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What’s Ahead for the War on Syria- Eyewitness Report from Aleppo

Join the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) for a special meeting to discuss the US/NATO war against Syria, featuring Eva Bartlett. Eva Bartlett is an independent journalist who recently spent time in Syria, covering one of the hottest points in the war, the battle for Aleppo. Our panel will expose the NATO role, make the connection to militarism in the horn of Africa, link domestic struggles with the war, and of course talk about the meaning of Trump in regards to Syria.

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  • Joe Mshahwar – Syrian American activist with Workers World Party and Detroit Fight Imperialism Stand Together
  • Abayomi Azikiwe – Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, organizer with Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, and a member of the United Antiwar Coalition administrative committee.
  • Eva Bartlett – Independent Journalist

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 December 7, 2016  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 042016
 

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Call for the formation of a Detroit Anti-Fascist Defense Committee

November 29, 2016

Dear Friends,

You may be as alarmed as we are by the way the Trump election has embolden the most right-wing, racist elements. Reports around the country and here in Michigan indicate an upsurge in threats and attacks against many sectors of our population among whom are African Americans, Latinos/as, Muslims, the LGBTQ communities, immigrants, people with disabilities, women and others. We need to respond with more than messages of unity and solidarity.

We think it is necessary in the coming period to be prepared to come out in physical defense of anyone under attack by racists and fascists. We need to let the public know that we will physically defend any victim of such threats and attacks. That may mean defending a mosque, church, synagogue, home, organization or individuals who asks for our help and solidarity – with our voices and our bodies.

The formation of an Anti-Fascist Defense Committee is serious work, requiring careful organization, planning and coordination. If you are willing to participate in such work, please attend an initial meeting on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 PM at 5920 Second Avenue (just north of Wayne State U at Antoinette St.). For further information please feel free to call 313-680-5508.

Sincerely,

The initiating committee for an anti-fascist defense committee:

Abayomi Azikiwe – Moratorium NOW Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
William Davis – Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association
Elena Herrada – Detroit School Board in Exile
David Sole – Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
Debbie Johnson – Workers World Party – Detroit
Joe Mchahwar – Fight Imperialism/Stand Together (FIST) – Detroit
Carlos Topp- President Black Student Union, Henry Ford Comm. College

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 December 4, 2016  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
Nov 172016
 

Solidarity with Standing Rock

No Dakota Access Pipeline

Thursday, Nov. 24, 8 AM

Gather at Grand River and Woodward

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Join us in a demonstration in solidarity with the struggle at Standing Rock, at the Annual Detroit Parade held on the National Day of Mourning, also known as Thanksgiving.

The United American Indians of New England (UAINE) states that “Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.” (www.uaine.org)

If you would like to join in organizing for this action, please come to the weekly meetings of the Moratorium NOW Coalition, held on Mondays, at 7 pm, at 5920 Second Ave., Detroit.

Sponsored by Moratorium NOW! Coalition,  Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

 November 17, 2016  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 022016
 

Demonstrate in Support of the Charlotte Uprising

Tuesday,     Oct. 4,       4 PM

Bank of America – Guardian Building

500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI

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Responding to an urgent call from organizers on the front lines against police murder, Detroit will be standing in solidarity with the Charlotte Uprising! These courageous North Carolina activists and community members have been struggling against police murder for nearly two weeks, and are facing increased arrests and police repression. Now is the time to show our solidarity!

Call to Action from Charlotte Uprising

charlotte_uprising-logoOn September 20th, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police killed Keith Lamont Scott, a disabled Black father who deserved to live. People have taken to the streets of Charlotte every day and every night to demand an end to the war on Black lives and Black communities. People on the ground continue to be met with police repression from the police murder of Justin Carr in the protests to the use of tear gas in crowds to the issuing of warrants for the arrests of people who have livestreamed from the frontlines.

Led by Black, queer & trans organizers & accomplices, the Charlotte Uprising has tirelessly inspired people to resist state violence and dream of new possibilities beyond the current conditions we live in. Freedom fighters in Charlotte are now calling on freedom fighters everywhere to host coordinated actions on Tuesday, October 4, which will mark two weeks since Keith’s murder.

