MCHR Pledges Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

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!.

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


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

Note on Author:


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

wallisMeet Jim Wallis, Bestselling Author and Activist

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.