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By Dr. Thomas C. Pedroni
March 28, 2013
Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts had some fabulous news (see video below) to share on NBC’s Education Nation Detroit Summit this past Friday morning.  DPS had surpassed the Michigan state average in 14 of 18 categories measured by the state’s student proficiency test, the MEAP.  Applause and [...]

Empire Builders rally round Stephen Henderson’s Free Press editorial

a post from our new sister site, Detroit Deprogramming

March 18, 2013, Detroit – Last week, in the Free Press, Stephen Henderson wrote an editorial that was highly critical of the protestors who gathered outside of Cadillac Place as Governor Snyder announced Kevyn Orr would be Detroit’s Emergency Manager. EFM protesters miss opportunities to truly help [...]

Challenging assumptions about progress in the face of emergency management

Posted by: The Michigan Citizen Posted date: March 08, 2013
By Gregg Newsom
Special to the Michigan Citizen
This is the final column in our series discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. EJ principle 17 requires that we, as individuals, make [...]

Call to Action: Public Hearings on Land Use

republished courtesy the Michigan Citizen.
This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991.
Nov. 27, 2012 – This week Communicating Justice looks to EJ principle #16: “Environmental Justice calls for the education [...]

Confusing the Commons – “The Suprise Behind Detroit’s Emerging Comeback”

Peace all, here’s a comment I left on a recent Huffpost Detroit post by Commons author Jay Walljasper that suggests some of the programs of institutions and foundations in our city “…speaks to a strong sense of the commons that survives in Detroit even amid the economic setbacks.” Some of my concerns emerge in this [...]

Vote Fender Bender!

Peace, it is rare that we endorse online fund-raisers these days, but we just adore Fender Bender and appreciate their support of our work so much that we can’t help but ask that you take a moment and support them by voting. Thanks and Respect, ~Gregg & Anjela

The Idea
Fender Bender is a women [...]

How Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light transformed into the CIA’s Argo covert op – Boing Boing

Peace all, Roger Zelazny is one of the most influential writers in my realm. While I read Lord of Light after discovering the Amber Series and it helped to open me up to some more ‘eastern’ expressions of thought. Though I doubt I’ll check out this movie (I swore off Ben Affleck after Daredevil), the [...]

“Food Sickens Millions” from Bloomberg

Peace all, I recently shared some thoughts on Big Food and land grabbing practices globally and locally with Michigan Citizen readers. Here’s another reason why we need to support local growers and micro-economies that encourage greater accountability. Why are these profit-over-people companies allowed to self-regulate? Respect, ~Gregg
Food sickens 48 million Americans a year, with [...]

This Sunday! ‘Detroit’s Native Son’ – Oct 25, 3p Burton Theatre

Peace all, A couple of weeks back, I was invited to a screening of Yusef Bunchy Shakur’s new documentary, ‘Detroit’s Native Son’. It was an honor to be invited to this small gathering at the Urban Network Bookstore, which is right around the corner, yet very much on the other side of the tracks, from [...]

For Stan and Karen – Spark Born Star

Six years ago today Angela and I went out on our first date and to honor and celebrate her father Stan’s birthday. We started at Oslo and ended up at a Nancy Whiskey open mic. It was an amazing night. Until that night there was just this little spark, which I’d always been content with [...]

This Wed! Aug 22 – Land Sale Process Public Listening Session

From the Detroit Food Policy Council:
There have been several news stories in recent weeks about the possible sale of significant amounts of city owned land.   Land use decisions being made now will broadly impact every resident in our city for decades to come.
In an effort to inform and engage residents on this issue, the Detroit [...]

Stumbling into a (secret) public meeting of the State’s Financial Advisory Board

Today, while seeking an opportunity to share with Mr. Bing (we had heard he was holding a meeting at WSU) I actually stumbled upon what I’m calling a (secret) public meeting of the State’s Financial Advisory Board.
When I say (secret) I should say that the media were out, a bunch of people who smelled [...]

Detroit City Planning Commission preemptively challenges land sale to Hantz Farms

Please see the attached letter documenting the Detroit City Planning Commission’s preemptive challenge to the Bing Administration over the possible sale of 1900 parcels of land to Hantz Farms. I came across this yesterday and wanted to get it out to as many people as possible. I’ve been attempting to respectfully share with communities and [...]

