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Join The Cass Corridor Commons on Noel Night for a fabulous evening of youth centered activities, shopping and holiday performances! Noel Night is always a busy night with lots of excitement and bustle! The Commons offers a welcoming space to bring the entire family. There will be activity stations for young people, refreshments, a wide variety of local vendors selling unique items for the holidays AND lots of great performances! There will also be bathrooms, information stations and a “Rest and Regroup” area where members of your family can take a break before they rejoin the excitement.Here’s a glimpse of the Noel Night performance line up at The Commons (please check back often for additions/time changes!):5:15- Detroit Teacher’s Collective 6:00- Elementary School Performers 6:45- Duke Ellington Performing Arts Middle School8:00- Dixon’s Violin 9:00- Thornetta Davis We look forward to seeing you at The Commons for a good old fashioned night of family fun! Brought to you by:D. Blair Theater Collective East Michigan Environmental Action Council Eco Works|Build Energy Solutions Fender Bender Detroit First Unitarian Universalist Congregation Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
Join The Cass Corridor Commons on Noel Night for a fabulous evening of youth centered activities, shopping and holiday performances

Noel Night is always a busy night with lots of excitement and bustle! The Commons offers a welcoming space to bring the entire family. There will be activity stations for young people, refreshments, a wide variety of local vendors selling unique items for the holidays AND lots of great performances! There will also be bathrooms, information stations and a “Rest and Regroup” area where members of your family can take a break before they rejoin the excitement.

Here’s a glimpse of the Noel Night performance line up at The Commons (please check back often for additions/time changes!):

5:15- Detroit Teacher’s Collective 
6:00- Elementary School Performers 
6:45- Duke Ellington Performing Arts Middle School
8:00- Dixon’s Violin 
9:00- Thornetta Davis 

We look forward to seeing you at The Commons for a good old fashioned night of family fun! 

Brought to you by:
D. Blair Theater Collective 
East Michigan Environmental Action Council 
Eco Works|Build Energy Solutions 
Fender Bender Detroit 
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation 
Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
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Our School Song - Boggs School Detroit

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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.

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"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.

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Coalition Request Could Halt I-94 Widening | Mode Shift: Move Together

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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.

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East Michigan Environmental Action Council | EMEAC: From the Directors: Streetcars and Highway Widening Projects Paving the Way for Injustice

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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.

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I-94 Expansion: Controversial SEMCOG Vote Passes, Will Widen Freeway Through Detroit (UPDATE)

East Michigan Environmental Action Council does NOT support the plans to widen I-94:

These elaborate and expensive plans (the streetcar will cost 137 million and the highway widening 4 billion) make little mention of a connected transit initiative.  If anything, that is still far off in the future.  The main issues with the justice implications of both projects are that they do not address improving health and quality of life, accessibility and affordability for the majority of Detroit residents. The Northend will be especially adversely affected by the streetcar’s Vehicle Storage and Maintenance Facility (VSMF), as noted in the EIS, by noise pollution caused by the streetcar turning in and out of the facility, storage of potentially hazardous materials and maintenance activity.
Neither project address accessibility issues in a meaningful way.  The streetcar system would serve less area than the original Light Rail plan and even less than an alternate improved bus service with increased number of buses, stops and system throughout Detroit would.  On both the original Light Rail and Streetcar EIS’s, very little information was given explaining why a sophisticated bus system was not considered in place of the Light rail or Streetcar. It is essential to demand a cost comparison of both plans to an upgraded Bus System.  
Both projects come with large price tags for the city and residents.  The EIS states the system would largely serve the economic development of Downtown and Midtown, yet residents throughout the city will be stuck paying the unwieldy bills.  A majority of funds, $86 million, are coming from private and public investors, $25 million in Federal grants and $16 million in New Market Tax rebates for a total of $137 million.  For the amount of money that will be spent on the Streetcar system, a sophisticated bus service efficiently serving the entire city could be created that would more effectively meet the needs of the majority of Detroit residents while still bringing tourists’ dollars to local businesses. The Highway widening project is billed as part of a 4 billion dollar project.

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"Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction provides a grim backdrop to the negotiations in Warsaw. Yeb Sano learned that his brother survived only by seeing him on a news report, helping to collect the dead. The science is clear: With increasing temperatures, extreme weather events will become more frequent and more deadly. After Sano announced his fast in an emotional address to the plenary, several students silently walked with him as he exited, holding a banner commemorating the dead in the Philippines. For this spontaneous act of solidarity, they were banned from the climate proceedings, for a year. One of the banned, Clemence Hutin from Paris, told me, “I don’t understand why civil society isn’t welcome here and corporations are.”"

Amy Goodman: Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks - Truthdig

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The Young Educator’s Alliance of East Michigan Environmental Action Council in Detroit Michigan at the recent Green Screen 2013!

The Young Educator’s Alliance of East Michigan Environmental Action Council in Detroit Michigan at the recent Green Screen 2013!

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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.

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Air Pollution as a Heart Threat - NYTimes.com

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)? 

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North American First: Ontario Bans Coal-Fired Power
On Thursday, Environmental Defence hosted Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and former U.S. Vice-President and Chairman of the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore, at an event to announce the elimination of coal-fired electricity in Ontario.
A decade ago, coal-fired electricity made up 25 percent of Ontario’s energy needs, at a cost of $4.4 billion to the province when the environmental and health impacts were considered …
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http://ecowatch.com/2013/11/22/ontario-bans-coal-fired-power/

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North American First: Ontario Bans Coal-Fired Power

On Thursday, Environmental Defence hosted Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and former U.S. Vice-President and Chairman of the Climate Reality ProjectAl Gore, at an event to announce the elimination of coal-fired electricity in Ontario.

A decade ago, coal-fired electricity made up 25 percent of Ontario’s energy needs, at a cost of $4.4 billion to the province when the environmental and health impacts were considered …

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http://ecowatch.com/2013/11/22/ontario-bans-coal-fired-power/

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"Telling our own stories about our bodies, cultures, experiences and strengths through Indigenous led media and arts justice. This includes our community based work of digital storytelling, Sexy Health Carnival, safer sex condom memes, supporting Indigenous arts initiatives like Walking With Our Sisters and the overall incorporation of Indigenous arts into how we address sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice."

Our Bodies Are a Ceremony of Indigenous Nationhood | Indigenous Nationhood Movement