Eleven days into the Uprising and Charlotte is still bubbling with righteous rage and energy. We see this rage and energy connecting cities across the country–from Tulsa, OK to San Diego, CA where communities are lifting up the names of Terrence Crutcher and Alfred Olango, both Black men killed by police. Black people are being criminalized, killed, and abused by the police state everywhere. We raise Charlotte’s struggle and demands alongside those of Black communities across the country fighting against the structure whose murderous shootings are what we deem modern day lynchings. Let our actions show solidarity with the resistance in Charlotte, as well as demanding an end to the anti-Black, classist, gender-policing system of police and prisons that holds so much power over our lives everywhere.

While recent uprisings have immediately followed the murders of Black men, it must not be lost on us that our resistance is in response to the same system that is killing Black women and femmes via police violence, criminalization of Black motherhood & self-defense, and the perpetuation of sexual violence. We must say the names of Korryn Gaines, Sandra Bland, Mya Hall, and the countless Black women and femmes whose deaths must invoke outrage and responsibility.

For folks in North Carolina, come to Charlotte! For folks elsewhere, organize an action–whether it be a rally, march, street theater performance, or turn up–to pull out your communities in solidarity with Charlotte, with Tulsa, with San Diego, with every city where Black folks are rising up and demanding strange fruit no more!

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Follow the Facebook event page for specific details for Charlotte and actions in other cities. Submit information about your city’s action on www.charlotteuprising.com

Endorsed by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association, Workers World Party

For more info, please call: (313)671-3715

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 October 2, 2016  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
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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:

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 May 19, 2016  Posted by  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

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On International Workers Day, We say:
DETROIT AND FLINT LIVES MATTER!

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

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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 April 14, 2016  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
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Conference will be live-streamed. Link will be available here and on Facebook on Saturday at noon.

Re. Edward Pinkney speaking in Detroit in October 2014

Re. Edward Pinkney speaking in Detroit in October 2014

Emergency Conference to Save Rev. Edward Pinkney

Saturday – December 12, 2015 – Noon to 5 pm

St. Matthew-St. Joseph Episcopal Church
8850 Woodward Ave. (at King St.)
Detroit, Michigan

Michigan political prisoner, the Reverend Edward Pinkney, fears for his life. With phone access denied, he is isolated in the far north Marquette Branch Prison, 500 miles from his wife, attorney and supporters. He recently wrote:

“I was transferred to Marquette Prison, shackled, mistreated, and intimidated. I was forced to strip on five different occasions. I am forced into overcrowding, inadequate exercise, lack of clean clothing, and inadequate medical care.

“I believe that [they] have put a hit on me, inside the prison system. I believe they are trying to force me to die in prison. If I do not survive this, you will know the reason why.

“The blatantly unconstitutional conduct by Judge Sterling Schrock, Prosecutor Mike Sepic, Sheriff Bailey, and the all-white jury have placed my life in danger.
“I need you to stand with me against the corrupt, broken system, a criminal enterprise operating in Berrien County and across the country–a lynch mob in black robes and three-piece suits.”

Rev. Pinkney’s family and supporters agree that his life is in danger. Racist guards are whipping up hostility among the 80% white prisoners against Rev. Pinkney. He lacks clean clothes, decent food, adequate medical care and exercise. Rev. Pinkney turned 67 at the end of October. We need to come together to put this critical situation before the whole nation and the entire world.

For more information and to endorse, please call 313-680-5508 or email mecawi@mecawi.org.

