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Fighting for Justice Against unjust Systems

“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us walk together…” – Lila Watson

You are the difference. Anti-black violence against our black brothers and sisters is violence against us. Ecocidal violence against our living systems(water, trees, land, etc.) for the sake of profit is violence towards me. Economic violence against the 100,000 Detroiters facing tax foreclosures in 2015 (15% of Detroit’s Pop.) is violence towards me. Violence against Rev. Pinkney is violence against me. It’s time to demonstrate what democracy looks like. It is our moral obligation to listen and act in rhythm with what is required of us at this time on the clock of the world.

Below is a powerful statement from MWRO the D-CATS needed to share :

MICHIGAN WELFARE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
23 E. ADAMS/4th Floor
DETROIT, MI  48226
Ph#: (313) 964-0618
F#: (313) 964-2600

OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS INJUSTICE EVERYWHERE!

The series of explosive events that have taken over the consciousness of the nation these last few months has been nothing short of astounding.  Murder by rogue “cops” has been the central core of so much consternation that elected officials are scrambling to catapult themselves into the leadership of a motion that left them back at the station long ago. While the legacy of America makes it important to single out people of color as the recipients of the worst level of brutality, the response has been surprising to many and anticipated by most.  “You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time!”  Every color man and woman took to the streets demanding that these murders come to an end.  Questions about the role of a Grand Jury have been raised, while the total crisis of no faith in the American system of justice has been raised.

The crowds of youth coast to coast, standing up – laying down – walking around – demanding justice and an end to a significant part of the power of the State has upset the status quo.  No faith in the justice system is the message from them all.  The outright murder of blacks throughout the South at the hands of treacherous police personnel spread to all parts of the country with evidence at each killing that the system of equal justice was not possible. Michael, shot multiple times with the bloody body leaking and left out on the streets in summer…Eric, a disabled man wrestled down to the ground, and choked to death on national tv…12 year old Tamir, shot and killed in less than 2 seconds after the police arrive on scene, another NY resident coming up the stairs in the bldg. he lived in, shot and killed by the police they say by accident…a Northland Mall shopper, also choked to death by security guards again on national tv with no one responsible.  Just like we learned during the Rodney King beating that it was “his fault”, we learned that it was Michael’s fault, Eric’s fault, some other’s victim fault, and soon we will learn that 12 year old Tamir and his irresponsible parents are to blame for Tamir’s death.

The masses of people are not buying this mess, and have created a number of picket signs that convey the message, “THIS STOPS NOW!”  Political awareness has come to America as the masses move ever closer to a level of social understanding of the meaning of the phrase “class-struggle”. In every murder committed by these rogue cops, each victim is a working-class resident.  Names of Latino victims, 1st Nation victims, poor white victims are already being circulated and lifted up as the public starts to examine what the hell is going on here!  Rev. Pinkney stands as a particular gruesome example of rogues in charge as he faces the consequences AGAIN of challenging corporations who steal resources from working class communities.  The Benton Harbor Courts are in lock-step with Whirlpool as they prosecute and persecute Rev. Pinkney because he stood up to them. We have good lawyers, bad laws, and even worse judges so where does that leave us?

As the soul of America forces average everyday people out into the streets to raise the banner of justice, we call on every lawyer, every retired or active judge, every law student, every politician and all others to review the Pinkney outrage that is yet another arrow in the heart of democracy. Evidence is supposed to be critical in a conviction, so when a Benton Harbor Judge tells the Pinkney jury that evidence was NOT important for a conviction, why is that judge not brought up on judicial charges?  The sentencing date, Dec. 15th, is approaching.  When each of us is asked some time later, what did we do about the murder of unarmed Americans, and about the conviction of an American Patriot…what will you say? Send donations to: MI Welfare Rights, (put on the memo line, Rev. Pinkney Defense Fund) at the address listed on top. If you can travel to Benton Harbor, Dec. 15th, to attend the sentencing hearing ($10/each) call for departure details: (313) 964-0618, M-W, 11am to 3pm.

“NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE…
NO WATER, NO PEACE…
NO QUALITY OF LIFE, NO PEACE…

IF I CAN’T BREATHE, YOU CAN’T BREATHE”…
STAND UP – DON’T SHOOT”…
NO DEMOCRACY, NO PEACE!”

Maureen D. Taylor,
State Chairperson – MWRO

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EPA Workshop on Air Quality Data in Detroit

MDEQ, U.S. EPA and local university partners are conducting a training on understanding air quality data for interested parties in Detroit and surrounding areas. The training will cover EPA’s air databases, monitoring data, enforcement and compliance data, and other studies that have been conducted in Detroit. No background in science in necessary to attend.

Please join us at this workshop for community members about air data and air monitoring in Detroit. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM ET.

Registration Link

The location is: FDA – Detroit District Training Room
300 River Place, Detroit, MI 48207

Workshop Materials:

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Cancer Risk Map for Detroit

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FRIDAY: Tribute to MARK ANDERSON with D-CATS & Friends

The Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands(D-CATS) wants to invite you to this Friday’s fun evening of acoustic music, karaoke, food, silent-auction, raffles, and great people, as we come together to raise funds for the family of our friend and fellow D-CAT, Mark Anderson, who just transitioned on Monday after his fight with cancer. There will be space to share our fondest memories of Mark and celebrate all that he was. 

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Mark Anderson with his son at 2012 Detroit March Against Monsanto

 

Time/Date: 4:00pm-8:00 p.m – Friday December 5th

Location: PJ’s Lager House in Corktown-1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226

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Solidarity with Walmart Workers Action Dec. 2013

He lives on in all that knew him and was a mentor and warrior of love for the movement.

Whether you knew him like a brother or never met him, we would be thrilled to have you with us to share some smiles and good times as we enjoy each others company and share stories of our comrade.

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1st D-CATS Action at Chase Bank in 2012

The event is open to All Ages. The bar will be open. The music, food and auctions start at 4 pm, no cover charge, but free-will donations, auctions & raffles to support Mark’s family with health care and transition costs.

Mark shared his energy and selfless spirit with everyone he worked alongside. From the beginning of Occupy Detroit to his support with the creation of the D-CATS, After Party Political Party & Detroit Water Brigade. May we follow his example of listening and leading with our heart.

With fierce love and respect,
The D-CATS Family
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Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands