Justice

 Justice, I debate using the word here. As someone who has always pursued radical and extreme spiritual study and practice I have understood myself and those I have engaged with in these spheres to be a minority. Accordingly we have gathered behind closed doors and used art as cover for our communications. Living in a culture dominated by the big three of monotheism we made a way.

My awareness of this power dynamic in my own life has always given me an inclination toward liberation. Of course, the majority of counter culture icons tend to lean a little too far into their own liberation and end up becoming perpetrators of oppression.

An active approach toward personal liberation has demanded a more nuanced and detailed critique and judgement and an understanding of the need for justice. For an open and liberated space to emerge, unassuaged history must be addressed. I’m learning in real time that liberation without justice only perpetuates degradation and is truly counter revolutionary and counter evolutionary. 

This work, and a great deal of my activism, advocacy and creativity has been an attempt to put this in practice without recourse to existing norms.

Oversight Committee Testimony

August 25, 2022 Eden Bloom, Testimony Oversight Committee’s Environment Subcommittee Congressional Field Hearing, Detroit Good morning. I would like to thank the Environmental Subcommittee for this opportunity. I would also like to recognize the environmental justice neighborhoods throughout the city of Detroit. My name is Eden Bloom. My family and I live in the impact …

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Defund Demolitions in Detroit

https://medium.com/@edenbloom/detroit-city-council-defund-demolitions-fa9e4d6c75a2 May 17, 2022 Council President, Pro Temp., and Council Members, Thank you for the opportunity to speak my concerns into the record. My name is Eden Bloom and my family and I live in Distict 5. This morning I want to express concern over the use of ARPA funds for the demolition of industrial …

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White House Environmental Justice – Public Comment

November 18, 2021 White House EJAC Public Meeting Eden Bloom – Public Comment This written comment is submitted in addition to my spoken comment made during the WHEJAC public meeting on November 17-18, 2021. Details around this issue are changing rapidly so this comment reflects what I am aware of as of November 18, 2021. …

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Challenging assumptions about progress in the face of Emergency Management

This was originally published in The Michigan Citizen, March 5, 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. EJ principle 17 requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices …

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2012 ReView Emergent Systems Abound in Detroit

From the archives, but I feel it is poignant to share here and now. In December of 2012 I was asked to do a year in review piece for the deeply missed Michigan Citizen. I think it was due to a tight deadline they agreed to run something more personal. I feel I should update …

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The Occupation, Repression and Exploitation of Inner Geographies 

This was originally published in the Michigan Citizen, November 6, 2012 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 into this week’s EJ principle, we’re considering our …

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Detroit Testing Grounds

Originally published in The Michigan Citizen September 13, 2012 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 color. The …

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Sweating It Out Together

From the Michigan Citizen column, 2012 This week, I’m honored to be writing from Albuquerque, New Mexico while attending the 13th annual White Privilege Conference. “The WPC is a conference that examines challenging concepts of privilege and oppression and offers solutions and team building strategies to work toward a more equitable world”. This year’s conference …

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Bridging the gap between apathy and self-determination

Originally published in the Michigan Citizen, May 2012 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 potential found in attempts to remove our …

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Recognizing sacred relationships with land and water through ceremony

From the 2012 archives of my Michigan Citizen columns. Cant find the exact date on it now. Gratitude to those who supported the ceremonies behind this post. 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 …

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