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Initial Endorsers: Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (mecawi.org); Observers in the Court; Pan African News Wire (panafricannews.blogspot.com); Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA); Detroit Green Party; Detroit School Board (in exile); Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures (moratorium-mi.org); Workers World Party

For more information regarding Rev. Edward Pinkney, please visit bhbanco.org

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 November 28, 2015  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
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Sponsored by Detroit FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together

Why Stand With Syria: The Threat of a Greater War

Sunday, Nov. 29, 5pm

5920 2nd Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48202

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For over four years and counting, western powers and their middle eastern regional allies have been tirelessly pursuing the downfall of the Syrian Arab Republic, and there doesnt appear to be an end in sight. The imperialists in the United States, the EU, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, among others have been using all methods at their disposal to see that Syria is ripped to shreds, as it is one of the last remaining bastions of Arab dignity, that it is an important partner to Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah. They are among the last remaining Arab states who pursues an independent foreign and internal policy.

What is happening in Syria is not a civil war, a popular revolution against a brutal dictator, or anything else repeated in the imperialist media. It is principally an imperialist proxy war meant to further the geostrategic goals of a handful of bankers and military industrialists. It is our view that external, colonialist forces do not have the right to determine the destiny of smaller nations, and that these sovereign nations under the gun of imperialism must be defended at all costs.

The conflict is not simply an issue for Syrians. It is not something anybody in any corner of the world can ignore. So far its repurcussions have been wide-felt and its implications are global in scope. The emergence of ISIS, the massive influx of Syrian refugees into Europe, and the Russian bombing campaign in Syria are a direct result of the war. With the recent takfiri militant attacks in Paris, the war that NATO and its allies created has come home to their own soil.

It is essential for all who love humanity, who strive for peace, and for those who seek the emancipation from imperialist domination and occupation to stand with the people of Syria and their allies. The time for solidarity with these anti-imperialist forces has never been more imparative, especially as the conflict escalates.

Join Fight Imperialism – Stand Together for a forum in which young socialists will disucss these issues from a working class, anti-imperialist perspective.

Sponsored by Detroit FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together

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 November 28, 2015  Posted by  Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 282015
 

Protest and Press Conference Against Mistreatment of Political Prisoner, the Rev. Edward Pinkney

Michigan Department of Corrections, 206 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI

Monday, November 2, 2015, at 12 Noon

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Activists from across Michigan will be protesting outside the Michigan Department of Corrections offices to demand that Director Heidi Washington immediately restore phone privileges to political prisoner, the Reverend Edward Pinkney. The demonstrators will also be demanding that Director Washington reverse the punitive transfer of Rev. Pinkney to Marquette Branch Prison (483 miles away from his wife and attorney) and return him to the Lower Peninsula while his appeal proceeds.

Rev. Pinkney was targeted for his political activism in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Leading an effort to recall Mayor Hightower brought a SWAT team to his door in 2014 with charges that five dates on the recall petitions had been altered. Rev. Pinkney was charged with five counts of felony forgery, brought to trial before an all-white jury and convicted with absolutely NO EVIDENCE of his altering anything on the petitions. The prosecutor and judge collaborated in this frame-up, telling the jury that “you don’t need evidence to convict Pinkney.” The fact that Rev. Pinkney chaired protest meetings and spoke at press conferences was introduced to “prove” that he must be guilty! Rev. Pinkney was sentenced to 2.5 to 10 years.

This outrageous frame up is being appealed to the Michigan Court of Appeals by his attorney as well as the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild, who have filed amicus briefs in the case.

Rev. Pinkney has been targeted since his imprisonment on Dec. 14, 2014, most recently by his politically motivated transfer to Marquette Branch Prison from the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan. For several weeks he was housed in a moldy cell, causing him dizziness and difficulty breathing. On October 23 Marquette Prison officials revoked Rev. Pinkney’s telephone privileges, effectively silencing and isolating this political prisoner.

Friends and supporters of Rev. Pinkney fear for his health and his life in the racist atmosphere of Marquette Prison, cut off from any contact with the outside world. On October 27th Rev. Pinkney turned 67 years old.

Supporters of Rev. Pinkney have been flooding the MDOC Directors office with protest phone calls since his transfer and his denial of phone access.

Sponsored by:

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
5920 Second Avenue, Detroit MI 48202
313-680-5508

 

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