Mar 132014
 

MONEY FOR DETROIT!

For our schools, services, pensions, art, parks, homes and neighborhoods, for jobs for youth and the unemployed, and at higher wages—billions for our hurting city, not for war!

NO NEW U.S. WAR!

Hands off Ukraine and Venezuela!

Stop U.S. $upport for fascists

DEMONSTRATE!

Tuesday, March 18, 4:30 PM
Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit

Ukrainian and Russian people oppose U.S. backed fascism in Ukraine

Ukrainian and Russian people oppose U.S. backed fascism in Ukraine

The Ukrainian and Russian people in this picture are resisting the imposition of a U.S. backed fascist dictatorship in Ukraine. The U.S. has collaborated and conspired with outright fascists to threaten the Venezuelan people’s chosen government and to overthrow the elected president of Ukraine and install a pro-U.S. regime. The neo-Nazis now running Ukraine openly flaunt the swastika and the Confederate flag. These forces have received billions and Washington has committed $10 billion more to the illegal government in Ukraine—money that we need to save our city! Sanctions, U.S. war ships in the Black Sea, U.S. fighter jets in countries bordering Ukraine—the war danger is real. Only the people can stop it.

Sponsored by Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice
313-680-5508

Resources

Stay informed!
Find more information on Ukraine and upcoming actions at
iacenter.org/

Variety of downloadable signs helpful for demonstrations:
iactucson.org/signs

UKRAINE: What the media isn’t telling you
iacenter.org/ukraine/ukraine-1-031114/

United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) demands
‘U.S. hands off Ukraine and Venezuela’

unacpeace.org/

Veterans for Peace – San Diego:
‘Preparing for war with Russia’

sdvfp.org/preparing-for-war-with-russia/

Sara Flounders:
‘Why are Nazi & Confederate flags on display in Kiev?’
iacenter.org/struggle/ukraine2–030514/

Glen Ford:
‘Hillary and other assorted barbarians at Russia’s gate’

blackagendareport.com/content/
hillary-and-other-assorted-barbarians-russia’s-gate

Fred Goldstein:
‘U.S. whips up crisis over Crimea’

workers.org/articles/2014/03/12/u-s-whips-crisis-crimea/

Ajamu Baraka:
‘Ukraine and the Pathology of the Liberal Worldview:
An African American Perspective’

counterpunch.org/2014/03/07/
ukraine-and-the-pathology-of-the-liberal-worldview/

Transcript of leaked Victoria Nuland-Geoffrey Pyatt call
bbc.com/news/world-europe-26079957

Leak:
Estonian FM says Maidan snipers were not Yanukovich’s

dailykos.com/story/2014/03/05/1282285/–BREAKING-Leak-Estonian-PM-says-Maidan-snipers-were-not-Yanukovich-s

Mar 102014
 

The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Demands “US Hands off Ukraine and Venezuela”

The United States government is the main instigator of the present crises in both countries.

The hypocrisy of Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement on Face the Nation, “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext,” is beyond belief.  What about the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, or regime change in Libya, or the threats to bomb Syria and attack Iran?

The US has waged a massive propaganda campaign of misinformation, distortion, and outright lies and the national media has taken the State Department’s “facts” and disseminated them without question or challenge.  News about the US/EU role in creating the current crisis is buried.

The US is the only country that has its troops throughout the world in over 120 countries.  It sends drones and special operations forces to kill anyone and anywhere it chooses and uses its vast economic power to undercut any government that will not submit to its policies.  Although there is lip service to concerns about democracy and sovereignty, the reality is that the US acts in the interests of preserving its imperialist power and wealth.

Ukraine and Venezuela are not exceptions to this rule of imperialist intervention.  For 20 years, $5 billion was invested in Ukraine to support the opposition and to create tens of thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to move the country more towards the US and EU and their policies. In an intercepted phone call between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine, she discusses who the US wants to be the head of the new illigitimate government, and lo and behold, the US pick, Arseniy Yatseniuk, is named as the interim Ukrainian leader.  This is clearly outside intervention in the affairs of a sovereign country that would not be tolerated if directed at the US or its allies.

What are the real objectives and why is Russia so alarmed?  Could it be the US-NATO campaign to militarily surround Russia and bring neighboring countries into the western military and financial orbit?  Might it be that the largest supply of natural gas in the world is in Russia and the pipelines go through Ukraine, or that global warming is opening the Arctic to oil drilling and Russia borders the Arctic?  It is clear that Russia will not passively sit by while the Western-backed coup, led by violent fascist forces and local billionaires, overthrows a democratically elected government and installs a puppet regime on its border.

