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

Undoing Racism in Detroit’s Food System Advanced Training

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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 half days and includes lunch both days and a “lite breakfast”.  While we recognize the extent of the time commitment, it is important to the process that those participating must attend the entire period.

This training is being facilitated by CrossRoads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. http://crossroadsantiracism.org/ This advanced session is designed to build capacity in our community for the development of a strategic plan which addresses the structural racism we face in Detroit.  Participants who have completed a training program that endured for a minimum of one day are eligible to apply.

Scholarships are available, first-come, first-served and limited.  Please also note that space at the workshop is limited to 40 people.  All applications must be received by April 30, 2012.  Priority will be given to those who live or work in Detroit, or have participated in the monthly Undoing Racism Gathering sessions. Checks should be made payable to The Capuchin Soup Kitchen with Undoing Racism placed in the memo line and mailed to URDFS c/o Shane Bernardo, Earthworks Urban Farm, 1264 Meldrum, Detroit, MI 48207. The full application is available for download.

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April 27, 2012   No Comments

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 with this. In Solidarity! ~G

Soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1trVIrl9Xg

Southwest Detroit Freedom School
School Starts: Friday April 25, 2012 @ 10:55 a.m.

On Friday, April 27, 2012 at 10:55 a.m., we students of Western International High School will be starting our first day of class at Southwest Detroit Freedom School at Clark Park, across from our beloved school which we were suspended from. After over 300 of us staged a student walkout on Wednesday April 25, 2012, over 150 of us were given 5-day suspensions. One of our fellow students, targeted as the “ring-leader” is being threatened with formal charges for helping organize the walkout. We were walking out in solidarity with our fellow students at Southwestern High School to save their school from closing. More importantly, we were also fighting for quality education for us at Western, and at ALL DPS schools. We do not understand why we are being punished with a loss of educational opportunity when that is exactly what we were fighting for. To further demonstrate our commitment to education, we will be attending our own school taught by ourselves and community educators for the duration of our suspension. We are still looking for more teachers and students.

Contact us if you want to help and/or attend.
E-mail: ourvoicesouthwestdetroit@gmail.com,
Twitter: @_OurVoice, #LetOurVoicesBeHeard
Tumblr: ourvoicesouthwestdetroit.tumblr.com
Facebook Group: Southwest Detroit Freedom School


Classes will be about:
the history of Southwest Detroit
the Civil Rights Movement
Bboy/BGirl classes (Breakdancing)
the specifics of the Detroit Public School system
the Student Code of Conduct
your civil rights
Lino-cut prints
social justice
poetry workshops
You will also have a space to do make up work for the days you are suspended.
and much more!

Our Demands to the Detroit Public School System are the following:
1. Don’t close Southwestern High School.
2. Don’t close Maybury Elementary.
3. Remove suspensions for students involved in the walkout.
4. Don’t keep students away from school for walking out to stand up for what they believe.
5. Don’t want suspensions to go on our student records.
6. Don’t press criminal charges against students’ involved in the walkout.
7. Don’t violate students’ rights.
8. Don’t take students’ phones and search through & delete their content.
9. Don’t lay hands on students. No more physical attacks on students by security guards.
10. No more favoritism in who is & is not being targeted for suspension.
11. No more favoritism to certain students, student groups, or sports teams.
12. Honor the DPS Code of Conduct.
13. School Supplies: toilet paper, hand soap, etc.
14. Clean bathrooms, facilities.
15. Stop making students feel like we’re in prison.
16. Higher expectations for students.
17. Better college prep.
18. Stability– teachers who will actually be there for us, who are qualified.
19. Protection of teachers & their union.
20. We want equal opportunity to education.
21. Stop selling away community assets.
22. We’re students, not money signs or criminals. Stop running school like a business or a prison.
23. Give students an equal say in what goes on in all DPS schools. Give students a place in decision-making process. We want a Voice.
24. We need to invest more into our education than what our test scores are gonna be.
25. We need a better education– not students’ fault that money isn’t being used correctly.
26. We need teachers that teach, adequate books and supplies.
27. Remove the Emergency Financial Manager. Give control of schools back to community by reinstating the School Board.
28. Stop closing DPS schools. Go with what we have, stop closing everything down. Fix what we have. Stop closing DPS schools and allowing the chartering of so many schools. Stop turning schools into for profit businesses.

More: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120426/METRO01/204260493/1026/schools/180-Detroit-high-school-students-suspended-after-protesting-closures

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April 27, 2012   3 Comments

PKD Healing Garden Meeting

The People’s Kitchen Detroit Healing Garden is a new family-friendly community garden space on W Warren Ave between Rosa Parks and Avery.

  • PKD Healing Garden Meeting
    Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6:00pm until 7:30pm

At our first meeting of the season we’ll be getting to know one another and discussing:
- what we’ll grow this season (your suggestions invited!)
- other garden elements, how we want the space to look & feel
- developing regular work days & maintenance schedule

We’ll provide a light meal; bring something to share if you like! Please RSVP (here or via email) so we can get an idea of how much food to make.

Can’t wait to see you there! Call 313.444.3593 or email leeann@peopleskitchendetroit.org if you have questions or ideas.

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April 22, 2012   No Comments