Weekly Featured Profile – JoAnn Watson

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Dr. JoAnn Watson is a Michigan socialist activist and Detroit City Council member. Watson is serving her first full term as a Member of the Detroit City Council, where she has sponsored more than 1,000 laws in 5 years, including: a ban on hand-held cell phones while driving, a ban on smoking in public places and a law demanding that Receiving Hospital & Hutzel Hospital remain open “in perpetuity.”

She is a radical, well connected with most of Detroit’s main Marxist organizations.

During the 1980’s, Watson co-founded Peace Links in Detroit (with Communist Party USA supporters the Hon. Erma Henderson and the Hon. Maryann Mahaffey) and she visited Moscow, Leningrad and Tblisi, Georgia in the U.S.S.R. in 1989 as a delegate with Women for a Meaningful Summit traveling with the Hon. Millie Jeffrey and the Hon. Debbie Stabenow.

In the mid-2000s the pro-Cuban/North Korean Workers World Party developed a strong relationship with Detroit City Council members JoAnn Watson and Maryann Mahaffey. Watson has since worked with the WWP, the Committee to Defend Diane Bukowski and Freedom of the Press, Moratorium NOW!, National Conference to Reclaim Our Cities and several other campaigns.

On June 14, 2006, Ambassador Bernado Alvarez Herrera, Marxist Venezuela’s envoy to the United States, met with the Legislative Black Caucus in Lansing with several Detroit city officials, including council members JoAnn Watson, Brenda Jones, Kwame Kenyatta, Martha Reeves and Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to discuss how to expand his country’s programs that help the poor. He said that his country, under President Hugo Chavez, wants to provide heating assistance and free eye surgery to needy Detroiters.

In 2011, the Detroit City Council designated its main chamber – the Committee of the Whole Room – as a Peace Zone in memory of Al Fishman, lifelong peace activist who was a member of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and participated in the Peace and Solidarity Task Force. The resolution, introduced by Council Member JoAnn Watson, states that Al Fishman was “one of our City’s finest Peace, Civil, Labor and Human Rights activists, advocates and champions, one of our true Citizens of the World.”

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  1. This disgusting blob is one of the Big reasons Deeeetroits is in the shape it’s in. It was discovered that she wasn’t paying city taxes on her home and owed thousands for years. Got busted and never did a day in jail. She has held back every effort for the State to bail Deeeetroits out of the black hole they’re in by claimg the whiteys want all of Deeeetroits (jewels) , and that all efforts by the state treasurer and Governor are racist..Meanwhile she has never come up with any solutions, just racist comments directed towards Whites and White Suburbanites.She totally ignores that afros killed 411 afros in Deeeetroits in 2012, and the afro criminals that have run the city even deeper into the dirt. They totally ignore that Deeeetroits is a afro hellhole run by afros who what White Tax Money to continue to run the city in the afro way.

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