60+ organizers will converge for the Black 2 Just Transition Assembly & Training from November 8-12, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.
Apply today to be part of this historic gathering: https://ClimateJusticeAlliance.org/Black2JT
At the assembly, we'll examine systemic change pathways away from destructive industries towards models that center the health, well-being and self-determination of communities.
Our trainings will center the lessons, principles & practices of Black Liberation, Indigenous sovereignty, healing, environmental justice and other allied struggles for decolonization.
Since its founding in the 1960s, the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) has addressed the multiple environmental, economic, and social issues facing Detroit's residents. Ten years ago, EMEAC moved to the Cass Corridor Commons in Detroit, and developed its new mission - "To empower the Detroit community to protect, preserve and value the land, air and water. We build community power through environmental justice education, youth development and collaborative relationship building." The Commons is a community resource that serves as a central location for community members to organize, create alignment across issues & sectors, and build progressive political movements.
For decades, Detroit has been home to some of the worst environmental injustices in the U.S., while also being a historic hub for visionary, black liberation struggles and organized resistance. Based on these historic traditions, EMEAC has been cultivating a movement for a Just Transition. Our Just Transition strategy involves a three pronged approach for building community power and resilience:
Being rooted in youth, family and community led organizing - using art and cultural expression to cultivate our collective commitment
Alignment through intergenerational, political education – learning the roots of our liberation struggles to allow us envision pathways forward
Trans-local network building to build solidarity economies of caring and sharing
ASSEMBLY & TRAINING GOALS
Convene assembly & training for up to 60 allied community organizers from around the US
Establish a Just Transition political education hub for black and POC organizers in the Midwest that focuses on the intersections of environmental justice, climate change, black liberation and solidarity economies.
Create an intergenerational, organizing space for black youth leadership development that brings together youth, adults, and a council of elders to build relationships, political alignment and strategy
Develop organizing models that allow us to have strategic conversations on black liberation, black and brown mutuality and solidarity, and community self-determination, in ways that “de-silo” our issues.
Provide space for Healing Justice and Participant Care throughout the convening
Provide co-learning, creative space for African American, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian-Pacific Islander & Arabic people to share our cultures