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The Commons Detroit

The Commons Detroit | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Building Movement Detroit collaborates with national partners to offer learning circles, workshops and training around The Commons. Commons are resources that are owned in common or shared between or among communities populations. These resources are said to be “held in common” and can include everything from natural resources (water) and common land (parks) to software and books (libraries). Commons Resources: On the Commons - We believe it is possible to remember, imagine, and create a society that goes beyond the constructs and confines of individual ownership. To work on the commons is to work to enliven the deep and ancient memory we all hold of egalitarian and reciprocal relationship, of belonging, of authentic community, and of love, wonder, and respect for the natural world.
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How the Next Generation of Detroit Artisans Found a Home

How the Next Generation of Detroit Artisans Found a Home | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Christopher Gorski, a local designer and self-described "car nut," sells his Detroit-themed apparel at the market and from a fleet of trucks.
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USDA Blog » Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s

USDA Blog » Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network’s D-Town Farm located in River Rouge Park produces farm-to-table produce using a conservation practice encouraged by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). By using seasonal high tunnels, the practice helps to address food security in the city.



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The Road to Serfdom: American Feudalism Comes To Detroit

The Road to Serfdom: American Feudalism Comes To Detroit | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
If the financiers who fueled the city's fiscal crisis get their way, Detroit citizens will no longer own any public goods but will be like serfs – subservient to a class of unaccountable corporate lords and their cronies in government.
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Social entrepreneurship in Detroit offers more than profit to business owners - The Muskegon Chronicle

Social entrepreneurship in Detroit offers more than profit to business owners - The Muskegon Chronicle | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


"If the goal was to make money, I would have chosen a different route," says Kimmelman. "Owning a business is not the easiest life.

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PBS Profile: Detroit 'Revolutionary' Grace Lee Boggs, 98

PBS Profile: Detroit 'Revolutionary' Grace Lee Boggs, 98 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The 90-minute film film features Bill Moyers, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and the subject's late husband and fellow radical, James Boggs.
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Grace Lee Boggs addresses the 21st annual International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC)

www.idec2013.org - The International Democratic Education Conference, IDEC 2013, is a conference that brings together practitioners, organizers, academics...

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Opinion: Detroit needs to preserve public spaces for assembly and free speech - Model D

Opinion: Detroit needs to preserve public spaces for assembly and free speech - Model D | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Detroit's downtown parks long have been places where people exercise their constitutional right to assemble peaceably, but does private management of public spaces now stand in their way?
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Community-driven peer production and permaculture in Detroit | P2P Foundation

Community-driven peer production and permaculture in Detroit | P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
“Permaculture initiatives are indeed popping up throughout the city — including the Chiwara development in Highland Park that Dennis Archambault covered in Model D a few weeks ago. My search for other noteworthy projects led me to Blair Evans, whose organization Incite Focus, a “platform for community production,” demonstrates the revolutionary potential of applying permaculture principles in the context of Detroit’s DIY maker culture.”
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Now the UN is intervening in Detroit's water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot?

Now the UN is intervening in Detroit's water conflict. Could thirsty cities riot? | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Angry protests over water provision have shaken cities around the world, and may determine whether access to clean drinking water is a taxable municipal service – or a basic human right
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Building civic capacity in Detroit: Inspiration from Zagreb - Model D

Building civic capacity in Detroit: Inspiration from Zagreb - Model D | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Their maternal name alludes to their role in birthing “micro-communities” around hacking, free software, digital media arts, and independent culture.

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Detroit: the right to life, family, home, dignity - and water - The Ecologist (blog)

Detroit: the right to life, family, home, dignity - and water - The Ecologist (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Rebuild the water and energy systems with renewable technologies and designate them a public commons for all. End all evictions.

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Bankrupting democracy | openDemocracy

Bankrupting democracy | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The city of Detroit - home of the US auto industry, militant unionism, and African American political power and culture -  is now facing the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history. Since 1950 it has been losing population and tax revenue due to a combination of de-industrialization, outsourcing, and the flight of middle and working class people to the suburbs.  Now the state’s Republican rulers are trying to use a financial crisis they helped create in order to gain control of Detroit’s remaining treasures (including its water, land, and art museum) and completely destroy the labor movement and progressive African American political power in the process.  Their strategy is to subvert democracy and majority rule by imposing a city manager with dictatorial powers to oversee the selling off of city assets, cutting services and gutting pensions and benefits to satisfy banks and corporate creditors.

 

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