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POSTPONED DUE TO FLOODING: Detroit Women Speak, film event in Detroit

Thursday, February 20, 2014
12:00 AM
East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 4605 Cass Ave., Detroit


Join Diana Copeland, CEW Visiting Social Activist and Co-Director of East Michigan Environmental Action Council, for a free film screening and panel discussion. "Detroit Women Speak" is a 60-minute look at how Detroit, and the women who call it home, have changed over time. The film explores and challenges issues of gender, environmentalism, feminism, place, race and what it means to be a leader. We meet fifteen women, ranging in age from 7 to 70, who all grew up in and currently live, work and play in the city of Detroit. The women discuss how their time growing up in Detroit affected the way they view themselves in the world and their trials and triumphs in leadership.

The women come from all over the city and identify with a variety of natural, built and toxic environments within the city, as well as a variety of cultural and racial backgrounds that are reflective of the Detroit demographic landscape. They are mothers, friends, professionals, daughters, granddaughters, artists, teachers, scholars, mentors, mentees and all lovers and defenders of the place they call home.

While studying for her master's degree from the School of Natural Resources & the Environment, Copeland coordinated the 2004 international Environmental Justice & Global Climate Change conference hosted by U-M.  After graduation, she worked in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro connecting community leaders to solve environmental and health challenges.  By 2010, she was lead organizer when Detroit hosted over 20,000 citizen activists attending the United States Social Forum. 

East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC) is a non-profit providing environmental justice leadership and civic engagement training to residents of Southeast Michigan.   

Sponsored by:  EMEAC and the University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women,  Departments of Afroamerican & African Studies and Women’s Studies, and Semester in Detroit Program.