Aug 272013


Thursday, August 29, 6 PM

Dearborn City Hall
13615 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan

Called by the Syrian American Forum


No war on Syria





Statement from the International Action Center

WAR ALERT: Syria in danger of U.S. bombing

John Kerry has just made an ominous announcement that the U.S. intends to take “action” against Syria, and that Syria will be “held accountable.” Talk of a chemical weapons attack in Syria is filling the airwaves. The U.S. is blaming the Assad government for it and openly talking of direct military intervention.

We, as the antiwar movement, have a duty to denounce any military action against Syria by the United States. If U.S. war begins against Syria, be in the streets. Make plans.

We must make clear that we will not be tricked into another war designed to make profits for the Wall Street military contractors and oil profiteers. Such a war will take thousands of innocent lives. There is no justification for such a criminal act.

The billions of dollars that such a war would cost should be spent on education, schools, healthcare, and other basic societal needs. The fact that another foreign war is being considered, at a time that food stamps are being cut, record numbers of homes are being foreclosed, and schools are being shut down and privatized in the name of a “budget crisis”, is outrageous. Austerity is continuing in the U.S. and public sector workers’ jobs are being eliminated. Basic infrastructure within the U.S. is crumbling. Bridges are insecure. Water is not being properly purified.

A new war will be disastrous for people of the Middle East, the U.S., and the entire world. According to a Reuters poll, 89% of the population is opposed to U.S. support for Syrian opposition.


  • There is absolutely no evidence or confirmation that the Assad government carried out the alleged chemical attack.
  • United Nations weapons inspectors are in Syria at the direct REQUEST of the Syrian government to prove that they have not used chemical weapons. The attack took place a mere ten miles away from the inspection team, on the very day they arrived.
  • Carla Del Ponte, a United Nations Human Rights investigator, has stated that the Syrian government has not used chemical weapons but the rebels have.
  • In May, 12 members of the Syrian rebel forces were arrested in Turkey. The rebels possessed 4.5 pounds of Sarin, the neurotoxin gas alleged to have been used in the recent attack.
  • In January, the “Daily Mail”, a prominent British newspaper, reported that the Syrian rebels were planning a chemical attack which they would blame on the Syrian government in order to justify U.S. intervention. The report was based on leaked emails from military contractors.
  • The Syrian rebels are receiving direct weapons and funding from the United States, despite their record of atrocities including rape, murder, and torture. The U.N. has reported that they are actively recruiting young children, in addition to other violations of international law.
  • The Assad government has fully cooperated with the weapons inspection teams.
  • Members of the United Nations inspection team have openly stated their doubts about the chemical attack. Dr. Ake Sellstrom, the leader of the team, called the reports of the alleged attack “suspicious”.
  • Reports on the attack are extremely inconsistent. Some reports said over 1,300 were killed. Other reports have said less than 200. Still other reports say over 350. The numbers are unclear and totally unsubstantiated.
  • The report being circulated by “Doctors Without Borders” is not based on their own information, but based on reports they received from a Syrian rebel group by their own admission.
  • Videos of the alleged attack were posted on the internet by allies of the Syrian rebels, BEFORE the attack took place.
  • The credibility of the video of the alleged chemical attack is being widely questioned by chemical weapons experts. The victims are not displaying the proper symptoms of having been struck by a Sarin nerve gas. The people shown treating them are not wearing proper equipment.
  • The U.S. is currently urging the U.N. weapons inspection team to halt its work. The U.N. weapons inspectors insist that they must be allowed to continue their investigations and to determine actual facts.

Despite all of this confusion and inconsistency in the claims about this alleged attack, the U.S. government, along with its corporate allies in Britain and France are openly pushing for an attack on Syria.

We have seen all this before:

  • The Spanish-American War was justified with an alleged attack on the U.S.S. Maine. In reality, the ship was sunk by an internal explosion.
  • The U.S. entrance into World War I was justified with the “Zimmerman Telegram”, claiming Germans were plotting to invade the U.S. with Mexico. The telegram was later proven to be a fraud.
  • The Vietnam War was justified with the “Gulf of Tonkin”incident claiming Vietnam had attacked a U.S. ship. It was later proved that the alleged attack never actually took place.
  • In 1983, the U.S. invasion of Grenada was based on allegations that the government was planning to murder U.S. medical students. This was proven to be complete fiction.
  • In 1989, the U.S. overthrow of the government of Panama was based on false allegations about drugs and attacks on U.S. troops.
  • The U.S./NATO bombing of Yugoslavia was justified with reports of with unsubstantiated reports of genocide in Serbia. A great number of these reports have been totally discredited.
  • The Gulf War of 1991 was justified with false reports of Iraqi War crimes in Kuwait. The “babies thrown from incubators” stories that filled the TV news, were proven to be totally false.
  • In 1991, the U.S. used satellite photos to claim that Iraq was amassing soldiers to invade Saudi Arabia. The photos were proven later to have been complete forgeries.
  • The U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan was justified in the name of fighting a “war on terror” after Sept.11. None of the people who allegedly carried out the 9/11 attacks had any connections with Afghanistan or its government.
  • The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 was based on reports of “weapons of mass destruction” and “chemical and biological weapons.” After the U.S. invaded, killing thousands of innocent people, it was proven that Iraq never had any such weapons.
  • The U.S. intervention in Libya was justified with claims of genocide and rape. Now that the Libyan government has been overthrown and thousands innocent Libyans killed, many of these reports have also been thoroughly discredited.


