As apart of my Detroit Future Schools residency at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, we put this video together.
The Tiger Lilies wrote, produced (notice the beatboxing), choreographed this song for the Boggs School’s 1st Bizarre, where the school opens up to community for an amazing night of sharing.
"We’re simply asking that they conduct a supplemental environmental impact statement to fix the flaws in the EIS to make sure they appropriately consider environmental concerns as well as environmental justice concerns." Nick Schroeck, the law center’s executive director told Mode Shift.
"Basically what we want is to have them go back and look at whether or not the project as it was conceived ten, twelve years ago needs to be constructed in that same fashion and whether or not there are alternatives that are less harmful to the environment and to the community."
Schroeck contends that issues like climate change were not taken into account when the study was conducted and that the data on which the freeway project rests on has changed substantially over the last decade."
As an organization we strongly urge officials to guide transportation policy by the following principles:
• Accessibility: Transit systems must support the critical, day-to-day travel needs of the “transit dependent” - people without reliable access to a car. Transit routes must be reliable and well coordinated to allow for trips to school, work, shopping, recreation and medical care.
• Health and Quality of Life: Vehicles must be clean running to prevent toxins from polluting our environment and poisoning our bodies.
• Affordability: Fares should not exceed what families can reasonably pay. Youth should get free rides or significantly discounted rides as many Detroit youth depend on buses to attend school.
• Public Participation: Community members must have a meaningful voice in decision making about how services can be improved and how dollars are spent.
• Accountability: Transportation planning and funding should reflect community priorities.
• Fairness: Low-income riders must receive an equal benefit from public transit dollars as higher-income riders do. Subsidies should be targeted to those who are least able to pay."
A proposed freeway widening that would cut through Detroit’s most up-and-coming neighborhood had residents and transit activists howling for alternatives — with little recourse.
SEMCOG, a regional governance board encompassing seven counties across Southeast Michigan, met Thursday afternoon to approve the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. That vision will ultimately allocate $36 billion in funds over 25 years to the area’s roads, freeways, highways, buses and proposed light rail, including extensive work on I-94 and I-75. The plan was passed, despite impassioned public comment begging for alternatives, and a motion to temporarily remove the most controversial aspects of the transit plan."
East Michigan Environmental Action Council does NOT support the plans to widen I-94:
But cardiovascular disease is much more common than cancer. Sadly, there is now a pile of evidence, sometimes startling, that air pollution also plays a role in heart attacks and strokes. The new studies suggest that air pollution not only worsens cardiovascular disease — but can also cause it.
“We’ve known for about 20 years that we see increased risk of heart attack and stroke in association with increased levels of air pollution,” said Sara Adar, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan. The most recent data show that “air pollution does more than just make you worse.”
Scientists like Dr. Adar have been studying fine particulates adrift in the cloud of unfriendly gases shrouding many of our communities. Measuring 2.5 micrometers (or microns) or less, these bits of material are so tiny that it would take about 30 of them to equal the diameter of a human hair. A series of studies has found that they penetrate deep into the lungs, embedding in tissue and setting off a cascade of inflammatory effects. Researchers believe the inflammation also spreads into the circulatory system, altering the way blood vessels function."
Extremely important to consider these facts when contextualizing the “obesity crisis” in urban areas (that is: poor people of color living in the city). How often do heart attacks in poor/working class communities of color get blamed solely on poor diet choices and lack of exercise?
What happens if “health” truly does come from what poor/working class communities of color have said all along: creating viable food systems, addressing violence, and cleaning up industrial pollution (just to name a few of the suggested solutions)?