Future Events

Monday
Apr
23
2018
Monday, April 23, 2018 from 5-8pm
5-8pm
Bring a dish to pass and your family. Invite your community and pack your car! There will be a space for the kids to hang out, eat, do art, and chill. There will be someone there with the children but it will be every parents responsibility to make sure their kids stay there, go to the bathroom, and have everything they need to be comfortable. Presently the dinner is sponsored by Blood Oil Campaign, Michigan United, Michigan Poor People's Campaign, People's Water Board, Tribuno Del Pueblo,The People's Tribune, Vista Maria, The Insurgency, Warren Avenue Community Organization (WACO), We The People of Detroit, Fireweed University City, Central United Methodist Church, Occupy Detroit, Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands(MI-CATS), Critical Moment, Moratorium Now, Thornbladh Legal Group PLLC, Detroit Social Justice Ministry (Central United Methodist Church), Detroit Food Not Bombs, People's Tribune, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, Hush House, The Wobbly Kitchen, The Green Party of Michigan, Detroit Light Brigade, League of Revolutionaries for a New America(LRNA), The Raging Grannies, Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands (D-CATS), Southeastern Chapter of the Zeitgeist Movement, Phoenix Cafe, Institute for the Study of the Science of Society(ISSS), This Hood of Ours, Inc, Rally! Comrades, The People's Radical Discussion Group and more to follow. #PeoplesPotluck #Detroit #WageLove #DetroitLightBrigade #community #family #WaterIsAHumanRight #HousingIsAHumanRight #BlackLivesMatter #PoorPeoplesCampaign #WhatTimeIsItOnTheClockOfTheWorld ??? Please like and share our Facebook page The People's Potluck Detroit !!! https://www.facebook.com/peoplespotluckdetroit/ Call Valerie Jean if you have questions. 313.704.5150 https://www.facebook.com/events/421773838275053/
Tuesday
May
1
2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 4-7pm
4-7pm
Venue:
@
The Diag
DATE AND TIME WILL BE UPDATED AS WE RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer has requested to speak at the University of Michigan. The latest news we have is that this event may take place over the summer. http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2018/01/richard_spencer_wont_speak_at.html If Spencer is granted a venue, we will meet on the University of Michigan Diag two hours before the event is scheduled to begin. We will rally and march to the venue. At stake is the safety of our campus and community. Wherever Richard Spencer speaks, his band of violent fascist supporters follows. It is impossible to make a visit by Spencer remotely safe, as evidenced by the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville and the shooting at antifascists waiting at a bus stop after Spencer spoke at the University of Florida. Spencer’s appearance will draw the most violent, racist elements from Southeast Michigan and beyond to our city. The danger will extend to the days leading up to the event and after the event, as Spencer’s supporters roam our streets emboldened by the camaraderie of other Nazis. Stop Trump Ann Arbor is committed to helping lead the effort to stop this event from going forward. We are willing to work with all other antiracist, antifascist organizations. We must have as much unity as possible against fascists. While we respect those who believe it is the best strategy to hold an alternate event, or to ignore Spencer, we believe that strategy is dangerous and misguided. It CAN happen here. The United States is not an exception to the social and historical forces that allowed fascism to come to power in Italy and Germany. We need to learn from history. What do the fascists REALLY want? Attention? Media coverage? To look like victims? We believe that what they really want is nothing less than state power. They want to organize. They want to recruit. They want to normalize their abhorrent views so they can gain a mass following. History has shown us how quickly these movements can grow. We should not underestimate them. Being too risk-averse in the short term often leads to greater losses in the long term. In 2010 a few hundred fascists marched in Poland for their independence day. This year 60,000 fascists marched. We know we will be criticized for being willing to take what we see as the necessary risks associated with attempting to stop this event from going forward. Please know that we take the responsibilities of leadership very seriously. We believe the SAFEST response to fascist organizing is to decisively stop them when they are small. We understand that there is fear in our community about confronting fascists. We recognize that some in our community are at heightened risk of being targeted by fascists or the police. We would never wish to pressure anyone to confront fascists if they are unable or unwilling to. However, we are convinced that the correct political policy remains to shut this event down. No platform for fascists at U of M or anywhere else. Please join us. We will rally on the Diag two hours before the event and march to the venue together. Numbers will be critical and we welcome all antifascists and antiracists to join this effort. There are no “outsiders” when it comes to stopping the rise of fascists in our country and in our world. --Stop Trump Ann Arbor https://www.facebook.com/events/517785428603020/
