Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Take on Hate Action Statement
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has been followed by a sharp rise in hate incidents against immigrants, African Americans, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ community members and women. These attacks have taken place both in private and public locations, including work places, universities and k-12 schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center surveyed 867 hate incidents in all 50 states just ten days after the election. It has mapped the location of 892 hate groups operating throughout the nation. The resulting climate of hate and fear has particularly affected school children and created a widespread problem for administrators and teachers of restoring an atmosphere of safety and security for young learners.*
The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights calls for the condemnation of all divisive, toxic and bigoted rhetoric, harassment, and physical violence against any community or group. It calls for the increased vigilance by public authorities and citizens at all levels to secure the protection and safety of our most vulnerable communities. MCHR calls for a national collaboration of all groups and individuals that share a commitment to human rights in order to serve as a bulwark against the validation of intolerance that has emerged from the presidential campaigns this past year.
* Sources:splcenter.org; Southern Poverty Law Center, Ten Days After: Harassment and Intimidation in the Aftermath of the Election, November 2016; and After Election Day: The Trump Effect: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election on Our Nation’s Schools, November, 2016.
MCHR is an interfaith non-profit organization founded in 1980 by Catholic Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the late Rabbi Richard Hertz and the late Episcopal Bishop H. Coleman McGehee. MCHR promotes awareness of, commitment to, and advocacy for human rights through education, community organization, and action. MCHR opposes forces that suppress human dignity, freedom, and justice locally and around the world. MCHR also organizes and sponsors Freedom Tours that take high school students to civil rights sites in the south to educate them about our nation’s civil rights history and inspire them to be our future justice leaders. Visit us at mchr.org
A huge thanks goes out to everyone who came out to Marygrove College on 11/10 for our annual Founders’ Day event!
Thanks to Asha Noor from Take on Hate for her amazing talk on where we go after the election.
Thanks to Jeffery Montgomery, who posthumously won the Founders’ Award for his groundbreaking activism on behalf of the LGBTQIA community and to his brother John Montgomery who spoke and accepted the award on his behalf.
Thanks to Ellis Cox, 2016 Freedom Tour student, who came up to speak on how Freedom Tour affected him and his life and thanks to MCHR board member Bob Ingalls who made a great short video (that will be posted here soon) showcasing the trip.
Thanks to all who came! Keep fighting!
For Immediate Release
Take on Hate Vigil Set for noon to 2 p.m., November 26 at Woodward & 11 Mile in Royal Oak
Detroit, November 22, 2016 – The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights is sponsoring a Take on Hate vigil at noon, Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Woodward Avenue and 11 Mile Road in Royal Oak, Mich.
The vigil is a non-partisan event and focuses on solidarity with those from marginalized groups who have been facing verbal threats and physical violence in the aftermath of the General Election.
Parking for vigil participants at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 26998 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. Signs will be available.
About Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
Founded in 1980, the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights is a non-profit group dedicated to universal human rights through education, advocacy, community organization and action. MCHR opposes those and forces which suppress human freedom, justice and dignity locally and around the world. More at MCHR.org.
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Click link for Kim Redigan’s Peacemaker Award acceptance speech: peacemaking-inside-and-out
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) hereby declare our heartfelt solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their current struggle to protect what remains of their ancestral lands, waters and sacred sites.
We recognize that Native American and First Nation peoples have endured centuries of violent settler colonialism that has dismantled and robbed them of home, heritage, dignity, land, livelihoods and life itself.
We acknowledge that Native American and First Nation struggles to protect indigenous territories have ultimately been struggles on behalf of all humanity to save the Earth we share from toxic globalization of neoliberal and capitalist policies that threaten all our survival.
MCHR unwaveringly stands with all working people as they struggle for dignity, respect and justice in the workplace and in their communities; whether we’re fighting for clean water in Flint, Mich., against bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to safeguard their community.
MCHR will continue to fight against the interests of the 1% and corporate greed and firmly stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the environmental and cultural degradation of their community.
With respect, love, solidarity and hope,
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Active Board Members
|Dorothy Aldridge||Kezia Curtis||Frank Joyce||Kim Redigan|
|Blair Anderson||Dina Fattom||Saeed Kahn||Joel Reinstein|
|Abayomi Azikiwe||Frank Hammer||Jerry King||Matt Robb|
|Sarah Brooks||Barbara Hollie||Keandra Locke||Brandon Toy|
|Brenda Bryant||Eric Hood||Gloria Lowe||Bill Wylie-Kellerman|
|Linda Campbell||Julie Hurwitz||Cary McGehee||Lydia Wylie-Kellerman|
|Mark Cowan||Bob Ingalls||Hasan Newash||Thomas R. Zerafa|
|Jose Cuello||Barbara Ingalls||Tom Pedroni||Marge Sears|
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Advisory Board Members
Rev. Dr. Charles Adams Dr. Karl D. Gregory Hon. B. Pennie Millender Steve Spreitzer
Rev. D Alexander Bullock Bishop Thomas Gumbleton Fred Pearson Rev. Charles Williams III
Rev. Harry Cook ELena Herrada Rev. Ed Rowe
Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs Gloria House Fran Shor
Bill Goodman Imam Mohamad Ali Elahi Rudy Simons
TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP—True or False?
“TPP levels the playing field for our workers and helps to ensure countries abide by strong labor and environmental rules. “ – Pres. Barack Obama, August 2, 2016
Ask autoworkers in GM’s assembly plant in Colombia where many hundreds suffer workrelated injuries, are then fired and denied compensation, illegally ! Ask the valiant workers who’ve exposed these brutal labor practices via their protest encampment in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, now into its 6th year!
President Obama in 2011 (with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton) pushed through the U.S.Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) that was rejected due to public outcry during the George Bush years . They did it by attaching a so-called “Labor Action Plan (LAP),” promising to make companies and the Colombian government respect worker rights (and protect the environment). Those are the same promises Obama is now making about the TPP, and echo – practically word for word – the promises made by Bill Clinton to push NAFTA through in 1993.
As the injured, fired GM workers will tell you, the LAP is not worth the paper it’s printed on! The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka agrees, issuing a report in 2015 blasting the LAP for its continued “failure to protect workers’ rights in Colombia.” While “investors and companies have received the benefits of these free trade agreements, workers in the U.S. and in countries that are our trading partners have not.” GM continues its illegal practices while the U.S. government looks the other way!
Pres. Obama is right about one thing: the TPP ad its phony labor protections will level the playing field for U.S. workers – downward!.