Economic & Social Justice

Kalamazoo & Omaha visited!

August 10th, 2016 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Lincoln | Omaha - (0 Comments)
Goodbye Detroit!

Spent a few hours hanging out in Kalamazoo before Tammy Hibner arrived . Didn’t get to see old friend Chris maybe next time through. It was peaceful where I was  able (with Tammy’s help -massage therapist) get comfortable again and drove west of Chicago before stopping for the night. Then it was off to Des Moines.

Passed…..Iowa & Nebraska and saw corn…lots of corn. Passed a wicked innovation center. (more…)

We are on our way Detroit to Pueblo

October 16th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Chicago | Detroit | Lincoln | Omaha | Pueblo - (Comments Off on We are on our way Detroit to Pueblo)

This is our route for the next couple days as we head West to Pueblo, Colorado from Detroit Michigan.  Stephen, Joe and I are in Kalamazoo and the journey begins as we look forward to arriving in Pueblo. There we will be working on building a kids Music & Art Center all while trying to bring sanity to a Government that has lead us astray.  Let the strategies begin!   In the meantime here’s the journey plans.  We’re trying to avoid freezing overnight temperatures in Denver/Pueblo area.  By Sunday we’re clear.  Therefore we’re going to participate in the Enbridge pre-trial event Thursday at 10 am in Battle Creek. (more…)

Detroit stands up to Obama’s Administration at UofM

September 27th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Detroiters-Resisting Emergency Management | West Hollywood | West Palm Beach - (Comments Off on Detroit stands up to Obama’s Administration at UofM)

The Obama administration is in Detroit today to discuss the restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds to the City of Detroit to alleviate the financial crisis facing the city. This will not be the case if Obama’s officials choose to meet with and listen to Governor Snyder, EM Orr, Mayor Bing and other officials who have deliberately withheld federal funds from Detroit to further their agenda of privatization, union busting and subsidies for the banks.Here is a list of concrete ways the Obama administration can funnel needed funds to Detroit.

All of these can be done by executive action and do not require approval of the reactionary Republican House of Representatives. The Obama administration can order the release of hundreds of millions of dollars of CSBG funds to the City of Detroit, under the auspices of the City and administered by City workers. In October 2011, State DHS head Moira Corrigan illegally withheld these funds from Detroit in an (more…)

MICATS Court Day in Mason, Michigan

August 29th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Mason Court - (Comments Off on MICATS Court Day in Mason, Michigan)

Michigan Coalition Against TarSands protesters had their preliminary hearing today in Mason Court. Six of us piled on the “V” at 6:30am, where Jeremy made us all pancakes, as we rolled down the highway for our 1 1/2 hour journey, headed to Mason where we listened to the testimony. Four courageous people had locked themselves onto some very large machinery (July 22) in order to make a statement and to stop the Enbridge expansion of the pipeline. This same Corporation spilled over 1 million gallons of tarsands in the Kalamazoo river three years ago, and that’s still not cleaned up. It happened only days after the BP oil spill had been capped so you can imagine how that was kept quiet.  (more…)

Heidelberg Project in Detroit-Eye Candy

August 19th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Detroiters-Resisting Emergency Management | Emergency Management - (Comments Off on Heidelberg Project in Detroit-Eye Candy)
Today I met the guy who started the “Heidelberg Project”. I went to the office first where I met Amanda who gave me some information and allowed me to take a couple pictures of the front office. Yes, it’s a full time business now with 3 full-time staff.  She then suggested that I walk around the project as opposed to driving through because there’s so much to see.  I parked the “V” on the main road and walked until I met up with a wonderful older lady who told me she was a teachers assistant and knew the artist. As we were talking she pointed to a truck a driving in a said, “that’s the guy who made all this”. (more…)

People’s Forum by Detroiters Resisting Emergency Manager

August 17th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Detroiters-Resisting Emergency Management - (Comments Off on People’s Forum by Detroiters Resisting Emergency Manager)
Lila, Linda, Paster Bill, Tawana, Marian

