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Report From the MECAWI Meeting
By Abayomi Azikiwe
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There was a meeting of the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) outside our offices at 5922 Second avenue on Wednesday evening. Perhaps the experiences at Camp Casey Detroit led to the decision to meet on the sidewalk in front of the building.
During tonight's meeting we evaluated both the Saturday rally for the "Bring Them Home Now" Tour as well as the Camp Casey Detroit project as a whole. In the aftermath of Camp Casey Detroit there is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the future work of the organization. At present we have four buses reserved for the trip to Washington, D.C. on September 24. The buses are leaving from both Ann Arbor and Detroit the evening of Friday the 23rd.
MECAWI will print and circulate thousands of the brochures in Washington for the Naitonal Conference to Reclaim Our Cities which will be held the weekend of November 11-13. There was much discussion about how to build this event into a gathering that will have national significance.
Other reports were made related to the upcoming national moratorium on December 2 commemorating the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks' action which sparked the modern civil rights movement in 1955.
In addition, there was a report on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee 2006 which met for the first time this season on Saturday. The follow-up meeting will be October 8 at Central United Methodist Church. Last year's event drew the largest crowd of the two rallies and marches (2004-2005). There is a draft poster already and there will be a new theme incorporated into the publicity by next month.
The saddest part of tonight's meeting of course was the news that Frances Newton, a 40-year-old African-American woman in Texas, had been executed. There had been a considerable amount of campaigning on her behalf at Camp Casey Detroit with the circulation of a post card directed to the Governor of Texas. According to one MECAWI meeting participant, there are many crimes that this racist system will have to pay for in the future.
MECAWI's next meeting will be Wednesday, September 21 at the organizational office.