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RE-imagining Work at Detroit 2012

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to The Michigan Citizen RE-Imagining Work is an essential part of RE-Imagining Revolution. That’s why Detroit 2012 provided exciting opportunities July 1-15 for participants to re-imagine Work. - Every morning participants could put on work gloves and go to one of Detroit’s ongoing community sites (e.g. Feedom Freedom Growers, Hope District, Heidelberg Project, D-Town Farm) to gar ...

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Governments not honoring contracts is nothing new, but responses to them can be

By Patrick Geans-Ali This week we’re looking at Environmental Justice Principle No.11, which “recognizes a special legal and natural relationship of Native Peoples to the U.S. government through treaties, agreements, compacts and covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination.” Since my colleague Victoria Goff examined EJ Principle No. 11 from an environmental perspective in last week’s edition of t ...

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What do small food businesses in Detroit need?

By Brittany Moore Detroit is home to many small businesses that specialize in preparing food products that are healthy, locally sourced and distinctive in other ways. People who start these businesses are a special breed of especially committed and patient individuals who persist in the face of all odds. What keeps them going? What would make their lives — and business operations — easier? These were some o ...

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Re-affirming self-evident truths

By Grace Lee Boggs Special to the Michigan Citizen At this time on the clock of the world: - When we face the possibility of another 911 because our government’s drone strikes have been killing so many innocent men, women and children in the Muslim world - When all life on earth may be extinguished because our government has done little or nothing to slow down the global warming, which is reaching a tipping ...

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Beyond protest politics

By Amaka Okechukwu I arrived at Detroit 2012 ready to leave protest politics behind. I was tired of and felt disempowered by demands that those in power change our conditions. At most, protests lead to policy reform, but do not restructure anything in a society that desperately needs transformation. I was not willing to compromise with state and corporate authorities when it came to our humanity — too much ...

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15th Annual Detroit Agriculture Network Tour of urban gardens and farms

By Elizabeth White The Detroit Agriculture Network has announced its 15th Annual Tour of urban gardens and farms in Detroit. The Aug. 1 event will highlight a diverse section of the nearly 1,400 gardens that currently participate in Detroit’s Garden Resource Program and the dedicated gardeners and farmers tending these backyard, school, community and market gardens. The efforts of these urban gardeners and ...

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Environmental Justice through Tribal Sovereignty

By Victoria Goff This is the next article in a series of articles exploring the “principles” of Environmental Justice as they intersect with food or digital justice. Environmental Justice Principle No. 11 recognizes a special legal and natural relationship of native peoples to the U.S. government through treaties, agreements, compacts and covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination. Not many non- ...

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Field reports from Detroit 2012: No. 1

By Re-Imagining Revolution Activists Tai Amri and I arrived in Detroit last evening and drove straight to the opening of Detroit 2012 after nearly 12 hours of travel. It was 93 degrees and humid as we packed into the Ecumenical Theological Seminary to hear the opening remarks. Near the front, dressed in a T-shirt that said {R}Evolution, was Grace Lee Boggs, in her wheelchair, sweating alongside the rest of ...

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Detroit food businesses fuel growth

By Olga Stella Perhaps the world knows Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler, but here in Detroit we are just as familiar with brand names such as Vernor’s, Faygo and Better Made. That’s because Detroit has great skills in making food, not just enjoying it. As the automotive industry is finding new strength in Detroit, so is our food industry. In fact, a major focus of the recent Detroit Food Policy Council Second A ...

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Our kind of government, from the block party to the United Nations

By Gregg Newsom This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Environmental Justice Principle 10 considers governmental acts of environmental injustice a violation of international law, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and the Uni ...

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