Moratorium NOW! Coalition Office

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5920 Second Ave
Detroit
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MI
48202
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Saturday
Feb
11
2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at midnight
midnight
For Immeidate Release Media Advisory Event: African American History Month 2017 Topic: The Detroit Rebellion of 1967 and Its Global Significance Title: Lessons of the 1967 Rebellions From Detroit and Beyond Location: 5920 Second Ave. at Antoinettee, Midtown Date: Sat. Feb. 25, 2017, 5:00-8:00pm Sponsors: Workers World Party Detroit Branch Contact: (313) 671-3715 Lesson of the 1967 Rebellions From Detroit and Beyond Speakers Include: Debbie Johnson, Chair--Workers World Party Detroit on "The Need for a Revolutionary Party Today" Comrade Mond Toussaint Louverture--Workers World Party Youth Organizer and Spoken Word Artist on "The Role of National Culture in the Revolutionary Struggle": Perspectives on Frantz Fanon's "The Wretched of the Earth" Abayomi Azikiwe--Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, Contributing Editor to Workers World Newspaper on "The Lessons of the 1967 Rebellions for the 21st Century" On July 23, 1967, the largest urban rebellion in United States history began in the city of Detroit at the corner of Clairmount and 12th (now Rosa Parks Blvd). This year represents the 50th anniversary of this historic event which transformed the character of the African American liberation struggle in the U.S. During 1967, urban rebellions took place in over 160 cities throughout the country. These events coincided with the rise of the antiwar movement in the U.S. and the advances of national liberation struggles around the world from Vietnam to Southern Africa. Our African American History Month program this year will initiate a series of discussions not only commemorating these developments of 1967 but their significance in the reemerging peoples' movements in 2017. Today we are facing the rise of neo-fascism and renewed institutional racism designed to force the African American people, other oppressed nations and the working class as a whole back into extreme economic exploitation and state repression. We need to assess the gains which emerged from the movements of the 1960s through the conclusion of the 20th century and the need to refurbish our analysis, fighting spirit and organizational capacity. In the city of Detroit we have been at the cutting edge of the mass and ideological struggles that have impacted both the U.S. and the world in the recent period. Also registration information, palm cards and posters for the March 25-26 Midwest Conference on Socialism and National Liberation will be available at this forum. This conference is being sponsored by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Wayne State University with the co-sponsorship of Workers World Party Detroit branch. Please join us at this important political meeting. In addition to these talks there will be substantial time for audience participation.
Monday
Jan
9
2017
Monday, January 9, 2017 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
This is the weekly joint meeting of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)
Saturday
Jan
7
2017
Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 1-3pm
1-3pm
This is the second meeting of the Michigan Peoples Defense Network. The first meeting was held on Dec. 10, 2016 A Call to Action: The Trump election has emboldened the most right-wing, racist elements and encouraged a culture of hate. Reports around the country and here in Michigan indicate an upsurge in threats and attacks against many sectors of our population including African Americans, Latinx, Muslims, the LGBTQ communities, migrants, people with disabilities, women and others. We need to respond with more than messages of unity and solidarity. It is necessary to come out in defense of anyone under attack by racists and fascists. We are prepared to physically defend any victim of such threats or attacks. We are also dedicated to the rejection of institutionalized racism. That may mean defending a mosque, church, synagogue, home, organization or individual who asks for our help and solidarity – with our voices and our bodies. We will not allow the KKK, Nazis and their kind to run rampant and unopposed. The Michigan Peoples Defense Network was founded December 10, 2016. We have set ourselves the serious work of organization, planning and coordination to show that white supremacy, racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, anti-migrant attacks, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitism and fascism have no place in society. GET INVOLVED! We welcome you to join us: Michigan Peoples Defense Network (MPDN) Web: www.mipeoplesdefense.net Facebook: MichiganPeoplesDefenseNetwork Phone: (313)288-2754 Email: PeoplesDefenseNetwork.MI@gmail.com If you and/or your organization endorses this statement of the Michigan Peoples Defense Network, please email the endorsement to PeoplesDefenseNetwork.MI@gmail.com.
