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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11am
Last week we won a victory in our fight to stop Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo's deportation when a judge in Detroit put a temporary stay on his deportation so that the Board of Immigration Appeals could hear motions later this month to reopen the case. Now the government is submitting a motion to deport Jose Luis on next Wednesday, before those motions can be heard. It is cruel and vindictive for the government to try to rush through Jose Luis' deportation without letting him and his family have their case considered by the BIA. Deporting Jose Luis Sanchez-Ronquillo would serve no purpose other than to devastate his family and deprive Ann Arbor of a loved and trusted community member. With the family's blessing, our community will come together at the courthouse before and during the hearing of the government's motion to deport Jose Luis. Bring your signs and your love and support for the Sanchez-Ronquillo family as we try to hold on to another of our immigrant community members. Hosted by Stop Trump Ann Arbor. Always best to check the source link (above) for any last minute changes.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 10am-1pm
For Immediate Release Media Advisory Event: Demonstration Against the Bankers' Plan of Adjustment Date: Tues. April 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Location: Federal Courthouse at 231 W. Lafayette, Downtown Initiators: Moratorium NOW! Coalition, STOPC URL: http://moratorium-mi.org Contact: 313-680-5508 or 671-3715 Orr and Snyder's Plan of Adjustment Is a Death Sentence for Retirees and Workers of Detroit; Join the Demonstrations Outside the Federal Courthouse April 1; File a Legal Objection to the Plan of Adjustment by April 1; Attend Our Monday Night Weekly Planning Meeting to Fight Back Against the Bankers Behind This Plan! We are calling on all City of Detroit retirees, current City employees, residents and all other concerned people to build and participate in a mass demonstration outside the Federal Courthouse in Detroit on Tues. April 1 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The state-imposed emergency manager Kevyn Orr has a "Plan of Adjustment" that will loot the pension funds, lay-off City workers and liquidate public assets to pay off the bankers. Within this corporate-engineered plan 90 percent of the bank debt said to be falsely owed by the City of Detroit will be paid. Only a small portion of lenders will have their claims reduced by the plan. Meanwhile Orr and Snyder are still scheming to pay $85 million to Bank of America and UBS despite Judge Rhodes' contention that legal action against these financial institutions is warranted. We oppose paying any more money to Bank of America and UBS for this fraudulent interest-rate swap deal which has already cost tax payers $300 million. We have no other choice but to fight or starve. 23,000 pensioners and their families have had their health insurance cancelled and are facing at least a 34 percent cut in their monthly checks. These measures will inevitably result in mass deaths of retirees who have spent decades serving the City of Detroit. According to Orr's plan, the City of Detroit will make no contributions to the pension funds for a decade. The much championed contributions from charitable foundations are not guaranteed. Meanwhile the City of Detroit is slated to undergo massive dislocation and privatization of public services. The Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) will face massive lay-offs in light of yet another bogus interest-rate swap deal that has saddled the revenue-generating entity $500 million in debt obligations that should be eliminated by the courts. Billions of dollars in federal settlement monies from the banks and tobacco industry remain in Lansing slated to be utilized for further privatization and the bulldozing of even more areas within the city. Only a mass movement will stop this state-sponsored terrorist conspiracy. Civil and workers rights were affirmed by the courts only after the mass struggles forced them to do so. Lawyers in the courts need the support of the thousands of people in the streets. Please join the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Stop the Theft of Our Pensions Committee (STOPC) weekly meetings every Monday at 7:00 p.m. located at 5920 Second Ave. at Antoinette in Midtown. If your organization wants to join this effort as a co-sponsor or endorser please