The Transit of Venus

Please install latest Flash Player to run SunAeon Venus Transit 2012

Nominate Yusef Shakur!

I’m taking a break from moving today to encourage everyone to nominate Yusef Shakur as best community leader in the Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards. You can vote until 6pm today, Wed. May 30th. There are many reasons to nominate Yusef, but I want to share why I, a suburban-raised white guy living in Woodbridge, would [...]

This Friday! PKD Open House & Community Discussion

Hello everyone!
Did you take our survey yet?! Take it at tinyurl.com/pkdsurvey + come to our Open House & Community Discussion for FREE GRANOLA!

Please join with us this Friday, May 11th from 5:30-8p at the Cass Corridor Commons/First UU Church. We’ll enjoy some tasty and healthy local foods and help co-create an inclusive community space that meets needs [...]

Preserve the Rights of Non-Profits who Protest For-Profit Corporations in Michigan!

Though I’ve benefitted from it, I’m also critical of university practices and policies around community “engagement” in Detroit. That said, this legislation seems an attempt to block existing and potential relationships between grassroots organizations that are actually doing vital and vibrant work and the resources of supposedly “public” institutions. Please share and speak up. Respect. [...]


Friday, May 4, 2012
Each month this event is held on the first Friday at the
Cass Corridor Commons
4605 Cass, Detroit, MI 48201 near Forest Street
(youth will gather early to help prepare the food)
This month’s theme honors Cinco de Mayo and will feature Sacramento Knoxx and other artists from Southwest Detroit.
FREE FOOD!  Healthy, Locally sourced food by [...]

Liberating our tables: Changing how we eat to change what we eat

Published in the Michigan Citizen
• Sun, Apr 29, 2012

By Gregg Newsom

This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991.
Last week, our co-columnist Patrick Geans Ali kicked off our discussion of Environmental [...]

Reminder: Deadline April 30th, Undoing Racism DFS Advanced Training

Undoing Racism in Detroit’s Food System Advanced Training
Please spread the word!
Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Advanced Training will take place on Friday, May 4th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm and Saturday and Sunday May 5th and 6th from 8:00am-5pm at MSU Center, 3408 Woodward, Detroit. The cost of registration is $165 for two and a [...]

Southwest Detroit Freedom School

Detroit – TODAY and for the next five days: Please support and spread the word! This deserves national coverage. These students need to be lifted up as the leaders they are. In our current political/economic climate, I believe we all have an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by the way they are rolling [...]

Food Justice Fridays FREE Community Dinner

Friday, May 4th 6-8p, The Youth Food Justice Task Force and People’s Kitchen Detroit are sponsoring a Cinco De Mayo themed dinner this month. Featuring Sacramento Knoxx and other entertainers from southwest Detroit. Join the facebook event
Food Justice Friday Community Dinners are offered the first Friday of every month @ the Cass Corridor Commons/First UU [...]

From the Michigan Citizen: Sweating it out together

Published in the Michigan Citizen
• Sun, Apr 08, 2012

By Gregg Newsom

This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991.
This week, I’m honored to be writing from Albuquerque, N.M., while attending the [...]

#DetroitFuture Eat And Tweet Tuesday

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Cass Corridor Commons/First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit
4605 Cass Ave Detroit, MI 48201
So you finally got that twitter account set up and you’ve even made a few tweets!
Now what?
If you’re looking for a community of twitter users to practice your tweeting skilz with, #detroitfuture’s Eat and [...]

Mouth/Food Yoga

I’m blessed in many ways. Sometimes my blessing takes the form of sneaking away with a large portion of a meal prepared by Angela. The days are busy, so I take a little break where I won’t be lovingly interrupted by Aya or Angela, typically when they are working or playing together.
This morning I curled [...]

Mom-2-Mom Fundraiser & Bake Sale March 24 at the Commons!

EMEAC’s Stand Up! Speak Out! Program having Mom-2-Mom Fundraiser & Bake Sale March 24 at CCC
A Mom-2-Mom Charity Sale & Bake Sale will be held March 24 from 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m. in Mid-town Detroit’s Cass Corridor Commons – the new home of East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) at 4605 Cass Avenue, inside [...]

