Thanks to everyone who came out to our Founders’ Day Event!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Thanks to all who came! Keep fighting!

Take on Hate Vigil Set for noon, Nov. 26 in Royal Oak

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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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?

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

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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!

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:

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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.

Undoing the Demos: DPS Emergency School Managers and the Privatizing City

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

MCHR opposes the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

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.

 

FIGHT AGAINST THE TPP BY ATTENDING THIS UPCOMING RALLY, ENDORSED BY MCHR:

 TPP Feb 4 rally & vigil -2.0Printable version of the rally flyer

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:

Grace Alexander
248 358 5522
jb14621@yahoo.com

Kyle Martin
586-329-8014
kyle.martin719@gmail.com