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Michael Brown's parents, from Instagram

National Moment of Silence Detroit 2014

Thursday at 7pm Detroit will participate in a National Moment of Silence (NMOS) to acknowledge injustice and the deaths which have been occurring at an ever increasing rate. The moment of silence will be requested at 7:20pm.

Location: Hart Plaza at the base of Woodward on Jefferson, across from the Joe Louis Fist.

NMOS14

Click for Facebook Event link in Detroit.
NMOS14 page on Facebook.
Document listing cities.

We will gather beginning at 7:00pm, the moment of silence will be at 7:20pm, and we ask that you stay for the vigil that will immediately follow.

What to bring

  • Wear a red armband (ribbon, cloth, bandana) on your right arm to identify those gathering for the cause. If you can bring extra for those who don’t have that would be great!
  • Candles, posters and signs are welcome and encouraged!

Please use the hashtags #NMOS14 and #NMOS14Det on social media and share this information widely.

*If you are interested in sponsoring the rally, volunteering, or otherwise contributing, email nmos14Det@gmail.com

Michael Brown's parents, from Instagram
Michael Brown’s parents, from Instagram

We are human beings. We deserve to be buried by out children not the other way around. No matter how u felt about black people look at this Mother and look at this father and tell me as a human being how u cannot feel empathy for them. How can u not feel sympathy for their pain and loos. These are not “THOTS, niggas/niggers, hoes, Ballers, Divas. These two people are parents. They are humans that produced a child and loved that child and that child was slaughtered like Game and left face down as public spectacle while his blood drained down the street. Look at the pain of this mother, look into her eyes. Look at the Man behind her. Look at that father made helpless and hurt that he cud not defend his seed. Don’t debate. Don’t insert your agenda. Save me the bullshit Black On Black Crime speech and look at these to Noble creatures called humans and look at what govt sanctioned murder has done. It has robbed them of their humanity and replaced it with pain and shame, suffering and hurt. I don’t care if others rioted or why. I don’t care that ball players and Rappers are what they shud be. I care that we as humans care as much about one another more. I care we see past Class, race and culture and honor the humanity that unites our species. Stop talking and LOOK at these PEOPLE. LOOK at these HUMANS and stand with them against a system allows a Human PIG to slaughter their child. Forgive any typos love and respect u all.

— (Killer Mike’s response on Instagram to grieving parents of Michael Brown via thefader.com)

Remembering February 2012 – Trayvon Martin


unconsumption:Riding the bus in Detroit is not fun: Half of…



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Riding the bus in Detroit is not fun: Half of the city’s bus routes have been cancelled over the last decade, and waiting for a bus to show up can take as long as two hours. A new project is trying to make that wait a little more pleasant by building mobile bus shelters—and since this is Detroit, the shelters are made out of recycled parts from abandoned buildings.
More about the Door Stops project here: These Makeshift Detroit Bus Shelters Are Recycled From Abandoned Houses | Co.Exist | ideas impact

Hockeytown pay your $80,000 water bill to #DetroitVideo from…









Hockeytown pay your $80,000 water bill to #Detroit Video from Joe Louis Arena requesting Mr Illitch (Hockeytown) pay the outstanding $80,000 water bill. Corporations are not exempt from paying for use of water. It is needed for all that ice created. Falling to pay puts the burden on the people of the city. http://bambuser.com/v/4557651 Action setup by the Peoples Water Board Coalition. Earth Day action.
#ED2MD #waveofaction #earthday #Detroit #redwings #hockeytown #illitch

Representing the People of the City of Detroit

Something seems to be lost in the City of Detroit witness list submitted April 18 to the bankruptcy court -- REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE'S INTERESTS. Corporate interests are well represented through the list provided to the court, as shown in the document below.



The city has done well with bringing corporate interests as witnesses to the bankruptcy, however the city is a government body elected BY THE PEOPLE to represent CITIZENS whom are both PUBLIC and corporate. Corporate interests such as the following are not public-serving employees of the city, nor the affected public. These are contracted "guns-for-hire" with a mission to strip Detroit assets and leave its residents destitute.

  • Conway MacKenzie - financial restructuring advisors stating the plan is in good faith (yet proposes sacrificing constitutional rights of the people), is equitable, and in best interests of the city's citizens.
How dare they say it is in our best interest - have they spoke with the public? There has been no public hearing regarding the bankruptcy by the City Council or Mayor. No publicly elected official of the people of Detroit brought this bankruptcy filing to the court. It is a violation of the bankruptcy code. (NO Governor Rick Snyder is not the Mayor of Detroit or pseudo-official[fascist position] as such). 
  • Ernst & Young - contracted to discuss ability to provide adequate levels of municipal services.
  • Milliman, Inc - contracted actuarial advisors to provide valuation and funding issues of the General Retirement System and Police and Fire Retirement System.
  • DIA board members whom have various corporate affiliations and stories of interest.
    • Eugene Gargaro - Michigan Manufacturers Association, Merillat L.P., Metaldyne Precision Forming, and more
    • Graham Beal - received $103,000 in bonuses and a $155,000 loan from the DIA, plus is "downscaling" his Detroit house [article link]
  • Roger S. Penske - representing "importance from a  business and investment standpoint of the City’s ability to capitalize and  build on the efforts contemplated in the Plan post bankruptcy." Better stated as how can Penske Corporation profit from going through municipal bankruptcy.
  • Daniel Gilbert - again representing the ability to capitalize for Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans. Note the appointment to the fabricated Blight Authority.
The date for court is May 30, 2014. The people need to bring forward a list of fact witnesses which could be added to the city's list, and possibly forwarded to the bankruptcy court as well demanding representation from the residents.

Remember objections to the plan of adjustments can be filed before May 1. This is the week to file your objection! Anyone can file an objection. Get more information from Moratorium Now website [people's objection instructions] [objection form]

Watch the Bankruptcy Court website for updates [audio files]

Recording from April 21 Conference Call


Detroit City Council meeting 10:00am on Tuesday on the 13th Floor at Coleman A Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI 48226. Arrive early and request a comment card - put your name on the card to be able to speak. The cards are issued before the meeting and collected within the first 5-10 minutes of the meeting at latest,. Public comments happen FIRST at a meeting of the whole council.
  • Request public hearing regarding Bankruptcy to understand fully why and how.
  • Request public hearing regarding Bankruptcy Witness List (referenced above) and lack of public representation. Demand an additional amendment to the list.

Protest Illitch's Water Bill at Joe Louis Arena on the Riverwalk entrance at 6:30pm - Hockeytown owes $80,000 for outstanding water bill, yet was awarded large parcels of downtown real estate pushing elders and low-income citizens to the curb. Wear red because the opening of playoffs is starting. Facebook event link | People's Water Board Coalition

Connect to http://d-rem.org (Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management) to get more information on May Day plans and get to know the Peoples Plan regarding the Bankruptcy.