Detroit Fightback

by on May 11, 2014

“It’s not one thing. It’s everything.”

Moratorium-mi & MECAWI are no longer associated with PeoplesPowerAssemblies. Below is archived of struggles when they were & which PeoplesPowerAssemblies supported.

See article : Dr. King’s Struggle Legacy & the Current Crises of the Cities:  …Attacks On Unions, Education And Pensions Require Mass Mobilizations Against Capitalist Restructuring.

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June 29, 2018: The 29th Annual Pastors for Peace Caravan. FB Event.


June 23, 2018:

Protest Criminal Separation of Families .

FB Event.

June 18: Nonviolent Moral Fusion Direct Action In Detroit. FB Event.

***Solidarity Saturdays:
Stop The Water Shut Offs
See FB Event for latest dates & actions.

BACKGROUND: The Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept shuts off service to customers who are $150 behind and/or 2 months late on their bill. Low income customers are eligible to sign up for payment plans to catch up on current and past due bills with a starting deposit of 10%. If they default, the deposit goes up to 30% then 50% — a losing formula if you’re already struggling to pay the lowest rate.

Let’s be honest, no one chooses to live without household water to drink, cook, bathe and flush the toilet. Most low income families can’t afford to keep up annual service rate increases and the growing cost of infrastructure repairs that are passed on to customers. What we need is a WATER AFFORDABILITY PROGRAM BASED ON INCOME so that poor families can pay 2-3% of their income instead of double digit percentages like now.

This type of program started last summer in Philadelphia and is a big success! Households with low income vulnerable populations like seniors, people with disabilities, chronically ill persons, low wage workers, kids and babies are more likely to contract water-borne illnesses and experience inadequate access to clean sanitation. Protecting the least among us by ensuring they have safe, clean, accessible and affordable water is a win-win solution for us all! These families can address their basic life-sustaining needs and we all experience safe public health and community well-being. As Michiganders, let’s make water a human right for all!

Detroit May Day 2018
May 1: 3:30pm;
-Rally & March;  
-Clark Park;

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Come to Detroit March 24, 2018
National Conference to Defeat Austerity / FB Event

Map out a strategy for defeating the war being waged by the banks, corporations & government against the workers & oppressed. Capitalism cannot continue unchallenged while our very lives are being jeopardized by the ruling elites who are determined to grow richer & more powerful at our expense, whipping up white supremacy, an anti-immigrant offensive attacks on women & anti-LGBTQ bigotry to keep our class divided.

***Jan 15, 2018 Detroit MLK Day Rally and March.  FB Event.


**Jan 20J20 Rally and March – Fight Trump and the Capitalist System he Represents. FB Event.

***Oct 26, 2017World Conference of Mayors: Real Detroiters Speak OUT!  FB Event. (actions all week)

The conference is designed to promote Detroit as a model for “urban revitalization.” Our Speak-Out will fully expose the role of the banks, multi-national corporations, the business media & political comprador elites in perpetuating the super-exploitation of the people of Detroit.  The “rebirth” has meant that public revenues generated through the process of taxation are being funneled to the capitalist corporations.  Real rebirth in Detroit would focus on:  rehabilitation of neighborhoods; guaranteeing of jobs, housing, water services, &  heating; & quality education for all. The banks who are responsible contributed for the destruction of our neighborhoods must be held accountable through criminal prosecution & the payment of reparations.

**Tues, Sept 5, 2017: Stop the Auction of Occupied Homes. FB Event.
SAVE DETROIT HOMES – REMOVE ALL OCCUPIED HOMES FROM THE TAX FORECLOSURE AUCTION THIS FALL.  Use the City’s or County’s “Right to First Refusal” in Combination with the Hardest Hit Funds to Save Occupied Homes. Also see.

**June 28, 2017: Moratorium NOW! Coalition Day of Protest on the Housing Crisis. FB Event.

***URGENT: June 17, 2017Rally to Condemn Brutal Racist Attack at Eastern Market / FB Event

Michigan Peoples Defense Network
Urgent Solidarity needed for all under attack but especially immigrant workers right now

Workers, documented & undocumented, unite! Racist mass deportations have already begun in Detroit & throughout the country. Immigrants are being scapegoated & targeted by the Trump Administration & their reactionary supporters in order to divide the working class & distract us from identifying the real threat & our common enemy: Hate groups, U.S. imperialism, & the bosses. Join our efforts!

