FIST launches in Detroit

By Derek Thacker

Detroit FIST

The founding meeting of the new Detroit chapter of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together — FIST — was held on July 22.

Detroit has not had an active branch of the militant youth organization for about a year. But since late 2010, new youth have begun taking an interest in activism and have gravitated to work with the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs, and Workers World Party.

Some of these youth moved to form a new FIST branch in Detroit in order to combat the effects of imperialism at home and abroad. The attendance was excellent at the initial meeting and the discussions were meaningful. Introductions were conducted, and the revolutionary program of FIST was introduced and reviewed.

Detroit FIST is honored to be given its own office by Workers World Party, which has entrusted the upper floor of its building to the youth activists. They are currently organizing and renovating the space for organizational meetings, classes, social activities, cultural events, game nights, projects and more. From here the group will plan for activist work ranging from anti-war demonstrations to fighting against the capitalist crisis at home by combating home foreclosures and cuts to public services.

The group invites all youth activists in Detroit interested in taking part in the anti-imperialist, pro-working-class struggle to join us. Detroit FIST is eagerly seeking new members and can be contacted at 586-744-2797 or 779-423-4545.


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