Monday
Jan
2
2017
Monday, January 2, 2017 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
This is the weekly joint meeting of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)
Friday
Dec
30
2016
Friday, December 30, 2016 from 5-10pm
5-10pm
Join activists from the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Detroit Active and Retired Employess Association (DAREA), and Detroit FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, and Workers World Party for the annual year’s end pot-luck dinner and celebration of another year of struggles. Come and relax and enjoy the friendship and camaraderie of fellow activists as we break bread together and celebrate another year of anti-capitalist struggle. Please bring a dish or beverage to share. Call Lula at 313-587-7845 for dish suggestions or to see if anyone else may be preparing the same dish as you are. In any case, please let Lula know what you are bringing so that we will know what food groups may be missing. For other questions, please call 313-680-5508
Monday
Dec
12
2016
Monday, December 12, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Join the Moratorium NOW! Coalition for a special meeting to discuss the US/NATO war against Syria, featuring Eva Bartlett. Eva Bartlett is an independent journalist who recently spent time in Syria, covering one of the hottest points in the war, the battle for Aleppo. Our panel will expose the NATO role, make the connection to militarism in the horn of Africa, link domestic struggles with the war, and of course talk about the meaning of Trump in regards to Syria. Speakers: Joe Mshahwar - Syrian American activist with Workers World Party and Detroit Fight Imperialism Stand Together Abayomi Azikiwe - Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, organizer with Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, and a member of the United Antiwar Coalition administrative committee. Eva Bartlett - Independent Journalist https://www.facebook.com/events/1817996038414860/
Saturday
Feb
27
2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 5-8pm
5-8pm
For Immediate Release Media Advisory Free and Open to the Public Event: African American History Month Annual Public Meeting Date: Saturday, February 27, 5:00-8:00pm Topic: Black Power/White Backlash--150 Years of Struggle for National Liberation and Socialism, Keynote Address: Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire and Contributing Editor for Workers World Guest Speaker: Clarence Thomas ILWU Local 10 Location: 5920 Second Ave. at Antoinettee, Detroit, MI Video: Black Power/White Backlash: CBS News Report From September 27, 1966 Dinner Served: African American Cuisine Sponsor: Workers World Party Detroit Branch Contact: (313) 671-3715 Please attend this year's Annual African American History Month public meeting on Sat. Feb. 27 to assist us in celebrating and reflecting upon the galliant history of the African people in the United States who have fought against slavery, Jim Crow, national oppression, economic exploitation and other forms of discrimination and state repression. This is an annual event sponsored by Workers World Party and Workers World newspaper which is distributed in the city of Detroit. Our keynote speaker will be Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire and a Contributing Editor for Workers World newspaper published in New York City. Azikwe will give an historical overview of the African American movement for national liberation, full equality and socialism.. Some aspects of the post Civil War period and the passage of a series of Civil Rights measures such as General Sherman's Order No. 15; the 13th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866; the 14th and 15th Amendments; will be placed in their social and political context. The African American struggle against institutional racism has continued through the 20th Century with the anti-segregation and women's movements of the 1950s through the 1970s up until the anti-racist struggles today against police terrorism and for self-determination in public service, education and cultural affairs. We are honored to have a special guest speaker in the personage of progressive trade unionist Clarence Thomas of the ILWU Local 10. The ILWU, and in particular Local 10, has been in the vanguard of many important struggles from the fight against apartheid in the 1980s, to demanding freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal in the 1990s, as well as other issues. We will also feature a classic CBS News documentary from September 27, 1966 aired nationally on the African American struggle for self-determination, full equality and housing rights. The video features lumnaries of the period inlcuding SNCC Chairman Stokely Carmichael, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. leader of SCLC, the-then Congressional representative from Harlem Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and others. The struggle for African American liberation has different dimensions today but harbors many similarities to the movement five decades ago extending back to the period after the Civil War. Join us in this discussion and analysis. http://www.facebook.com/events/1671213219827416/
