Moratorium NOW! Coalition
We want to extend an invitation to all progressive activists and organizations to participate in the National Conference to Fight Austerity in Detroit on Saturday March 24. The purpose of the national conference is to map out a strategy for defeating the war being waged by the banks, corporations and government against the workers and oppressed. Capitalism cannot continue unchallenged while our very lives are being jeopardized by the ruling elites who are determined to grow richer and more powerful at our expense, whipping up white supremacy, an anti-immigrant offensive attacks on women and anti-LGBTQ bigotry to keep our class divided.
Detroit along with colonized Puerto Rico has been at the epicenter of bank imposed austerity against the workers and oppressed in this hemisphere. But every U.S. city from Chicago to Baltimore to Cleveland to Baltimore to Milwaukee, from New York City to Oakland and Seattle, has felt the brunt of this attack in the form of cutbacks, school closings, mass transit cuts, water shutoffs, gentrification and destruction of public service unions.
The Trump tax plan and Pentagon War build-up continues the massive transfer of wealth to the rich at the expense of the poor. This war by the banks and on the workers and poor is an international phenomenon spanning every continent. On March 24, we will hammer out a program on how to fight back against the war by the corporations, the banks and their lackeys in government at all levels on the workers and poor.
The conference will take up topics such as:
* The Destruction of our Communities by the Banks. * Tax giveaways to Dan Gilbert and the Ilitch business empire and gentrifiers everywhere.* The Trump Tax plan — A declaration of war by and for the rich on the workers and the poor.* The Pentagon War Buildup — funded by destruction of social services.* Continuing Water Shutoffs and Mass foreclosures. *The Destruction of public educations through defunding and privatization.* Mass layoffs at retail stores, restaurants, business offices and plant closings* Fighting for a real living wage for all workers* Challenging racism, sexism and LGBTQ oppression* Defending Immigrant Rights* Challenging mass incarceration and prison slave labor * Defending Puerto Rico where much the population remains without electricity because of mass robbery by the banks* The need for a universal healthcare program* Public transportation and accessibility for all within the urban and rural areas. *The growth in extreme poverty and homelessness.* Environmental Justice and the end to the poisoning of the poor. *Full rights for persons with disabilities.
The Conference will discuss these issues in depth from the perspective of how they all are products of a capitalist system where profits are everything and people mean nothing. We will mobilize support for making May Day 2018 an anti-Austerity Day, as well as lending solidarity to the Poor Peoples Campaign. We will outline a program of action in solidarity with all movements working for social change and transformation.
Initiated by the Moratorium Now! Coalition. For information or to endorse: contact 313-680-5508 – moratorium-mi.org — firstname.lastname@example.org Endorsed by: Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA); Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan (ROC-MI); Fronteras Nortenas; Elena Herrada, Detroit School Board Member in Exile; Teresa Kelly, former editor, Michigan Citizen Newspaper; Detroit MLK Day committee; Reverend Ed Rowe; Lila Cabbil, People’s Water Board; National Action Network, Detroit chapter; Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement, Workers World Party
Moratorium NOW! Coalition
Members of the National Nurses United march in Detroit July 18, 2014.
Detroit Martin Luther King Day demonstration through Downtown Detroit on January 15, 2007. The march draws upon the legacy of Dr. King’s peace and social justice work. (Photo: Robert Akrawi)., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Detroit Moratorium NOW! Coalition protest outside the Wayne State University Law School on June 10, 2013. The demonstrations called for the end of emergency management and a moratorium on debt service. , a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Walter Knall, 70, of Detroit, a 31-year employee of the Detroit Health Dept., protests July 26 in front of City Hall. (Clarence Tabb, Jr./The Detroit News)
MECAWI and Moratorium NOW! march proudly in Detroit’s Pride Parade June 3.
July 2009 Detroit.