Celebrating Sustainable Communities



April 9, 2015 - Thursday

A Love That Is Wild: Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century
Host: GLBD Office

Location: Hannan House
4750 Woodward Ave. #306
Detroit, MI 48201

What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation's most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer" who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.

About Reconnecting Events: Often at the end of our annual conference participants say you should do this more often. Though we can only plan a conference once a year, we can plan some Follow-up Reconnecting Events that will feature the national plenary speakers that we did not have time to share during our 10th anniversary conference. We will hold these events in a variety of venues and partner with a local organization that is doing work related to the plenary presenter's topic.

All events are FREE and will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. weather permitting.


We're the ones we've been waiting for! Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day by connecting with your neighbors, organizations, and public officials in a thoughtful dialogue about transforming our city into a community that benefits us all. This is an evening for us to slow down, examine ourselves and city processes, and find resources for our neighborhoods to grow in a healthy way.

Wayne County Community College District - Downtown Campus in the Frank Hayden Community Room
5:30pm Reception light refreshments provided
6 to 8pm Presentations & Discussion
8pm Resource Fair learn about rain barrels, recycling containers, grant opportunities, river cleanups, seed distributions, & much more!

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Allied Media Conference

A collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world.

Register Now for AMC2015

Spring is almost here and that means AMC2015 is only a few months away! Registration is now open for the 17th annual Allied Media Conference, taking place June 18-21 in Detroit.

We offer a sliding scale registration rate of $75 - $500 so that the conference can be accessible to as many people as possible. Please support the AMC by giving as generously as possible with your registration contribution.

Reduced Sliding Scale before May 1
If you register before May Day you will have the option of registering at a reduced sliding scale rate of $50 - $500.

Free AMP Iridescence Logo T-shirt
The true expense of the AMC is $150 per person. If you register before May Day at the $150 rate or higher we will gift you a hot-off-the-presses AMP Iridescence Logo T-shirt.

Visit the AMC site.


Important Refuse Collection Announcement from the City of Detroit - collections are for residents only, not businesses or large apartment buildings. (Click above image for announcement.)


Events April 13 and April 14

Winona LaDuke and Shane Davis speak on fracking and pipelines.
April 13 in Bloomfield Hills at Birmingham Unitarian Church and on April 14 in Detroit at Marygrove College.

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The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network's 2015 "What's for Dinner?" Lecture Series is moving to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

-Lectures will take place from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on the
-Third Saturdays of April, June, August and October.
-There is no cost for admission.


We are kicking-off the 2015 Series, on April 18, with a lecture by nationally acclaimed author Dr. Jessica B. Harris. Dr. Harris is the author of twelve cookbooks that share recipes from various parts of the African Diaspora. Her latest book, "High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America," is a fascinating read that chronicles the influence of Africa on the foodways of America. Dr. Harris will sign copies of her book immediately following the lecture.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located at 315 E. Warren, Detroit, MI 48202. For more information call the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network at 313.345.3663.

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Claire Maitre of Chrysalis Transitions invites you to attend...
How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy

"Don't just read the book. Experience it."
-a participant

What: A facilitated workshop that will include Discussion, Ritual & Group Exercises from the extensive work of Dr. Joanna Macy and Dr. Chris Johnstone

When: Six Tuesday Evenings 7-9 PM
April 21, 28

May 5, 12, 19, 26

Where: Sunward Cohousing, Common House, 424 Little Lake Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Register: Contact Claire: 248-613-8803 or clairemaitre06@gmail.com

Space is limited to 14 people.

"Claire's warm, clear and compassionate facilitation invite participation and hope that we can and do make a difference in our world, that all of us matter and that we do not have to, nor is it expected, that we do this work alone."
Gwynne Jennings

Donations of $80-$120 help pay expenses and support this offering.
Please inquire if financial assistance is needed.

Claire Maitre



Please note: This workshop will not be offered again until Winter 2016.


Rocket Stove - his is an easy-to-build and efficient little stove for cooking outdoors! Constructed of bricks and some metal stove pipe with purlite or ash insulation between, this is a really fast way to turn the heat from sticks into a fire that is ready to go instantly.

You can find out more at the Strawbale Studio strawbalestudio.org
Workshops on Rocket Stove & Fire devices: Nov 8 & 9. 2014 and Jan 24 & 25, 2015.
If there is interest, a workshop can be scheduled to construct this stove on site or another location.

Deanne Bednar
Coordinator/Teacher at Strawbale Studio outside Oxford, MI, just 1 hr north of Detroit.
248 628 1887

Classes, internships, potlucks & more.


Shapeshifting Detroit: Overcoming Drive-By Economics
Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Lottie Spady, and Sister Gloria Rivera

The citizens of Detroit are challenging the failed policies that have long favored corporate wealth over the well being of city residents. Leading change-makers Malik Kenyatta Yakini, Lottie Spady and Sister Gloria Rivera are seeding community resilience with one of the most robust urban agricultural movements in the U.S., while contradicting the manipulative media narratives that justify oppression.
Listen to the program

Behind Kitchen Doors

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Detroit Food Policy Council

The Annual Food Report of the DFPC is now available. Access the full report at www.detroitfoodpolicycouncil.net