restarted and workers have sewn their lips shut again. Jorge Parra is here in Detroit and publicizing his hunger strike in hopes of winning a meeting with GM corporate representatives.

Additional info:

Still no justice for injured GM workers in Colombia
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MECAWI and Moratorium NOW! hold joint meetings every Monday, 7 PM, at 5920 Second Ave., Detroit. You are invited to participate.

web: www.mecawi.org, moratorium-mi.org

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