It was a very passionate day as the People’s Forum kicked into gear to end Emergency Management. It took place on Saturday, at the Samaritan Center in Detroit.  A full house was educated as the speakers informed the public on what it meant to be in “EM”. Their messages sometimes bringing the audience to tears with emotional and moving speeches. Hanging on by a thread and fighting back against bankruptcy, is not where they want to be. They had a thriving metropolis, but now the city is filled with empty decaying buildings, everything and anything that can be, is under threat of privatization and the money and corruption have a death grip on (more…)

The people of Detroit with Interviews around town

August 15th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit - (Comments Off on The people of Detroit with Interviews around town)

A couple days ago I went to get propane for the “V” and there I met a man who told me some amazing stories about his life along with some very interesting history. He shared pictures and memorabilia about things he’d done over the past few decades. His family has owned businesses in Detroit for over 42 years. He spoke of the struggles of the communities, the boom and bust in Detroit but how he, as a black man, had been part of powerful circles. He, then let me photograph some documents he had hanging on the wall. African Lodge was accepted in the “Free Masons Sept 1784. He had an article from Seattle Times, sitting on his desk, which mentioned the decline of middle class way back. I extended an invitation to interview him, but he’s camera shy and shared concerns that (sadly) it may lead to political tensions with his business. So we had a wonderful time, shared stories and to him I say, “thank you for sharing!” (more…)

Will the “Pet Coke” hazard waste remain in Detroit?

July 31st, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Petco & EMT - (Comments Off on Will the “Pet Coke” hazard waste remain in Detroit?)

A few us gathered at a very important meeting in Detroit today.  It was the “Land Use Hearing” for Detroit Bulk Storage, a company who decided to allow Pet coke (nasty-hazardous by-product of Petroleum)” to be stored on their land along the waterfront (Detroit River) without a permit. This case is being closely followed by those who live in the area and all the activists who are paying attention. This black dust, greasy film is landing peoples cars, homes, furniture and then travels across the Detroit river (going into the fresh waterways) to Windsor residents who have also been complaining about this soot that lands in their apartments & homes on the riverfront.   (more…)

Detroiter’s Resist Emergency Management – DREM

July 30th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Emergency Management | Petco & EMT - (Comments Off on Detroiter’s Resist Emergency Management – DREM)

I was later than expected leaving because the tree I was hugging in the driveway of my aunts took a few posters as I was leaving.  The that great Can to USA border crossing totally blew me away.  Nothing compared to when I came over that same Ambassador Bridge around 10 pm almost a month earlier, and was immediately surrounded by border patrol and 2 cars with flashing lights.   That time, I was searched on the U.S. side and the Canadian side thoroughly.   So, I wasn’t expecting that this time 4 border patrol officers would  stroll up, come in and say, “wow this is something” as they stared at all the “stuff” hanging around the windows.  Then, two stayed on and we talked about all the different issues in the Country.  One was so well versed he was telling me stuff. They didn’t check any of my belongings, or search anything, just kept reading all the things on the walls. It was hardly believable.  One Mr. McDonald laughed when I asked their names.  Should I be worried that it was so easy?  Maybe they were remotely downloading all my data as they chatted me up?    I was in Detroit by 1:15 and was anxious to hear the Bradley Manning verdict.  As soon as I got to the coffee shop and could get wifi I saw that the “Aiding the Enemy” charge had been dropped but 19 0r 20 other charges held.   I got to meet some great people at  Coffee Con Leche  and we talked about the issues of Detroit which were 1) the Emergency Management takeover and possible bankruptcy and also 2) the Pet Coke that was sitting on the waterfront making people sick.  (more…)

Charley Reese’s Final column!

July 20th, 2013 | Posted by Occupy The Roads in Detroit | Petco & EMT - (Comments Off on Charley Reese’s Final column!)
Charlie Reese/columnist

He was a journalist for 49 years.   He is retired and this was HIS LAST COLUMN.  Reese’s final column couldn’t be more dead on!

“It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.” – Charley ReeseCharley Reese’s final column for the Orlando Sentinel

Be sure to read the Tax List at the end.

This is about as clear and easy to understand as it can be. The article below is completely neutral, neither anti-republican or democrat. Charlie Reese, a retired reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has hit the nail directly on the head, defining clearly who it is that in the final analysis must assume responsibility for the judgments made that impact each one of us every day. It’s a short but good read. Worth the time. Worth remembering!

545 vs. 300,000,000 People
-By Charlie Reese (more…)