Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice

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The Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI)

Feb 2007 Meeting

On Feb. 17, 2007, Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, chaire a meeting sponsored by the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice which was held at the Central United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit. The meeting was called to demand the withdrawal of funds for the occupation of Iraq. The event was also addressed by US Congressman John Conyers, JoAnn Watson of the Detroit City Council and State Senator Martha G. Scott. Also attending the meeting was Patricia Lay Dorsey.[1]

Endorsed SB 1306

In 2008, the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice had endorsed State Senator Hansen Clarke's Senate Bill 1306, "which would stop all mortgage foreclosures and evictions for two years." The bill is being supported by the Workers World Party-front, Moratorium NOW!.[2]

Moratorium NOW!

On Sept. 17, 2008, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions sponsored a rally at the Michigan State Capitol, demanding the State Legislature enact SB 1306, a two-year foreclosure moratorium bill. Represented at the rally was UNITE HERE, Change to Win, United Auto Workers, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Teachers, Green Party of Michigan, Detroit Greens, the Cynthia McKinney presidential campaign, Students for a Democratic Society, National Lawyers Guild, Workers World Party, Food Not Bombs, Critical Moment, Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, Michigan Welfare Rights, Call ’Em Out, Latinos Unidos of Michigan, Grand Rapids Latino Community Coalition, Joint Religious Organizing Network for Action and Hope, Adrian Dominican Sisters & Associates for Peace. The following led or spoke at the rally: Sandra Hines and Abayomi Azikiwe of the Moratorium NOW!; Kris Hamel; Reverend Ed Rowe, Central United Methodist Church; State Representatives Gabe Leland, Shanelle Jackson, Bettie Cook Scott and Steve Tobocman; State Sen. Martha G. Scott; Rubie Curl-Pinkins and her daughter Nikki Curl; Jerry Goldberg, people’s attorney and coalition leader; Juan Daniel Castro, Grand Rapids Latino Community Coalition; Linette Crosby; Larry Holmes, a leader of the Troops Out Now Coalition; Robert Pratt of UNITE HERE; and Rosendo Delgado of Latinos Unidos of Michigan.[3]

Moratorium NOW! is affiliated with the Bail Out the People Movement and is controlled by the Workers World Party. The organization's office is located at the Central United Methodist Church and holds meetings there.[4][5]

Solidarity with the Egyptian people

On Feb. 5, 2011, the Detroit Socialist Party, the Organization for a Free Society and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice endorsed a rally and march in solidarity with the Egyptian people. The rally took place at Dearborn City Hall, on the corner of Michigan Ave. & Schaefer. The rally had three main purposes:[6]

  • Stand in solidarity with the popular uprisings in Egypt calling for an end to the 30-year rule of the US backed dictator, President Hosni Mubarak.
  • Call for an end to US military aid to Egypt and Israel, and end the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Call for an end to FBI repression against peace and justice activists!

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