Emergency actions will take place at Federal Buildings around the country, and in Times Square in New York City in the event of such an attack. Be in the streets. Demand an end to U.S. support for the Syrian rebels.

The International Action Center urges united actions of antiwar, community and progressive forces to organize for anti-war people’s assemblies, rallies, and protests against another war!


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Aug 182013


ASOTRECAL demo at GM Building in  by Frank Hammer





A solidarity delegation from Detroit has just returned from the encampment in Bogota. Rev. Charles Williams and Debra Simmons of National Action Network and former UAW Presidents Frank Hammer and Melvin Thompson spent their days with the fired workers in the tents and stayed in the homes of their families. They met workers from other industries who were also fired after being injured on the job, who together with Asotrecol are building a movement for justice against the profiteers who forced them to work without basic safety protections.

Members of this delegation will be giving a presentation at the next weekly meeting of MECAWI/Moratorium Now! Coalition.


The U.S. Embassy had ordered an eviction of the tent encampment of the injured GM workers who have been struggling for justice for more than 2 years in the tents in front of the Embassy. The order came after the workers launched a symbolic crucifixion, erecting a wooden cross within the bounds of their existing structure, and binding injured worker Carlos Trujillo to the cross. Later the eviction was cancelled and ASOTRECOL issued a public statement which said in part:

Last night (8/13/13), ex-GM worker Carlos Trujillo came down off the cross just across the street from the massive, double-gated entry into the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.   He thus discontinued a 15 hour ordeal where he was bound to a cross in the manner of a crucifixion. He was surrounded by some of the other members of the Injured and Ex-workers of GM Colmotores (ASOTRECOL), standing in front of the tent in which they had been living for two years.  They decided to suspend their action upon getting a commitment from GM to meet with ASOTRECOL for the purpose of a mediation, and after hearing confirmation that the police would not evict their tent encampment.

In order for GM to take the mediation seriously, we need to increase the pressure that GM is feeling.  Please keep calling GM, posting to their facebook page, sharing photos and articles through social media, visiting dealerships, holding rallies, etc. Please call the U.S. Embassy Labor Attaché Andrea Aquilla at 011-57-1-275-2413 or email her at to say that it is not their place to order evictions of peaceful protests by Colombians on Colombian soil, exercising rights guaranteed under the Colombian Constitution.

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Aug 012013


International Day of Al Quds

Friday, Aug. 2, 3:30 PM

Dearborn City Hall

13615 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI


From: Al-Quds Committee <>

Subject: PROTEST!! International Day of Al-Quds – Aug. 2nd

The way (to blame) is only against those who oppress men and revolt in the earth unjustly;
these shall have a painful punishment. (Holy Qur’an Ash-Shuraa:42)


Let’s unite in solidarity with the OPPRESSED OF THE WORLD!

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Al-Quds 101: An Interview with            Sheikh Muhammad Ali Baig

Dear Brother/Sister,


The Day of Al-Quds is an internationally observed day of protest which occurs on the last Friday in the blessed Islamic month of Ramadhan. This day is intended to bring people together, regardless of their background, to stand up against the injustices being perpetrated all over the world, and specifically in Palestine. It’s a day of remembrance and an expression of solidarity with all those who are oppressed. This Day is a reminder to always stand against the oppressors whatever form they take.

The Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

“One who gets up in the morning and is not concerned 
about the affairs of other Muslims, is NOT a Muslim.”


The International Day of Al-Quds Protest

WHEN: 3:30pm on Friday, August 2nd

WHERE: Dearborn City Hall (13615 Michigan Ave)

Keynote Speaker: Shk. Usama Abdulghani

Poetry: Various youth from the community

Facebook Event Page

Organized by: The Al-Quds Committee

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For more info on Al-Quds Day Events being held nation-wide, please visit:

A Must Watch Video About why we must organize and participate in Al Quds Day



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Jun 252013

NO U.S./NATO/Israel War - Hands Off Syria

Say NO! to U.S.-NATO-Israel war

Hands Off Syria!

Dearborn City Hall – Michigan Avenue at Schaefer Ave.

Gather at 5:30 PM, Rally at 6 PM

Join us in protesting the U.S. war against the sovereign government of Syria. Demand no U.S. aid to their puppet rebels. Stop CIA and NATO support to the rebels. No to U.S. troops. No to “no-fly zones.”