Wednesday
May
9
2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 7-10pm
7-10pm
Annual Spring Event "Battle Hunger 2018" Featuring Chicago Dance Crash who will be performing an emceed and audience-voted dance battle! Ticket prices: $50 Early bird (ends April 30) $60 At the door Join us for cocktail hour, light supper, raffle prizes and entertainment! SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENING 7 PM Guests arrive (Guests are asked NOT to arrive prior to 7 PM as set up will be in progress) 7 – 7:55 PM Cocktail Hour: Pick up your tickets, bid on raffle items and enjoy a light supper from Dish Kosher Catering and cash bar 7:55 PM Seating for the show begins 8:05 PM Opening remarks and raffle drawing 8:30 PM Entertainment 9:45 PM Grab an ice cream on your way out Complimentary parking available in the DSO parking structure at 81 Parsons. Chicago Dance Crash, one of the most prominent hip hop/contemporary dance companies in the United States is excited to "Battle Hunger!" This world premiere show matches competitive dance with the spectacle of sports entertainment, featuring some of Chicago’s most accomplished concert and street dancers assembled for battle on your stage. Two dance crews will compete in a series of exciting and hilarious movement rounds inspired by the mission and people behind Yad Ezra, with the winning team of the night receiving ALL the Detroit pride and a solid gold championship belt. The best part... points are awarded throughout the show by YOUR applause! Each round ends with a head-to-head vote with patrons invited to clap, cheer and whistle for their favorite performance... hosted by television and stage personality, Mr. Mattrick Swayze! The show is fast-paced, family friendly and completely unplanned. Come see what happens and vote for your favorite team! Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact nechama@yadezra.org co-chairs Ari Dolgin, Michael Gendelman, Nancy Kleinfeldt https://www.facebook.com/events/468606000148229/
Saturday
Aug
11
2018
Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 1-4pm
1-4pm
Intersectional feminist from various groups around metro Detroit will be hosting this event. ***Disclamer****** This is for prevention and support. Please report sexual assaults to your local police department . We are not able to help with current issues the focus on the event is for prevention and continued survivor support. Also refer to Sasha Detroit, WC Safe, Haven are all local resources to seek current help. Thank you. ****** In response to the Brock Turner, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and current President the SlutWalk was born and continues to grow. In Detroit we have had ENOUGH of victim blaming, of slut-shaming, sexual profiling and policing. We want to smash patriarchy! Consent is mandatory! No means No. Silence is not permission. Women's wardrobe no matter how revealing is not consent or asking for it. We stand together to say "slut" does not have to be accepted as a word used against us to harm us but we have a stake in the language used to describe us, it is something we can challenge, it can be stripped of it's power. This event is a completely inclusive space. This event has zero tolerance for hateful language, racism , ableism, fat-shaming, transphobia, xenophobia or any other form of bigotry. Furthermore, we recognize that shaming, oppression, assault, and violence have disproportionately impacted marginalized groups, including women of color and transgender people thus, we are actively working to center these groups at our event. We deeply value the voices of marginalized groups and have a strong desire to find a common ground amount all of our intersections. No more sexual violence No more victim blaming No more derogatory labels No more gender inequality Details to be announced 🔊 Announcers: Jennifer V. Kurland, The Offensive Feminist, Green Party Candidate for Governor 2018 and Jazmine Middlebrooks, MDPAN and blogger at Civic Direct 🎤 Speakers: Hosted by: MDPAN (Metro-Detroit Polical Action Network) Co-host: -Taking Back Orange 🍊 https://m.facebook.com/porchlightprotest/ -Civic Direct Detroit https://www.facebook.com/civicdirect/ -#RealVoices Detroit https://www.facebook.com/realvoiceslive/ -Scotsdale Women's Center http://detroitabortioncenter.com -The Offensive Feminist with Jenny K https://www.facebook.com/offensivefemme - Wayne County Green Party - https://www.facebook.com/waynecountygreens Gear available : https://teespring.com/slut-walk-detroit#pid=87&cid=2337&sid=front #SlutWalkDetroit #SlutWalk #Stopshaming #Mdpan #Rapeculture #Victimblaming #womensmarchmi #Waronwomen #SmashPatriarchy #Metoo #SlutwalkDetroit2018 Contact us if you wanna help sponser, speak or co-host https://www.facebook.com/events/1218015314971202/
