Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University designates MCHR Board Member Kim Redigan as Community Peacemaker for 2016

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Congratulations are in order for MCHR board member and U of D Jesuit High School teacher, Kim Redigan! She has been designated Community Peacemaker for 2016 by the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State. Here is what U of D Jesuit, where Kim teaches, had to say about Kim’s steadfast commitment to community action and justice:

“Social Justice is ingrained in our school’s mission. Theology teacher and JustPeace moderator Mrs. Kim Redigan has done a fantastic job leading this area here at The High.

In recognition of her great work and leadership, The Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University has designated Kim Redigan as their Community Peacemaker for 2016, for her consistent stalwart work for peace and justice in their community, and particularly as related to issues of water rights.

Kim will be presented with the award along with two global peacemakers from Africa at Wayne State University on October 7th.

Congratulations Kim!”

Leave a comment below to congratulate Kim and/or thank her for her work!

Join MCHR and Peace Action MI for a screening of anti-drone film, “National Bird”

Join MCHR and Peace Action of MI for a screening of “National Bird” by Sonia Kennebeck on 9/29 at 7 pm at Cinema Detroit, 4126 THIRD STREET between Willis and Alexandrine Streets. Free off-street parking. Enter through glass doors under the glass awning. Download the flyer

Centering on drone warfare, National Bird follows three people who were in the U.S. Air Force and worked in various capacities regarding the targeting and killing of insurgents. All three have since regretted their experience, and have decided to go public about a murky and classified program.

The film finds nothing positive or effective about using drones, and it also slowly and persuasively builds its case as it describes the effects on the Americans who were in the program and the civilian Afghans who were mistakenly bombed. A powerful timely film.

Film is 92 min. Program starts at 7pm at Cinema Detroit. Discussion to follow the film.

End America’s Culture of Violence: A 2016 Freedom Tour youth’s statement on police brutality and violence

July 4, 1776, The United States of America declared its independence from the British Empire. Americans would come to celebrate this day as an ancestral symbol of freedom, as a metaphorical breaking of chains of which only a tyrannical oppressor held the key. Some Americans would not feel as lucky.

Snatched from their land, battered and enslaved, many blacks in America would argue that their chains have never been broken, just disguised. When the black man’s chains were taken from his ankles, a noose was thrown over his head. When the rope around his neck was cut, cuffs were wrapped around his wrists. When the cuffs were unlocked, he threw his arms up to rejoice, and felt bullets pierce his flesh.

Within two days of the Fourth of July this year, two black men were shot and killed by police. On July 5th, Alton Sterling was shot in his chest outside of a convenience store, and on July 6th, Philando Castile was shot multiple times in his arm during a routine traffic stop. Both situations were recorded and put on social media, where horrified people once again started the all too familiar conversation on police brutality, especially against black men in America.

Black Lives Matter is an organization dedicated to ending unfair treatment against black people, especially in the criminal justice system. Data shows that black men experience more incidences of police brutality and profiling than anyone else in the United States.

Black Lives Matter’s cause becomes especially prevalent in situations like these, when black men and women are left to wonder why a white man with a gun is so much less dangerous, less threatening, and easier to disarm than a black man with a gun.

Black men and women are left to wonder why a white man with a gun is exercising his rights, but a black man with a gun is a criminal.

Black men and women are left to wonder why a white man with a gun is left breathing, but a black man with a gun is left gasping for air, bleeding to death from a gunshot wound.

It has become more important than ever that people acknowledge the obvious flaws in the justice system as well as the existence of systematic oppression in America’s other institutions.

It is in the best interest of all that no more lives are senselessly lost due to violent retaliations. The shooting of officers in Dallas was an event that should have never occurred.

The goal should never be to end the lives of those oppressing you, but to come together and work toward ending the unfairness of the system and establishing proper punishment for officers who continue to exhibit unfair behavior.

It is the hope of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights that the citizens of America will properly come together to end our culture of violence, and create one of peace.

-Maiya Felan

Michigan Coalition for Human Rights

Age 16

Salem High School

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In June of this year, Maiya participated in the 2016 Freedom Tour sponsored by the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. The 10-day trip took 25 high schools students and mentors to the Deep South to experience first-hand the history of the civil rights movement with stops at multiple museums, monuments and landmarks.

Meet Jim Wallis, Bestselling Author and Activist

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Sunday, September 11th at 4 pm

Gesu Church- 17180 Oak Drive at McNichols, Detroit

Parking: ATTENTION PARKING MIGHT BE LIMITED AROUND GESU CHURCH- ADDITIONAL PARKING AVAILABLE AT UDM CAPMUS off McNichols (south side) east of Livernois, across from Gesu School. Church is just across McNichols, behind school.

Cosponsors: Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, Gesu Peace and Justice, Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, Macomb Interfaith Center for Racial Justice, NAACP, IHM Sisters, Swords Into Plowshares Gallery, Pax Christi MI, Peace Action of MI, Citizens for Peace, Presbytery of Detroit, St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Fellowship Chapel.

#MCHRFreedomTour2016 Sing-a-long Fundraiser: Songs of the Movement With Matt Watroba

Join us for a singalong fundraiser with Matt Watroba supporting the #MCHRFreedomTour2016 on Thursday, June 9th, 2016 at 7pm:

Swords Into Plowshares Gallery, 33 E. Adams Detroit, MI

Donation of $20 to help cover the cost of 2016 Freedom Tour

Light Refreshments Included

50/50 raffle to also support the Freedom Tour

Free parking in rear. Entrance through parking lot only.

Matt Watroba is first and foremost a community singer. He has the knack for picking the perfect songs and stories for the audience in front of him. In concert, at a festival, in a library, in a school, or in the park, you can count on a performance that will get you singing, make you laugh, and leave you feeling a little bit better about the world we live in.

Matt brings his Songs of the Movement event to support MCHR as we organize a Freedom Tour; a bus full of high school students who will walk in the footsteps of the Freedom Riders of the 1960’s. Come support the Tour and sing with Matt!

If you can’t attend the event, DONATE HERE 🙂

MCHR Annual Meeting- June 16

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.

“This Changes Everything” film screening at DIA- May 26

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.

2016 Spring Film Series

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.

April 12th
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

April 19th
“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!

May 3rd
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.

April 26th
“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.

 

2016 Freedom Tour Poster Contest Results are in!

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!

A panel of local artists, activists, and journalists judged the young revolutionary posters

 

MCHR is proud to announce the winners of the #MCHRFreedomTour2016 poster contest! The winners were awarded checks at our 36th Annual Dinner.

1st Place: Gregory Rochon Age 16 Eastpointe, MI $1000 winner

1st Place:
Gregory Rochon
Age 16
Eastpointe, MI
$1000 winner

2nd Place Theresa Zettner Age 24 Detroit, MI $500 winner

2nd Place:
Theresa Zettner
Age 24
Detroit, MI
$500 winner

3rd Place: Victoria Bayagich Age 22 Detroit, MI

3rd Place:
Victoria Bayagich
Age 22
Detroit, MI
$100 winner

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).