Celebrating Sustainable Communities

ACTIVE HOPE ACTIVITIES - UPCOMING

The next Active Hope Workshop 6-Part Series will begin on Monday, January 25th at Sunward Cohousing and continue through all 5 Mondays in February! Facebook Event Page

The spring Active Hope will begin Saturday mornings at Sunward Cohousing, 10am-12pm on April 2, 2016 and continue for six Saturdays (Skipping April 23rd for the Council) and ending on May 14, 2016.

Two hour mini-workshop with Clifford Scholz possibly with Rowena Conahan. "How to Open Your Field to Receive Wisdom & Guidance from the Natural World", we will explore where to find that opening within ourselves and how to cultivate practices that sustain it. Although this will take place in the heart of Ann Arbor in the community room at Crazy Wisdom, we will help participants find/reactivate/explore their own connecting pathways through images and meditation guidance. Mark your calendars for March 20, 2016, 1-3pm. Class will be limited to 20-25. Cost: $10 Registration through Claire Maitre is strongly encouraged.

Please register for all events through me by phone or email: Claire Maitre 248-613-8803 / clairemaitre06@gmail.com


SUPPORT THE SUZIKI VIOLIN PROGRAM IN DETROIT - SUCCESS

The Detroit Youth Volume Kickstarter Page!

The hard work and successes of 2015 are carrying DYV into 2016 with high hopes.

"These kids really mess with any stereotypes you may have had about inner city youth - and their parents. DYV is disrupting assumptions about ability, commitment and effort by asking a lot of both kids and adults and having the expectation that they will succeed."

The program reached their goal!

Visit the Detroit Youth Volume Kickstarter Page to help these efforts.


KEEP GROWING DETROIT - ANNUAL REPORT IS HERE

Click on image above to read report.


ANNOUNCING GLORIA RIVERA OF GLBD HONORED

GLBD's own Gloria Riveria is among the honeers at the first annual Golden Beet Awards.

The Golden Beet Awards were held Thursday November 12, 2015
The Friends of the Detroit Food Policy Council Presented the First Annual
Golden Beet Awards And Friendraiser

Congratulations Gloria!

Honorees
Mark Covington, Georgia Street Collective
Gloria Rivera IHM, Great Lakes Bioneers-Detroit
Renee Wallace, DOERS Inc.



NEW WEBSITE SYNTHESIZING DETROIT WATER SHUT-OFFS

Introducing a new website serving as an online clearinghouse for video/media about the water shutoffs.

This resource covers:
-Understanding the Issues
-Individual Stories
-Community and Legal Solutions
-Full Length Interviews
-Ongoing Coverage

http://www.detroitmindsdying.org/
Please check out this valuable resource regarding the Detroit Water Shut Offs.


REFUSE COLLECTION - CITY OF DETROIT

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.)







SPEAKER SERIES ADDRESSING ESCALATING INEQUALITY

We have a great line-up of speakers to address the important topic of escalating inequality.

These speaker events are open to the public, and we invite all who wish to hear about these topics to attend. A registration form can be found on the second page. We encourage people to register in advance, and will also welcome "walkins."

Thursday January 21st
"Inequality Matters"
Chuck Collins, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, Boston

Thursday February 18th
"Has American Fulfilled Its Promise of Equal Justice for All?"
Hon. Marilyn Kelly, Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Distinguished Jurist in Residence, Wayne State University

Thursday March 17th
"150 Years Later: The 13th Amendment - Freedom Comes to Michigan?"
Professor Peter J. Hammer, Director Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Professor Wayne State University

View Speaker Details

This series is sponsored by the Escalating Inequality Task Force of Unitarian Universalist churches in Southeastern Michigan.


EXCELLENT PRESENTATION ON DETRIOT CBOs

Download Professor Hammer's Presentation - Community Benefits Ordinance


Community Benefits Ordinance:
Putting People at the Center of Sustainable Development


CONFERENCE VENDOR SALES HELP SUPPORT GLBD

A portion of sales through our website link helps support GLBD from a Conference vendor. See Support GLBD page.



EARTH CHARTER DINNER RESCHEDULED

SAVE THE DATE APRIL 21

Earth Charter is an ethical foundation to help us continue to build the beloved community in Detroit.


BOOST RECYCLING EFFORTS IN MICHIGAN

GLBD would like to encourage our readers to donate to this program as an option for the holidays.

Celebrate America Recycles Day by giving the gift of a curbside cart!

Nov. 15 was the 18th annual America Recycles Day, billed by the nonprofit Keep America Beautiful as "the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States."

We welcome any effort to boost recycling in Michigan, where our dismal residential recycling rate lags behind every other Great Lakes state and is near the bottom of the list nationwide.

Gov. Rick Snyder announced a plan last year to double the residential rate from 15 percent to 30 percent within two years. A lot of untapped potential for reaching the governor's goal lies in Detroit, which last year ended its longtime distinction as the largest American city without curbside recycling. All single-family homes in the city now are eligible to participate in the curbside program, but the $25 fee for a recycling cart prevents many households from taking part.

That's why MEC and Zero Waste Detroit partners set up a system earlier this year that lets you donate $25 or more to help Detroit families recycle. MEC and ZWD work with the city and its waste-hauling contractors to purchase and distribute the carts to households that have indicated a desire to recycle and a need for assistance to pay the fee. Every penny you give goes directly toward the purchase of a recycling cart. Since we launched the program in April, our generous supporters have put curbside recycling within reach for nearly 80 Detroit households.

It's quick and easy to make a secure online donation. You can do so by clicking here.


ROCKET STOVE - OUTDOOR COOKER

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
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
ecoartdb@gmail.com
strawbalestudio.org.

Classes, internships, potlucks & more.

YOUR BIONEERS RADIO FEATURING GLBD'S GLORIA RIVERA

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