University of Michigan FIGHT FOR $15 event on April 1

Join a new coalition in the FIGHT FOR $15: a Panel discussion and organizing meeting on raising the Minimum Wage.

When: Wednesday April 1, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Where: 512 Haven Hall, 505 South State Street , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Parking map: https://pts.umich.edu/maps/central_south.pdf (PDF)

FF15Learn about living wage campaigns around the country.
Take action with us on April 15th in solidarity with minimum wage struggles everywhere.

Speakers: GEO organizers, Detroit fast food workers, student workers, and community members

Breakout Sessions: share experiences and discuss organizing and campaign strategies for the 4/15 action.

Decisions: vote on the course of action for April 15th to coincide with the nation-wide struggle to raise the minimum wage.

Dinner will be served!

Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/670126539760570/

Protect workers and save local democracy in Michigan: Stop H.B. 4052

Sign the Washtenaw Community Action Team’s petition against Michigan’s House Bill 4052 by clicking the link below. If passed, this law may prohibit Michigan cities and towns from passing minimum wage laws, prevailing wage laws, and other progressive local laws:

https://www.coworker.org/petitions/protect-workers-and-save-local-democracy-in-michigan-stop-h-b-4052

November 20th: Global Action for Ayotzinapa – Ann Arbor and Detroit

As part of the Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa , today there will be a vigil in Ann Arbor to support the people of Mexico and their efforts to gain answers in the case of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa:

WHERE: Diag, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus, Ann Arbor MI
WHEN: Thursday November 20, 5:00 PM

For more about the disappeared students, check out this article . There is also an event in Detroit :

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Ann Arbor International Day of Peace – Sunday 9/21/14

Join the Washtenaw Community Action Team, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and other local organizations for the Ann Arbor International Day of Peace:

WHERE: Parking lot north of Ann Arbor Downtown Library, 343 S. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor
WHEN: Sunday 9/21/14, 9 AM – 11 PM
More Info: Facebook event

Gather with your peaceful friends, family and neighbors in Library Lane as Ann Arbor joins thousands of communities around the world to discuss, envision and celebrate peace. Featuring live music, dancing, art, food and more. **Interested in performing/volunteering? Contact: a2ybeat@gmail.com**

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples, and for “creating a culture of peace and non-violence for the children of the world.”

Join us for a full day of peaceful, inspiring events including spoken word, live music, peace workshops, a free speech soap box, the Megiddo Peace Table, food carts and much more. Details for these and other events to be posted as they are confirmed. **Please invite friends, family and neighbors!**

Music and Spoken Words to Turn the Heart
Confirmed acts include:
Detroit Music Awards winner, Grammy Award Nominee and original Woodstock alum Muruga Booker and the Cosmic Hoedown Band.

Paul and Claire Tinkerhess.

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This very special event is made possible with the cooperation and support of: the Ann Arbor City Council, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, the Megiddo Peace Project, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Gray Panthers of Washtenaw, Jerusalem Garden, Downtown Home and Garden and the Center for Independent Living.

**Interested in performing, donating or volunteering your time for set-up, clean-up, etc…? Please contact: a2ybeat@gmail.com**“

WCAT Statement on Detroit Water Blockade

The Washtenaw Community Action Team (WCAT), a broad coalition of organized labor, faith and community groups, supports the people of Detroit in their pursuit of  affordable drinking water and sanitation in accord with the U.N.’s International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, a covenant issued in 1977, during the administration of President Carter.  In WCAT’s view, the water cut-offs in the City of Detroit unfortunately reflect the deep racial divides and intractable economic and social inequality within the United States.

The burden of paying for city services has unfairly fallen onto the residents who have stayed within this economically depressed city, most of whom are African-American. These residents have seen water rates rise by 119 per cent within the last decade. With official, understated unemployment rates at a record high and the official, understated poverty rate at about 40 percent, Detroit water bills are not affordable to a significant portion of the population.

WCAT supports the basic human right of access to clean drinking water for all our neighbors.  We view the present water shut-offs by the City of Detroit as a violation of a basic human rights.

Follow-Up Meeting and Background on AAPS Custodians

Join labor and community members for a follow-up meeting to strategize next steps in fighting for Ann Arbor Public Schools custodians:

Monday, June 30th, 8:00 PM
LEO/GEO Office, 339 E. Liberty, Suite #340, Ann Arbor

Here are two documents that provide some background. The first letter outlines the process that has been followed up to now, including what has happened since the Wednesday press conference. The second document contains the current worker co-op proposal.

Letter Re AFSCME Proposal (PDF, 435 KB)

AFSCME Coop Proposal (PDF, 7.8 MB)