Metro FoodLand Loyalty Appreciation Campaign 27

This from Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System. Before you head out to the burbs, please consider visiting Metro FoodLand and checking out their selection. Angela and I have taken the appreciation pledge to support this Detroit-local black-owned business and encourage your support. Let’s come together to help out a business that has been [...]

PKD Rising – Great Gratitude

Another attempt to retake this blog as a place of personal expression.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working on a web-based expression of our proposal and suggested organizational structure for People’s Kitchen Detroit. To support this I’ve been going through our documents from the past six years, collecting various writings, photos and graphics.
Though I [...]

Eden Exegesis: More Art in 2012!

Welcome to 2012! Meditation on Squares and Circles

Justice Communicator Column: Let’s talk about interdependence and unity in the Detroit food system

Published in the Michigan Citizen
• Sun, Dec 11, 2011

By Gregg Newsom

This week, I shifted my focus to the first Environmental Justice principle and began to consider its relationship to the grassroots food justice movement in Detroit. The principle reads, “Environmental Justice affirms the sacredness of Mother Earth, ecological unity and the interdependence of all species, [...]

Justice Communicator Column “Let the healing begin” Re-imagining food, health and resistance

Published in the Michigan Citizen
• Sun, Nov 06, 2011

By Gregg Newsom
This is the second in the series of columns on the justice principle of community health by the Justice Communicators.
While reflecting on the principal of community health and its relationship to food for this column, I was fortunate enough to attend the Re-Imagining Work Conference [...]

Thrive @ the Cass Corridor Commons

This month’s Market Movie night is moving to the new Cass Corridor Commons at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at Forrest and Cass. Please join with us and spread the word! ~Gregg

Watch the THRIVE trailer: http://youtu.be/OibqdwHyZxk

Justice Communicator Column 5: From the corporate to the commons

Detroit Evolution is pleased to repost the Justice Communicators column from The Michigan Citizen. Patrick Geans-Ali, Victoria Goff and I have been cycling through a loose discussion on the relationship between principals shared by the Environmental Justice, Media & Digital Justice and Food Justice movements. Thus far we have discussed the principals of Access, [...]

Justice Communicator Column 2: Whole Foods, access and food justice

This week, Detroit Evolution is pleased to repost the Justice Communicators column from The Michigan Citizen. Patrick Geans-Ali, Victoria Goff and I have been cycling through a loose discussion on the relationship between principals shared by the Environmental Justice, Media & Digital Justice and Food Justice movements. Thus far we have discussed the principals of [...]

Occupy Within Together Detroit

I’m sharing three pieces of media related to the occupy movement.

The first is a piece of propaganda that has been evolving over the past two years. I’m working on an explanation of the symbols, designs and colors for a separate post.
The second is a message to Occupy from Grace Lee Boggs. The emphasis on values [...]

Michigan Citizen column – From the corporate to the commons

It’s is an honor to share a Michigan Citizen column as part of the Justice Communication Team. We’re cycling through the Justice Principals pertaining to the Environment, Food and Media. Here’s my most recent effort. In Health, Joy & Liberation, ~Gregg
From the corporate to the commons
By Gregg Newsom
This is the second in the series of [...]

5th Annual D’ Town Farm Harvest Festival

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to build food security in Detroit’s Black community by: 1) influencing public policy; 2) promoting urban agriculture; 3) encouraging co-operative buying; 4) promoting healthy eating habits; 5) facilitating mutual support and collective action among members; and 6) encouraging young [...]

People’s Yoga Detroit Volunteer Hours at Spirit Farm!

This summer & fall we’re excited and honored to offer a new program through People’s Yoga Detroit.  In addition to the optional monetary donation students can make after class, we’re inviting you to donate time & energy to Spirit Farm, the beautiful farm right at Spirit of Hope church.
Volunteer hours are just before class, Tuesdays [...]

Michigan Citizen: Whole Foods, access and food justice

Whole Foods, access and food justice
Published • Sun, Aug 07, 2011 – The Michigan Citizen
By Gregg Newsom
It is convenient to this column’s current focus on access that health food giant Whole Foods Market, Inc. recently announced its plan to open a location in Detroit at Mack and John R in 2013. “Whole Paychecks,” as many [...]

Action: Support Blair’s Memorial Fund

Angela and I want to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and the many communities that gathered around Blair. Many of our friends have asked us to post this and we encourage our community to make a donation to the memorial fund set up family and friends to help with the cost of [...]