Join Us: May Day 2017/

FB Event


March 24, 2017Red, Black and Queer slideshow, presentation & discussion: FB Event.

March 4, 2017: Counter-Demonstration against “March 4 Trump” FB Event.

March 2, 2017: Protest Bankers’ & Corporations’ Continued Looting of Detroit. FB Event.



Detroit Solidarity with Standing Rock

Th Nov 24: FB Event

-Fri Nov 4, 2016:  

FB Event


Oct 4, 2016Detroit in Solidarity with #Charlotte Uprising!

**Oppose TrumpMon, Aug 8, 10:30 am / Cobo Center, Detroit / More info / FB

Numerous groups, including various unions, have called for a demonstration against Trump when he speaks to members of the Detroit Economic Club at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The Detroit Economic Club is an organization of corporate & banking “leaders”, as well as their agents & apologists. Join with others on Monday to oppose Trump & his racism, Islamophobia, misogyny, white supremacy, immigrant bashing, & general hatred of a united multinational & multiracial working class.


Goto FB & check out video of the militant demonstration through downtown Detroit on Friday July 8, 2016. Organized & led by African American youth in opposition to the ongoing police murders of people across the United States. These actions coincide with hundreds of similar protests which have brought to the fore the terrorism perpetuated by law-enforcement agents which is backed up by the repressive governments and courts. Thousands later marched through downtown taking over the streets, business districts and blocking two expressways. [Video by Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire]


Demonstrate at Shareholders Meeting – Make GM Pay! 

June 7, 2016: 9 AM / Ren Cen (GM Headquarters), Jefferson Ave., Detroit



-Occupy the PGA

Support Rev. Pinkney and the People of Benton Harbor

Saturday, May 28, Benton Harbor, Michigan

Bus departs Detroit 7:00 am sharp

Demonstration starts at 11 am at Benton Harbor City Hall, 200 East Wall St., Benton Harbor, MI

DEMONSTRATION / Wednesday, May 18, 1:00 pm / Detroit Water & Sewerage Department Board Meeting
-Demand an Immediate Moratorium on All Tax Foreclosures and Water Shutoffs!
-Demand NO Dumping of Poisonous Fracking Waste into Detroit’s Sewer System and Neighborhoods! FB Event.

**Plan Now: Detroit May Day Rally:  FB Event



***Flint: Get the lead out! (background, facts & actions); Protest Feb 10, 2016: Demand GM pay Flint $4 billion! FB Event.




13th Annual MLK Day Rally & March FB Event

Mon, Jan 18, 2016 – 12 – 5pm;

Central United Methodist Church, Woodward Ave. at East Adams, Downtown

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Emergency Conference to Save Rev. Pinkney

Saturday – December 12, 2015 – Noon to 5 P.M.
St. Matthew-St. Joseph Episcopal Church – 8850 Woodward Ave. (at King St.) DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Michigan political prisoner, the Reverend Edward Pinkney, fears for his life. With phone access denied, he is isolated in the far north Marquette Branch Prison, 500 miles from his wife, attorney and more FB Event…..


Wed, Dec 9, 2015: 5pm: Detroit Demonstration Against the Bank-led Looters of the City. See FB Event for details.

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Oct 13, 2015 – Detroit Demonstration Against the Jones Day Looters: As They Wine and Dine at the DIA – FB Event
The Jones Day law firm which took $53 million from the people of Detroit to manipulate the phony “bankruptcy” will be hosting judges, lawyers, bankers and billionaires at a gala event.

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Thousands of Detroiters and other Wayne County residents will be evicted from their homes in the next month, as the Wayne County Treasurer auctions their homes to investors following tax foreclosure. The first auction begins September 11 and goes until September 17.

