The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights held its 39th annual dinner at Marygrove College on April 14, 2019.
U.S. House Rep. Rashida Tlaib was keynote speaker and she addressed numerous issues, including the many problems with our immigration system and ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement); progress of the House of Representatives oversight of the Trump Administration; and challenges regarding the leadership and future direction of the Democratic Party.
Commenting on the environment in the House of Representatives, Tlaib said she feels “more Palestinian in the halls of Congress than I do anywhere in the country — in the world.”
A record number of tickets were purchased for this year’s annual dinner, making it one of MCHR’s most successful fundraising initiatives ever.
New Report from Prison Policy Initiative Provides “Big Picture” Look at Incarceration in U.S. Criminal Justice System
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, the U.S. holds the dubious distinction of having the world’s highest rate of incarceration at 698 persons in jail of every 100,000 population.
Michigan has an incarceration rate of 641 per 100,000 persons. This ranks 30th among states.
A new report published by the Prison Policy Initiative, “Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie,” takes a detailed look at where and why people are locked-up in the U.S. and dispels some modern myths to focus attention on the real drivers of mass incarceration.
MCHR and the Autoworker Caravan recently commemorated the UAW Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937 with an information and entertainment event.
Additional topics included: 1) The recent GM announcement that five North American manufacturing plants have not been allocated any production and workers can expect to be laid-off or transferred to other GM facilities and: 2) the continuing fight of ASOTRECOL (association of GM Colombian workers injured on the job).
The event is available for viewing at YouTube:
Taking a Stand — An MCHR/Autoworker Caravan-Sponsored Event Commemorating the UAW Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937/2:07
Also, a guide to the event and video is available here.