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Saturday
Jun
30
2018
Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 11am-1pm
11am-1pm
Venue:
@
The Diag
Co-Sponsored by WICIR: Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families. But we won't allow it to continue. On June 30, we're rallying around the country and in Washington, D.C., to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents! Trump and his administration have been systematically criminalizing immigration and immigrants, from revoking Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to ramping up intimidating ICE tactics. Let's send a clear message to Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress: Families Belong Together. Wear White The lead partners of this action are calling upon participants to wear white as a striking visual symbol that will also connect attendees in solidarity to each-other and channel historic social justice movements unified by one color of clothing. We believe if we can get a significant portion of the crowd to wear white, it will provide a compelling image for the media coverage and to capture the public's imagination. Donate to the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center MIRC provides legal support to children and adults in removal proceedings, naturalization, relief for survivors of domestic violence, farmworkers, and more. Our goal is to raise at least $100,000. Text to donate: Text REUNIFICATION to 41444 to make a donation before, during, or after the rally. Online donation form: https://app.mobilecause.com/f/1wh1/n Location: The Diag is located at the center of the U-M central campus, north of South University Street, east of State Street, and south of North University. The rally and speakers will be located towards the south end in front of the Hatcher Graduate Library located at 913 S. University Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Parking: The Maynard Structure located at 324 Maynard St. is approximately a three block walk from the Diag. Information about other parking options in Ann Arbor is available here: http://www.a2dda.org/transportation/ and a map of parking garages operated by Republic Parking is available here: http://rpsa2.com/Location-and-Rates. Bus: The Diag is approximately a half mile (15 minute walk) from the Blake Transit Center, which is located at 331 S. 4th Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 and serves most bus lines operated by The Ride. Routes and schedules, trip planning tools, information about rates and accessibility, and bus tracking tools are available here: http://www.theride.org/. A .pdf version of the current route maps and schedules is available here: http://www.theride.org/Portals/0/Documents/1SchedulesMapsAndTools/RGEng_2018Spring-Summer.pdf?ver=2018-05-01-083412-853 More details to come... https://www.facebook.com/events/2042035212505077/
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/
Saturday
Nov
14
2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 5-6pm
5-6pm
Venue:
@
The Diag
Congratulations, If you graduated from college this past spring, you're part of the most indebted graduating class ever! According to a government data analysis by financial aid experts at Edvisors, the class of 2014 graduated with an average student loan debt of $33,000. The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, yet students have to take on crippling debt in order to get a college education. We need change, and change starts in the streets when the people demand it. Over 40 million Americans share a total of $1.2 trillion in student debt and over half of that is held by the poorest 25 percent of Americans. While top administrators take home six and seven figure salaries, campus workers are paid poverty wages. We will no longer sit idly by. With students, college graduates, and workers united we can build a movement capable of winning debt-free college for all and a $15/hr minimum wage for all campus workers! Join the movement for: 1 - Tuition-free public college 2 - Cancellation of all student debt 3 - $15/hr campus-wide minimum wage at every college in the country Email UMichMillionStudentMarch@gmail.com for more info! #MillionStudentMarch #MSM #ScrapTheDebt #TuitionFree #CancelTheDebt #15Now #fightfor15 #studentmovement An initiative of students across the country and various organizations including but not limited to: Noam Chomsky Jill Stein U.S. Uncut United States Student Association Student Labor Action Project Socialist Alternative Students for Free Tuition College Students for Bernie Energy Action Coalition Graduate Teaching Fellowship 15 Now Angry Millennials For Student Power Gamechanger Labs Millennials for Bernie New Jersey United Students Seattle Colleges for Bernie Sanders Chicago Socialist Alternative Northeastern Students for Bernie 15 Now Northeastern Pitt Students for Bernie Sanders 2016 Binghamton University Students for Bernie Sanders Montclair High School Million Student March University of Oregon for Bernie Sanders Occupy Wall St. Socialist Alternative Disney The People For Bernie Sanders 2016, and more! http://www.facebook.com/events/501485996678850/