Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Grace Lee Boggs Interview

This was sent to me via a 4SCF gardener:

In the early 1980s when Detroit was a devastated “bombed-out” city, Grace and her husband Jimmy Boggs advanced the concept of self and community self-sufficiency through organic city farms and gardens, and inspired a vision of Detroit’s empty lots and unemployed factory workers as the natural and human resources for creating, step by step, garden by garden, neighborhood artisinal shop and artist studios, one by one… a new permaculture civilization!

Grace Lee Boggs Celebrated Milwaukee’s Will Allen’s Growing Power Partners in Her National Interview with Bill Moyers Tonight at 8 p.m.

Significance of Moyers/Boggs Interview Expected to
Equal Contribution of Moyers Interview with Joseph Campbell

Dear All,

Tonight at her 8 p.m. interview with Bill Moyers, legendary Detroit movement writer activist Grace Lee Boggs will tell the nation that Milwaukee’s Will Allen’s Growing Power city farm and community garden projects are prime, real-world examples of her compelling visions of “cities of hope.”

Grace is 92 and still going strong. She won a PH.D. in philosophy from Bryn Mawr in 1938, partnered with C.L.R. James in a highly signficant “anti-communist” left tendency in the 1940s, married renowned Detroit auto worker/philosopher Jimmy Boggs in the 1950s, was a major leader in the labor, civil rights, peace, black power, Asian American women’s and environmental movements in the 1960s and 1970s, and, since the 1980s, has been a major planetary actor of the permaculture movement.

I am looking as much forward to this interview as I did of Moyers’ interviews of Joseph Campbell, and I expect Grace’s statement to reverberate through the culture for years to come.
view a clip of this interview at: see the Boggs/Moyers free online after broadcast at and iTunes - free of charge go to Moyers Blog and contribute to a conversation about the permaculture movement inspire schools, faith communities, and eco-associations to purchase the Moyers/Boggs Interview on DVD/VHS tape and present it to their constituents.
God willing, Moyers and team will visit Milwaukee and spend some time with Big Will Allen and team at the Growing Power City Farm and Community Food Movement center!
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