Center for Earth, Energy & Democracy Quilt Square

“On Tuesday the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) participated in a community celebration in Minneapolis joining with Glendale residents and neighbors to celebrate protecting their homes from redevelopment. At a community concert with Reggae, Calypso and Latin music at Luxton Park, CEED has been working with Glendale residents to hear their stories and support strategies that protect their community from displacement in the face of privatization of 13 acres of public housing town homes. CEED’s quilt square will travel down to the Hurricane Katrina 10 year commemoration march in New Orleans, as part of the Climate Justice Alliance, connecting our local struggles to other frontline environmental justice communities around the country .
CEED Quilt Square

via Shalini Gupta, Executive Director of CEED

The patch designed collectively by CEED and community allies incorporates elements from multiple communities around Minnesota. We recognize our community as originally Dakota land Mni Sota, and in with the medicine wheel colors around the Mississippi River, we highlight some of the work being done: the fight to defend public housing for hundreds of immigrant families at Glendale; protecting traditional Anishinaabe wild rice fields from mining pollution; a Dia, a lamp symbolizing the spirit and resilience as communities together fight the crisis with self-care; and a corn stalk representing rural migrant communities celebrating their 15th year of incorporation with Centro Campesino.
CEED sees Glendale as a core environmental justice issue that centers around the question of who benefits from sustainable development in Minneapolis and who bears the burden. We will continue our work with residents to develop alternatives for the housing project that utilizes energy efficiency, renewables, and green space planning that fits with the community’s vision of a resilient, place-based community. We are proud to share this quilt square in solidarity with other communities fighting for a shared vision of justice in our future.”
-via Shalini Gupta, Executive Director of CEED
Read more about the event and quilt square here.

Here’s a few moments from the event:


via Shalini Gupta, Executive Director of CEED


via Shalini Gupta, Executive Director of CEED



CEED was founded by researchers, educators and community activists in Minneapolis, MN. The organization aims to build local capacity through climate policy education and research, build local capacity through developing local and state environmental justice networks, and support grassroots leadership on energy and environmental justice issues. Check out some of CEED’s great work and research here.

Here’s a bit of what they’ve been working on this summer via their social media:


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via Center for Earth, Energy & Democracy on Facebook, May 27, 2015


“Check out the CEED feature article in the June 2015 Mother Earth issue of Minnesota Women’s Press.”

-via CEED on Facebook, May 27, 2015


The City of Minneapolis is moving forward with its plans to purchase the Roof Depot site in East Phillips without incorporating public input – residents have been vocal about their vision for turning this site in an overburdened neighborhood into part of a sustainable community. Call your Council Member by June 4th to let them know to support the East Phillips community vision!”

-via CEED on Facebook, June 1, 2015


“Congratulations to the inaugural Maya Wiley Fellows including CEED’s Director of Research Cecilia Martinez. This support will connect local and national energy justice, food justice, and criminal justice organizing to advance transformative racial equity.”

-via CEED on Facebook, June 5, 2015

“Apply for a YELL! fellowship by July 15! Five paid fellows will make a difference in their own communities through learning and hands on community projects from August 2015-April 2016.

Fellows will participate in workshops led by local and national leaders in environmental justice and social activism. You will get to learn about the history of how Indigenous communities and communities of color have been affected by pollution and toxics, and what to do about it.

Learn more details and apply at the link below. Please share and follow CEED for more opportunities to participate!”

-via CEED on Facebook, June 17, 2015

“Building resiliency with Defend Glendale Townhomes stopping the displacement of hundreds of residents with the City Council determining that no proposal could move forward by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority until it was supported by the neighborhood.”

-via CEED on Facebook, July 22, 2015

“This Saturday marks the kickoff for the Climate Justice Alliance’s Summer of Our Power Campaign quilt relay with C2C on the western relay. CEED will contribute a quilt square through the central relay, that with a third eastern relay will deliver quilt squares from across the country at the 10 year commemoration of Hurricane Katrina with Gulf South Rising. We are proud to participate in solidarity with our friends and allies to lift up the amazing work towards a just transition in frontline communities.”

-via CEED on Facebook, July 30, 2015

“Today the US Government released a potentially transformative plan to cut greenhouse gas pollution from the country’s power plants. As part of the movement of communities that will be most impacted by climate change, CEED is reviewing the rule to see what levers exist to ensure environmental justice. Done right by the states, the Clean Power Plan could be an opportunity to build a new energy economy that is strong, healthy and good for all people.”

-via CEED on Facebook, August 3, 2015


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