I believe that WE will win!
Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition partnered with community on two major wins in 6 months and we are building momentum! In November 2017, the City of Detroit passed the bulk storage ordinance that would reign in petroleum and metallurgical waste. The ordinance was a five-year, hard fought battle against major polluting industries in SW Detroit and beyond. In January, hundreds poured out to the MDEQ hearing on the Dearborn Industrial Generation to tell MDEQ not to expand the “natural” gas facility in an already overburdened community. Two weeks later the company, CMS Energy, pulled the permit.
I believe we will WIN! We’re winning everyday. Each time another person pulls up the strength to speak truth to power we win, as a community and as a movement.
The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MEJC) consists of over 15 organizations focused on environmental justice, community health, racial justice, and economic equality. The coalition seeks to develop Environmental Justice guidelines with the State of Michigan and to work together to assure the implementation of the Environmental Justice Executive Order.
As MEJC works to facilitate the integration of Environmental Justice into government policies and beyond; we are committed to making sure that policies adopted by the state ensure the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards for everyone, that each resident of every community realizes the same environmental benefits and has equal access to the decision-making process. This is being accomplished via a statewide Environmental Justice advocacy network that we are cultivating.
The Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition first annual statewide summit, “Unfinished Business: Environmental Justice in Michigan — 20th Anniversary of the Executive Order 12898, 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act” occurred on September 12th, 2014. This website describes the summit, the history of environmental justice policy in Michigan, and the ongoing work of MEJC member organizations and current issues.
May 2018: MEJC launches the Call for Proposals for the 3rd ever Statewide EJ Summit to be hosted in Flint MI September 08, 2018. Please see our Summit page to submit your proposal now!
April 2018: MEJC meets with the newly hired Katie Kruse, Environmental Justice and Tribal Liaison for the State of Michigan. She began her job within the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in January 2018 as an outreach specialist to EJ Communities.
March 2018: MEJC hosts informational session with Great Lakes Environmental Law Center at Salida Intermediate. Special guests included Dr. Amy Schulz, University of Michigan, Andrew Sarpolis, Sierra Club, Farah Erzouki, ACCESS, JC Kibbey, Union of Concerned Scientists, Theresa Landrum 48217 facilitated by Karima Alwishah of S. Dearborn. They shared information regarding the rush to natural gas and the health impacts of the new DTE Energy Natural Gas plant planned to be built in Dearborn.
January 2018: MEJC, along with key partners like Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, Sierra Club, the Clean Air Council, and more pulled together to show up with State Rep Chang and Hammoud, and other local leaders to say no to the Dearborn Industrial Generation permit to expand their “natural” gas facility. We overwhelmed the DEQ with the turnout. Just two weeks later, the Consumer’s Energy pulled its permit.
November 2017: The City of Detroit passes the bulk storage ordinance making operators of petroleum coke, hazardous waste from the tar sands processing, reign in operations. Pet coke and other bulk materials must now monitor and cover their piles, adding much needed safeguards for the community.
August 2017: Welcome Michelle Martinez as the new Coordinator for the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition. She brings a decade of experience in organizing to end racism in environmental issues, and justice for all people! We look forward to a great year under her collaborative leadership modeling.
May 2017: Congratulations Jeremy Orr on assuming the position of National Director of Organizing & Legal Counsel for IWJ -a national social justice advocacy and organizing network- where, among other things. He was asked to oversee the creation of a national initiative focusing on environmental health and justice in the workplace.
December, 2015: Jeremy Orr has begun his role as the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition Coordinator! See his Bio and his information on the About MEJC Page.
March, 2016: Visit the Issues and Events page to see the MEJC Statement on the Flint Water Crisis.