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Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 11:30am
On Thursday, June 14, SEIU launches a major campaign to raise the wages for janitors and custodians in Downtown Detroit to $15 an hour. It’s amazing to see downtown Detroit bustling with new investment, new buildings and new people. We are the janitors and custodians who keep the “resurgence” clean. Every day we see two Detroits. One is in our communities where we are struggling to raise our families and make ends meet, and the other is the downtown and arena district bustling with new investment, buildings and people. On June 14 we will launch our campaign for One Detroit where everyone can prosper from this resurgence everyone is talking about. All of this development is subsidized by tax dollars and public money. We just ask that the jobs that are created are good jobs. Stand with us as we campaign for our employers and private and public leadership to create good jobs for Detroiters where everyone can make at least $15 and have a union. PLEASE JOIN US AS WE LAUNCH OUR CAMPAIGN TO BUILD ONE DETROIT THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE. Questions: Contact Teddi Geanekoplos at (510) 691-7747 or email her at geanekoplost(at)seiu1.org
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 7:45-9am
What: Citizens for School Safety Rally When: Tuesday, September 29th, at 7:45 am Where: In front of the spirit of Detroit statue Why:DPS cost cutting measures are removing the people who are trained to operate and maintain commercial boilers in DPS schools. Having no or untrained people on site puts everyone at risk, your children, the teachers and staff, and the neighborhood the schools are located in. Are you willing to chance a school explosion?
Friday, April 10, 2015 from 4-5:30pm
Stand up for Mumia Abu-Jamal's life with us for an informational demonstration on Friday at the Spirit of Detroit statue downtown in solidarity with worldwide actions in support of Mumia. Political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, former Black Panther and outspoken opponent against police brutality, is being tortured with medical neglect by the PA Department of Corrections and Fraternal Order of Police. The mass movement has saved his life before when he faced execution by the state - and we will do it again! This ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ has been a long time inspiration for our movement against racist oppression. This is why the forces of reaction want to kill him behind the prison walls. Let's do everything that we can to save our brother Mumia's life. Sign the petition & share widely: http://iacenter.org/savemumiaslife4-5-15/ http://www.facebook.com/events/1613972932154048/
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 9:30am-noon
Gather at the Spirit of Detroit, Jefferson at Woodward. Demand a halt to all tax foreclosures. Release the $251 in unspent federal Helping Hardest Hit funds to keep families from being evicted and foreclosed from occupied homes.
Friday, December 12, 2014 from 3-6pm
Combat racism, poverty, and war! All 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! http://www.facebook.com/events/315461158579261/
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9:30am-noon
Detroiters stand in solidarity with the people of Ireland against water charges and the privatization of our public water systems. We are not strangers ourselves to the escalating attacks on the poorest members of society collectively known as "austerity". We pledge with our voices and our bodies to resist these cruel policies that leave families, children and elderly without access to clean water, affordable housing, food and other vital necessities. We will march with you on November 1st through the streets of Downtown Detroit, demanding once again in a clear, united voice an END to the water shutoffs and an income-based Water Affordability Plan for all! http://www.facebook.com/events/584808784957000/
Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 5:30-8:30pm
Detroit Drunken Historical Society Thursday, September 4 at 5:30 PM Let's meet at the Spirit of Detroit statue, tour some of the historic sculptures and buildings downtown for a couple of hours and then have drinks, di... Details: http://www.meetup.com/Detroit-Drunken-Historical-Society/events/204547122/
Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 4-6pm
Council of Canadians Windsor chapter are organizing a water caravan to bring water across the border to help Detroiters who have been shut off. Join us for a picket and rally. Maude Barlow, Maureen Taylor and other community speakers. Water is a human right. People's Water Board is demanding: * immediate reinstatement of all water services, * immediate cessation of shutoffs and * full implementation of the Water Affordability Plan.
Friday, April 4, 2014 from 4-7pm
On the 46th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination... People of our generation have only known cut-backs, war, mass incarceration, and the destruction of our communities. The overall unemployment rate in the city of Detroit is 49.1% and for those under 30 years old it is 59%, and there is no change in sight. We don’t have any illusions; bankruptcy, gentrification, and more military occupations abroad aren't going to give us jobs, education, and a decent place to live. The state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr certainly does not have our interests in mind. After all, according to him, we who live in the city are “dumb, lazy, happy, and rich”. . In the last year Detroit has spent $95 million on a handful of corporate “consultants” to move into the city and come up with ideas to revitalize it. That is enough money to hire 3,000 people on a salary of $30,000 a year to do what these Wall Street goons have never done a day in their lives: real work. We are marching to demand the end of the parasitic and systematic robbery of the city and its people. We demand an end to paying the loansharks of Wall Street who destroyed the city and who are now demanding retirees’ pensions in the City’s bankruptcy. We demand an end to mass incarceration which makes a young person of color more likely to be in prison than to be living above the poverty line. We are demanding Kevyn Orr hire young people to begin the process of revitalizing the city. We need people to repair the roads, to repair homes, to rebuild the schools and medical facilities. The resources exist, the money is there, and there are people who need the work! Twitter: @FISTdetroit email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 313-671-7426 http://www.facebook.com/events/290449101106575/
Friday, April 4, 2014 from 3-6pm
Detroit MI Friday 4-4-14 @ 12:00 pm. Be There! Yes Friday April 4th, 2014 The Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street allies are holding economic justice vigils in memory of Martin Luther King's 46th year assassination anniversary. For details see: http://RobinHoodTax.org/get-involved For an event flyer see: http://robinhoodtax.org/sites/all/themes/sherwood/pdfs/Community-versions/0314_4-4flyer_COM_Michigan.pdf Vigils at 22 congressional district offices across America to demand that congress pass the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street - the only real cure to the illness of rampant economic inequality. H.R. 1579, the Inclusive Prosperity Act sponsored by Rep. Keith Ellison, is a tiny .5% and less tax on Wall Street trades. The Robin Hood on Wall Street Tax would raise $350 billion dollars a year to fund: • Create millions of permanent living wage jobs • Rebuild our nation’s infrastructure • Creating a green energy manufacturing boom • Provide quality education for all of our children • Expand mass transit • Guarantee healthcare for all • Serve many other human and environmental needs, and • Provide Americans with retirement and housing security All of that would go a long way toward healing America’s obscene wealth and income inequality while honoring the struggle that Dr. King gave his life for. Learn More @ http://RobinHoodTax.org/get-involved Please JOIN the event if you might go (or if you know you are going) and please INVITE your friends to JOIN the event (use the Facebook invite button on the event site). JOIN the event because if there are last minute updates we can let you know. Let's STAND UP for Martin Luther King's memory and STAND UP for ECONOMIC JUSTICE in America. @RobinHoodTax https://twitter.com/RobinHoodTax