a better world
is probable
  1. On catching breath.

    January 15, 2008

    Thursday, the 3rd. Meeting all night in Detroit for a strategy session on Saturday, then drive to Ann Arbor.

    Friday, the 4th. Anti-oppression session at University of Michigan with two hours of sleep.

    Saturday, the 5th. All day strategy session, until midnight.

    Monday, the 7th. First day of classes for the Winter semester.

    Wednesday, the 9th. Court for my arrest in November. Freedom from Oil team starts arriving.

    Thursday, the 10th. Final preparations for Transportation Challenge Getaway Weekend.

    Friday, the 11th. Opening day of Getaway, left my phone charger at parents house.

    Saturday, the 12th. Second day of the Getaway, training and skill share day, ending with action prep. Phoneless.

    Sunday, the 13th. Action day. Phoneless. Catch up on school work.

    This week:

    Leave for D.C. on Thursday with a three hour lay-over in Philly. Meetings all weekend, return Sunday then catch up on school work. Thank god there’s no school on Monday.

  2. A new generation rising up: Detroit Auto Show 2008

    January 15, 2008

    You could’ve seen the it halfway down Woodward Avenue, Detroit’s largest road. It read “We refuse to drive the cars driving global warming.” A blue weather balloon held the message up for everybody see, at the first day of the 2008 North American International Auto Show, here in my home city. Over fifty students from across Michigan came together to say it loud and proud: We won’t stand for anything less than the most ultra-efficient, oil free, zero emission cars, and we want to see a shift now!

    I’ve been at the auto show every year for the past three years, and I’ve never seen an action this successful and inspiring. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen youth step it up like this in Detroit, let alone at the auto show, the biggest event hosted by the virtual “hand that feeds” in this area.

    The action’s success proved to me something that I’ve been feeling and talking about for months now. There is an energy growing in the Wolverine State that is electrifying the students and youth here and it’s putting us into motion in a way that hasn’t been seen in decades! Students in this state aren’t only demanding alternatives to gas guzzlers–our state is in a deep recession, facing unprecedented job loss and an uncertain future to say the least. We know that a green shift is the only way out of a bleak future for ourselves and for our communities, let alone the planet.

    We’re organizing and building power here more and more every day, and we’re making our message loud and clear. We’re not going to stand for business as usual, and we’re not going to settle for marginalization. We want a clean and green future that guarantees a place for everybody.

    We’re a new generation rising up in Michigan and we’re being heard!