To: Detroit Workers' Voice mailing list
May 24, 2016
RE: Environmental events this Thursday, May 26

  1. 4 pm: Stop poisoning Detroit - demonstrate outside MDEQ's office in Detroit!
  2. 7 pm: Attend a free showing of the film version of "This Changes Everything" at the DIA's Detroit Film Theater

Demonstrate against the poisoning of Detroit

From the leaflet for the demonstration, which is being organized by a wide coalition of environmental groups including Detroit Workers' Voice:

Protest MDEQ's plans to approve more hazardous waste in Detroit

Thursday - May 26, 2016 - 4 PM
  State of Michigan Cadillac Place & MDEQ Office
3060 West Grand Blvd. Detroit MI 48202

We have a problem in Detroit and Wayne County. It's called US Ecology (USE), an unlikely name for a company that brags about transporting, treating, and disposing of radioactive, chemical, hazardous and PCB waste. They want to bring ten times the amount of deadly chemicals to their factory on Georgia Street in Detroit, a mere bike ride from Hamtramck. MDEQ [the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which rubberstamps just about anything the corporate polluters want - DWV] sees no problem with bringing all these poisons into Detroit. They have stated that they plan to approve the expansion.

What will this mean for residents of Southeast Michigan?

How do we stop the poisoning of Detroit?

See the film version of This Changes Everything

There will be a free showing of This Changes Everything at the Detroit Institute of Art's Detroit Film Theater
5200 Woodward Avenue,
Detroit, MI 48202
Entrance to DFT on John R
Thursday, May 26th, at 7pm.

The doors open at 6 pm, and there will be networking with the various environmental organizations that are sponsoring this showing.

This film is inspired by Naomi Klein's important book This Changes Everything. A review of this book from a previous item on the Detroit Workers' Voice list can be found at

From the description by DFT of this film:

"Filmed 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. ... 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  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 exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better." 

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Posted on June 8, 2016