Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Detroit City Council Grants Permit to Hold People's Summit in Grand Circus Park, June 14-17

For Immediate Release

Media Advisory

Contact: Moratorium Now! Coalition/People's Summit
5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313.887.4344, 680.5508, 671.3715
E-mail: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org
URL: http://www.peoplesummit.org
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB7fshPvt9M

People's Summit & Tent City
June 14-17, 2009
Grand Circus Park, Detroit, Michigan

Detroit City Council Grants Permit for the People's Summit in Grand Circus Park, June 14-17, 2009

The Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions--along with the People's Summit--enthusiastically welcomes the passage of a resolution by the Detroit City Council on May 5 granting a permit for holding the planned gathering in Grand Circus Park next month.

Moratorium Now! petitioned the City Council in February to establish a tent city in downtown at Grand Circus Park. We are calling upon labor, community, youth, cultural, human rights, immigrant rights, women's rights, environmental and all other people's organizations and movements to join us in this endeavor that will strengthen the struggle to win against the corporations, banks and the war machine.

On June 15-17, 2009, the National Business Summit, sponsored by the Detroit Economic Club, will take place at the Renaissance Center, General Motors Corporate Headquarters. Millionaire capitalists like the heads of Conoco-Phillips, Dow Chemical, General Motors, Chrysler, Humana Inc., Ascension Health, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, BNSF Railway Co., and PVS Chemicals, and well as the presidents of the National Council on Competitiveness and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will gather at this summit. President Barack Obama and cabinet members have been invited.

These wealthy businesspeople will put their greedy heads together to discuss “innovation and policy ideas in technol­ogy, energy, environment and manufactur­ing.” In other words, they will be strategizing on how to further increase their profits at the expense of the ever-shrinking middle class, the vast working class and the growing millions living in utter poverty.

The National Business Summit will be held in a city with record-high unemployment and poverty rates, lay-offs, budget cuts, school closings, utility cost hikes and shut-offs and massive home foreclosures. With a registration fee of $1,495, it is unlikely that any victims of foreclosures and evictions, let alone laid-off workers, will be able to attend the National Business Summit. No one at this event will be speaking in the interests of those most affected by the economic collapse.

The People’s Summit will be a dynamic event. During the People’s Summit, organizers will implement a moratorium on foreclosure evictions by going into the neighborhoods and supporting homeowners who are willing to confront the bailiffs. If there is a strike, demonstration or sit in, the People’s Summit will join it. The People’s Summit will confront the big-business CEOs and politicians gathering next door. Join us!


Bailout the people!
Jobs, healthcare, housing and education for all
Moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs – housing is a right
Stop budget cuts and restore social services funding
Stop tuition hikes and school closings
Moratorium on layoffs, plant closings, pension thefts and union busting – A job at a living wage is a right
End racism, sexism and anti-LGBT attacks
Stop attacks on immigrants
Full rights for disabled people
Bailout youth and students
No more police brutality
Jobs not Jails - For prisoners and ex-prisoners' rights
Save the natural environment and stop global warming
U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan
Money for jobs and human needs, not war
Initiated by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions
Email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org
5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone 313-680-5508
Call today to endorse, volunteer, reserve your tent space and/or make a donation.
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
Bail Out the People Movement
United for a Fair Economy
Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality
Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions
Green Party of Michigan, Detroit Chapter
Jobs with Justice
John Conyers, Congressperson
Autoworker Caravan
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
among many others

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