Confederate flags and fascist symbols go up in Kiev City Hall

Confederate flags and fascist symbols go up in Kiev City Hall

By treaty, Russia can have 25,000 troops in Crimea.  To protect its military base there and to protect the people in the Eastern and Southern parts of the country, where the coup is not supported, Russia has moved some troops to the Ukrainian border and into the Crimean peninsula.  Many in the east and south are fearful of the new coup government and the neo-Nazi and nationalist forces that led the street demonstrations.

The escalating threats of military and economic aggression towards Russia should not be taken lightly.  Washington’s recklessness and disregard for humanity have resurrected the worst vestiges of cold war politics.  They have created a dangerous situation that can generate a real war with an adversary with a powerful military of its own.

The US is similarly intervening in Venezuela.   There, the US government wants a return to policies which brought the benefits of that nation’s oil wealth to a privileged few. The Bolivarian Revolution has been supported by a majority of Venezuelans in election after election. Yet the United States persists in violating the sovereignty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people.  In 2002, the US supported a coup against the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. During this coup, Chavez was forced onto a US military plane to be taken out of the country.  The Venezuelan people and military were able to rescue Chavez and defeat the coup.  However, the US has continued to intervene in Venezuela causing the government of Nicolas Maduro to expel three US officials for trying to organize students for anti-government protests.

As long as the United States is committed to aggression, the whole world is endangered, just as Ukraine and Venezuela are.  Libya fell, Syria is under attack, there is a “pivot to Asia”, and Africom controls the military in almost every African nation. We must demand that our government stop its policy of imperialist domination which generates conflict throughout the world.

NO TO US WARS, THREATS, ATTACKS, SANCTIONS, AND COVERT OPERATIONS IN UKRAINE, RUSSIA, VENEZUELA, AND ALL OTHER SOVEREIGN COUNTRIES!

MONEY FOR JOBS, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE AND MEETING SOCIAL NEEDS, NOT WAR AND AGGRESSION TO BENEFIT THE RICH!

3/6/14

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 March 10, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
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 mecawi.org.

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

 June 25, 2013  Posted by  Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Apr 292013
 

Madame Fathia, W.E.B. DuBois, President Kwame Nkrumah and Shirley Graham DuBois in Ghana in 1963 on the 95th Birthday of Dr. DuBois.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Noon – 5:00 pm

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI (two blocks north of Wayne State U.)

May 25, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the continental organization formed by all of the heads of state to accelerate the liberation from colonialism and the political, economic and social unification of Africa.

After five decades of the OAU and its successor, the African Union, formed in 2002, it is necessary for a thorough assessment of the progress and challenges facing Africa and the Diaspora in light of the escalating imperialist militarism being carried out by the United States, France, Britain and other NATO countries.

Featured Speakers Include:

  • Rita Kiki Edozie, Director of African and African American Studies at Michigan State University in Lansing
  • Abayomi Azikwe, Editor of the Pan-African News
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)

Initiator: Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)
For Information Call: (313) 671-3715
E-mail: panafnewswire@yahoo.com

Download Africa & Imperialism Flyer

Photo at top of post : Madame Fathia, W.E.B. DuBois, President Kwame Nkrumah and Shirley Graham DuBois in Ghana in 1963 on the 95th Birthday of Dr. DuBois.

 April 29, 2013  Posted by  Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Apr 142013
 

Korea-No War poster from IACenter.orgBy Deirdre Griswold, International Action Center

April 2, 201

For a second month, tens of thousands of U.S. and south Korean troops are carrying out simulated assaults on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — north Korea.

For the first time during these annual “exercises,” designated as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, nuclear-capable B-2 bombers flew from Missouri to south Korea and back in a simulated bombing of the north. Continue reading »

 April 14, 2013  Posted by  Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Feb 232013
 

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) the Forerunner of the African Union (AU)

Initiator: Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Location: Detroit, Michigan (USA)

May 25, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the continental organization formed by all of the heads of state to accelerate the liberation from colonialism and the political, economic and social unification of Africa. The OAU was formed by 33 independent states including some of the leading figures in the Pan-African struggle such as Presidents Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Modibo Kieta, Julius Nyerere, Gamal Abdel Nassar, H.I.M Haile Selassie, among others. Continue reading »

 February 23, 2013  Posted by  Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,  No Responses »
Nov 232012
 

 

CANCELLED:

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.
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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 (www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/full/380).

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 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_jvXnPG9Xc).

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 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAN5GjJKAac).

If you would like more statistics and facts about how our tax dollars are being used to sustain Israel’s illegal occupation, please visit www.ifamericansknew.org. 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 www.BDSmovement.net for additional details.

 

 

 November 23, 2012  Posted by  Uncategorized Tagged with: , , , ,  No Responses »
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

limbs
blown
off.

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?
9-5pm?

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

alone.

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.
Amen.

mooreblackpress.com

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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)
 November 16, 2012  Posted by  Uncategorized Tagged with: , ,  No Responses »