Power Shift Midwest Actions

Power Shift has never been just a conference—it's a chance for the youth climate movement to take to the streets and show our power.

In addition to the panels, trainings, and workshops at Power Shift 2016 Midwest, attendees will have three options to join offsite actions and events that will allow you to plug in directly to climate and environmental justice fights happening here in Detroit.

Action Details:


Power Shift 2016



Flash Mob at Hollister to Protest Rainforest Destruction

When: Saturday, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Where: Hollister store (location TBA). Meet in front of the Wayne State Student Center at 10:30 to hop on the shuttle to Hollister!

Abercrombie & Fitch—and its most popular brand Hollister—has a major scandal hidden in its clothing. It currently stocks almost 300 items that use fabrics made from trees––like rayon, viscose, or modal. Maintaining these forests is critical to protecting human rights, endangered ecosystems, and our global climate.

Abercrombie & Fitch/Hollister makes a significant amount of its total sales for the entire year right now during the Back-to-School shopping season. The back-to-school shopping season is second only to the holidays for retail profits. Hollister clothing is Abercrombie & Fitch’s most profitable brand and just launched a “movement” themed marketing campaign to get teens to buy its jeans: #HCoJeansMovement

Join Power Shift 2016 & Rainforest Action Network for a flash mob in front of Hollister in Detroit to call out Abercrombie & Fitch's rainforest destruction, and to show the corporation what a real movement looks like!

Southwest Detroit Toxic Tour

When: Saturday, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: Southwest Detroit. Meet in front of the student center to get on the bus.

At Power Shift 2016 Midwest, you’ll have the opportunity to hear stories from some of the people who are organizing for justice in Michigan’s most toxic ZIP code.

A single Detroit ZIP code—48217—is surrounded by coal-burning power plants, tar sands refineries, steel factories, a salt mine, and a major interstate highway. And just like in too many other highly-polluted parts of the country, most of the neighborhood’s 8,200 residents are Black and low-income.

48217 is an infuriating example of environmental injustice in action. But for years, the people who live there have been fighting back.

If you join the Southwest Detroit Toxic Tour, you’ll be able to see some of the area’s dirtiest industry up close. You’ll also meet some of the neighborhood’s environmental justice leaders, including Emma Lockridge: a communications specialist, survivor of kidney failure, community leader, and activist.

The Toxic Tour is a special piece of the Power Shift programming. Space is limited, and you will need to pre-register for the tour. (Once you’ve registered for Power Shift Midwest, signing up for the tour is free!) You’ll be leaving Wayne State by shuttle at 1:30 PM on Saturday, August 13, and will be back on campus by 4:30 PM.

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Power Shift 2016

Michigan March & Press Conference for Environmental Justice

When: Sunday, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: We will march 1.1 miles from the Wayne State Student Center to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Shuttles will also be available for those who cannot or do not wish to march.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder just appointed a former oil and gas industry lobbyist and executive to head the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Especially after the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water, and with concerns mounting about the potential for a pipeline rupture and oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac, putting someone with such close ties to Big Oil in charge of the agency that's supposed to protect Michigan's environment sends the wrong message.

In addition, Governor Snyder originally indicated support of a strong Clean Power Plan state implementation process. But with the SCOTUS challenge and the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia bringing its outcome further into question, Snyder reversed this position, angering a slate of environmental organizations across the state who wanted the state's plan to go forward.

After sessions wrap up at Power Shift Midwest, Power Shifters will join Michigan United and local environmental justice activists from across the state to march to the MDEQ office and demand that Governor Snyder puts climate justice, environmental justice and public health over corporate polluters and profits!