Communicating Justice

Since 2011, I’ve been honored to write on a regular basis in the Michigan Citizen’s Communicating Justice column. Founded in 1978, “The Michigan Citizen is your link to valuable information on economic and social development throughout Michigan’s urban communities.”

Communicating Justice Columns:

Communicating Justice 03.08.2013 – EJ #17

Challenging assumptions about progress in the face of emergency management By Gregg Newsom Special to The Michigan Citizen Posted date: March 08, 2013 This is the final column in our series discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. […]

Communicating Justice 12.31.2012 – 2012 Review

2012 Review: Emergent systems abound in Detroit By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen I write this 2012 review just days before the winter solstice, a day important to me personally because it is also the day that I was born, here in Detroit, in 1969. Maybe it is the nature of the season […]

Communicating Justice 12.01.2012 – EJ #16

Call to action: Public hearings on land use By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. This week, Communicating Justice looks to […]

Communicating Justice 11.10.2012 – EJ #15

Food and the occupation, repression and exploitation of inner geographies By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the third in a series of columns on the 15th Environmental Justice principle. Environmental Justice Principle 15 opposes military occupation, repression and exploitation of lands, peoples and cultures, and other life forms. As we tune […]

Communicating Justice 10.11.2012 – EJ #14

Big food and local/global grabbing By Greg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the third in a series of columns on the 14th Environmental Justice principle: Environmental Justice opposes the destructive operations of multi-national corporations. Environmental Justice principle 14 brings our focus to the practice of corporations with a global reach. My co-columnists Lottie […]

Communicating Justice 09.23.2012 – EJ #13

Detroit testing grounds By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the third in a series of columns on the 13th Environmental Justice principle: Environmental Justice calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of […]

Communicating Justice 08.26.2012 – EJ #12

In balance with nature? Segregation and sustainability in Detroit By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Environmental Justice Principle No. 12 […]

Communicating Justice 08.06.2012 – EJ #11

Recognizing sacred relationships with land and water through ceremony By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen Environmental Justice Principle 11 “recognizes a special legal and natural relationship of native peoples to the U.S. government through treaties, agreements, compacts and covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination.” I have to thank my co-columnists for their expressions around […]

Communicating Justice 07.15.2012 – EJ #10

Our kind of government, from the block party to the United Nations By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Environmental Justice […]

Communicating Justice 06.14.2012 – EJ #9

Unrecognized Relationships of Resistance by Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Environmental Justice Principle 9 protects the right of victims of […]

Communicating Justice 05.17.2012 – EJ #8

Reimagining ‘working’ conditions in relationship-based economies by Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Environmental Justice Principle 8 affirms the right of […]

Communicating Justice 04.26.2012 – EJ #7

Liberating our tables: changing ‘how’ we eat to change ‘what’ we eat by Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Last week, […]

Communicating Justice 04.05.2012 – EJ #6

Sweating It Out Together By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. This week, I’m honored to be writing from Albuquerque, New […]

Communicating Justice 03.15.2012 – EJ #5

Bridging the gap between apathy and self-determination by Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. Through this weekly column we’ve discussed the […]

Communicating Justice 02.23.2012 – EJ #4

Longer Shelf Life – Nuclear Foods: Better Looking, Less Nutritious by Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the latest in a series of columns discussing the Environmental Justice Principles drafted and adopted by delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held Oct. 24-27, 1991. This week, we’re continuing […]

Communicating Justice 01.26.2012 – EJ #3

Questions about Detroit’s Environment and Urban Agriculture By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This column continues our exploration of the principles of environmental justice and how, through cross pollination of ideas and actions from the environmental, food and digital justice communities we can to inform and inspire the ongoing re-imagining of Detroit. The […]

Communicating Justice 12.11.2011 – EJ #1

Let’s talk about interdependence and unity in the Detroit food system by Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This week, I shifted my focus to the first Environmental Justice principle and began to consider its relationship to the grassroots food justice movement in Detroit. The principle reads, “Environmental Justice affirms the sacredness of Mother […]

Communicating Justice 11.06.2011 – Community Health

“Let the healing begin” Re-imagining food, health and resistance by Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the second in the series of columns on the justice principle of community health by the Justice Communicators. While reflecting on the principal of community health and its relationship to food for this column, I was […]

Communicating Justice 10.09.2011 – Common Ownership

From the corporate to the commons By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the second in the series of columns on the justice principle of common ownership by the Justice Communicators. As I sat down to write this week’s column on the justice principal of community ownership, I was unexpectedly challenged. I’ve […]

Communicating Justice 09.01.2011 – Participation

Community Participation: Cook Eat Talk By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen This is the second of the tri-communicators series on the principal of Participation. In last week’s column, my colleague Patrick Geans-Ali discussed large cyclical trends in the history of oppression as a call for individuals to get involved, participate, and lift their […]

Communicating Justice 08.07.2011 – Access

Whole Foods, access and food justice By Gregg Newsom Special to the Michigan Citizen It is convenient to this column’s current focus on access that health food giant Whole Foods Market, Inc. recently announced its plan to open a location in Detroit at Mack and John R in 2013. “Whole Paychecks,” as many call it, […]