This disaster is entirely avoidable! The State of Michigan is sitting on $200 million in federal Helping Hardest Hit Funds that can be used to pay delinquent property tax bills for occupied homes. But instead of using these funds for their stated purpose, to keep families in their homes, the State and Federal governments are using these funds to tear down homes and turning them over to the “blight taskforce” led by Dan Gilbert.

**Aug 29, 2015 – 2pm:  Stop the War on Detroit: People’s Assembly and Speakout; Grand Circus Park(Woodward Ave. at E. Adams St.) “It’s not one thing…It’s everything!”


Wed, July 15, 2015: Stand with Greek Workers:

NO TO AUSTERITY AND ECONOMIC TERRORISM – Detroit is the epicenter for austerity and the war by finance capital against the working class in the US. The workers of Detroit stand with the people of Greece in saying NO to austerity, NO to pension cuts, and NO to privatization. CANCEL THE ILLEGAL DEBT. MAKE THE BANKS PAY. FB Event.

July 3 – 10, 2015: Detroit to Flint Water Justice Journey. Info.

Referendum Campaign: Our Water, Our Vote! Info.

Blow the Great Lakes Water Authority Out of the Water! Let the People Vote!



Friday, June 26, 2015: 4:30pm; The Charleston Massacre demands a fightback against racism: Grand Circus Park Historic District. FB Event.


Unite the Fight Against Tax Foreclosures & Water Shutoffs! FB Event.   Wednesday, June 17, at 7 pm,

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Michigan & Trumball). Meet to review  June 8 demo at the county treasurer’s office AND to plan the next steps in building a movement & fightback against all those behind the wide-ranging assaults targeting Detroiters (water shutoffs, tax foreclosures, destruction of schools, police brutality, …).


LGBT Pride & the Black Lives Matter Revolution

Analysis, discussion, action planning
**Sat, June 13, 2015; 5 pm; FB Event
5920 Second avenue, Detroit, Michigan 1 block North of WSU


Take Back Our City! Stop Tax Foreclosures!

-Monday, June 8, 2015; 12 noon; 400 Monroe St, Detroit

Facebook Event

-Its Not One Thing. Its Everything. Detroit is in a state of emergency. This emergency was created and intended. This crisis has been orchestrated by Wallstreet bankers and billionaires.

On June 8 WE stand together in the street to say NO MORE. NO business as usual. This is a moment in time where we can stand together and protect our neighborhoods and communities OR NOT. WE will loose them all to the Detroit Future City created by billionaires who have already started stealing the land, if WE dont.

Thousands of occupied homes face tax foreclosure and eviction on June 8th. Neighborhoods already devastated by years of predatory lending by banks will be eliminated.

June will launch a summer of resistance to stop foreclosures and water shut offs, and defend the people of Detroit against the bankers and developers and the politicians who represent their interests.

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Wed, May 27, 2015: 7-8pm; Unite the Fight against Tax Foreclosures & Water Shutoffs!

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1950 Thrumbull, Detroit. FB Event.


Tues, May 12, 2015: 12pm. Wayne County Treasurer’s Office, 400 Monroe, Detroit: FB Event.
Extend tax foreclosure deadline; moratorium on foreclosures!

Community Groups, including the Moratorium Now Coalition, ACLU, Russell Woods-Sullivan Area Association, and many more will be holding a press conference and rally to demand that the Wayne County Treasurer extend the May 12 deadline for putting properties into tax foreclosure, and instead implement a moratorium on occupied homes to avert the emergency facing our community.

According to Wayne County Assistant Treasurer David Szymanski, 31,000 properties are scheduled to go into tax foreclosure as of May 12, with at least 9,000 occupied properties. This does not include the up to 18,000 properties being foreclosed on through the “reverter” program. See FB Event for complete details.


May Day 2015: 

Friday, May 1; 11:30 – 6 pm.

