The public is invited to sit in on MCHR’s Annual Meeting on June 16th at 7 pm at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Activity Center (13500 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park).
Board elections will take place at 7 pm (only paid members can vote) and our annual report will follow at 7:30. After the report, join us for a talk by MCHR board member Abayomi Azikiwe on “What Role Should the Movements For Peace, Racial Equality and Economic Justice Have in the 2016 Elections?” Respondees will be MCHR board member Kezia Curtis and her father, artist and activist Wayne Curtis. You need not be a member to attend the talk.
Light refreshments. Donations accepted.
MCHR is proud to co-sponsor a screening of the film This Changes Everything at the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA (5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit 48202) on Thursday May 26.
Doors open/networking at 6pm
Film at 7pm
Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.Interwoven with these stories is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.
Free to the public.
MCHR 2016 Spring Film Series
Tuesdays in April – May 2016 – 7pm
First two films are at 7pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church- 11 Mile and Woodward, parking in rear off 11 Mile.
“Inside Assad’s Syria” is the most current film on Syria available. Correspondent Martin Smith goes inside Syria to report from government-controlled areas as war rages. With on-the-ground reporting and firsthand accounts from Syrians caught in the crisis, the film shines new light on the ongoing conflict. Facilitator will be Saeed A. Khan – Lecturer, Department of Classical & Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Wayne State University
“Disruption: Climate Change” ‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’ Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction. Facilitator will be Gloria Lowe, CEO-Founder of We Want Green, Too!
Moyers and Company, “The Fight – and the Right- To Vote” In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill speaks with Sherrilyn Iffill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine, about Texas’ harsh voter ID law and the troubling issue of voter suppression. This is happening in states all over the country. Our facilitator will bring us up to date and discuss what needs to be done this election cycle.
Last two films at new location– St. Matthew / St. Joseph Episcopal Church, 8859 Woodward, Detroit 48202 – South of Holcomb, guarded parking adjacent.
“The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” More than 40 years after the Black Panther Party was founded, the group and its leadership remain powerful and enduring images in our popular imagination. This will weave together the voices
of those who lived this story — police informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, those who remained loyal to the party, and those who left it. Facilitator will be Gloria House – Professor of Humanities and African American Studies and Director of the African and African American Studies Program University of Michigan-Dearborn.
This year, MCHR opened a poster contest to young people across the state of Michigan to help promote our #MCHRFreedomTour2016. We received a ton of great revolutionary art from talented local young artists!
MCHR is proud to announce the winners of the #MCHRFreedomTour2016 poster contest! The winners were awarded checks at our 36th Annual Dinner.
Thanks to everyone who entered our poster contest and helped make it a success! There were lots of great entries (I’m glad I wasn’t a judge).
NOTE: To purchase dinner tickets, program ads, or donate to be a sponsor of our Freedom Tour, please use our PayPal donate button on the left side of our Annual Dinner page. The button is labeled “Make a Donation” and is in the left sidebar of that page under the heading “DONATE”. Simply type a description of the item you are purchasing (eg: “Full page ad” or “table of 8, dinner and reception”) and enter the price and your credit card info. Thank you for helping support our 2016 Freedom Tour and advance the cause of justice locally and worldwide!
MCHR proudly extends an invitation to all for our 36th Annual Dinner on Sunday, April 3 at the gorgeous campus of Marygrove College in Detroit (8425 W. McNichols- east of Wyoming)! The reception starts at 4 pm and the dinner and program start at 5 pm.
This gathering represents a celebration of work throughout the year designed to implement the aims and objectives of this organization.
At this year’s Annual Dinner the keynote speaker is Vince Warren, the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Mr. Warren’s speech is entitled “Emergency Managers, Structural Racism, Economic Repression and the Fight for Democracy”.
The winners of our 2016 Freedom Tour Poster Contest will also be announced at the dinner and the entries will be proudly displayed.
At our Annual Dinner, we reflect on the social justice events that transpired in the last year and recognize and thank those social justice leaders who have made a difference as we work towards a peaceful world without poverty and committed to environmental stewardship. Our honorees this year are:
Lifetime Achievement Award- Dean Robb
Activist Organization Award- Rosa Parks Institute
Media Activist Award- Kate Levy
Human Rights Activist Award- Charity Hicks (Posthumously)
The focus of our dinner will be our upcoming 2016 Freedom Tour, a 10 day inspirational and educational journey with 25 high school students from across Michigan and 10 adult mentors. Our group leaves via bus on June 19 and returns home on June 29. We will be visiting historic sites from the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
MCHR needs YOUR help to get kids on the bus! Can your organization, house of worship, or neighborhood sponsor a young person on the trip?
Make a secure and easy payment using our PayPal right now and help pass the torch of justice to the next generation.
