Subject: Silence the Violence March June 29th, 2019

  • Subject: Silence the Violence | One Detroit

    Check out the link above about our Silence the Violence march. Join us this year Saturday June 29th at 10am at Church of the Messiah. We will honor the innocent victims of gun violence as well tackle some of its root causes such as poverty, unemployment, drug addiction, and mass incarceration.
    After the march and rally there will be on the spot employment opportunities, information on home ownership and affordable housing, mentorship and summer camp for kids, and entrepreneurship opportunities for neighborhood residents. Highlighted on this day will be Young Empire Detroit. (YED) This is a collaboration of over 60 groups, individuals, and organizations who have come together with knowledge experience and expertise in creating businesses. Mentors are created from this to help young people become entrepreneurs. Also featured will be BLVD ( building leaders for village development) Harambee. This 5o1c3 specializes in entrepreneurship, job readiness, activism, and community development. At the event will also be support groups for families dealing with grief and organizations created after the tragic loss of a loved one to help others now being affected by gun violence. Community organizations and activist  from across the country will join us on June 29th. At 10am we gather for the rally. At 11am we march. At 12noon we network and strategize. The next day we continue to go to work on behalf of those who no longer have a voice. Stand with us, march with us, work with us. Let us put an end to gun violence!!!
    For nor information:
    Church of the Messiah
    231 E Grand Blvd @ Lafayette
    Detroit Mi 48207
    Rev. Barry Randolph
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Join Visionary Organizing Lab at Align Brooklyn NY


Visionary Organizing Lab
Dear Friend –Join Visionary Organizing Lab at Align Brooklyn NY for part two of a three part series in building beloved community and explore how we might create community that honors the sacredness of the human personality.

In part one we concluded that human beings are connected to each other and the earth in ways that are economic, social, ecological, political, and spiritual. In this session we will explore how we might use these connections to build community guided by King’s notion of agape, or the willingness to go to any extent to restore community.

Through small group discussions and interactive exercises, over the course of two and a half hours we will collectively explore what it might mean to build community from these connections in ways that honors the earth, human dignity, and the sacredness of the human personality. We will explore how people develop a sense that they matter and how this sense is informed by economic, social, and political relationships. Finally, we will explore how the connections among us might be organized in ways useful to building beloved community and explore how we must transform ourselves and the world to build it.

You do not need to have attended part one to attend part two. You can register here and please click here to view and share the event on Facebook.

A $10 suggested donation will be collected at the door. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

We look forward to seeing you on the 20th.


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Visionary Organizing Rich Feldman and Kim Sherobbi

Visionary Organizing
Rich Feldman and Kim Sherobbi 

BC_logoWe are committed to moving beyond protest to resistance and visionary organizing. As we work to create the movement for the Next American Revolution we oppose the systems of racism, capitalism and militarism as we create a new culture based on community production of goods and services for local needs, emphasizing indigenous values. We believe that evolution in the 21st century is an emerging concept, moving beyond socialist ideas. It is based upon projections, not rejections and the need to change ourselves in order to change our institutions.

Visionary Organizing emerged in the 1990s as we made the distinction between creating power and taking power. It was integral to the creation of Detroit Summer in 1992 and to the Zapatistas when they emerged in 1994 in Chiapas, Mexico.  Now is the time to re-imagine, re-spirit and rebuild our lives and ways of living from the ground up. 

Essential to our thinking of visionary organizing is a commitment to creating and supporting places and spaces for individuals to grow our souls, sustain ourselves, deepen our healthy selves and thus heal from decades and generations of internalized pain, abuse, and violence.  Social change and institutional change in the birth of a new epoch cannot be separated from personal, individual & internal change.  After the Rebellion of 1967 in Detroit, James and Grace Boggs wrote that a revolution required that we Change Ourselves to Change our World.

The principles guiding visionary organizing are based upon a commitment to change our culture of materialism through meaningful forms of cooperative economics and the creation of the beloved community.  By creating productive, caring, regenerative community life, we grow our souls, heal and transform ourselves and challenge the forces of injustice threatening to destroy all life.

Visionary Organizing is creating local sustainable economies through community production, food security, place based education and self-governing democratic processes. It is art that expands our vision and our hearts. It emerges as people “turn war zones into peace zones.” Community production, putting the neighbor back in the hood, growing a garden to grow a community, turning to one another for support and love, and redefining education all hold the seeds of a new future. They represent a shifting of the paradigm from the old ways of doing things, to opening new possibilities.

A Movement committed to visionary organizing is emerging from the relationships being forged as we build alternative community based structures and as we resist the violence and dehumanization of capital-corporate consolidation and control. We are establishing and strengthening networks, activities, and organizations and creating a new, more humane and socially responsible future.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Rebellion in 2017, it is our time to move from rebellion and opposition to resistance and visionary organizing. The Next American Revolution is emerging around us.