Annual Fundraising Appeal
December 28, 2015
It is the end of the year and time to take stock of our work for the past 12 months. It is also a good time to ask you to make a contribution toward us continuing this critical work. We know that not everyone can be as active as others. But a donation can make sure that we are able to go forward on the many struggle fronts we are involved in. Here are just a few of the many issues we have played a role in this past year:
The struggle to free Michigan’s political prisoner, the Rev. Edward Pinkney: We have printed tens of thousands of informational pieces on this injustice, marched in many demonstrations raising his case, protested outside the Grand Rapids Court of Appeals demanding he get bond pending appeal, and organized the important Dec. 12th Emergency Conference to Save Rev. Pinkney.
The fight against property tax foreclosures: We led the campaign against tens of thousands of property tax foreclosures, winning three brief moratoriums (unprecedented in the history of Wayne County). This also resulted in greater flexibility for people to make arrangements to stay in their homes.
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. march and rally: We provided key support to the annual march and rally for the past 12 years and continue to do so for the upcoming Jan. 18, 2016 event which will feature a speaker from Ferguson, Missouri and Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney.
The fight against the pension theft, water shutoffs and foreclosures: We organized protests every time Jones Day, Duggan, Snyder and Judge Rhodes appeared in public. Mass pickets confronted them twice at the Detroit Institute of Arts and at Wayne State U.
Our office has been a center of education: Several groups use our office for their meetings and forums. Public events in the past year included programs honoring African American History Month, International Women’s Day and Mayday. A recent youth organized event addressed the U.S. war against Syria. Earlier in the year we hosted the Consul General of Venezuela.
Delegations to conferences and struggles: Our members have traveled around the state and the country to show solidarity with other groups and struggles, including delegations to the United National Anti-War Conference in New Jersey, the Left Forum in New York City, a Baltimore rally following the mass uprising against police violence, several trips to Boston, MA in support of United Steel Workers fighting for a contract and against frame-up charges, support rallies for Rev. Pinkney in Benton Harbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Marquette, the fight for clean water in Flint and marches in defense of police brutality victim Floyd Dent.
Your donations will allow us to print leaflets, posters, t-shirts and banners. They will help pay for our utilities and building maintenance.
Abayomi Azikiwe David Sole Debbie Johnson
Moratorium NOW! Coalition