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The Transit of Venus

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June 5, 2012   No Comments

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 like to see him get this one.

Yusef’s Zone 8, his neighborhood, is literally on the other side of the tracks from the privileged and corporate-insentivized neighborhood where my partner and I are raising our 3 year-old. To my Woodbridge neighbors; you know that gunfire you hear way too often? We’ll, many times it’s coming from Yusef’s neighborhood. The intense disparity between our two neighborhoods is a disgrace perpetuated by institutionalized racism and profit-over-people practices that are somehow in service of both progress and austerity.

I consider Yusef’s work to fly in the face of this disparity as it directly supports people in his community and doesn’t rely upon corrupt systems for funding or implementation. While I hope he’ll forgive the dominant culture reference, I think of Yusef as something of a renaissance man. As an author, an activist and an entrepreneur, he has directly supported people in his community.

Coming from my background, there is no way for me analyze, interpret or judge life in Zone 8, but I can see Yusef’s work directly impacting his neighborhood and supporting people in his community.  I’m encouraged by this community first approach because I believe the well-being of folks who live in Zone 8, and in a city-wide context all Detroit neighborhoods, to be directly connected to our well-being here in Woodbridge and other privileged spaces throughout the city.

Please take a moment, and really, it only takes a moment, to nominate Yusef for the Hoodie Awards Best Community Leader category. Visit: http://hoodieawards.steveharvey.com/nominations/ The info you need for the nomination is:

Yusef Shakur
5740 Grand River
Detroit, MI

Thank you all! Good Luck Yusef!

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May 30, 2012   No Comments

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 in and around our community.

Friday, May 11th 5:30-8p
Cass Corridor Commons
4605 Cass Ave between Forest and Prentis

This will be your chance (one of many!) to tour our space, get to know us a little better, ask questions, and, most importantly, help us to shape and prioritize our programs!

The mission of People’s Kitchen Detroit is to co-create a safe, respectful and inclusive space where Detroiters can access affordable healthy local and bulk foods, learn and share empowering skills to plan and prepare healthy meals, holistically manage and prevent disease, and preserve local harvests while building community strength through food security, activism and a deeper connection to the Earth. As we move forward with realizing this vision, community input is vital to shaping our offerings. The Friday 5/11 event will be the first of many input sessions.

PKD offerings:

  • community cookshop (kitchen)
  • healthy food buying club
  • skillshares & cookshares
  • learning circles
  • healing garden
  • biobus mobile kitchen

thinking critically, putting relationships first…

Values & Principles – People’s Kitchen Detroit is informed and inspired by the Earth Charter, People of Color Environmental Justice Principles and Principles of Working Together, International Declaration of Human Rights, Principles of Food Sovereignty, Youth Food Bill of Rights, Humane Education and the City of Detroit Policy
on Food Security.

We are committed to active participation in the creation of a just local food system. Through our skill shares, cook shares, healthy food pantry, cafe offerings, mobile food bus and gardens, as well as our participation in the Detroit Food Justice Task Force and the Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System gatherings, we strive to bring our principles into every facet of our work as a model for sustainable and ethical practices that can be replicated throughout the city and beyond.

Safe, healthy, culturally relevant, and affordable food options are a basic human right. We are dedicated to sourcing and serving the highest quality, locally-grown and produced food at affordable prices,
where no one is turned away for lack of funds.

We affirm and honor the lived experience of all people. We strive to operate a non-hierarchical space – all participants are supported to share and learn from one another’s innate intuitive wisdom, life experiences, and ideas. Our programs are open to all who are interested through sliding-scale pricing and alternative means of payment including time-banking and volunteering.

visit http://peopleskitchendetroit.org for more. We hope you all can
join us and bring a friend!

In Health, Joy & Liberation,
Angela, Gregg and the PKD crew

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May 9, 2012   No Comments