Nov 252012

Local organizations to protest at GM’s Human Resources Center in Detroit on Wednesday, Nov. 28th

Please note time and location change.

WHY: Solidarity Protest for Hunger Strikers demanding negotiations with GM-Detroit

WHEN: 3:30pm – 5pm, Wednesday Nov. 28th

WHERE: GM Headquarters, 400 Renaissance Center Drive, Detroit

AND U.S. State Dept. Ben Franklin RM, Washington D.C.

The President of the Association of Injured and Ex-Workers of General Motors Colombia (ASOTRECOL), Jorge Parra, sewed his mouth shut on November 20th and is on hunger strike. Jorge, alongside local unions, community organizations, and religious leaders, demands that GM Detroit negotiate with ASOTRECOL. Jorge’s fellow workers continue their 15-month-long tent occupation outside the U.S. embassy in Bogotá, Colombia.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is considering awarding General Motors the “Award for Corporate Excellence,” citing GM’s “exemplary labor practices” and its overall “corporate social responsibility.” In 2006 the Bush administration granted the award to Colmotores, the GM plant located in Bogotá, Colombia–the same plant responsible for destroying the lives of the ASOTRECOL workers.


  • GM Colombia (Colmotores), the most profitable GM plant in Latin America, fired over 200 workers who suffered work-related injuries and diseases, including spinal fractures and cancer.
  • GM bought off government inspectors, doctors, lawyers, and judges to hide evidence of poor working conditions and worker injuries. They falsified documents and destroyed patients’ medical histories.
  • GM refuses to recognize the workers’ occupational injuries and provide the fired workers with adequate medical compensation and pensions. Taking into account lost wages, pensions, and medical care, labor lawyers estimate a just settlement to be $24 million. In August 2012 Colmotores offered just $5,000 in total compensation to 12 workers. One spinal surgery alone costs over $50,000.


  • GM Detroit must negotiate directly with ASOTRECOL.
  • Recognize workers’ injuries as occupational and provide adequate medical care
  • Pay pensions for disabled workers and rehire those still able to work
  • Compensate workers for economic damage, including lost wages and homes
  • Recognize ASOTRECOL as a GM union
  • U.S. enforcement of the Labor Action Plan, which outlines basic protections for workers within the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION:ASOTRECOL workers and their families lack adequate food, shelter, and medical care. Send a donation check to “Wellspring UCC” with “Colombia relief” on the memo line. Mailing address: Wellspring UCC, Box 508, Centreville VA 20122.

CONTACT: For Spanish: Jorge Parra (ASOTRECOL),; 540-220-8257. For English/Spanish: Diana Sierra (Graduate Employees’ Organization),, 607-857-5677, or Kevin Young,, 607-857-5677.

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Nov 232012



Detroit-Protest for Palestine
Monday, Nov. 26th @ 4:00pm
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (west side adjacent to Mariners Church)

From the organizers:

In light of the recent events in Gaza with the ceasefire, we have decided to shift gears from protest mode to awareness mode. We are including an information packet in this description to help you educate and familiarize yourself with the realities of Palestinian occupation. Although the protest has been canceled, please be advised that this is only the beginning of our awareness campaign. Stay tuned for more informational packets, events and emails.
The most common mistake pro-Palestinian activists make is to assume that every time a ceasefire is signed, the conflict is resolved. Unfortunately that is never the case as the occupation of Palestine is a consistent, day-to-day Zionist aggression against a civilian Palestinian population. Israel illegally occupies Palestinian lands, building walls and checkpoints, establishing its own colonies (settlements) on Palestinian lands, and effectively blockading a civilian population in an open-air prison (as is the case in Gaza). All this the Zionist regime does in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention (

To gain a better understanding of how Israel manages to sustain its occupation, and what that means for Palestinian lives, we strongly recommend watching this documentary: Occupation 101 (

For those of us living in the West, it has become increasingly difficult to raise awareness on the plight of the Palestinians due to a strong pro-Zionist bias in the media. Additionally, the little coverage the media does provide is tainted with language and rhetoric that attempts to redefine the reality on the ground. For a better understanding of how media bias plays into this occupation, we recommend you watch: Peace, Propaganda and the Promised Land (

If you would like more statistics and facts about how our tax dollars are being used to sustain Israel’s illegal occupation, please visit For additional resources on action items you can partake in, join the Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions (BDS) movement and learn how you can divest from occupation. Please visit for additional details.



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Nov 202012


Wednesday, November, 21, 2012

5:30 PM

Dearborn City Hall

13615 Michigan Avenue,  Dearborn, MI

Called by The Congress of Arab American Organizations in Michigan (CAAO)

Gaza Solidarity Demonstration, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in New York City

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Nov 192012

jessica Care moore

(from the book, God is Not an American, Moore Black Press 2009).

