The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights recently hosted its annual dinner in an online/Zoom format. Online attendees saw the presentation of MCHR’s annual award recognizing social justice leaders and a keynote address from Rev. Liz Theoharis, co-chair of the Poor People’s campaign.
In case you missed the event, a recorded version of the dinner proceedings and the annual dinner program are available.
To view Zoom recording of MCHR’s 40th annual dinner, click on link below:
To view the program for MCHR’s 40th annual dinner, please click here.
Gilda Z. Jacobs, President & CEO
Michigan League for Public Policy
Zoom Presentation: Open to the Public – Invite Friends and Family
Saturday, October 17, 2020
10 a.m. to Noon
(part of Gray Panthers public meeting)
Click HERE to Join the Meeting; or call 1-646-558-8656, ID: 811 7988 9305
CO-SPONSORS: Southeast Michigan Green Parties; United Church of Christ – DMA; Peace Action of Michigan; Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; SE Michigan Jobs with Justice; Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, Southeast Michigan; Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network.
Gray Panthers Metro Detroit is an intergenerational social justice organization with members in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For more information, call Randy at 248-224-5572 (cell).
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Long-time MCHR board member Frank Hammer and his wife, Karen, have lived across the street from the former Michigan State Fairgrounds for 40 years. Since the final Michigan State Fair held there in 2009, the Hammers have been leading a group of Detroit activists in promoting a sustainable and community oriented re-development of the site.
Detour Detroit recently published an article on the events leading up to the controversial deal the City of Detroit made with commercial real estate interests to redevelop the site, which will include a $400 million, 300,000 sq. ft. Amazon distribution facility as its centerpiece. The coverage also examines the dedicated advocacy and activism of Frank and Karen, as they continue to fight for a redevelopment plan that considers the needs of the community.
Click here to read the Detour Detroit coverage (“Detroiters Spent Years Imagining the State Fairground’s Future. Why Didn’t the City Listen?”)
Rev. Liz Theoharis, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, will present the keynote address at the 40th annual meeting of the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) which will be conducted virtually at 5 p.m. on October 4, 2020. MCHR will also recognize area human rights leaders for their works towards a peaceful world without poverty, prejudice, hate and commitment to environmental stewardship during the event.
Theoharis, an ordained Presbyterian minister, is also the director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminar in New York City. She has been an activist and advocate for poor and homeless people for more than 20 years. In addition, Theoharis is the author of two books, “Always With Us? What Jesus Really Said About the Poor” and “Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing.”
As part of the event, MCHR will also honor these local human rights leaders and activists with awards for their strong commitment and outstanding service to the community:
About Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights promotes awareness of, commitment to and advocacy for human rights and the environmental rights of planet Earth through education, community organization and action. MCHR opposes forces that suppress human dignity, freedom and justice – locally and around the world.
The Coalition for Police Transparency and Accountability, which includes 15 civil and human rights groups, is asking the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the killing of city resident Hakim Littleton by the Detroit Police in an incident which occurred on July 10, 2020.
Julie Hurwitz, an MCHR board member and part of the Coalition, was quoted in a Detroit News report on the request for an investigation of the shooting.
“The number of shots that were fired after (Littleton) was on the ground raises serious questions about what (police) were doing,” said Hurwitz, who is part of the group asking for an independent investigation. “The question is, should police have a license to execute someone, no matter what?”
Click here to read the Detroit News coverage.