Friday
Aug
31
2018
Friday, August 31, 2018 from 8am-9pm
8am-9pm
***Real Date TBA: We've currently listed the date of the event as August 31 in order to keep this event active as we continue to demand more information and transparency from the UM administration*** Richard Spencer has invited himself to speak at the University of Michigan. We have preemptively created this protest event to get people thinking about what they will be doing when a prominent white supremacist and his supporters arrive on campus and in our community. To be clear, Richard Spencer's request to speak at UM has still not been confirmed. The administration has until December 8 to confirm or deny Spencer’s request for space before the National Policy Institute sues the University (https://tinyurl.com/ybqg7en6). We believe the administration has already decided to grant him space on campus, and will give very short notice of what day he will be speaking. We support a diversity of tactics being used against Spencer. We are not interested in telling people what to do on this day, nor do we see it as our role to do so. #StopSpencer is not planning any official protest or event. We hope to use this platform to spread information and resources to those planning to protest Richard Spencer’s visit. It is our intention that these resources prepare people to keep themselves and their communities safe, no matter how they decide to protest Spencer. Safety is our primary concern. Any form of protest that does not center the needs and well-being of marginalized people is not one that will be effective in protesting Spencer, who will be targeting those same folx. We call on you to critically reflect on your actions, and what groups you choose to work with, in order to understand the potential impacts (harmful or not) on others. The fight against white supremacy, racism, police violence, Islamophobia and antisemitism is ongoing work. Richard Spencer’s visit is merely a symptom of the white supremacy that is institutionalized in this University, our local government, and local and state police forces (ie the Ann Arbor Police Department). We condemn the history of collaboration between white supremacists and police, which specifically occurred in the 80s and 90s in Ann Arbor. We ask that you acknowledge the legacy of local resistance, and lend your resources to groups already involved in the fight against white supremacy. We encourage you to leverage your privilege, power, or capacity to take collective action against Spencer in any way you are able. We believe it is imperative to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms. In solidarity, Stop Spencer at the University of Michigan https://www.facebook.com/events/123095471807913/

Past Events

Saturday
Apr
21
2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10am-noon
10am-noon
This forum features some powerful speakers: 1. Nancy Altman, the President of Social Security Works and the Chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition. She's co-author of the book "Why Social Security Isn't Going Broke and How Expanding It will Help Us All". 2. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell 3. Senator Debbie Stabenow (invited) 4. Michigan Senator Vincent Gregory 5. Marjorie Mitchell, Executive Dir. Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network Learn the latest schemes for cutting these three essential health and income benefits. President Trump's 2019 budget includes cuts in Social Security (including SSI and SSDI) Medicaid, and Medicare. Learn how we can fight back. This forum is being co-sponsored by: Michigan Alliance to Strengthen Social Security and Medicare, MichUHCAN; Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Detroit Branch; Metro Detroit Democratic Socialists of America; Michigan Alliance of Retired Americans; Peace Action of Michigan; Public Citizens of Washtenaw; Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice; Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery; Detroit Area Peace with Justice Network; Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit.
