Dec 072014
 

Combat Racism, Poverty, and War

Detroit March Against Capitalism!

Friday, December 12 @3:00pm, Spirit of Detroit statue (Woodward and Jefferson)

After the march meet at 5920 Second Ave. for potluck/discussion

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Facebook EventAll around the world from Detroit, Ferguson, to Ukraine the capitalist class is on the assault against poor people everywhere. Whether they’re shutting down schools, cutting food assistance programs, shooting unarmed people in our streets, or dropping bombs on innocent people abroad they’ve made it clear that there’s only one thing they want: everything! Capitalism has proven itself to be nothing but a parasitic system based purely on greed with no regard to the needs of the people, which threatens not only our own lives but all of the life on the planet.

They’ve destroyed our neighborhoods with unemployment and foreclosures. They’re shutting off our water. They’re plundering the city in a bankruptcy they threw us in. They’ve put the squeeze on us, it’s time we put the squeeze on them!

Put an end to racist police terror! Justice for Michael Brown and Eric Garner! A job is a right! A home is a right! Food is a right! Education is a right! End military interventions at home and abroad which put poor people against poor for the sake of profit for a few!

Endorsed by FIST, Moratorium NOW!, MECAWI, & Workers World Party

For more info, call or text FIST at 313-671-7426

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Dec 072014
 

Detroit Year-End Pot-Luck Dinner & Celebration of Another Year of Struggle

Saturday, Dec. 13, 5 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit

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Facebook-EventJoin activists from Workers World Party, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, MECAWI (Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice), Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee, and Detroit FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, for the annual year’s end pot-luck dinner and celebration/commemoration of another fierce year of struggles.

We’ve been thick in the battles to save our beloved City from the grips of dictatorship and bankruptcy on behalf of the banks. We’ve opposed massive pension cuts and water shutoffs. We’ve stood up for Gaza, Syria, the anti-fascists in Ukraine, and all those under attack from U.S. imperialism. We’re standing in firm solidarity with Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian activist from Chicago, and Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, both recently convicted on frame-up charges. We’ve marched with the hundreds of thousands across the country denouncing the racist police killings of Michael Ferguson, Eric Garner, and so many others. And many, many other struggles.

So please come and relax and enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of fellow activists as we break bread together and celebrate another year of anti-capitalist struggle.

Please bring a dish or beverage to share.

Call Lula 313-587-7845 for dish suggestions or to see if anyone else may be preparing the same dish as you are. In any case, please let Lula know what you are bringing so that we will know what food groups my be missing.

For other questions, please call 313-680-5508

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Dec 022014
 

Attention: Students, Youth, Anti-Racist Activists, Unionists, Religious Leaders and All Progressive People angry at the Outrageous Ferguson Grand Jury Decision:

Come to a planning meeting to build future actions that can unite us all.

Monday – Dec. 8 – 7 PM
5920 Second Avenue, Detroit
(at Antoinette St., just north of Wayne State U)

Protesters gesture as they stand in a street in defiance of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Protesters gesture as they stand in a street in defiance of a midnight curfew meant to stem ongoing demonstrations in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Ferguson has unleashed a torrent of anger over racist police murders of African American youth across the country. The outrage is fueled by the lack of decent jobs, housing and education while the wealth of the 1% goes up and up.

Protests are breaking out everywhere. Ferguson signals the beginning of a stronger, unified movement to fight against racism and fight for economic justice. Nowhere is that movement more needed than Michigan where entire Black communities have been disenfranchised through the appointment of emergency managers by racist Governor Snyder to serve the banks. Any type of community control over the cops is also being eliminated.

Come to the meeting this Monday. Report to other activists on protests and demonstrations in your area. Hear a round-up of actions across the U.S. and world-wide. Let’s discuss how we can coordinate and build the movement here in Michigan where it is so desperately needed.

Initiated by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice; Fight Imperialism/Stand Together-FIST
Call 313-680-5508 for more information

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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