MCHR Freedom Tour Sponsorship Levels:
Champion of Justice: A pledge of $10,000 or more for which the sponsor will receive 2 tables of 8 at Annual Diner; 16 reception admissions; full-page, inside cover, color program ad., and prominent recognition at event and on website.
Beacon of Freedom: A pledge of $5,000 to $9,999 for which the sponsor will receive 2 tables of 8 at Annual Dinner; 16 reception admissions; full-page program ad; prominent recognition at event and on website.
Torch Bearer: A pledge of $3,000 to $4,999 for which the sponsor will receive a table of 8 at Annual Dinner; 8 reception admissions; full-page program ad; prominent recognition at event and on website.
Legacy Builder: A pledge of $1,500 to $2,999 for which the sponsor will receive a table of 8 at Annual Dinner; 8 reception admissions; half-page program ad.
Trail Blazer: A pledge of $250 to $1,499 for which the sponsor will receive 2 Annual Dinner tickets with 2 reception admissions; recognition in program book.
Securely and easily purchase tickets on our PayPal (using the Make a Donation button at the top left sidebar of the page):
If you require a vegetarian meal, please indicate so in the purchase notes.
Reception only: $60
Dinner only: $60
Dinner & Reception $100
Table of 8 for Dinner $450
Table of 8 for Dinner & Reception $650
Securely and easily purchase Annual Dinner program ads via our PayPal:
Full page (7½” w x 10” h) $400.00
Half page (7½“ w x 4⅞” h) $250.00
Quarter page (3⅝” w 4⅞” h or 7 ½ “ w x 2 ¾” h) $150.00
Business card (3⅝” w x 2⅜” h) $80.00
Include all support graphics, fonts and photos. Ads must be paid in full by March 14th to be included.
Digital files – Ads ONLY in: PDF, EPS, TIF, JPEG, Photoshop, Microsoft Word.
Please E-mail electronic ad files to email@example.com by March 14th.
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
2016 Freedom Tour Poster Contest
1. Basic Information
The contest is open to all Michigan residents aged 15-25.
No shared work or entries are allowed.
One poster per student.
Sunday, March 20, 2016 is the submission deadline. Entries must be postmarked by this date.
Address for Poster Submission
Entries must be submitted to:
MCHR Freedom Tour Poster Contest, 117 West 4th Street,
Suite 200, Royal Oak, Mich. 48067
Digital submissions are also acceptable and should be emailed to “firstname.lastname@example.org” with the subject line “Submission for MCHR poster contest”.
Back of Poster Must Include the Following Information (if submitting a digital file, this information should be included in the submission email):
-Student Address (home and e-mail)
-Student Phone Number and/or E-mail Address
A $1,000 first prize and a $500 second prize will be presented for the selected poster designs. The winners will be announced in early-mid April 2016 (date TBA).
2. Poster Requirements
Posters must have a theme or message representing civil rights and/or the civil rights movement, the history, places and monuments of the civil rights movement and/or the meaning and importance of the 2016 Freedom Tour. (See “What is the 2016 Freedom Tour?”) All subject matter must be in good taste.
There is no word limit, but submitted posters must include, at minimum, the following copy/words:
– “2016 Freedom Tour”
– “June 19-29, 2016”
– “Civil Rights”
– “Michigan Coalition for Human Rights”
A credit line on front of poster with student’s name will be allowed.
Poster must measure approximately 18”x 24.”
Poster presentations can be horizontal or vertical.
Poster must be mounted on matte board. (or foam core, etc.)
Digital submissions must also conform to these same size specifications.
Any mixed media suitable for print reproduction as a poster is allowed, including
All artwork must be camera-ready.
Posters must be two-dimensional.
All posters must be original art.
Digital submissions must be print-ready (proper resolution) and must also follow all of the above requirements.
All entries become the property of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. Except as used by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, all artists, including contest winners, will retain the rights to their work. Entry in the contest constitutes full permission to publish the name and photo of the winner and reproduce and sell copies of the poster without further compensation. The determination of eligibility of entries and any interpretation of these rules is at the sole discretion of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights and shall be final and binding upon all entrants.
By participating, the entrant agrees to abide by and be bound by these rules.
For additional information on poster contest, send e-mail to email@example.com.
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Additional Information on 2016 Freedom Tour and U.S. Civil Rights Movement
What is the 2016 Freedom Tour?
The 2016 Freedom Tour is a ten-day educational trip (June 19-29, 2016) for Michigan high school students to learn and experience the history of the U.S. civil rights movement. It will also enable students to become knowledgeable and deeply engaged with the civil rights movement and its rich history – and what it means for them, their peers, and their communities today.
