Friday, January 15, 2010

Details for the MLK Day Rally & March - Please come out!

2010 Detroit MLK Day Rally and March
for Jobs, Peace, and Economic Justice
Noon to 4:30 PM
Central United Methodist Church
Woodward and Adams, (near Comerica Park), Detroit
Volunteers: 313. 702 . 5558
Press: 313 .6 71 .3 715
In this email:
* Call for volunteers
* Donations of warm clothes
* Itinerary for Rally and March
* Event Description
* Parking

Volunteers are still needed for various tasks, including:
Sat, Jan. 16, 11 am
* Set up at Central United Methodist Church
MLK DAY, Mon., Jan. 18:
Show up at the Central United Methodist Church at 10:30 AM for an assignment.
* Greeters and ushers
* Clothing donations coordinators
* March marshals
* Wobbly Kitchen assistants for preparation refreshments after march
* Post event cleanup

In the spirit of Dr. King's call to service, please bring donations of warm winter wear items for the Homeless Outreach Program at Central United Methodist Church.

Monday, Jan. 18
11: 50 AM - Bobbi Thompson (Central United Methodist Church & Director, Deep River Choir)
NOON Rally:

Invocation & Welcome: Reverend Edwin Rowe, Pastor – Central United Methodist Church
Welcome: Detroit City Councilwoman, JoAnn Watson
Special Guest Speaker: Reverend Edward Pinkney, President, NAACP Benton Harbor, Black Autonomy Network of Community Organizers (BANCO)
“Spirit of Detroit” Awards Presentation: Sandra Hines - Recipients: Avalon Bakery & Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
Detroit Ludington Middle School Choir (Director: Ms. Renee Holman)
Peace & Justice Offering: Sandra Hines
Special Guest Speaker: Reverend Thomas Smith, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, G-20 Tent City Organizer; Pittsburg, PA
ROC (Restaurant Opportunities Center) Contingent and Announcement
U.S. Social Forum (USSF) Announcement: Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights
“I Still Have A Dream”: Original composition by Bill Meyers, accompanied by Al Chisholm & Audrey Northington with chorus performed by the Detroit Ludington Middle School Choir.
Freedom March Send-Off: Sandra Hines
2:30 – 4:30: Cultural Performances & refreshments (2nd Floor)
Black Ink Collective, poets
Invincible, Big A, Hip Hop artists
and more

About the 2010 Annual MLK Day Rally & March in downtown Detroit
This year will mark the seventh annual MLK Day Rally & March in downtown Detroit. The event will honor the peace and social justice legacy of the martyred civil rights leader who would have been 81 years old. The theme for 2010 is: "Join the Struggle for Jobs, Peace and Economic Justice" and will enjoy the participation of many activists from throughout the metropolitan area.
With the unemployment rates in Detroit at depression-era levels of 29-45 percent, depending upon how it is calculated, the current crisis requires the initiation of a new mass movement to demand a real jobs program to employ the 30-34 million people in the United States who are either unemployed or underemployed.
At the same time, the escalation of the war in Afghanistan and the continuing occupation of Iraq is draining the national treasury of over $700 billion annually. These resources should be utilized to create millions of jobs, health care for all, universal quality education and housing for residents of the country.
Participants in this year's MLK Day will be honored with the presence of keynote speaker Rev. Edward Pinkney of the NAACP in Benton Harbor. Rev. Pinkney, a recently released political prisoner in Michigan, who challenged racism in Berrien County and won his release through a State Appeals' Court decision, continues to advocate on behalf of the
poor and working people of the southwest region of Michigan.
In addition, Rev. Tom Smith of Pittsburgh will also address the rally and march on the struggle for jobs and economic justice in the present period. Rev. Smith, the pastor of Monumental Baptist Church and a leader in Pastors for Peace, was a key organizer of the demonstrations surrounding the G20 Summit held in Pittsburgh in September.
City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, a longtime supporter of MLK Day in Detroit, will welcome the participants. A poster contest involving Detroit area students is encouraging youth initiative and leadership.

Free parking is available in the parking lots north of the Central United Methodist Church, courtesy of the Church and Olympia Entertainment.
Thanks for your attention,
Detroit MLK Day Committee

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