Monday
Sep
14
2015
Monday, September 14, 2015 from 7-10pm
7-10pm
Rev. Pinkney was charged in 2014 with allegedly altering five dates on a recall petition against Benton Harbor’s mayor. A community leader in the overwhelmingly African American city, Pinkney was tried and convicted before a white judge, white prosecutor and all-white jury. He was sentenced to 2.5 to 10 years in prison on December 15, 2014. The jury had been told “you do not need evidence to convict Rev. Pinkney” and the judge said he was “going to make an example” of him. *Learn about how Rev. Pinkney was railroaded to prison. Hear directly from Rev. Pinkney calling in during the meeting from prison. Find out how you can help free an innocent man. *Donations can be made at bhbanco.org or checks can be sent to BANCO, c/o Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney, 1940 Union St., Benton Harbor, MI 49002 *Some good articles on the situation http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/28050-whirlpool-corporation-sentences-edward-pinkney-to-prison-with-no-evidence http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/27974-all-white-jury-convicts-black-community-leader-with-no-evidence-reverend-edward-pinkney-faces-life-in-prison http://www.peoplestribune.org/pdfs/bhbookleyweb.pdf http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/06/no-justice-for-rev-pinkney-again/ http://www.facebook.com/events/1468661356794289/
Sunday
Aug
30
2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
The capitalist class is in a state of total war against the working people of the world, using any means at their disposal. Back breaking austerity that was once only utilized against oppressed nations has found its way into every penetrable part of the globe. Pensions are cut, water is shut off and made unaffordable, homes are foreclosed, wages are dropped, jobs are lost, social programs are wiped out; once lively centers of industry have become wastelands. We are welcoming an open discussion addressing this crisis with speakers on Greece, Puerto Rico, Ukraine, the IMF/World Bank, and of course Detroit. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Monday
Aug
24
2015
Monday, August 24, 2015 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Contact: moratorium-mi.org Phone: 313-680-5508 Note: At present we have 2,500 cards announcing the Aug. 29 action. We need to get these cards out as broadly as possible. If you know of community organizations, storefronts, churches, labor unions, etc., that could circulate this information, please contact us as soon as possible. Last weekend (Aug. 15-16) we were at the African World Festival at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History located on East Warren and Brush. We passed out thousands of these cards along with other information involving the struggle in Detroit and the state of Michigan. Come out Mon. Aug. 24 from 7:00-9:00pm for an organizing meeting in preparation for the upcoming Sat. Aug. 29 rally and speak out in downtown Detroit in Grand Circus Park. This meeting will be held at the Moratorium NOW! Coalition offices located at 5920 Second Avenue near Antoinette near the Wayne State University campus in Midtown. We are inviting all progressive community organizations, labor unions, youth and professional groups to join us in planning for this event. The issues we are focusing on impact hundreds of thousands of people in the city and its environs. The rally and speak out will demand: --A halt to police killings and brutality --Stop the school to prison pipeline --Stop tax and mortgage foreclosures --Release of the Hardest Hit Funds in Lansing --Stop massive water shutoffs and end regionalization --A vote on the future status of the DWSD --Restoration of public lighting across the city --Reinstatement of full pension and healthcare benefits for municipal employees --Freedom for Rev. Edward Pinkney --Shut down Enbridge's oil Line 5 --Full employment now and an end to ethnic cleansing ---Among other issues What we need now are people to distribute cards announcing the event. Also organizations and individuals are encouraged to endorse the event and provide speakers. Please come out this coming Monday and bring your ideas and willingness to work in the burgeoning struggle. http://www.facebook.com/events/398346580353896/