Grand Circus Park Historic District;

See FB Event; For more information / Para más información: 313-680-5508
-GATHER / JUNTA: 11:30 AM at Grand Circus Park (Woodward Ave. and W. Adams)
-MARCH / MARCHA: 12 Noon through downtown Detroit
-CARAVAN / CARAVANA: 2 PM, Grand Circus Park to Clark Park (W. Vernor Ave. and Clark St)

Demand the State of Michigan release $ 251 Million of federal “Helping Hardest Hit” funds to stop tax foreclosures.
Demonstrate Thurs., April 16, 12 noon; State of Michigan Bldg, Cadillac Place, Detroit (West Grand Blvd. between Cass & 2nd). FB Event. Article/specifics.


Emergency People’s Assembly: Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures & evictions

Saturday, March 14, 2015; 1 – 4pm; Christ Church. 
For details; Also-Facebook event


We will be planning direct action to save our communities! Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures and evictions. This is a State of Emergency! Under Michigan law, the Mayor, County Executive and Treasurer, and especially the Governor, have the authority to stop all foreclosures and water shut-offs to stop this disaster from taking place.

62,000 homes are scheduled for tax foreclosure on March 31, 2015. 37,000 are occupied homes.

In the meantime, Lansing is sitting on $220 Million of Hardest Hit Homeowners funds, enough to pay all the delinquent property tax bills of occupied homes, stop the foreclosures, and provide funds to restore county and city services.

Instead these funds are being given to Dan Gilbert to tear down homes, while the banks are completely left off the hook for the destruction they caused.

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Detroit: Sat, Mar 7: 2nd Annual Women’s Speakout for Liberation & Justice
-5 pm. 5920 Second Ave, Detroit
-See Facebook Event. (Click picture above or HERE for awesome & very clear sequence.)


February 2015


-Demonstrate at Mayor Duggan’s State of the City Address

-Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00pm: See FB Event


Redford Theater, 17360 Lahser, Detroit, MI 48219

Declare a People’s State of Emergency in Detroit!

With almost 30,000 water shutoffs in 2014 and a 62,000 tax foreclosures looming in March 2015, and no end to chronic high unemployment and growing poverty, tell
Mayor Duggan:
“We’ve had enough!”
* Stop Foreclosures!
* Stop Water Shutoffs Now!
* Get Veolia corporation out of the Detroit Water and
Sewerage Department
* Restore retiree pensions and health benefits


January 2015

12th Annual Detroit MLK Day Rally & March, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Central United Methodist Church, Woodward at Adams, Detroit at Grand Circus Park
Noon Rally at Church, 1:30 March Thru Downtown
Sponsor: Detroit MLK Committee. FB Event.

After the march meet at 5920 Second Ave. for potluck/discussion.

-December 2014

Detroit March Against Racism & Capitalism!

Combat Racism, Poverty, and War

Detroit March Against Capitalism!

Friday, December 12 @3:00pm, Spirit of Detroit statue (Woodward and Jefferson)

After the march meet at 5920 Second Ave. for potluck/discussion

-Oct 27: Support Rev. Edward Pinkney

Rev. Edward Pinkney’s trial starts on Monday, Oct. 27, 8:30 am.

-Sept. 2, 8:30 am: Detroit bankruptcy trial begins – take the streets at the Federal Courthouse (231 W. Lafayette)
Join the protest against theft of our pensions and the water shutoffs. Picket line and speakout all morning.
More. Watch video.

by Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association

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**Due to the start of the trial in bankruptcy court on the feasibility of the Plan of Adjustment, Freedom Fridays have been suspended. Check for updates.

Join Detroit Freedom Fridays

Are you sick of being kicked around by bankers, corporate bosses, their politicians and judges?

Click for details.


Detroit Pension Protest

Build Freedom Fridays 4:00 pm

Inspired by the Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina where the people are resisting right-wing attacks on voting rights and women’s reproductive rights, and cuts to social services.

Take action every Friday against the attacks on our democratic rights and city services, the plans to steal city assets, the plot to rob city workers’ pensions and benefits and the massive privatization and union busting. We want this to become a weekly event for all groups and individuals who want to fight back!

Stop water shutoffs! Fight the privatization of our water & sewage systems!!


Weekly Freedom Fridays are endorsed by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition, National Action Network-Detroit Chapter, Detroit Eviction Defense, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, We the People of Detroit, and Food Justice PMA. See Moratorium-Mi.

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