Wednesday
Apr
18
2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6:45-9pm
6:45-9pm
A Democratic Party primary election takes place on August 7, 2018, in Michigan's 9th District to determine which Democrat will earn the right to run in the district's November 6, 2018, general election This forum seeks to provide information to voters directly from the candidates themselves on issues that the voters care about. The format is that of a forum rather than a debate. Bring your questions and meet the candidates running for the 9th District House of Representatives Steve Beida Martin Brook Andy Levin Ellen Lipton https://www.facebook.com/events/812438412276636/
Friday
Apr
13
2018
Friday, April 13, 2018 from 6-10pm
6-10pm
Venue:
@
Rose's Fine Food
#FreeSiwatu Pancake Fundraiser Dinner *****Multiple tickets must be purchased one at a time***** Tickets sliding scale $15-$50. Please pay what you can. To purchase tickets: freesiwatufundraiser.eventbrite.com 6p & 8p seatings. Buttermilk, buckwheat and vegan pancakes; maple syrup; fruit compote; chicken and pork sausage. BYOB. All proceeds go towards legal fees & supporting Siwatu's family. If you cannot attend the event but would like to donate: http://youcaring.com/FreeSiwatu or http://www.freesiwatu.org/ Siwatu-Salama Ra, a mother and community leader in Detroit, was just trying to defend herself when she was violently confronted by her neighbor. The neighbor rammed her vehicle into Siwatu’s car while her two-year old was inside and then tried to use the vehicle to run Siwatu and her mother over. Fearing for their lives, Siwatu, who is a licensed concealed gun owner, held her weapon in plain sight, hoping it would stop her neighbor from running them over. The gun was unloaded and no one was hurt. Still, she was sentenced to two years in prison and is now behind bars and pregnant. Siwatu’s legal team is pursuing various tactics, including requesting she be released on bond pending appeal, reversal of the conviction, and a commutation and/or pardon. After already going through one high-risk pregnancy, Siwatu’s doctor warned the judge of the serious health threats she will face while in prison. Her lawyers are doing everything they can to get her home so she can have a healthy pregnancy and birth. Local Detroit activists, who’ve known Siwatu through her environmental justice and youth organizing work for years, are demanding the abolition of all mandatory penalties, which remove all discretion by the sentencing judge, as well as fighting for the humanity of all pregnant incarcerated people inside Michigan prisons. While her brilliant and passionate team of lawyers strategize and move , we need to mobilize with all our power to Free Siwatu! The case has already cost her family thousands of dollars in legal fees and lost wages. The ongoing legal process will be a hardship no family can sustain alone. We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support that has helped us reach our initial fundraising goal. In the appeal phase of this fight we realized we must raise much more than ever anticipated to get Siwatu and her family the best possible support. Siwatu has been a committed activist for environmental justice in Detroit and globally since her youth. She's dedicated her life to supporting youth leaders and improving the neighborhoods of Detroit. We need to pay it back by pulling together to fight for her freedom. Thank you so much for dedicating your time, love, and energy! Read more here: Black Lives Matter co-founder seeks justice for pregnant mom incarcerated by Stand Your Ground law https://thegrio.com/2018/03/06/opinion-look-black-gun-ownership-stand-ground-justice-siwatu-salama-ra/ Get involved in the Siwatu Freedom Team and write her letters: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWZmAto4u2VpOVZ1bk4Q9pdeNeVKlhMDDxNwHsd-8C3srxDA/viewform?pli=1 https://www.facebook.com/events/282596582276586/
Thursday
Apr
12
2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 1:30-3pm
1:30-3pm
Kris De Welde's remarks will focus on key patterns of systemic inequities in higher education, as well as strategies for overcoming the exclusionary practices, inequitable policies, and micro-level biases that leverage unequal outcomes in faculty careers. De Welde's approach attends to intersecting identities and social categories of gender, race/ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and other statuses as a means to move towards authentically inclusive and justice-oriented academic workplaces. Drawing on her research, she will provide insight on the varying levels of academic life – structural, cultural, climate – that must be addressed for lasting organizational change to occur. For more information about this free event, contact Krista Brumley at kbrumley@wayne.edu or 313.577.1418. https://www.facebook.com/events/1621941434509009/
