Posted September 27th, 2020  |  News

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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MCHR Board Member Frank Hammer Fights for Sustainable and Community-Oriented Redevelopment of Michigan State Fairgrounds

Posted September 26th, 2020  |  News

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?”)


Human Rights Group Will Also Recognize Outstanding Detroit Area Human Rights Leaders and Activists

Posted September 17th, 2020  |  News

Rev. Liz Theoharis to Present Keynote Address at Michigan Coalition for Human Rights 40th Annual Dinner on October 4, 2020

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:

  • Lifetime Activist Award – To Gloria Rivera, who previously served as MCHR executive director, for her long history of commitment to social justice. Rivera has been involved with Groundwork for a Just World (which provides education on peace, environment, women’s issues and education) and Project Help (which provided older adults with minimum wage jobs). She was also executive director of Freedom House, providing comprehensive services for asylum-seekers.
  • Labor/Organization Activist Award – To United Auto Workers-General Motors and United Auto Workers-Aramark for their courageous 40-day strike during Fall 2019, the longest auto industry strike in four decades. The steadfastness of the of the strikers inspired support from Ford and Chrysler workers and sparked a reform movement within the UAW ranks committed to building a stronger grassroots labor movement.
  • Youth Activist Awards – To Shimekia Nichols and Michelle Martinez for their outstanding leadership and efforts in environmental justice, energy democracy and community activism. Nichols is currently communications coordinator at Soulardarity and Martinez is statewide coordinator for Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition.

Tickets are $25 and available here. For additional information on tickets and the MCHR 40th annual dinner, please contact Chantelle Yancy at 313-579-9071 or

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.


15 Civil Rights Groups and MCHR Board Member Julie Hurwitz Calling for Investigation Into Detroit Police Department Killing of Hakim Littleton

Posted August 19th, 2020  |  News

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.


John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights, Dies at 80

Posted July 18th, 2020  |  News

The New York Times paid fitting tribute to Rep. John Lewis in a front page obituary that reviews the highlights of his life as a civil rights crusader.

Click here to see the NYT obituary.