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Detroit-Gaza Solidarity

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Release date: August 15, 2014



Main Event Organizers:

~Abraham Aiyash  3134099244 amaiyash@yahoo.com ~Khalil Al Refai 5863441572 kalbone.1@gmail.com Media

Media Coordinator: ~Jarah Maan 3139030435 riseupworldmedia@gmail.com

When:  August 16th, 2014 from 12pm-2pm

Where:  Start at Caniff Street and Joseph Campau Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212 We will march starting at 11347 Jos Campau and towards Veterans Memorial Park where we will learn to proactively advocate for the basic human rights of the Palestinian people.

Parking:  City lot on Caniff and Jos Campau


Who:  The People around the world are speaking up in solidarity against the Occupation across all lines that have historically divided us, calling for an end to the violent Occupation that Palestinians have been suffering under for decades.  The event is organized by concerned citizens of Hamtramck, Detroit and the metro-Detroit area.

Why:  The conflict in Gaza has once again been put in the spotlight.  The Occupation of Palestine by Israel, which continues what can only be described as war crimes according to the 4th Geneva convention, increases it’s assault on the civilian population by bombing civilian residents, UN safe zones, schools, hospitals, and businesses.  The IOF snipers have been recorded murdering and maiming the innocent people of Palestine.  The illegal settlers have been injuring and killing Palestinians without recourse. Palestinian land and homes are raided on a near daily basis, and often the families are thrown out as the IOF claim possession, leaving the true occupants homeless.  The People inside Gaza and the West Bank are unlikely to leave, even to visit family outside of Gaza, unable to trade goods outside their lands, unable to have access to clean water, they are unable to rebuild their homes, they have restrictions on farming, fishing, and most are unlikely to have a job.

Please come and support a pro-Palestinian stance, as most main stream media is compelled to their limited pro-Occupation talking points, and parrots the Israeli propaganda machine, regarding Hamas, terrorists, and the use of children as human shields.

Come shed light on the truth and be an instrument of change for the freedom of our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

Endorsed by The Michigan Voice for Human Rights

“No one is free until we are all free.”~~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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.


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

Occupy Detroit Media

Summer Occupy Detroit General Assembly

Request to hold General Assembly ASAP

The Netroots Nation convention is coming to Detroit from July 17-20. There will be many progressive minded attendees, some from outside Detroit. Holding a General Assembly BEFORE the conference will allow connectivity into what is happening throughout Detroit.
Many are going to ask – will you know?
How would you know if there was no movement gathering in advance?

Marchers carry Occupy Detroit bannerThis General Assembly of the Occupy movement is an opportunity for organizations to attract publicity and support into their efforts during this window of time.

Movement Building

Occupy is a movement – organizations attend movement building exercises for several reasons:

  1. Announce the activities the organization is working on.
  2. Discover what other organizations are doing to bridge between and create unified efforts TOGETHER.
  3. Discover prospective new members for each organization attending.
  4. Bring and learn best practices in organizing into a larger audience.

Occupy Detroit brought a number of activists out into organizations around Detroit. It was a clarion call in 2011 that was cast publicly. People came to learn more and discover.

Vote On This Poll – Select the Date & Time

Its time to sound the call and rally again. We have business to discuss and unity to both celebrate and build.

Select a Date/Time for Summer Occupy Detroit Movement Rally at Grand Circus Park

  • Tuesday July 15 from 6:30pm-8:30pm (40%, 4 Votes)
  • Saturday July 12 from 11am-1pm (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Sunday July 13 from 1pm-3pm (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Thursday July 17 from 7pm-9pm (20%, 2 Votes)
  • Sunday July 13 from 6pm-8pm (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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MAY DAY – Shutdown Detroit!

May Day is a celebration of International Worker Rights, and a start of spring. Plants need to be in the ground and this goes for the seeds of change which prevail these days. It is time to meet and organize. We have to come forward and unite with our neighbors, families, and meet new colleagues.

