Detroit, July 25, 2022: (Online) Moratorium NOW! Coalition/MECAWI Weekly Organizing Meeting

Join our weekly grassroots organizing meeting for Mon. July 25, 2022, beginning at 7:00pm.

Event: https://fb.me/e/1L5gsmx9g

Event by Moratorium NOW! Coalition

The meeting is our last planning and evaluation session for the month.

This week represents the 55th anniversary of the Great Detroit Rebellion of July 1967. We continue to salute the fighters of 1967 and beyond.

We attended the rally at Cass Technical High School on Sun. where four members of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party held a re-election campaign rally. Moratorium NOW! Coalition along with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement set up a literature table outside the school where people stood in line to get in and hear Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and AOC. We distributed leaflets and petitions demanding compassionate release for Dr. Mutulu Shakur of New York City who is now suffereing from stage 4 cancer within the federal prison system. Many people took flyers and signed the petition.

Last Thurs. we held a zoom meeting on the current struggle to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. The grandson of Mumia was the main speaker. We are planning other activities in the coming weeks.

On Sat. we set up a literature table downtown at the Spirit of Detroit where we distributed the latest edition of Fighting Words (fighting-words.net), leaflets explaining the plight of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Dr. Mutulu Shakur. We were joined by others working to get Mutulu’s release on humanitarian medical grounds.

On Sunday July 3, we were a part of the 40 Cities for Mumia campaign demanding the immediate release of this political prisoner being held in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania now for over 40 years. We gathered at Campus Martius for a rally. Later there was a march through sections of downtown Detroit. We will evaluate this action and discuss an upcoming meeting this week.

In addition, we will report on the events surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision striking down Roe v. Wade on Friday morning. There were demonstrations in Detroit and around the country in opposition.

We attended the Detroit Right to Counsel Coalition celebration on Saturday June 25 on the southwest side. Moratorium NOW! Coalition is a member of the alliance. There are efforts underway already to undermine the ordinance which was recently passed by the City Council.

Moratorium NOW! Coalition is a member of the Detroit Coalition for Police Transparency and Accountability (CPTA) which held a press conference on Thurs. May 19 to announce the filing of a memorandum with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. on the continuing problems of police brutality and misconduct in the city. Several leading attorneys practicing actively in Detroit spoke out on the persistent killings, corruption and lying by the police department. We will analyze the press conference at tonight’s meeting and discuss possible future actions.

We participated in the Nakba Day activities in Dearborn on Sun. May 15. This event commemorates the dispossession of the Palestinian people over 74 years ago.

We held a May Day rally and cultural event on Sun. May 1 from 2:00-4:30pm at Grand Circus Park located on Woodward and West Adams. We will evaluate this event at tonight’s meeting.

There was a citywide mobilization at the City Council last Tues. April 12 to oppose the draconian municipal budget being deliberated. Moratorium NOW! Coalition sent an open letter to the City Council and the media demanding a budget which represents the interests of the majority of working people living in Detroit.

We do not need another imperialist war. With the withdrawal from Afghanistan after a 20-year debacle, the futility of occupations and endless wars are evident for all working and oppressed peoples around the world to see.

We held an African American History Month webinar for Feb. 21, the 57th anniversary of the martyrdom of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik Shabazz, 1925-1965). The theme was centered around the role of education in the liberation struggle and the attacks on Critical Race Theory (CRT) by the United States ruling elites and euro-centric proponents of history and social studies in the United States.

No matter how many baseless titles and window dressing positions that are handed out by the Dugganites, it will not alter the fundamental conditions of the impoverished working people of the city. The purported economic development projects are all rooted in tax expropriations which have led to the further environmental degradation of the neighborhoods and their subsequent abandonment and underdevelopment.

Meeting agenda (typically updated 30 minutes before the start of the meeting):
https://docs.google.com/…/1qM4rSp4J0VGNpydCScvj…/edit…

If you have registered for a previous Monday meeting, you do not need to register again. In case you misplaced the link to join the meeting, it will be sent out prior to the start of the meeting.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/…/uZMod…

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