Petcoke Dock-Detroit on Flickr.
From the post - d-cats.org/2014/03/petroleum-coke-safe/
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is going to be holding an informational session on March 5, 2014. Their intent is to discuss the safety and conditions on a pending permit from Detroit Bulk Storage Company. This permit would allow a storage yard found at 530 Great Lakes Rd to handle petroleum coke.
June 2013 an investigative look at the location revealed it was handling petroleum coke, actively storing it and loading onto freighters for shipment. DCATS also took a look at the dock at 115 Rosa Parks from the water and found the situation shown here. The board is resting against piles of petroleum coke that were sitting at the waters’ edge.
Read more: d-cats.org/2014/03/petroleum-coke-safe/
Addressing the Health Impacts of Tar Sands
This press conference discusses the health hazards of Tar Sands bitumen processing which has been increasing steadily. Speakers address concerns with EXTRACTION, TRANSPORTATION, REFINING, and handling of BYPRODUCTS in the process. At every stage in this system health hazards have been ignored and public dissent squelched. In the face of approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, the senators are calling on Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama Administration to conduct “an immediate and comprehensive study” of the public health risks to communities.
The Story of Solutions
The Story of Solutions, released in October 2013, explores how we can move our economy in a more sustainable and just direction, starting with orienting ourselves toward a new goal. In the current ‘Game of More’, we’re told to cheer a growing economy – more roads, more malls, more Stuff! – even though our health indicators are worsening, income inequality is growing and polar icecaps are melting. But what if we changed the point of the game? What if the goal of our economy wasn’t more, but better – better health, better jobs and a better chance to survive on the planet? Shouldn’t that be what winning means?
These 5 Corporations Helped Carry Out the Holocaust | Brainwash Update
Published on Feb 21, 2014
Community Groups Release Plan for Detroit based on Resident’s Needs. Input of Detroiter’s voices and concerns is crucial to reestablishing democracy.
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Contact: Shea Howell - firstname.lastname@example.org 313-282-7669
DETROIT – Monday, at Historic King Solomon Baptist Church, a coalition of community based groups released a plan to directly engage Detroiters in charting a course for their future. The National Action Network (NAN), Moratorium Now and Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management (D-REM) were among the groups releasing the “People’s Plan for Restructuring: Toward a Sustainable Detroit”( http://www.d-rem.org/peoplesplan/). That plan will be the center of the “Emergency Town Hall Meeting,” Sunday, March 2, 3:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, Woodward and Grand Circus Park.
“Governor Snyder’s plan is unjust, inequitable, and unfair. Detroiters and pensioners bailed out the Wall Street interests in 2008. Bond holders and banks must to take deeper cuts. We plan to submit an official objection” said Reverend Charles E. Williams, president, National Action Network, Michigan Chapter.
Highlights of the “People’s Plan for Restructuring” include
• Addressing the actual number attached to Detroit’s bankruptcy proceedings, namely the $198 million annual shortfall in revenue versus the billions falsely claimed by the Snyder Orr team
• Bank of America, UBS and any other Wall Street firms must immediately terminate the toxic interest rate swaps without penalties or further payment
• Pensioners should be held harmless, with no cuts to their income and all medical benefits restored
• Return the Detroit Public Schools and the seized EAA schools to the control of the democratically elected School Board and introduce place-based education for children, adults and elders coming together to revitalize Detroit
• Fulfill the obligation of the City Charter to establish Citizens Advisory Councils
• Require enforceable Community Benefit Agreements that are accountable to those most affected by all corporate economic development
“From reversing the illegal and immoral ‘swap’ deals with the likes Bank of America and UBS to reorienting schools based on the needs of families and communities, the People’s Plan was created with the needs of residents, city workers and retirees at the center of the process,” said Fred Vitale of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management. “It is also a living document and the coalition will seek more community input during the People’s Assembly, March 2 at Central United Methodist.”
Moratorium Now announcement http://moratorium-mi.org/emergency-town-hall-meeting-sunday-march-2-3-pm/
Learn more about the #PeoplesPlan at http://www.d-rem.org/category/peoplesplan/
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Power To The People
Find prints from the artist Brett Cheshire on Etsy
Dear 16 year old me
You’ve got a lot of things on your mind… there are people who care more than you will ever know. You might not even know them now, but you will.
I was married at 26 and my wife and I waited four years to have our only child. Stephanie you were about 1 year old when your mom learned the rapidly growing mole on her forehead was melanoma. It wasn’t like we were out worshiping the sun… it showed up and for months we worried that your mom could pass away from melanoma while you were still a baby. Cautiously as the years passed after the surgery your mom would visit the doctor for checkups. They would have her remove all her clothes and seek for moles. So much has passed in 22 years - she thankfully has not come down with more. But that’s not the case for some people. Your parents would like you to please protect yourself and your loved ones.
—- Love Stephen Boyle
She appears in the video featured… she passed on February 24, 2014 from ocular melanoma at the age of 26. Read more about her … http://dcmf.ca/1699 (David Cornfield Melanoma Fund)