Since February 2006, at a time when many Detroiters have limited access to healthy food choices, the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network has worked tirelessly to raise our awareness about food, where it comes from, who controls it, and the role it plays in building healthy families and communities. We have created models of community self-determination and grassroots citizen engagement that have attracted national attention. Among our accomplishments are:
- Establishment of D-Town Farm, a four acre organic farm in Detroit’s Rouge Park.
- Selection by Will Allen as the Detroit Regional Outreach Training Center for Growing Power, Inc.
- Successfully led efforts to have Detroit City Council approve The City of Detroit Food Security Policy and to create the Detroit Food Policy Council.
- Organized the Ujamaa Food Co-op Buying Club.
- Provided leadership to the “Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System” initiative.
Amazingly, we accomplished these things prior to getting our first grant funding just a few months ago. We have relied primarily on the resources and support of our own community.
As we approach the end of 2010, we ask that you make a generous donation to the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network to enable us to continue our groundbreaking work of establishing food security and food justice for Detroit’s African-American community in particular, and Detroiters in general. DBCFSN is a 501(c)3 organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. Please consider donating $25, $50, $100 or more. Donations should be made payable to DBCFSN. Please write fund drive in the memo on your check.
Please mail donations to:
Detroit, MI 48238
Prominent Bahraini blogger Mahmood al-Yousif tweeted at 3am local time as he was taken by the police.
How disgraceful that President Obama, a former law professor himself, would conspire to violate international law by attempting to deprive President Aristide of his human rights. And that the secretary general of the United Nations would bend to Obama’s will and collaborate with him. As noted in a letter to the state department by prominent lawyers and law professors, this is a violation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty which the United States has ratified. It states that “[n]o one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country.”
Washington and its allies would do better to take advantage of this opportunity to change course in Haiti, and accept the concept of self-determination for the Haitian people. They have denied this for decades, and especially since Aristide first was elected president in 1990. Within seven months, he was overthrown by the military and others who were later found to be paid by the US Central Intelligence Agency.
The United States has denied self-government to Haiti ever since. After Aristide was democratically elected for the second time in 2000, with more than 90% of the vote, the United States “sought … to block bilateral and multilateral aid to Haiti, having an objection to the policies and views of the administration of Jean-Bertrand Aristide … Choking off assistance for development and for the provision of basic services also choked off oxygen to the government, which was the intention all along: to dislodge the Aristide administration.” That was Paul Farmer of Harvard’s medical school, Bill Clinton’s deputy special envoy from the UN to Haiti, testifying to US Congress last summer.” —Haiti must decide Haiti’s future