Tuesday, January 30, 2007

MECAWI Calls for Demonstration Outside the 'State of the State' Address in Michigan

For Immediate Release

Media Advisory
Monday, January 29, 2007

Event: Demonstrate at State of the State Address
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007
6:00 p.m. at the
State Capitol, Lansing

Contact: Michigan Emergency Committee
Against War & Injustice
Tel. (313) 680-5508
E-mail: info@mecawi.org
URL: http://www.mecawi.org


The Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI) is calling for a demonstration at the State Capitol steps during Governor Granholm’s State of the State address on February 6.

At a time when Michigan continues to lose jobs, when foreclosures here are the highest in the nation, when schools are closing, when hunger and homelessness have not been addressed – the Governor continues to mouth optimism without offering real solutions to the daily suffering of the people.

But Michigan’s constitution and laws require the Governor to use her power to declare a state of emergency for economic as well as natural disasters. Under these laws the Governor can stop foreclosures and evictions, end and reverse utility shut-offs and take other action as needed to ensure the health and safety of the people of Michigan. This has been done before and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court!

While we are fighting to get Congress to stop all funds to the Iraq war and use that money right here at home, we can and must demand that the Governor stop the economic disaster afflicting our state by using her emergency powers. We must demand that the Governor place a Moratorium on plant closings and lay-offs, school closings, foreclosures and evictions, utility shut-offs and more!

We urge all other peace and social justice groups around the state to join us at the State Capitol for the protest. For transportation from Detroit (leaving 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 6)-either car caravans or a bus – call 313-680-5508. Let us know if you plan to go.


Southeast Michigan Public Speak-Out to Tell Congress:
“Not a Penny More for the War!”

Saturday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church (2nd floor)
Woodward at East Adams, downtown Detroit

For more information on either activity, call (313) 680-5508 or visit http://www.mecawi.org

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