Initiated by the Syrian American Forum:    SAF and MECAWI Rally Opposing US Military Intervention in Syria – Read the SAF statement here.

Endorsed by the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI).

For more info, call 313-680-5508 or visit

Below is the joint statement from UNAC (United National Anti-war Coalition) and ANSWER:

United Statement and Call for Action to Oppose

U.S./NATO and Israeli War on Syria

No more wars – U.S. out of the Middle East!

The White House’s June 13th announcement that it would begin directly supplying arms to the opposition in Syria is a dramatic escalation of the U.S./NATO war against that country.  Thousands of U.S. troops and intelligence personnel are training opposition forces and coordinating operations in Turkey and Jordan.  Israel, the recipient of more than $3 billion annually in U.S. military aid has carried out heavy bombing raids against Syria. The Pentagon has developed plans for a “no-fly” zone over Syria, threatening a new U.S. air war.

The pretext for this escalation is the assertion, presented without any actual evidence, that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in the conflict that has been raging for more than two years.  Like their predecessors, President Obama and other top U.S. officials pretend to be concerned about “democracy” and “human rights” in Syria, but their closest allies in the campaign against Syria are police-state, absolute monarchies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  Once again the so-called ‘Responsibility to protect’, R2P, is used as a pretext for NATO to dominate this region.

Just as the false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” was used as justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian military is meant to mask the real motives of Washington and its allies. Their aim is to carry out “regime change,” as part of the drive to create a “new Middle East.”

The invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S.-backed Israeli war in Lebanon in 2006, the 2011 NATO bombing of Libya, the now-escalating war in Syria and the growing threats against Iran are part of a coordinated regional effort by the United States, Britain and France to dominate this oil-rich and strategic region.

The U.S. government cuts basic services and has eliminated hundreds of thousands of public sector workers jobs in the last three years in the name of  a discredited austerity which has destroyed the economy, but has unlimited billions available for wars of aggression and NSA surveillance of almost every American.

We join together to call for National Days of Action, June 28- July 15, 2013, to demand:

  • Stop the U.S./NATO/Israeli war and forms of intervention against Syria!
  • Self-determination for the Syrian people!
  • Fund people’s needs, not the military!
  • U.S. Out of the Middle East!

Sponsors:  UNAC, ANSWER

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May 202013


The May 2-3 and 4-5 nighttime bombings of Syria’s International Airport, military installations in a Damascus suburb and a military supply depot reportedly killed 300 people. The bombings were initially denied but then confirmed by Israel and soon after given the stamp of approval by the Obama Administration.

The previous week President Obama and Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel threatened to escalate U.S. intervention in Syria based on the unsubstantiated charge that Syria had employed weapons of mass destruction, in this case the deadly sarin gas.  Continue reading »

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May 202013
The Conference on Africa and U.S. Imperialism featured presentations by
  • Atty. Jeff Edison of the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
  • Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie, Director of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
  • Cheick Oumar and Moussa Rimau, two graduate students at MSU from Mali.
  • Tachae J. Davis of Workers World Youth Fraction and a student at Macomb Community College.
  • Abayomi Azikywe, editor, Pan-African New Wire, and co-founder of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI).
There was also  a video address was delivered by Jesus Rodriguez Espinoza, Venezuelan diplomat from the Venezuelan Consulate in Chicago, explaining the links between the Bolivarian Revolution and Africa. To view the video, visit

The full conference video may be viewed at Conference on Africa & U.S. Imperialism 2013-05-18.

Keynote address:

Africa & U.S. Imperialism: Post-Colonial Crises and the Imperatives of the African Revolution

Left: African Union deliberations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Date unknown. Right: Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, with Dr. Rita Edozie of Michigan State University at the Dr. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on March 9, 2013. (Photo: Leona McElvene)

Left: African Union deliberations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Date unknown.
Right: Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, with Dr. Rita Edozie of Michigan State University at the Dr. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on March 9, 2013. (Photo: Leona McElvene)

Africa and U.S. Imperialism: Post-Colonial Crises and the Imperatives of the African Revolution

Five decades since the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) while the Pentagon and NATO escalates its war drive on the continent

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire

Note: The following lecture was delivered at the Africa & U.S. Imperialism Conference held in Detroit on May 18, 2013.

May 25, 2013 represents the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the forerunner of the present African Union which formed in 2002. This conference today is taking place at a critical time within the history of Africa and the Diaspora.

continue reading>>



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May 192013

Because of the People’s Hearing to Demand That Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Stop Foreclosures and Evictions – May 20, 4 PM the regular Monday meeting has been moved to Tuesday, May 21, at 7 PM, at the same location, 5920 Second Ave., Detroit.

And due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May, 27, the Monday meeting has been moved to Tuesday, May 28, 7 PM

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