When Does Free Speech Become Hate Speech?

Nov. 13th, 2017

Last summer’s deadly violence during a white supremacist gathering in Virginia is a catalyst for a panel discussion this evening at Marygrove College. Organizers say it’s an effort to better understand the difference between hate speech and free speech. Julie Hurwitz is an attorney and board member of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights. She says some hate speech becomes fascist.

Click here to read more at wdet.org

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!

MCHR represented by board member Kim Redigan at recent events in solidarity with Muslims and incoming refugees

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:


Dear Friends,

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.

Here are links to the Oakland Press coverage Kim referenced, as well as coverage of the “One Nation, One Voice Against Bigotry and Hate Coalition” event.


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!

Introducing the 2016 Freedom Tour

Over twenty years ago, MCHR organized four historic Freedom Tours for metro-Detroit high school students. We are proud to announce that it is happening again!

We will be traveling from June 19 to June 29 2016 to visit historical sites in the civil rights struggle and meet with people who lived, made, and are still making, history.

The Freedom Tour will be an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the civil rights movement; to learn the history, to study and embody nonviolence, to build community and to engage the learning back here in Michigan.

It is the goal of MCHR to reach out to youth in the local community as we build up to this Tour. We will be hosting town hall meetings in the tri-counties- one in Detroit, one in Warren, and one in Pontiac- to engage youth with local activist artists. At these three events we will introduce the youth to the Freedom Tour and to MCHR. It is our ultimate goal to began to build a local grassroots youth movement in these communities, recruit youth to go on the Freedom Tour, and get input from youth to help steer the outcomes and aftermath of this Freedom Tour. More info on these three town hall events will be posted in the near future.

Our tentative itinerary for the 2016 Freedom Tour is as follows:

The first two days of the trip we will be in Georgia. Our bus will travel first to Atlanta for a one-day core study of Kingian nonviolence at the King Center. We will also visit the Welcome Center and the Historic Black College Education Center. The following day, we will visit MLK’s birth home and neighborhood, and the Ebenezer Church and bookstore.

The bus will then depart for Alabama. In Montgomery, we will visit the Rosa Parks Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center Wall of Tolerance, Dexter Ave. Church, the MLK Parsonage, and the Freedom Ride Museum.

The next day, we will visit Lowndes County, where we will go to the Liuzzo Memorial, the Interpretive Center, and the Freedom House Jail. That same day we will visit the Voting Rights Museum, the Park Memorial, and the Slavery Museum. We will go on a Neighborhood Walk and cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The tour will then visit the Interpretive Center.

The next day, we will arrive in Mississippi and visit Meridian and Philadelphia. We will also visit a Choctaw Native-American reservation. The following day we will depart for Jackson, where we will see Tougaloo College, the Arab Museum, and the Medgar Evers House.

Following that, we will depart for Tennessee where we will arrive in Memphis. In Memphis, we will see the Museum/Lorraine Hotel, the Mason Temple, and the Beale Street music area. We’ll spend the following two days in Henning, at Alex Haley’s birth home.

The following day, we will arrive home in Detroit.

Download student and mentor applications:

Download the 2016 Student Application.

Student applications are due on January 11 and can be mailed to MCHR (9200 Gratiot, Detroit, MI 48213).

Download the 2016 Mentor Application.

Mentor applications are due on December 30 and can also be mailed to MCHR.

If you have any questions, call 313-579-9071 or email 2016freedomtour@gmail.com.

Support the Trip

Support the trip by making a donation to MCHR. It will cost MCHR at least $1,500 per student and we are committed to making it affordable for all students who want to participate.

Can your church, school, or neighborhood association support one student on this trip? Sponsoring a youth is a great way to invest in that youth’s future, plant the seeds of peaceful revolution, and give back to your community.

Download the 2016 Freedom Tour sponsor form

You can write checks to MCHR, designating them to the Freedom Tour in the memo line, and mail them to 9200 Gratiot, Detroit MI, 48213 or call 313-579-9071 for more information.

You can also donate online, through MCHR’s Paypal! Just include Freedom Tour in the description.

We are so excited to embark on this life-changing journey with all of you!

Join us for the Detroit Projects- Oct 13-15

unnamedMCHR is co-hosting readings and discussions of 3 plays revolving around the recent history of Detroit with WSU and other organizations on October 13-15 at the Charles H. Wright Museum in the General Motors Theatre.



Paradise Blue sets the scene in 1949 in Detroit’s Paradise Valley, now Lafayette Park. Blue, an exceptional trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant club to rid himself of inner and outer conflicts from his past. The staged reading for Paradise Blue will take place on 7:00 p.m. at Tuesday, October 13. Join us at The Wright Museum!


unnamed(2)DETROIT ’67

During the explosion of the lively city of Motown as well as the civil rights movement, Detroit ’67 follows Chelle and Lank through familial and racial tensions that arise in their own backyard. The staged reading for Detroit ’67 will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14.

Join us at The Wright Museum!


Skeleton Crew follows four auto workers who stare insecurity in the face as Detroit falls into the 2008 recession. With the announcement of a shutdown by the end of the year, their jobs at the last exporting auto plant in the city are in jeopardy. The staged reading for Skeleton Crew will take place at 7:00 p.m. on
Thursday, October 15.

Join us at The Wright Museum!

Check out the list of panel discussion facilitators, including multiple MCHR board members, below:


MCHR to host Jorge Parra, Colombian leader of ASOTRECOL, Oct 4

Jorge Parra, the leader of ASOTRECOL (Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of GM Columbia), is returning to Detroit.

He and his fellow workers just completed 4 years of their encampment at the US embassy in Bogota, protesting GM’s criminal behavior towards its workers.

Kalamazoo College recently selected ASOTRECOL as one of ten finalists for its 2015 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership*. The winner, to be announced in Kalamazoo on Saturday, Oct 10, will receive $25,000.

MCHR proudly announces a welcoming reception on Sunday October, 4th from 1:00-3:00 pm at Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery (33 E Adams, Detroit- free parking off Woodward).

At our 2013 Annual Dinner,  Jorge Parra received the “International Labor Activist” award. He will report on the successes and challenges of the ex-GM workers’ 4-year encampment at the US Embassy.

HEAR about ASOTRECOL’s enduring struggle that is exposing the epidemic of fired, injured workers all over Colombia and the toothless “labor protections” of the US-Columbia FTA!

SEE 10 minute video documentary (Google: “injured GM workers of ASOTRECOL 2015”)

GIVE a one minute video about what ASOTRECOL has meant to you.

CELEBRATE their just stand for the rights of workers injured on the job

DONATE much needed funds to help sustain the ASOTRECOL encampment! Can’t attend? Please donate online at www.asotrecol.org.

MCHR reception 2.5Download the flyer

* The Kalamazoo College Global Prize awards $25,000 to an innovative and transformative social justice leadership project from around the world. The competition honors and uplifts grassroots work that challenges structural inequality and centers the voices of those most impacted by an injustice.