Thinking for ourselves
By Shea Howell
Week 18 of the occupation
Aug 3-10 2013
Buy ventolin without prescription, Now that the emergency manager has filed for bankruptcy, the national media has become fascinated with Detroit. The city the mainstream media describes has little to do with the one most of us know and love. The New York Times portrays us as crime ridden, Cheap ventolin online, corrupt, unable to provide basic services, and on the brink of selling the family jewels to pay the bills.
Among the most disturbing articles was one from local commentator Charlie LeDuff, buy ventolin lowest price. You get some idea of his perspective from the title of his recent book, “Detroit: An American Autopsy.”
A TV reporter and character about town, Ventolin prescription, LeDuff’s book pronounced Detroit dead long before bankruptcy. His offering in the Times continues his fascination with dead things, buy ventolin without prescription. He conjures pictures of dead air, dead bodies, rotting corpses, ventolin online cheap, and burning buildings, surrounded by broken vehicles and abandoned people. Cheap ventolin from usa, LeDuff gives us graphic pictures of a city unable to get injured children to doctors.
Such portrayals may sell newspapers, but they do a tremendous disservice. They capture only a small slice of a much more complex and vital reality, cheap ventolin. Buy ventolin without prescription, They are yet another example of the kind of ruin porn business that is flourishing among many in the media.
They do nothing to help people understand that the choices facing Detroit, and the country, Ventolin in australia, have little to do with debts, corruption, or pension funds. Rather we are all living in a moment of historic transformation, order ventolin from us, as we move from a dying Industrial Age to a still uncertain future. As local activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs reminds us, Order ventolin no prescription required, it is a transformation as great as that from hunting and gathering to agriculture, or from agriculture to industry.
In such a moment, however, best price for ventolin, Detroiters have been in the forefront of developing new ways of living. Out of the abundance of land opened by the shrinking population, the world’s largest urban agricultural movement emerged, offering a new vision of local food production, self-sufficient, healthy communities and new opportunities to reconnect generations as they reclaim and care for land, buy ventolin without prescription.
Faced with declining public services for decades, Buy discount ventolin, Detroiters have been creating new means of exercising civic responsibility. Neighbors look after property abandoned by banks. Block clubs adopt parks. Churches, buy ventolin pills, synagogues and schools establish gardens to feed the neighborhood and provide recreation. Buy ventolin without prescription, In a city where buses rarely run, let alone on time, bikes are becoming a more reliable way for many of us to get around.
Recognizing that police rarely come, Ventolin without prescription, and often when they do, make matters worse, neighbors and community organizations are working to create peaceful solutions to disputes. Peace Zones, ventolin from india, marches against violence, and efforts to put the neighbor back in the hood, Ventolin tablets, are emerging as people create new ways to solve problems together. Often these efforts are lead by women like Cora Mitchell or Metila Jones, who have transformed their own pain into a call for us to discover a deeper level of our own humanity.
Ask any Detroiter about the future and you are likely to hear two things, buy cheap ventolin internet. First, it’s clear to us that no one can save us, but us, buy ventolin without prescription. If we are going to have a city that is productive, safe, Drug ventolin, and joyful, it will emerge from the neighborhood level, as people struggle together to find new ways of living. We are learning to make a better way out of no way, cheapest ventolin online.
Second, most people agree, Discount ventolin, mass employment is not coming back. We are at the end of the industrial job system and at the beginning of developing new kinds of work that enable us to produce goods and services for local needs. Ideas of new work and a new culture, rooted in local production and consumption, cheap generic ventolin, are emerging throughout the city.
LeDuff is right about one thing. He invites Americans to come to Detroit to “take a look at your future.” For many of us, this is a future full of promise.
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