The bus tour will take students from Michigan to the states where much of the country’s civil rights history was made, including Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
The 2016 Freedom Tour will visit multiple cities and sites, including:
*The King Center & Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
*Rosa Parks Center, Southern Poverty Law Center & Viola Liuzzo Memorial in Montgomery and Lowndes County, Alabama.
*Edmund Pettus Bridge & National Voting Rights Museum & Institute in Selma, Alabama.
*Tougaloo College & Medgar Evers House & Museum in Tougaloo and Jackson, Mississippi.
*National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
*Alex Haley Museum and Interpretive Center in Henning, Tennessee.
Media Coverage of 2013 Freedom Tour
*“Trip to Selma Connected Local Students to Civil Rights” from Detroit Free Press.
*“Michigan Youths Follow Freedom Riders’ Civil Rights Journey” from Toledo Blade.
*“Local Attorney Leads Local Teens on Freedom Tour of South” from Legal News.
Additional Information on U.S. Civil Rights Movement
*“The Abolitionists” online video from PBS’ American Experience
*“Freedom Summer” online video from PBS’ American Experience
*Civil Rights Movement at History.com/History Channel
*Honoring Detroit’s Revolutionary Civil Rights Fighter from Detroit Free Press
Detroit Public Schools: Teacher Sickouts, Deteriorating Buildings, Massive Debt, Rodents, E.A.A., Charter Schools, Overcrowding, No Heat, No Schoolbooks, No Computers
Undoing the Demos: DPS Emergency School Managers and the Privatizing City
Professor Tom Pedroni
Tuesday February 2nd @ 7pm
Responses following by:
William Weir – DPS Teacher
Aliya Moore – DPS Parent
St Matthew and St Joseph Episcopal Church
8850 Woodward Det 48202
Woodward near Holbrook. Adjacent secure parking.Click here for a printable flyer
MICHIGAN COALITION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
STATEMENT ON THE TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP)
(Info on the rally is below the statement)
The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) joins with 1,500 labor, environmental, faith, and family farm and consumer organizations across the U.S. in opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is not about “the U.S. writing the rules versus China doing so.” The TPP’s rules are all about 500 corporate trade advisers over the past 5 years secretly rewriting the rules of 40% of the world economy for the benefit of trans-national corporations. If approved by the U.S. Congress and the governments of the other 11 participating nations, the TPP will (among other things) –
1. Promote more U.S. job offshoring and further gut the U.S. manufacturing base. U.S. workers would be forced to compete with counterparts in Vietnam (paid less than 65 cents an hour), Malaysia (rampant human trafficking), and other low wage economies. The TPP’s labor standards – modeled on the failed “Labor Action Plan’ accompanying the 2011 Colombia FTA – are grossly inadequate to the task of protecting human rights abroad and jobs here at home.
The TPP contains no enforceable safeguards against currency manipulation. Thus, the often modest tariff cuts achieved under the pact for U.S. exporters could be easily wiped out overnight by countries’ willingness to devalue their currencies in order to gain an unfair trade advantage.
2. Ban “Buy American” and “Buy Local” procurement preferences in many types of government purchasing. Our tax dollars would be offshored rather than being invested at home.
3. Undermine the recently negotiated global climate treaty; the decision to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, and roll back the environmental standards enacted as part of past trade deals. The TPP’s “Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)” system would enable foreign investors to challenge bedrock environmental and public health laws, regulations and court decisions in international tribunals that circumvent domestic judicial systems.
4. Allow exporters to challenge border food safety inspection procedures, jeopardizing food safety. Vietnam and Malaysia, for example, export massive quantities of shrimp and other seafood to the United States, significant amounts of which are currently rejected as unsafe.
5. Delay the introduction of low cost generic medications, allow additional 20-year patents for new uses of drugs already under patent, expand monopoly patent protections for big drug firms – increasing health care prices and reducing access to medicine at home and abroad.
6. Weaken gay and women’s rights by allowing the country of Brunei to remain in the TPP, even after it announced that it would begin stoning to death gays and single mothers under new sharia-based laws.
7. Help banks unravel the new rules enacted to regulate Wall Street by prohibiting bans on risky financial products and “too big to fail” safeguards, while empowering foreign banks to “sue” the U.S. government over new financial regulations.
The TPP is just one of three global so-called “free trade” deals which threaten peoples across the globe (the other two: TTIP, TISA). The fate of the TPP will shape the outcome of the other two, all the more reason to ensure that we stop it. Our efforts in Michigan will contribute to the growing movement in opposition not only in the U.S. but in the other 11 nations included in the TPP.
The TPP elevates corporate prerogatives over human rights and democracy in an unprecedented scale, amounting to a corporate “coup-d’état.” We stand with United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, who describes the TPP as a “prescription for disaster” and vows to vote out any lawmaker who supports it.