Detroit Food Justice Movie Debut and Zine Release

July 26, 2011
Contact: Gregg Newsom
Phone: 313.316.1411
email: gregg@detroitfoodjustice.org

The Detroit Food Justice Task Force to debut COOK EAT TALK: The Movie, release the Just Feed Detroit CookZine and celebrate the local Food Justice Movement
Detroit, July 26, 2011 – The Detroit Food Justice Task Force (http://detroitfoodjustice.org) is excited [...]

Rally at Catherine Ferguson this Thursday!

This THURSDAY, JUNE 16th @ NOON, will be a rally at Catherine Ferguson Academy to keep the school open. It’s the only school for pregnant and parenting teens like it in the country. This amazing school is a vital and integral part of education in the health and future of Detroit for generations to come. [...]

Medicine is Media!: Health is Dignity, Dignity is Resistance

Friends, I’m excited and honored to share at this year’s Allied Media Conference. Here is a cool opportunity to help support the Healing Justice Track. Please like, share and thank you! ~Gregg
Medicine is Media!: Health is Dignity, Dignity is Resistance “Herbal Care Package
by Good Fight Herb Co
For an exciting limited time only, donate $50 and receive a special handmade [...]

Detroit Incinerator Action Alert from Zero Waste Detroit

Yesterday, the Planning and Economic Development Committee voted to reject the Detroit Renewable Power’s (owners of the Detroit incinerator) request for $4.1M Brownfield redevelopment tax credits. City Council will be voting on the issue May 3rd. Please call/email all the council members. Thanks ~Gregg
From: Zero Waste Detroit
Subject: May 3rd Council action on Incinerator tax credits
Action [...]

DUST: Detroit Urban Sustainability Training

Angela and Gregg are honored to share workshops, kitchen classes and resources with many of our urban agriculture/sustainability heroes and friends through this summer’s Detroit Urban Sustainability Training. Please spread the word and make plans to join us for 10 days in Detroit! Thank you! ~G

10 Days in Detroit learning Urban Sustainability from Detroiters living [...]

Participate in the People’s Movement Assembly!

This Thursday, Angela and I are excited to assist with the People’s Movement Assembly. Angela will be co-facilitating the Food Sovereignty group and I’ll be co-facilitating the Neighborhood Stability group. One of the beautiful aspects of a PMA is that it is flexible and open to facilitate respectful communication with others. While I experience and [...]

Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System – 2 Day Training

Last year I attended the first Undoing Racism 2 Day Training and found it very transformative. I’m pleased to share that another 2 Day Training is being offered this year. Seating is limited. ~G

Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System
Two Day Training April 30 & May 1
Detroit is rich with community, deep with history, and [...]

Celebrate Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System’s New Documentary!

The work of Undoing Racism has been some of the most transformative that Angela and I have engaged in. I’m pleased to invite our friends and supporters out to the premiere of this important documentary. We’ll screen the film, share in a discussion on race and food in Detroit and enjoy live music and refreshments. [...]

Detroit Police Forcibly Remove Occupying Students from Catherine Ferguson Academy

Angela, Aya and I stopped by the Catherine Ferguson Academy after feeding the chickens at Spirit Farm yesterday afternoon. CFA is a Detroit public high school for pregnant and parenting teen girls- the only one of its kind in the nation. We heard that the students had decided to protest the closing of their school [...]

Detroit Grassroots in Businessweek?

Interesting to read about the Detroit Food Justice Task Force in Businessweek! ~G
“Groups like the Detroit Food Justice Task Force are educating the community about food access and nutrition while networking with entrepreneurs to build a locally sustainable, environmentally just food system. Projects like Hush House are tackling issues of adult illiteracy and homelessness while [...]

DUST: Detroit Urban Sustainability Training

Detroit Evolution are proud to be a part of this years DUST. Please check it out and spread the word. Thank You!
DUST is an intensive hands-on immersion course in urban sustainability, grass-roots community building, and community arts. Spend ten days in Detroit visiting Urban Farms, Gardens, Local Green Businesses, Green Building Projects, Public Art [...]

