Join us on Tuesdays in April – May 2016 at 7pm for movie and discussion nights. The next film is on April 12th at St John's Episcopal Church (11 Mile and Woodward) “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- MCHR board member Dr. Saeed A. Khan – Lecturer, Department of Classical & Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Wayne State University
2016 Freedom Tour Poster Contest winners are in!
MCHR is proud to announce the winners of the #MCHRFreedomTour2016 poster contest! Check out our top 3 judged entries!
Help us get on the bus! We are bringing 25 young people and 10 adult mentors on our 2016 MCHR Freedom Tour and we need your help! Can you donate to the cause and help us promote the trip? Check out our CrowdRise campaign for how you can help and for updates on the trip and events leading up to it!
Flint residents file class action lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries and damages caused by lead-tainted water
MCHR Chair Cary McGehee and MCHR board member Julie Hurwitz are among the team of lawyers representing Flint residents in this new class action lawsuit against Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and additional government officials.
Systemic, existential threats to Black lives don’t just come from police violence
Check out this great article by Vince Warren, the keynote speaker at our recent Annual Dinner, detailing his involvement with the Flint water crisis and the fight against the racism baked into emergency management.
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
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.
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
2nd Place: Theresa Zettner Age 24 Detroit, MI $500 winner
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).
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”.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by March 14th.
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 “email@example.com” 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 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.
FIGHT AGAINST THE TPP BY ATTENDING THIS UPCOMING RALLY, ENDORSED BY MCHR:
Join Stop The TPP-Michigan in raising our voices against the toxic and oppressive trade deal, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership.) This deal, and others like it blatantly favor corporate rights over workers rights, indeed the sovereignty of nations and citizens alike. The impact such a trade deal would have if passed, would be disastrous for U.S. workers, the environment, and the people at large.
No more profits over people!!
February 4th marks the first day Pres. Obama can sign the TPP into law, per fast track legislation. But we still have a chance. We can still apply pressure. Especially before this goes to Congress. This campaign is just beginning, but our resistance is needed NOW.
We will meet for a rally behind the GM headquarters, at the GM Plaza Promenade at 4:00 p.m.
We’ll hear speakers talk about the TPP, and what it represents for the community, as well as on a larger scale. From there, we’ll march to the Transcending Labor’s Legacy monument at Hart Plaza, for a candle-lit vigil and community, as well as to announce coming actions and ways to resists corporate power grabs such as this. Our public action will coincide with similar rallies in 25 U.S. cities (and growing). And we’re just getting started!!!
Parking: Miller Garage @ 400 Renaissance Dr W, & Ford Underground Parking @ 30 E. Jefferson
There are many ways that you can help – with an organizational endorsement, getting the word out and recruiting your friends and co-workers, bringing your own signs, etc. If you would like to speak or perform at the event, or have any further questions, please contact:
MCHR invites you to join us on Sunday, January 17th. 2016 at the Detroit Repertory Theatre:
1:00 p.m. Champagne Reception, 2:00 p.m. Curtain for
Uproariously funny, witty and very moving, Butler is written by the author of last season’s hit comedy, Buzz. Based on actual events that changed the lives of 10,000 slaves, Butler is set at the beginning of the Civil War and follows Major General Benjamin Butler, who has just been given command of Fort Monroe in Virginia. The inexperienced but shrewd Butler meets his match when an equally shrewd runaway slave enters the fort and asks for asylum.
Tickets are $20.
If you contribute $25 to our 2016 FREEDOM TOUR you will receive one free ticket.
$50 Gets two tickets
$100 Gets four tickets
Donate to the Freedom Tour online, through the MCHR Paypal, by clicking the “Make A Donation” button on the upper left side of this page. Be sure to include “2016 Freedom Tour” in the description. We will contact you to make sure you get your play tickets on time!
The Detroit Repertory Theatre is located at 13103 Woodrow Wilson in Detroit.
MCHR was proudly represented by board member Kim Redigan at Monday’s “One Nation, One Voice Against Bigotry and Hate Coalition”; a group of speakers from civil rights organizations, government officials, and religious communities that gathered to speak out against discrimination and xenophobia experienced by our Muslim neighbors and incoming refugees.
There was also a rally in Ferndale on Monday to show solidarity with our Muslim neighbors, incoming refugees, and to defend democracy against voices of hate.
Kim wrote a short letter stating her feelings about both experiences:
I was honored to represent MCHR in Saeed’s stead yesterday at the Wright. It was a well-organized press conference that allowed me to stand with many in my own community (Dearborn Heights). Osama invited me to promote the Ferndale rally after those of us who were not primary speakers introduced ourselves and spoke a short word. Saeed, you were missed by many.
I should also mention that I represented MCHR at the ICA rally and conversation hosted by #dearbornstrong on Saturday. Before that meeting, I was engaged in a teacher-to-teacher talk inside the mosque when someone took this picture without our knowing it.
Finally, thanks for all the support in Ferndale yesterday and for bringing the MCHR banner. The hatred in response to the Oakland Press coverage offers a chilling slice of solidarity with what Muslims and immigrants are dealing with daily.
MCHR wants to hear from you! What can we do to stand in solidarity with our Muslim and Arab neighbors, incoming refugees, and all those who face hate everyday? Reach out to us on social media, call or email us, or leave a comment below!
Deflate the hate and stand against bigotry with Detroit Area Peace With Justice Network!
Monday, December 21, 4:15- 5:15 pm on the corner of 9 Mile and Woodward.
Bigotry is NOT an American ideal. Let’s stand together as a community committed to unity and diversity. Bring your friends and family. Signs will be provided. This rally will coincide with the 13th anniversary of the 9 Mile and Woodward Peace Vigil.