contact us at the numbers and addresses above. At our March 17 meeting we will explain how people can file legal objections to this plan. We have forms available and attorneys that can assist everyone with the process. On March 10 at our weekly meeting we will further plan our outreach strategy which began at the mass Emergency Town Hall Meeting on March 2 at Central United Methodist Church. We must organize block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood to stop these criminal actions by the banks and their agents in government. CANCEL THE BANK DEBT! OVERTURN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND BANKERS' RULE! ORGANIZE OR STARVE! ALL OUT APRIL 1! FUND JOBS, PENSIONS & CITY SERVICES! http://www.facebook.com/events/1411777609081094/
Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 10-11am
Picket Bankruptcy Court Thursday, Jan. 16 Judge Rhodes will be giving his ruling on the Barclay loan deal (to give the criminal banks $165 million instead of prosecuting the banks for fraud). We will be picketing outside the Federal Courthouse (231 W. Lafayette St.) from 1 - 2 PM to demand "Hands Off Our Pensions! Cancel the Debt to the Crooked Banks!" At 2 PM we will be going inside the courtroom to hear the decision and show the human face to this entire outrage. Leave your cell phone, pocket knife, etc. in your car - you cannot bring them into the court. State issued photo ID is required for entry. And plan to join the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Rally and March on Monday, Jan. 20. Rally inside Central United Methodist Church (23 E. Adams - at Woodward Ave.) at 12 noon. If you are up to marching, we will step off at 1:45 PM outside the church and go through downtown, ending up back at the church for food, music and poetry. Visit mlkdetroit.org for more info Initiated by Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee of the Moratorium NOW Coalition. http://www.facebook.com/events/569456799805622/
Monday, January 13, 2014 from 6-9am
Come out to the final arguments Monday, Jan. 13, 9 am, in the Bankruptcy Hearing on Orr's Giveaway to the Banks At the bankruptcy hearing on Friday, January 3, 2014, Emergency Manager Orr admitted that the City of Detroit could have pursued claims for fraud, unjust enrichment, and breach of contract against Bank of America and UBS to potentially recover the $300 million these banks have already netted from their interest rate swap swindle. However, instead of going after these banks for their predatory lending practices which caused Detroit's financial crisis by foreclosing on 100,000 homes and then putting the city in bankruptcy through interest rate swaps which continued the banks' fraudulent lending practices against the city itself -- Orr is asking Judge Rhodes to approve a termination fee of an additional $165 payment to these banks, funded by a loan by Barclays Bank at up to 8.5% interest with $4.2 million in "breakage fees". If this deal is approved, the people of Detroit will be paying 20% of city income tax revenues, $48 million a year, to these banks for the next four years, at the expense of city pensions, jobs and services. Pack the hearing on Monday. Let's send a message to Judge Rhodes to reject this gift to the banks. Cancel the debt to the banks. The banks owe us for the destruction they caused. Make the banks pay to rebuild our communities and put our youth to work. http://www.facebook.com/events/503611456421560/ and Bankruptcy hearing resumes. Mediated give away to Bank of America, UBS via Barclays on the agenda -- closing arguments http://www.facebook.com/events/211095665741789/
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 from 6-9am
Come out to the final arguments Tuesday in the Bankruptcy Hearing on Orr's Giveaway to the Banks At the bankruptcy hearing on Friday, January 3, 2014, Emergency Manager Orr admitted that the City of Detroit could have pursued claims for fraud, unjust enrichment, and breach of contract against Bank of America and UBS to potentially recover the $300 million these banks have already netted from their interest rate swap swindle. However, instead of going after these banks for their predatory lending practices which caused Detroit's financial crisis by foreclosing on 100,000 homes and then putting the city in bankruptcy through interest rate swaps which continued the banks' fraudulent lending practices against the city itself -- Orr is asking Judge Rhodes to approve a termination fee of an additional $165 payment to these banks, funded by a loan by Barclays Bank at up to 8.5% interest with $4.2 million in "breakage fees". If this deal is approved, the people of Detroit will be paying 20% of city income tax revenues, $48 million a year, to these banks for the next four years, at the expense of city pensions, jobs and services. Pack the hearing on Monday. Let's send a message to Judge Rhodes to reject this gift to the banks. Cancel the debt to the banks. The banks owe us for the destruction they caused. Make the banks pay to rebuild our communities and put our youth to work. http://www.facebook.com/events/503611456421560/