Detroit: Imagine No Robocop

by Gregg Newsom, Detroit Evolution
Many across Detroit and the world have tuned into the latest Detroit Kickstarter kitsch, a proposed Robocop Statue across from the famous Michigan Central Station. You can learn more about it and take in some of the feedback the project is getting from Detroiters at the Imagination Station’s Facebook page. The [...]

Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System

Please spread widely.  All are welcome.
Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Monthly Gathering
This Saturday, January 8, 1 to 3pm
Note different location: Hannan House 4750 Woodward Avenue, between E. Forest and E. Hancock.
Our gathering this month will focus on a framework for planning personal and collective anti-racist action. Please bring relevant resources and [...]

Tuning into Spacematters

There’s a great deal of talk ’round town about the Spacematters blog. Please check out the suggested links. Open discussion of race is mandatory for urban localization. We have a great deal of unlearning to do. ~Gregg

The Spacematters author writes “In the most segregated city in the United States, race is something we certainly need [...]

Ezra Fox Explores Christiania the Free – Denmark’s (Sort Of) Lawless Place

I think I could use a little hyggelig. ~G
In 2006, the people of Freetown Christiania had one of their epic, soul-crushing consensus-democracy meetings. It wasn’t going well. The subject was the future of Christiania itself. Up for debate was a plan by the conservative government that offered a [...]

The Craig Fahle Show – Holiday Food Edition

Angela had the honor of sharing a few vegan holiday recipes with Noah for The Craig Fahle Show’s Holiday Food Edition. If you missed it here are the recipes. Please note that we’ve been in the middle of a move so we have not offered any holiday catering options. We’ll be back up and running [...]

Unlearning: Waxing on our “Off the Map” Trajectory

Here’s another attempt to write more personal posts and not just use this space for info regurgitation. Trying to document some of  my internal processes and thoughts I share in our small community, my intention being a clarity and understanding that I’ve yet been able to manifest. Thanks, ~G

Sunday Morning, North Corktown, Sage on [...]

Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Gathering

I’m continuously striving to become an aware, non-judgmental, active and outspoken ally of the organizations, individuals and communities of color that my family and I are blessed to share this space with. I feel the greatest common ground between all Detroit communities, all people really, seen and unseen, is Food. We all have a right [...]

Update – A Home, Vegan Holiday Class & Catering

This Update is dedicated to Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, 1955 – 2010.

Please Note: There’s still space in Angela’s Vegan Holiday Party Foods Meet-Up this Wed, Dec 1st at Irene’s Myomassology Institute. (Thank You Irene!)
Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!
As always Detroit Evolution-land is full of twists, turns and surprises! I’m slightly sarcastic, [...]

This week: 2010′s Free Movie Night Season Closer: A Man Named Pearl

Hi all & happy Monday!  We hope to see you this Wednesday at Eastern Market for the last film of our 2010 free movie series, A Man Named Pearl — it’s going to be a good one!  Check out the press release below, and find Facebook event info here.
November 8, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: [...]

Feast of Fright Cancelled

Hello Friends and Neighbors,
With sadness I share that we’re canceling the Angel’s Night Feast of Fright. The crew tried to overcome many obstacles to make this event happen, but fate was finally sealed when the high winds ripped apart our dining area canopy beyond repair.
Gregg and I are also dealing with a [...]

2 Day Hoop House Workshop with Will Allen

We’re going to try to get a few people from our neighborhood to this workshop. It is going to be a good one! Please spread the word. ~Gregg

On Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, 2010, Will Allen, a McArthur Fellow and founder of Growing Power, Inc of Milwaukee, will return to Detroit [...]

Press Release: Second Detroit Dome to be Erected at Bioneers This Weekend!

October 11, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.355.2009
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com
City’s second geodesic dome greenhouse structure will offer space for reflection at sustainability gathering.
Detroit, Michigan – October 11, 2010 – This weekend Detroit’s Marygrove College will host the fifth annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit conference. Billed as a [...]

From Detroit Domes: The Story So Far…

Cross-posted from Detroit Domes.
About 6 months ago I started to share my love of Buckminster Fuller with some of my young friends here in North Corktown. Fuller invented the Geodesic Dome amongst other amazing innovations. When we we’re approached by my neighbor Travis to help build a greenhouse, we suggested a [...]

