By Shea Howell
June 19, 2017
Shortly after the national elections, the organizers of the Allied Media Conference (AMC) in Detroit issued a statement “Get Ready Stay Ready.” They said, “We offer the AMC as a space for our movements to converge and explore how we can use media-based organizing to dig up the roots of systemic hatred and violence. We offer the AMC as a space to create art that detoxifies the soil of this culture, so we can grow without its centuries of poison.” After nearly two decades of patient building, the organizers recognized that they had created a unique and important space to help all of us think together about how we can most intentionally respond to this political crisis.
Victory for HOMRICH 9 Spurs Group to Continue Fight Against Water Shutoffs
Nearly three years of legal chaos results in dismissal of all charges
DETROIT- After almost three years of chaotic, rambling and ultimately failed prosecutorial legal proceedings, all charges against the Homrich 9 have been dismissed by the court because of the government’s dismal failure to comply with the constitutionally guaranteed right to a speedy trial. Members of the Homrich 9 and their counsel will declare victory at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.
All charges dismissed against the ‘Homrich 9’ Detroit water shutoff protestors
After nearly three years of dragged-out legal proceedings, all charges have been dropped against Detroit’s “Homrich 9” water rights activists.
Judge Ronald Giles of the 36th District Court dismissed the charges on June 14, finding the defendants’ constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated by “numerous unexplained and unjustified delays.”
“Three years of prosecution on a misdemeanor is unconscionable,” says Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann, one of the protestors. “The number of court appearances and the travel constraints of bond have been burdensome to many in the group.”
By Shea Howell
June 12, 2017
I saw my first young person in the neighborhood walking with her graduation cap on the way to church this week. It is a common sight in Detroit at this time of year. All over the city young people mark their graduation from high school or college by wearing caps and gowns as they go to community gatherings or just walking down the street with friends.
I don’t know if this happens in other cities, but here, graduation is a public affair, celebrated on street corners. As in other places there are family parties and balloons, church acknowledgments and lawn signs, but here graduations are about more than individual achievement. Although often they signify remarkable accomplishments by our young people in a city where nearly half of them have dropped out and many never complete what is needed to get a diploma. Still, there is a sense that wearing caps and gowns as you go about normal life is a way of acknowledging the long, hard struggle for education by people who risked their lives to learn to read. It is a tribute to ancestors and a hope toward the future.
From ‘Turtle Island to Palestine’: Black4Palestine Congratulates Palestinian Prisoners on Win
A Palestinian prisoners’ group welcomed the show of support, noting the long and powerful history of Black-Palestinian solidarity.
Shortly after Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ended their hunger strike with nearly 80 percent of their demands agreed to by the apartheid state, organizers from the U.S.-based solidarity group, Black4Palestine, sent a message of congratulations.
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We are a group of Black, African, Arab and Palestinian people here in the city of Detroit — on occupied territory in the United States,” they began in the video that featured a water rights activists, a former Black Panther, a formerly incarcerated community member and one man who fasted for 140 days to resist his eviction.