You Are Here: Home » Fresh Ideas (Page 28)

Share your voice on the sale of city-owned land

By Cheryl Simon On Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Gleaners Community Food Bank, the Detroit Food Policy Council (DFPC) will be hosting a public listening session on the sale of city-owned land. With recent media stories about a pending sale of a substantial number of city-owned lots to Hantz Farms, the DFPC received many calls from Detroiters asking about the land acquisition process in general and this potential ...

Read more

EMEAC on Detroit’s cutting edge of honoring cultural integrity and providing fair access

By Patrick Geans-Ali DETROIT — This week’s column addresses environmental Justice Principle No. 12, which “affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our communities, and provide fair access for all to the full range of resources.” There are probably more community-based initiative ...

Read more

Comedy: From ego to we-go

By Richard Feldman Boggs Center Last week, Ray Lesser and Sue Wolpert, publishers of Funny Times, came from Cleveland to visit the Boggs Center. Ray and Sue have been publishing for more than two decades. Today, their 24-page tabloid has more than 65,000 subscribers from across the globe. It is filled with cartoons, comic strips and stories readers have sent to them. During the day, they got a sense of our ...

Read more

Land and power

By Malik Yakini In the mid-1970s, I was a member of the Detroit-based Pan-African Congress, USA. Inspired by the South African political party, the Pan-Africanist Congress, the PAC-USA asserted that “land is the basis of power.” Of course, this slogan echoed the words of Malcolm X and countless other Black activists before him. It embodied the understanding that it is from the land that we get the food that ...

Read more

Community-centered media creating answers to environmental injustice

By Victoria Goff Each week, this column discusses the principles of different movements, including the environment, digital and food justice movements. This week, we’re discussing the 12th environmental justice principle, which “affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our commun ...

Read more

Recognizing sacred relationships with land and water through ceremony

By Gregg Newsom Environmental Justice Principle 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.” I have to thank my co-columnists for their expressions around this principle. Two week’s ago Victoria Goff’s article Environmental Justice through Tribal Sovereignty ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

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 ...

Read more

© 2012 The Michigan Citizen All Rights Reserved | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy

Scroll to top