This Month’s Free Movie: Ladies of the Land

October 7, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.316.1411
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com
Monthly Free Movie Night screens Ladies of the Land on Wednesday, October 20th, 7-9p in Eastern Market’s Shed 5
Detroit, Michigan – October 7, 2010 – The Monthly Free Movie Night in Eastern Market screenings have recently focused on the [...]

Please Join Us at Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit!

Every year I learn more about the seasons and the patterns that manifest around the waxing and waning of the moon.  The closer Angela and I move toward our intended sustainable off-grid urban existence (we have a ways to go!), the more visible and pertinent these cycles and patterns become. B.A. [...]

Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Update: Join Us!

Relocalization and resilience in Detroit request open, inclusive and respectful dialog on Race.  Detroit Evolution strive to be white allies in the motion towards Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System. Please consider joining these monthly gatherings to learn more. ~G
Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Update:  Join Us!
By Charity Hicks and Lisa Richter, [...]

Evolution Update – Brunch is Back/GreenDome Rising

Greetings Detroit & all who grace us here!
I’m coming to the realization that we no longer have the time to be as verbose as I’d like to be with these newsletters. I prefer essays to bullet-points myself, but we have so much going on that I have to simply get IT out. [...]

Striving to Speak Truth #1

I’m trying to find my voice again. Where it went is a long story that I hope to someday be able to share. These are experiments in speaking truth and releasing the pressure that’s building up inside. Blessings and gratitude to my sister Charity for breaking me open. Shanti. ~G
Striving to speak clearly, simply, and [...]

Free Movie Night in Eastern Market! – Pollan & Sandoval 2009 Bioneers Plenaries

Please join us this Wednesday September 15th at 7pm in Eastern Market’s Shed 5 for a free screening of two great plenary speeches from last year’s Bioneers conference!
The Bioneers conference is a yearly event that helps bring together farmers, students, activists, cooks, gardeners, and all others working toward eco-justice and sustainability. Participants can count on [...]

Detroit GreenDome Rising!

Here to go…

New RAW Class: Local, Live and Luscious: Everyday Raw Food for EveryBody!

Local, Live and Luscious: Everyday Raw Food for EveryBody!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Cost $ 10.00
Please Register at the Meetup page!
Location: Irene’s Myomassology Institute
26061 Franklin Rd
Southfield, MI 48033

Your Body is Your Temple. Yet, the food choices we make don’t always reflect this sentiment. When we discover the Truth about our food- where it comes from, how [...]

Evolution Update: Aug 26, 2010 – Yoga for Cyclists & Detroit GreenDome

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” ~R. Buckminster Fuller
Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!
What a whirlwind recently, eh? We have three very important items to share and request your assistance in moving this info on to your family, friends and communities.

This Saturday [...]

Press Release: Detroit GreenDome

August 24, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.355.2009
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com
Geodesic Greenhouse proposal wins SOUP event to team up with Friends of Spaulding Court for a matched online speed-fundraising campaign via Kickstarter.
Detroit, Michigan – August 24, 2010 – Last Thursday, Detroit Dome’s Gregg Newsom [...]

Welcome to my Noah Moment — Detroit Domes

Just wanted to “officially” announce Detroit Domes here. The site is bare bones but tells a bit of the story. ~G
Welcome to my Noah Moment…
by Gregg
Thanks for visiting Detroit Domes. My wife Angela and I do a great deal of community work, so I want to properly define this as a personal project. Of course, [...]

Vote Dome! SOUP at Spaulding this Thursday

Come join the Friends of Spaulding Court this Thursday for Soup at Spaulding! Soup-maestro Hannah Lewis will be making sweet potato bisque (oh so tasty) with a green salad and bread from Avalon on the side. Don’t forget to bring your own spoon & bowl! After dinner, we’ll listen to presentations and [...]

Seattle City Council approves urban farm/garden legislation

SUBJECT: Seattle City Council approves urban farm and community garden legislation improving access to locally grown food
8/16/2010 2:45:00 PM
Laura Lockard (206) 684-8159
Council President Richard Conlin
Seattle City Council approves urban farm and community garden legislation improving access to locally grown food
SEATTLE � As part of the 2010 [...]

Yoga for Cyclists

On August 28th, People’s Yoga Detroit will offer its first-ever workshop, Yoga for Cyclists with Caitlin Brown!  During this three-hour class, students will explore asanas (postures) that can help open and release areas of the body often tight and tense among cyclists, such as the hips, quads, hamstrings, low back, [...]

