Often at the end of our annual conference participants say "you should do this more often". They are in some sense correct. So, here is what we can do to stay connected and extend the conference experience through March 2017. We have planned three Follow-up Reconnecting Events that will feature the national plenary speakers that we did not have time to share at our 12th annual conference.

Note: All events will be at MSU Center. As much as possible we will partner with a local organization that is doing work related to the plenary presenter's topic. All events are FREE and part of our Monthly Free Movie Night.

MSU Center
3408 Woodward Ave.
(313) 578-9780

6:30 to 8:30
Safe Parking at MSU lot on Simpson Street - one block from MSU Center, off of Woodward Ave.


What We Are Fighting For?
Panel of young people doing work in Detroit

Monday, February 26, 2017
MSU Center 6:30 to 8:30 pm

"Revolution is on the horizon, and youth are rising with the oceans to lead the movements that will shape our future," says Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 16-year old Indigenous rapper and environmental activist (since age 6). He's the award-winning youth director of Earth Guardians, a rapidly growing international organization of young activists, artists and musicians committed to protecting water, air, land and atmosphere. He has organized many rallies, actions, demonstrations and events. He travels globally to speak about environmental and Indigenous issues, including at the United Nations with Robert Redford. He'll bring alive the unparalleled intergenerational movement emerging to save our planet, as youth globally join hearts and hands against some of the world's most powerful industries to take a stand for the future and build resilient communities.


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.)

GLBD | 2017


Listen to GLBD contribute to the Green Radio Network.

GLBD is featured on their program "Resistance".


The Detroit Incinerator, located near I-75 and I-94, has been a major odor nuisance to residents living in the area. In 2010 the incinerator was bought and renamed Detroit Renewable Energy in an effort to "green wash" the facility although it remains a toxic, polluting facility. Zero Waste Detroit (ZWD) a coalition supported by Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit advocates for the City of Detroit to move toward a waste recovery system and away from incineration. ZWD members work hard to hold Detroit Renewable Power accountable for their actions.

When residents in the neighborhood began to complain of odors coming from the incinerator shortly after it re-opened, ZWD engaged the community to report this information to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). As a result, Detroit Renewable Power has received nine notices of odor violation and was tasked with making repairs to their facility to eliminate the extreme odor.

Take Action:

It is very important that during the spring and summer of 2014 residents living around the incinerator stay diligent in reporting any odors in their neighborhood.
. Report foul odors in Midtown: If you smell garbage in the air in Midtown, you may smell air pollution from the Incinerator at I-75 and I-94. Please report this to the MDEQ at 313-456-4712 or after hours call 800-292-4706.

Together we can make a difference!
Gloria Rivera, IHM
GLBD Coordinator