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Patrick Geans-Ali
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Patrick is a two-time award winning journalist with over seven years of experience working in the profession both domestically and internationally. He is recipient of both the National Defense Medal and Navy Achievement Medal with seven years of combined service in the Arkansas Army National Guard and the U.S. Navy as a chaplains assistant. 

After completing his service obligation in 1993, Patrick worked as a program coordinator for the Project READ literacy program out of the Redwood City Public Library in Redwood City, California. He went on to work as an software instructor for one of the world's top software companies before returning to his hometown of Stuttgart, Arkansas to formally begin his career in his chosen profession as a journalist in 1999.

After working in several small newspapers in Southeast Arkansas for the better part of the next decade and gaining experience on all levels of media production such as digital photography, copy editing, web technology, graphics and page design, Patrick traveled to the small Caribbean island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean. There he worked as a teacher at the local Adult Education Center, and as a community reporter for the St. Maartin Daily Herald before relocating to Detroit to work as Communications Coordinator for the East Michigan Environmental Action Council.

In September of 2012, Patrick joined the Detroit Sierra Club's Environmental Justice Office as an organizer working on climate change and alternative energy issues with the Beyond Coal Campaign.

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With Two Strikes Against It, Detroit Future City Must Connect With Concerns of Citizens

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 6:09 PM

DETROIT - It may have been opening day for the Detroit Tigers, but for Detroit's latest urban renewal plan, which changes names the way Justin Verlander changes pitches, it's simply time to step up to the plate and connect with the citizens of city. With two strikes already on the...

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DTE's Claims of Being a Good Neighbor Contradicted by Clean Air Act Violations

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 6:07 PM

It's fitting in our current times that most people believe the phrase, "With great power comes great responsibility" originated in the world of comics. Somehow we forget a carpenter's son said, "To whom much is given, much is expected" about 2,000 years ago; and Voltaire originally coined the phrase hailing...

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100 Days of Climate Legacy Action Calls for Change We Can Believe In

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 10:28 AM

When Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as president of the United States last Monday morning in Washington D.C., we witnessed the beginning of a presidential term that may provide one of our final opportunities to preserve our democratic, environmental and economic health both here at home...

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Sierra Club Makes Case for Detroit's Support of Proposal 3

(5) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 9:40 PM

As to be expected, there has been a lot of distortion around the Michigan Clean Energy ballot Proposal 3 in the weeks leading up to the election. Those distortions, coming from the usual suspects, are confusing voters about one of the more meaningful proposals on the state-wide ballot this year.

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Climate Change Is Definitely in the Michigan Air This Season

(8) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:50 PM

There's a distinct air of ongoing change this fall, which only the most oblivious can deny. A remarkably mild Detroit winter gave way to another spring of unusually lethal tornadoes down through tornado alley, and a summer of unprecedented temperatures, droughts and wild fires across the country.

Mirroring those...

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Detroit Future Youth Connecting Grassroots Missions and Media Technology for Community Development

(1) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 1:48 PM

It's hardly a new phenomena to see youth and media come together to make key contributions in almost every social justice movement of the modern era. With today's ever-evolving advances in multi-media technology, youth with access to these technologies are often ahead of the learning curve. But even among those,...

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Citizens of Detroit Support Crittendon's Legal Action Over Circus Men in Masks

(7) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 4:36 PM

This is the latest in a series of blogs discussing the Environmental Justice Principles adopted in 1991 by the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. Now up is EJ Principle No. 10 which: "considers governmental acts of environmental injustice a violation of international law, the Universal Declaration On...

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Fresh Food Solutions Usually Spring Up From the Grassroots Level

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 6:13 PM

In the roll-out of the environmental justice principles, we find ourselves next looking at what may turn out to be one of the most important Environmental Justice principles of them all since our government these days seems to deem themselves above all law (national, international, divine or otherwise). That is...

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Environmental Justice Work Still a Work in Progress in Detroit's 48217

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 4:20 PM

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. This week we're looking at EJ Principle No. 6 which: "Demands the cessation of the...

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Time to Recognize Michigan Citizens Acting to Overturn the Undemocratic Emergency Manager Law

(9) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 3:45 PM

Even with the February 29 delivery of over 226,000 signatures to a petition to overturn Public Act 4 (also known as the Emergency Manager Law), there has been another brave and bold attempt to overthrow a law that U.S. Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the ranking member of...

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Reminders of the Risks of Nuclear Power Come From Past/Present, Near/Far

(50) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 6:13 PM

This is the latest in a series of blogs 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. This week, we're discussing EJ Principle number four: Environmental justice calls for universal protection from nuclear testing,...

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Southwest Solutions Hearing II Deserves to Be Heard From All Sides

(5) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 6:52 PM

At 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, St. Peters Episcopal Church in Southwest Detroit will host a second community hearing over concerns some residents have expressed about the beleaguered community's largest community development corporation, Southwest Solutions.

Until the first hearing held on February 2, my initial introductions into the issues concerning...

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Becoming a Detroiter Is About Rebuilding a City Through Relationships Not Gentrification

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 2:41 PM

Since I arrived in Detroit just over a year ago, it's been hard not to notice that the question of gentrification has been one of the city's more hotly debated topics. About a month ago, my youthful colleague Siwatu Salama-Ra, EMEAC's youth team leader, ably shared her perspective as a...

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Since When Are Persons Supposed to Be Above the Law and Paying Taxes?

(7) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 11:21 AM

It may come to the surprise of many people, but the idea of corporate personhood has been a long-established legal tradition in the American system of government. The most recent Citizens United decision (don't be fooled by the Orwellian moniker) handed down by the U.S. Supreme court in 2010, which...

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