Detroit-Closed-MayDayWe are asking for workers to take a holiday – a time to organize and rally during a time of need. Its time to halt “business as usual” for a day, and possibly more. Take a day away from consumerism and production – don’t purchase gasoline, meals at restaurants, clothing, electronics, and other items.

Detroit is under attack – its assets are being misappropriated, the crooks continue to take as the people suffer without reason. Our public services have been purposely reduced to create a state of need. Putting these schools, utilities, and more in a position for privatization and “importing skilled workers” rather than training those living here. The fix is in as incarceration of young black workers intends to keep them from higher education and better working opportunities. Why would it be OK for society to send young persons to military service in the hope of a better future? What is this future being woven?

This city once had 2 million people within its borders, and now is near 700,000. The industrial age has consumed its workers. Primary wage earners are making minimum wage, working multiple jobs. Work has been sent globally seeking lowest working wage in the quest for maximized profits.

International Workers Day History

WalterCrane2CSolidarityOfLabour(1888)col-05875The struggle was hard and sometimes bloody to arrive at a day split 8 hours for work, 8 for rest, and 8 for recreation [1][2].

It was the massacre in Chicago’s Haymarket Square that brought world attention to the 8-Hour Day struggle in the United States. On May 1. 1886, workers put on the largest march in Chicago’s history.The streets were full of the sounds of the 8-hour-day song:

We mean to make things over, we are tired of toil for naught,
With but bare enough to live upon, and never an hour for thought,
We want to feel the sunshine, and we want to smell the flowers,
We are sure that God has will’d it, and we mean to have eight hours.
We’re summoning our forces from shipyard, shop and mill,
Eight hours for work, eight hour for rest, eight hours for what we will!
Eight hours for work, eight hour for rest, eight hours for what we will!

The 8-Hour Day March was peaceful, even festive. But on that day, there was trouble at McCormick’s Reaper Plant. Thousands had been locked out for demanding an 8-hour-day. A workers’ rally outside the plant was attacked by police. Some workers were killed. To protest the killings, a rally was called for May 4, 1886 in Haymarket Square. Mayor Harrison attended the rally and all was peaceful. Contrary to the Mayor’s wishes, Police Captain John Bonfield brought hundreds of police to the rally. After the Mayor rode off on his white horse, unknown persons threw a bomb into the crowd. The police began to fire wildly. Eight policemen and at least as many workers were killed.


images from Haymarket Affair Digital Collection

Eight men stood trial – seven were sentenced to be hung to death, one sentenced to 15 years in prison. Of the 7 one committed suicide in jail, two were commuted to life in prison. Four were hung to death November 11, 1887.

Four Haymarket Anarchists Hung 1887

Haymarket Portraits


Revisiting International Workers Day TODAY

We may think things have progressed in more than 125 years since International Workers Day was recognized, however today’s society is drifting away from the equitable work day [3].

According to a 2009 survey by the Harvard Business Review, 94 percent of professionals surveyed worked at least 50 hours a week or more. And the 2013 State of the American Workplace report conducted by Gallup found that up to 70 percent of the American workforce feels unengaged (read: demotivated and unsatisfied).

So if we are truly setting roots and planting a path for this year – its time to confront the “business as usual” conformity that is plaguing society at this time.

Business has been anything but usual for quite some time. The people must start treating it that way!

Plans for May 1, 2014

Time What Where
8:00 am Ecumenical Unity Breakfast UAW Local 600, 10550 Dix Avenue
9:00 am The People Speak Out ! UAW Local 600, 10550 Dix Avenue
11:00 am Caravan for Justice and Democracy UAW Local 600 to Hart Plaza
12:00 pm May Day Rally Hart Plaza Woodward & Jefferson
1:30 pm March Through Downtown Hart Plaza to Grand Circus Park
3:00 pm Peoples Rally Grand Circus Park Woodward & Adams
4:30 pm Food, Fellowship, People’s Plan Grand Circus Park

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