Reverend Billy: Flying to Ask the Earth

Angela and I have been following Reverend Billy for quite some time. I first saw him out at Burning Man in 2004. It was great to finally meet him at the USSF. We spoke of his returning to Detroit with the entire Stop Shopping Choir! That will be exciting. Here’s Rev Billy’s [...]

Green for Life – Raw food lecture by Victoria Boutenko

Our friends at the Glass Academy are bringing Victoria back again this year! If you’re new to raw foods we highly recommend reading Victoria’s work and, if you’re able, getting out to her lecture in Dearborn. In Health, Joy & Liberation, ~Gregg

Green for Life – Raw food lecture
by Victoria Boutenko
Thursday, August 19 th 6:00-8:30pm
Doors open [...]

Urban Ecology Detroit: Bounty of the Vacant Lot, Pt. 2

Our friends at Urban Ecology Detroit are getting back into the swing of things. This time it’s exploration of the alleys, vacant lots, and gardens around Earthworks Urban Farm. Find out what kind of exciting wild edibles and herbs are sprouting up this time of year, and what to look forward to in the coming [...]

Free Movie Night in Eastern Market: Where Do The Children Play?

Please join us Wednesday August 18th at 7pm in Eastern Market’s Shed 5 for a free screening of Where Do The Children Play?
Where Do the Children Play? is a one-hour documentary for public television that examines how restrictive patterns of sprawl, congestion, and endless suburban development across America are impacting children’s mental and physical health [...]


For additional information, contact:
Colleen K. Crane, The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph
414.374.8841, ext. 27   (cell)  414.254.2808
Lisa Richter, Earthworks Urban Farm/Capuchin Soup Kitchen
313-579-2100 ext. 204, earthworks@cskdetroit.org
Detroit, MI (August 5, 2010) … The Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earthworks Urban Farm will be hosting its third annual Harvest Dinner, [...]

Evolution Update – August 10, 2010

August 10th, 2010 – Detroit – It’s been a productive time at Casa de la Evolución. As always, North Corktown is abuzz with activity. It’s often hard to keep up with the “good stuff” happening in the city. There’s more to share and you can catch a great deal of it through the blogs on [...]

Today’s Undoing Racism Gathering Agenda

Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Gathering
August 7, 2010, 1-3pm
Location: MSU Center, 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI
Facilitators: Ron and Gregg
Opening (30 min)
Request assistance with note taking
Welcome and Introductions
Review Agenda, any additions?
Centering Activity – Billie
Review of Safe Space Guidelines

step up/step back
listen generously
suspend judgment
speak your truth
agree to disagree
seek to understand (then be understood)
make “I” statements – [...]

Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Gathering

All are encouraged to attend this Saturday’s Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Gathering…

This Saturday, August 7, 2010 1-3pm

Location: MSU Center, 3408 Woodward, Detroit, MI

We will begin our monthly feature highlighting an organization’s anti-racism work.  This month will be Earthworks Urban Farm of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.  We will also be furthering [...]

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July 18 -  July 24

Don’t Miss “A Breath Of Hope,” Stories from Detroit, FLYPmedia, no. 23

Boggs Center to nurture community leadership
“Radical [...]

Evolve Detroit: New Website, Free Movie this Wed, No Brunch…

Monday, July 19th 2010
Greetings Detroit and all!
It’s been quite a while since you’ve seen an Evolve Detroit. We’ve been working on development, participating in collaborative grant proposals, trying to stay cool and supporting our son’s growth and development in awe. We hope that you are all well and [...]


Welcome to the long fabled NEW Detroit Evolution site. It is still very much in development, but this fractured site will give you an idea of what we’re up to and where we’re headed. We’re hoping that a WordPress guru magically appears to bless us by cleaning up some of our [...]

The New Detroit Evolution site is live! http://detroitevolution.com

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Detroit gets growing | Environment | The Observer

Detroit was once the engine of America’s automotive industry. Today it is a symbol of urban decay. But a daring bid to return the land to farming is sowing seeds of recovery – and could be a template for cities across the world
via Detroit gets growing | Environment | The Observer.

Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships – Begin

This directory of on-the-job learning opportunities in sustainable and organic agriculture in the U.S. (and some in Canada) has been published since 1989 as a tool to help farmers and apprentices connect with each other. The listed farms are primarily seeking interns/apprentices from North America.
Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships – Begin.

Announcing the True Food Shoppers Guide Mobile App – Sweet!

The Center for Food Safety today launched a new mobile application that will help shoppers to quickly and easily identify foods made with ingredients from genetically modified (GM) organisms.  The free app, “The Center for Food Safety’s True Food Shoppers Guide”, is available for mobile devices through iTunes and Android [...]

The Van

We know that one of the major things we need to do is use a bike more, but in the meantime we are very thankful for the amazing van that our friends Carla and Ward donated to us almost 2 years ago.

Quesadillas with Tempeh, Black Beans, and Grilled Veggies

Serves 2-4
The cashew cheese in this recipe is so versatile and delicious, it’s a great tool in the transition to a healthier lifestyle. I use it on tacos, enchiladas, mac-n-cheese, veggie burgers, the list is endless!
2 – 10 inch flour tortillas
2 tbs. sunflower, grapeseed or olive oil
½-¾ c. cashew cheddar cheese, recipe follows
1 c. [...]

Writing & Speaking Out, Alcohol As A Gas, Food Policy Meet

One of my post-USSF resolutions is to begin to use this blog a bit more. There’s a great many reasons for this, but the most vital is to get the writing juices going again. For a moment there I was actually calling myself a writer. This wasn’t because I simply wanted to, but because I [...]

July 2010 – Alcohol Can Be A Gas!

July 12, 2010
Contact: Leeann Drees
Phone: 313.316.1411
email: leeann@detroitevolution.com
Detroit Abides screens selections from David Blume’s Alcohol Can Be a Gas!: Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century on Wednesday, July 21st, 7-9p in Eastern Market’s Shed 5
Detroit, Michigan – July 12, 2010 – This month’s Detroit Abides [...]

June 2010 – Fierce Light

Please join us June 16th at 7pm in Eastern Market’s Shed 5
This month’s Detroit Abides features the moving film Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action.

April 2010 – Garbage Warrior

Please join us April 21st at 7pm in Eastern Market’s Shed 5
for a FREE Screening of Garbage Warrior!

Shot over three years in the USA, India and Mexico, Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically sustainable housing. An inspirational tale of [...]

March 2010 – American Harvest

March Detroit Abides – American Harvest
See how the immigration issue is tied to your kitchen table!
Anti-immigration sentiment sweeps across America. A journey from Florida to New York, including a trip to the Mexican border, reveals the lives and issues of legal and illegal migrants and farmers working toward a better life.
Is the [...]

The Fine Line Between Sharing & Casting Judgment

March 1, 2010, NoCo HQ, Detroit – I want to share something of an “official” statement here. Angela and I promote relocalization and the active dismantling of racism. Both request massive lifestyle changes and I’m sharing my exploration of these changes through this blog and all my work. Don’t confuse my promotion and exploration of [...]

February 2010 – Food, Inc.

Detroit Abides
This Month’s FREE Movie: Food, Inc.
Wednesday, February 17th 7-9pm
Location: Eastern Market’s Heated Shed 5
Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell & Alfred

Food, Inc., the critically acclaimed 2009 hit documentary from Participant Media, Magnolia Pictures and River Road Entertainment, gives audiences a vivid view of industrial food production, a system that [...]

January 2010 – Consuming Kids

Consuming Kids

November 2009 – What Would Jesus Buy?

<a href=”http://wwjbmovie.com/” target=”_blank”>What Would Jesus Buy?</a><br />

August 2009 – Coming Home

This Evolve Detroit serves to remind you of tonight’s Detroit Abides. It is hard to believe that we’ve been sharing a movie in Eastern Market every month for over a year now and this evening is certainly one not to miss. We’re honored to screen Michigan filmmaker Chris Bedford’s COMING HOME E.F. [...]

June 2009 – The Greening of Southie

May 2009 – FLOW

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Detroit Evolution Laboratory, and Eastern Market Corporation come together on the third Wednesday of every month to present Detroit Abides, A Free Sustainability Gathering in Eastern Market’s Shed 5. The event features a movie on a sustainable topic, explores the topic at the local level through discussion [...]

October 2008 – Kilowatt Ours