Saturday, May 24, 2008

Dalai Lama wants to join the Green Party

Came across this at Green News and Opinion.

The Dalai Lama said this in Ann Arbor. Does that mean the Green Party of Michigan has a new member?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Why we must shut down the Detroit Waste Incinerator

Call or e-mail Detroit City Council members to STICK WITH THEIR RESOLUTION to support a new waste model for Detroit.

Ask Council members to

--Allocate money to begin a pilot curbside recycling program and other projects to ramp up RECYCLING and INVESTMENT IN NEW JOBS and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT related to resource recovery THIS YEAR;

--REJECT the Administration's current consideration of BUYING BACK the incinerator and extending contracts to keep the incinerator going for four more years. Why buy back the plant to buy time to plan for future recycling?

Council's budget deadline for offering amendments to the Mayor's proposed budget-which continues the status quo -is tomorrow, Friday,May 23.

Thanks for your help in getting a new waste plan for Detroit!

***Council members to contact first

***Council President Ken Cockrel, Jr., 224-4505

***Council President Pro-tem Monica Conyers, 224-4530

Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, 224-4535

***Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel, 224-1337

***Councilwoman Barbara-Rose Collins, 224-1298

***Councilman Kwame Kenyatta, 224-1198

***Councilwoman Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, 224-1645

Councilwoman Martha Reeves, 224-4510

Councilwoman Brenda Jones, 224-1245

Friday, May 16, 2008

McKinney brings Green Party race to Detroit

The Michigan Citizen covers Cynthia McKinney's visit to Detroit.

The Metro Times on the Truth Commission for Water Rights, the event that opened her appearances in the Detroit area.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Moratorium NOW Coalition to Stop Foreclosures Meeting the Saturday

Coalition Meeting
Saturday, May 17, 2 PM
Central United Methodist Church
23 E. Adams, Detroit
Update from the
Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions
phone: 313-319-0870

We can stop foreclosures in Michigan! But only a mass movement can do it – by winning passage of Senate Bill 1306 (a 2-year moratorium on foreclosures) introduced by Senator Hansen Clarke last week. You can be sure the bill will go nowhere unless every progressive group and individual gets out organizing – leading up to a huge occupation of people outside the Capitol. With hundreds of thousands of foreclosures in Michigan this is possible. The bankers have already denounced the bill. Will you take on these bankers with us?

Come to the Coalition Meeting
Saturday, May 17, 2 PM
at the Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams (at Woodward), Detroit

Statewide Office for the Moratorium NOW! is now open
The Moratorium NOW! Coalition now has a state-wide office. The Grand Opening was on Monday, May 12. It will serve as the nerve center for building the grassroots, mass movement that is needed to win the 2-year moratorium. We thank Rev. Rowe of the Central United Methodist Church and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization for making this happen.

Location: 4th floor of the Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams, Detroit

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 AM - 3 PM

Hours will certainly expand as the movement picks up steam.
We need organizing centers around the state
Every city, every town and every village in this state needs to be organized! Become an organizing center. It's not hard, and we will help you in any way that we can. Call 313-319-0870 today!

Already, the Moratorium NOW! coalition has an organizing center in Benton Harbor. If you live in or near Benton Harbor, please contact Pastor L. Andre Golliday, of the World Embassy Church, at 269-325-7816, to get involved in this very important campaign.

Email your elected state representatives
We have made it easy to do. Go to and click on the
JOIN the Email Campaign for a Moratorium NOW link.

Then call your own state senator and representative repeatedly, and insist that they support Sen. Clarke's bill calling for a 2-year moratorium on foreclosures. The phone numbers are available at the website.

"The Foreclosure Crisis: What Can We Do About It?"
Senator Hansen Clarke will be giving a speech "The Foreclosure Crisis: What Can We Do About It?", the Saturday, May 17, at 10 AM at the Royal Oak Community Center, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak.

Leaflets and Background info
Get leaflets and background material on the foreclosure crisis at the Moratorium NOW! website. We will post them as soon as they becomes available.

A Home is a Right!,
Mike Shane
Moratorium NOW! Coalition