I have no windows. No doors in my home. My neighborhood sports clubs, schools, hospitals, are now targets for artillery shells.
Only a generator to keep me connected to the outside World. Remember when wars had rules?
Remember when you could find our land

 On any map?

These drones do not see us as people. Our children are not their children.

Their small bodies scattered on the street
torn pieces of paper from a headline.

Empty words and no truth about their story attached to tiny


Fingers, arms, teenage boies cut in half
This blood is too new to be spilled. Still Finding its way, swimming past young, soft bones.
Hundreds killes. Thousands wounded.

Children are told to hide with their families In schools and then the building is shelle. Innocence stolen and they are left with this moment For eternity. Left alone for days, holding onto the limp bodies

of their dead mothers.
Asking them to wake up. They want to go home. But they are home. What does this mean to the rest of the world. I wonder?

Is democracy at work? What are the hours?

We can’t tell the night from day
I think freedom is at lunch
Or taking a Monday off to barbeque.

Today I choke in search of fresh air without Shrapnel cutting my tongue.

I eat bombs. I tell myself. They cannot kill me.

I think about God. The God everyone claims they pray to.

Where is God now? Sitting on the North Star? Invading another country as a distraction?

Hiding inside a rocket launcher?
Blowing up a Mosque?

Murder in the name of God.

What is closer to God then children laughing?
Maybe we should begin praying to that sound.

I suppose there were bombs in their lunch boxes as they attempted normalcy by still walking to school.

Or the sisters who were burnt to death In their sleep.
The fireworks are death lights here with no Musical score.
My friend says he hopes if he is killed, His children are killed so they won’t be suffering inside this massacre

of this attack on civilian life


We understand Toni Morrison.

Beloved are the women who take their chilren with them. Jump off sides Of ships. Rooftops.

To hear a father talk this way…

Anything, but pain and death as a way of life.

One of the Israeli Missiles screams out

“We are not the enemy!” Then tore through the boy of a pregnant woman of two Palestinian boys.

Their mothers promise them change. Now velvet blood and prayer beads cover their mouths and hands.

They die with Allah in their heart.
An their hands towar the sun.

This is not new news. If news at all.
The f16 choppers attacks homes with 20 missiles in less than 5 minutes.
Soldiers march inside my mouth
Slide own my throat
Crawl insie my womb and leave a hand grenade.
So I will feel this war as a birth. But of what?

Of blood? Of children’s bones?

Of decapitation? Of hate?

Of geography?

Occupation always produces violence. But I am asked to speak of peace.
How can I with bombs exploing
killing the unborn and  their siblings?

Why is genocide acceptable to some people & not to others?

Holocaust verses holocaust verses holocaust.

The ones they celebrate. The ones they never mention.
I feel as if I am burnt to ash. My shoes being thrown into a pile of others shoes

My ancestors ripped from their homeland and sold like cattle.

The place with God on their money
Are they going to save me now?

Where is America?
In a series of long meetings.
Mourning the loss of the family cat?
There is no place for politics in the face of genocide.

But genocide is political. religious.

How much money to clean the blood off the streets of DC, Texas, Ohio, Baltimore We alreay dead. They think.

Still, we fight without Armor.
Our children’s dead flesh becomes our skin. We wear the mask. Attempt smiles.

three years later……

I don’t jump as much when I hear them. Coming. Falling. Right on my block. I just hold onto to an object, and shake inside and wait for it to be over.

It is never over.

It is freezing cold. I dream of summer. I dream of warm food and a hot shower. I dream of freedom.
In Chicago. In Detroit. In Harlem. In Brooklyn. In Soweto. In Compton. In Oklahoma. In Kansas. In Cuba. In Gaza.

End Apartheid In South Africa. In Alabama. In our education system. In our Subconscious. In Dearborn. In Mississippi. In our judicial system. In our prisons.
In our policies. In our eath chambers. In our min. End apartheid In Gaza Our masjids. Our homes. Destroyed.

In Gaza
Some of our own sit in silence.
In Gaza.
There is no electricity
In Palestine.
There is no water.

Where there is no water, There is no life.
I scrape the blackness of this night/sky on fire
wrap it around myself for shelter.

Tomorrow I will find a cloud for my head.
I will summon a light rain to shower.

God is close. God is coming. Between our breath
Before another bomb calls our name

We will answer back. We will sit in one room. If we die. We die together. No one will be left behind. This is the bravery of God’s people.

We will not cower beneath the rubble of A Rafah Refugee Camp.

We will scream. We will fight.
We will pray injustice in the other direction.
We will find peace in death
If not in life.

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Nov 162012

In its most recent wave of aggression, the Zionist regime occupying Palestine has sent missiles and shells upon the civilian population of Gaza.  Among the first to die was an 11 month old baby.  150 have been injured so far, and 16 dead including 4 children.  While body counts rise, the world stands idly by.

Gaza is under attack and Detroit protests!
Join us: Friday, Nov. 16th 
@ 4:30 pm
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (west side adjacent to Mariners Church)
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