Grassroots Global Justice Alliance 2014
By Steve Furay
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Over a hundred global activists, seeking justice for land, food and the environment, participated in the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance 2014 General Assembly in Detroit, April 10-12. Cass Corridor Commons and the East Michigan Environmental Action Council hosted the event.
The General Assembly was a forum for national and international dialogues for grassroots organizers, including seminars and cultural events. The event’s goal was “coming together to converge, convene, energize each other, reinvigorate each other as well as kind of reinforce that national agenda,” said event organizer Bryce Anderson-Small, EMEAC.
The final night of the assembly featured a hip hop concert, which Anderson-Small called an opportunity for “exposing evolutionary emcees that are really taking culture forward in Detroit, expose those artists to this national group.” Performers included Insite the Riot, Nique Love Rhodes, D.S.Sense, Blue Lady Fire Tide, Will See, Papillon, Tawana Honeycomb Petty and Sacramento Knoxx.
EMEAC continues to gain global recognition for their local leadership in engaging youth in the discussion of environmental justice and food justice, and were chosen as hosts for the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance 2014 General Assembly because of this work.
Participants discussed the current conditions in Detroit as a local example of environmental justice and land rights activism in action, as well as the GGJ’s own initiatives, combating the issues of climate change, war and poverty.