The communities around 48217 (southwest Detroit), Delray, Melvindale, Dearborn, River Rouge, Ecorse, Lincoln Park and more continue to suffer from escalating pollution. Detroit’s reputation as an industrial hot-spot has laid claim to the health and lives of residents nearby.
Community groups, affected residents / workers, and their allies have been gathering with increasing numbers to information sessions and public hearings held by regulators. Wednesday was an MDEQ session on petcoke and over 200 people came through the course of the event from 4-7pm. Very few questions were handled during the presentation. Many had expectations that we could share information and questions together — instead MDEQ instructed the center of the room to disperse to the corners to have their questions answered. Perhaps the meeting answered specific questions people had, however it also minimized shared understanding beyond what MDEQ wished to have shared. Those gathered were clearly concerned and dividing the group did not satisfy the greater community need. People left with concerns remaining. Some offered their contact information to be notified of community meetings. We’re going to be contacting those that did… we’d like to ask people who missed that opportunity to fill out this form and we’ll add you to our growing contacts list.
Town Hall Public Meeting
The town hall meeting is to gain and retain a base of persons who form organized informed resistance to the tyranny of pollution beyond livable limits.
We’re scheduling the meeting Saturday March 29 from 3:30-5:30 pm to encourage those attending to possibly enjoy dinner together afterward in smaller groups. The location for the Town Hall is still being set and we’ll make an announcement with email sent to each contact, or a phone call made if no email was left.
The structure of the town hall will include Q&A and there will be a few presentations. This isn’t going to be just DCATS running things… we’re looking at those community contacts we have to collaborate in creating the meeting. Contact email@example.com.