At the heart of the Michigan flag lies a scene of a buckskin-clad hunter standing beside the banks of clear waters, raising his hand resolutely as the setting sun casts its golden rays on the green grass behind him.
Above this scene is the Latin word "tuebor," which means "I will defend".
The heart of the Economic Development Responsibility Alliance of Michigan is encapsulated in this scene. In our logo, rather than a hunting rifle, the person is holding a book of law–our primary tool for defense.
We treasure the natural resources of this land, not just for ourselves, but for future generations, and for respect of the land itself.
We will defend.
We are a grassroots alliance of residential stewards, united in our purpose to stop corrupt deals by taxpayer funded economic development corporations and the capture of regulatory agencies from destroying our communities, our wild spaces, and our water so that a few may profit.
As Michiganders, we are also stewards of the Great Lakes watershed: our nation's most precious natural resource. Our highest priority is preserving this incredible heritage for generations to come.
We envision a community free from township, county, and state corruption, in which economic developments are designed, vetted, and voted upon by the people they impact–not distant regulatory agencies and special interest conglomerates.
A world where seventh generation organic farmers are held in the highest respect, and folk live here because they choose to–because they've fallen in love with the woods and the water.
The only way to stop the corruption we see from economic developers is to take the job upon ourselves to be the developers of our own community. And that will require a lot of working together.
As communities across the state of Michigan and the nation at large experience similar development crises, we have found solidarity in our willingness to stand together.
We're gathering allies from our neighbors across the state and country, sharing encouragement, resources, and expertise–just as these economic developers have done.