Friday, January 3, 2014 from 8:30-9:30am
Oppose Barclays Swap Deal Which Will Cost the City of Detroit Its Future Demonstrate Outside Federal Court Contact: 313-671 3715, 313-680-5508 Cancel Detroit’s Debt –Make the Banks Pay, They Owe Us Hands Off Our Pensions Save City Services and Assets Make the Banks Fund a Jobs Program Initiated by * Moratorium NOW! Coalition (moratorium-MI.org) * Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee (S.T.O.P.) * Detroit Resisting Emergency Management (d-rem.org) A bad deal crafted by emergency manager Kevyn Orr and his multi-million dollar tax-paid consultants rewarded Bank of America and UBS, two financial institutions which have been implicated in the sub-prime mortgage debacle that devastated Detroit, over $200 million to terminate interest rate swaps that the banks have used to swindle cities across the U.S. On December 24, the corporate media attempted to sell the public on a revised form of this same deal saying that it will save the city tens of millions of dollars. In fact, the revised deal still pays the banks $165 million to terminate these swaps that already netted these banks $250 million in profit from 2008-2012. We must not believe these stories. These swap deals signed in 2005 and renewed in 2009, are the worst possible financial arrangements imaginable with questions still looming in regard to their legality. Barclays Bank, another questionable firm connected with the LIBOR interest-rate rigging scandals, would pay off Bank of America and UBS through a loan to the city which nets the bank at least $4.4 million in fees. When Judge Rhodes adjourned the trial examining the swap deals and Barclays loan on December 18, it was with the suggestion to Orr, Snyder, Jones Day and the corporate interests they work for, to come back with a better deal. But the arrangement they have arrived is still horrendous for the residents of Detroit. It means the City’s residents will pledge 20% of their income tax dollars for the next 5 years to pay off the banks, rather than improve services in the city. We in the Moratorium NOW! Coalition feel that justice can only be served by the cancellation of the purported debt to Bank of America and UBS and that any funds they have collected be turned over to the people of the Detroit in an attempt to begin to repair the damage they have done to the city. We have opposed the imposition of austerity, emergency management and forced bankruptcy over the recent period. Our organization will continue to demand that all pensions, salaries, jobs, city services and assets, including the DIA and the DWSD, remain under the ownership and control of the people of this city who have paid for them through decades of labor and taxes. The objective of the banks including Barclays, Bank of America and UBS is to rob the city and state of Michigan even further through the imposition of usurious interests rates, the slashing of salaries and pensions and the complete disregard and disenfranchisement of the people of the city and the state. Please join us in front of the Federal Courthouse downtown when the trial on the swaps resume on Friday morning January 3. We will gather at 8:30 a.m. for a mass demonstration demanding that the illegal bank debt be canceled and the democratic rights of the people of Detroit be immediately restored. We are also encouraging people to pack the courtroom of Judge Rhodes at 9:00 a.m. in order to witness the operations of the banks and their agents in federal bankruptcy court. Only the workers, retirees and community residents of Detroit can reverse the current crisis. In addition, we are requesting that people around the United States and the world hold demonstrations in solidarity with the working people of Detroit on January 2 and 3 at the offices of Bank of America, UBS, Merrill Lynch and Barclays. The outcome of the struggle to save pensions, jobs, public assets and the right to vote in Detroit will set a precedent for people throughout the country.
