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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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