44th Annual NOEL NIGHT at the Cass Corridor Commons!

November 22, 2016

On Saturday December 3rd, the Cass Corridor Commons will be activated by a dynamic spectrum of culture & entertainment for the 44th Annual NOEL NIGHT! Family festivities include a headlining performance by Detroit's ”Queen of Soul and R&B” Thornetta Davis, pop-up holiday SWAP! by FreeMarket of Detroit, and eco-friendly arts and crafts workshops!

Join us for live youth performances by Detroit Youth Volume, Duke Ellington Traveling Band & LM Productions Dance Troupe. Also, get ready for an ancestrally-flavored feature concert by Detroit's leading entertainment activists, the 3rd Annual Super Solstice Show! There will be delicious food vendors to satisfy your Noel Night appetite, and vending and local artisans offering custom jewelry and accessories, perfect for this gift-giving season!

Look forward to an evening of Family, Fun, and Festivities at Cass Corridor Commons, for the 44th Noel Night Saturday, December 3rd from 5pm-10pm! The Cass Corridor Commons serves as a multi-use, non-profit cultural institution for cross-sectional movement work in Detroit. The Commons strives to provide a safe and inclusive place for people of all identities and to embody principles of social and environmental justice. 

For More information contact Bryce Detroit 313-605-2996 DetroitRecordings@Gmail.com

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Great Lakes Environmental Law Center Sends Gives Notice of Intent to Sue Regarding Incinerator Violations

November 14, 2016

The Detroit trash incinerator, operated by Detroit Renewable Power, has been repeatedly cited for violating the Clean Air Act. The Great Lakes Environmental Law Center has submitted a notice of intent to sue letter to Governor Snyder, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Detroit Renewable Power announcing their intent to file a citizen suit for over 40 violations of the Clean Air Act dating back to 2015.

East Michigan Environmental Action Council joins the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and other Michigan organizations in this important next step for community environmental protection. For more information about the incinerator, see our Detroit Incinerator Fact Sheet.

From the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center Press Release, October 17: 

In 2015, over 650,000 tons of household garbage was burned at the incinerator. However, very little of that garbage actually comes from Detroit households. According to records, 66% of the household garbage burned at the incinerator comes from Oakland County while only 19% originates from Wayne County. Household garbage from Ohio, Illinois, and Canada is also burned at the incinerator. “It is not acceptable that as Detroiters move toward city-wide recycling and reducing the amount of their waste that goes to the incinerator, that they are subject to poor air quality and respiratory health issues due to waste from other communities and Detroit Renewable Power’s repeated failure to control its air pollution as required by law,” said Sandra Turner Handy, the community engagement director for the Michigan Environmental Council. 

The incinerator places a substantial environmental and public health burden on Detroit residents. Since the start of 2015, the incinerator committed 21 violations for strong odors wafting from the incinerator and 19 violations for emitting carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter above legally allowed limits. According to the EPA, 7,280 residents live within 1-mile of the incinerator, 87% being people of color. The surrounding neighborhood is an asthma hotspot, with rates much higher than the Michigan average. 

“The incinerator is an outdated facility and the owners of the facility have shown no concern for the negative health and environmental impacts that the incinerator has on the nearby community, as evidenced by its recent air quality violations,” said William Copeland, the climate justice director for the East Michigan Environmental Action Council. “Given the environmental injustice and health challenges that nearby residents continue to face because of the incinerator, it’s important that the Clean Air Act be aggressively enforced against the facility.” 

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality or the Environmental Protection Agency now have 60-days to commence an enforcement action. If no enforcement action is pursued by either agency, then the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center may file a citizen suit on behalf of local residents and organizations to enforce the Clean Air Act. “Detroit should not be the dumping ground for the State, the Midwest, or Canada and every Detroit residents has the right to breathe clean air free from odors and harmful pollutants,” said Nick Leonard, a staff attorney with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. “It’s bad enough that over 80% of the household garbage that is burned at the incinerator comes from outside of Wayne County. It’s even worse that the incinerator continues, with alarming frequency, to fail to comply with the laws that are in place to protect the public health and that Detroiters are suffering an environmental injustice a result.” 


Non-Election Night Party TUES NOV 8

November 7, 2016

Does this election season have you feeling sad, isolated, angry, or hopeless? Join us for a night of celebrating community, movement, and struggle at the Cass Corridor Commons!

Instead of spending the election disappointed, frustrated, and alone we will come together to remind each other of why we fight and will continue to fight. This event is open to all those who believe in justice, liberation, freedom, and love. 

There will be a separate space for election monitoring, an org fair with food vendors and ways to get involved, and an open mic followed by a dance party featuring local DJs. Come for part or stay all night.

We're asking for a $5 donation at the door, but no one will be turned away! This is a fundraiser for the Cass Commons, a space where movement work never ends.

See you at the Cass Corridor Commons November 8th 7.30 pm - 11.30 pm

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This Changes Everything!

May 28, 2016

EMEAC is working with a dynamic team of environmental and climate justice activists to bring this thought-provoking global event home to Detroit!

Bringing Climate Justice Home to Detroit presents
A Free Showing of the Naomi Klein Film

This Changes Everything
Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit 48202
Thursday May 26, 2016
      Doors open/networking at 6pm
      Film at 7pm

Sponsored by:
Detroit Film Theatre
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice
East Michigan Environmental Action Council
Ecology Center
Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit
IHM Peace, Justice & Sustainability Office
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
Michigan United
People’s Water Board
Sierra Club
Voices for Earth Justice
Zero Waste Detroit

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.
Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. Join us on May 26 to watch the film as a community and then join us in ongoing actions to make #JustTransition here at home!


Hip Hop 4 Flint - Detroit Livestream

March 19, 2016