Friday, January 3, 2014 from 5:30-8:30am
Bankruptcy hearing resumes. Mediated give away to Bank of America, UBS via Barclays on the agenda. http://www.facebook.com/events/211095665741789/
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 9-10:30am
EM Orr and Governor Snyder have cut a deal to give $250 Million of our tax dollars to two banks, Bank of America (Jones Day’s client) and UBS, to pay off their interest rate swap swindle. From December 10-12 there will be a trial to determine if 20% of city income tax dollars will be pledged for the first 6 years after bankruptcy to make good on this gift to the banks. This trial will determine if Detroit is to remain permanently enslaved by the criminal banks Tell Orr, Snyder and Judge Rhodes: Cancel Detroit’s Debt – The Banks Owe Us Hands Off Our Pensions – “NO!” to 16 cents on the dollar Save City Services and Assets Stop Union Busting Make the Banks Fund a Jobs Program Initiated by: Moratorium NOW Coalition – 313-680-5508
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 9am-5pm
Human Rights Day
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 from noon-2pm
Palestinian-American community activist and beloved womens’ rights advocate Rasmea Yousef Odeh will be arraigned in the U.S. District Court, 231 W Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday, November 13th at 1:30 p.m. She’s battling an immigration charge that carries a possible 10 year prison sentence, and we’re urging supporters from across the Midwest to pack the courtroom in her support. We’ll gather in front of the court building in Detroit at 12:30 on November 13 -- join us! Chicagoans are leaving by car for Detroit at 5:00 AM on Wednesday, November 13. If you’ve got a car with space -- or if you need a ride -- contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-301-0109. If you can’t make it to Detroit, please consider donating to Rasmea’s legal defense here: http://StopFBI.net/donate The government’s case against Rasmea is clearly motivated by politics -- and represents part of an ongoing wave of government repression against Palestinians and those who advocate for them. Check out this article in the Electronic Intifada to learn more about her case: http://ElectronicIntifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/palestinian-arrested-chicago-because-her-community-activism-groups-say Supporters are demanding U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade withdraw the indictment of Rasmea Yousef Odeh and drop all federal charges. Background on Rasmea's case: Sixty-six year old Rasmea Odeh is a Palestinian-American feminist, activist, educator and community leader. She has served as the associate director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) in Chicago since 2004. For the past 10 years, Rasmea has built unprecedented community support for close to 600 Arab immigrant women on issues related to English literacy, gender violence, inter-generational cultural conflicts, racial profiling, immigrant rights, and access to social and economic resources. She has established community-wide education projects related to civil and human rights, social justice, and community economic development and workshops that allow Arab immigrant women to tell, write, and perform their immigration stories while improving their writing skills. In 2013, Rasmea received the "Outstanding Community Leader Award" from the Chicago Cultural Alliance, which described her as a woman who has "dedicated over 40 years of her life to the empowerment of Arab women, first in her homes of Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon, where she was an activist, and then the past 10 years in Chicago. On October 22, the Department of Homeland Security arrested Rasmea in her home for alleged immigration fraud as part of an ongoing witch-hunt that targets Arabs and Muslims who criticize U.S. and Israeli policy and labels them "terrorists." Rasmea has been demanding justice for Palestinians for most of her life. Like the experience of approximately 20% of the total Palestinian population of the West Bank and Gaza, she spent time as a political prisoner in Israeli jails in the 1970's. There, she was violently tortured and humiliated -- despite the international legal prohibition on torture and ill-treatment. Like their Israeli ally, the U.S. federal government has a history of targeting individuals who express public support for Palestine and over and over, Palestinian and Arab American activists are disproportionately targeted in such cases. According to the Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, their organization -- in partnership with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLC), the National Lawyers Guild and other organizations -- have "documented over 75 cases of intimidation and legal bullying in 2013 alone. These include perceived surveillance, FBI contacts and discriminatory enforcement of laws against advocates for Palestinian rights." This decades-old U.S. government strategy targets Palestinian immigrants, Palestinian Americans, and their supporters in order to quell any and all support for Palestinian rights in the U.S. and globally. According to CCR and PSLC, it is no coincidence that federal l prosecutors are now targeting Rasmea, who is a pillar in the same community where 23 anti-war and Palestinian rights activists, many whose homes were raided by the FBI, were subpoenaed to testify before a Grand Jury in 2010. There have been no indictments against the 23 activists subpoenaed presumably because of a lack of evidence. The U.S. government's portrayal of Palestinians as violent and inhuman fuels the case against Rasmea and as a result, the U.S. mainstream betrays Palestinians like Rasmea, leaving them with little support. The corporate media makes matters worse. By telling the story of Rasmea's past as though she was a possible terrorist legitimately and legally arrested by the Israeli government, the media covers up that Israel occupies Palestinian land and arrests and tortures Palestinians systematically and illegally -- all practices in which Israel has engaged literally for generations. The sensationalized media portrayal of Rasmea's "terrorist past" dehumanizes Rasmea and justifies the ongoing state violence committed against her and the larger Arab American and Arab immigrant communities. Stand in solidarity with Rasmea Yousef Odeh. Join us in Detroit on November 13.