Economic & Social Justice

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!)

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…)