Saturday
Apr
7
2018
Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
12:15-1:30pm
As a follow up to the March For Our Lives, we are supporting a Town Hall For Our Lives on April 7 at 12:15 pm at the Royal Oak Senior Center. This is part of a NATIONWIDE effort in all 435 congressional districts. Indivisible Fighting #9, Lafayette Park Indivisible, Moms Demand Action and local youth groups request participation by our elected officials to discuss gun violence and common sense gun laws. Invited are Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, along with Representative Sandy Levin and candidates for the 9th congressional district. We will hold this Town Hall with or without our elected representatives in attendance. This Town Hall will be streamed live on Facebook. The event immediately follows the Royal Oak Dems Club 9th District Candidate Forum which runs from 10am-12pm at the Royal Oak Senior Center at 3500 Marais St., Royal Oak. **SPACE IS LIMITED, COME EARLY! https://www.facebook.com/events/176109873038096/
Thursday
Mar
29
2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 5:30-8pm
5:30-8pm
Are you running for office or have you ever considered it? The biggest challenge any candidate faces is raising money. But what if you could launch your campaign with instant momentum, zero startup costs and a network of supporters that can help crowdfund your way to victory? Join Crowdpac (a crowdfunding site for politics) in Detroit for a free interactive training on running for office and political fundraising in the digital age. We'll provide refreshments and a panel of experts who will share how the latest in campaign technology can help you run for office and win! Get you tickets at www.crowdpac.com/detroit Questions? Send us a note at info@crowdpac.com.
Friday
Mar
16
2018
Friday, March 16, 2018 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
This presentation is taking place on the 50th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre and the 53rd anniversary of the self-immolation of the Detroit-based antiwar activist Alice Herz. The power point lecture will highlight how the Vietnam War is remembered and evoked through key moments and images drawn from history. In addition, it will consider the "lessons" of the Vietnam War and the ways that the tragedies of the past keep haunting us in the present and how we can confront and remedy them.
Sunday
Mar
4
2018
Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 2-4pm
2-4pm
Hear former Rep. and House Minority Whip David Bonior, author of the book, WHIP, and panelists Rick Blocker, President Detroit AFL-CIO; Catherine Hoffman, member, DSA National Political Committee; and Ed Rowe, CUM Pastor Emeritus, speak at this DSA Metro Detroit event. Few in Congress have accomplished more than David Bonior on behalf of average Americans. Whip is the story of how he did it. Source of info: Gray Panthers calendar
Monday
Feb
12
2018
Monday, February 12, 2018 from noon-1pm
noon-1pm
Join us for a celebration march for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the ML King Jr. Memorial Park in Detroit, (corner Rosa Parks Blvd and West Grand Blvd.) in alliance with all issues that communities are now facing: more jobs, health care, water crisis, injustice, crime, etc. Supported by D-15 and UAW. Source: http://www.graypanthersmetrodetroit.org/CalendarofEvents.html
Sunday
Feb
11
2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 5-9pm
5-9pm
Venue:
@
UAW Local 600
The Detroit and Michigan Chapter the NLG is proud to announce our 2018 Anniversary Dinner! 2018 Honorees: Attorneys Cynthia Heenan and Hugh "Buck" Davis. 2018 Unsung Hero: Announcement Forthcoming 2018 Student Honorees: Announcement Forthcoming Keynote Speaker: Noam Chomsky Registration and Cocktails begin at 5pm. Dinner begins at 6. Find more information on our 2018 honorees and purchase tickets on our website: https://www.michigannlg.org/81st-anniversary-dinner/ The National Lawyers Guild is a national association of lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers dedicated to the need for change in the structure of our legal, political and economic systems. Founded in 1937 as the nation’s first racially integrated bar association, the mission of the NLG is best stated in the preamble to our constitution, “...to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.” Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of women, workers, LGBTQ, and minority groups upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression. https://www.facebook.com/events/1661909397155126/