Boggs Center – In Memory of Ron Scott, Spiritual Warrior

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In Memory of Ron Scott, Spiritual Warrior
James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership


Lifelong community activist Ron Scott died on Sunday, November 29, 2015 after a difficult battle with cancer.  We mourn his passing and will greatly miss his voice and insights.

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Ron was a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. He first met Grace and James Boggs when he was 16 years old and exploring the ideas of Black Power and Community Control. A founding member of the Detroit Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Ron remained a comrade and friend of the Boggs’ for the rest of their lives. Since the early 1970s he worked with members of the Boggs Center in organizing Detroiters For Dignity, We Pros, SOSAD, and Detroit Summer.

A gifted television personality, his love of young people lead him to Project BAIT, where he helped develop a generation of young people in video production. He was an independent film-maker, writer, speaker, radio host, and organizer. He was a media pioneer, hosting Detroit Black Journal, often bringing the voices of radical thinkers and activists to larger audiences.

Over the last 20 years, Ron has been a primary spokesmen and intellectual force for the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality. Through the Coalition he was a tireless advocate for peace in our communities.

Richard Feldman of the Boggs Center said, “Ron was honored that he came from a family of teachers, ministers and working folks with many varied ideas.  He was loved by Diane Reeder, dearly respected by Congressman John Conyers, and by hundreds of young people whose lives he protected and whose dignity he fought for. He reminded us to respect elders who were engaged in the “struggle” and to understand that we all build on the work of earlier generations.  Ron had enormous faith in people and believed “everyone could change”.

Myrtle Thompson-Curtis of the Boggs Center and Feedom Freedom Growers said, “I am truly glad to have worked along side Ron Scott. He was always a teacher and healer.”

“Ron was a spiritual warrior who clearly acknowledged the media wars and the war between moving forward and being “stuck” in old ideas of revolution.  He believed every institution in our country needs to change. Changing ourselves and becoming more human, human beings, thinking dialectically, not biologically were essential to his efforts of uniting the long haul with the urgency of now,” Richard Feldman said.

Ron always asked, “Who is not at the table?  Which youth are we talking about and trying to reach?” He believed in community as the foundation of safety and argued that the only purpose of the police is to serve the people. He never doubted that it was our responsibility to create Peace Makers and turn War Zones into Peace Zones.”

Over the last several months, while dealing with illness, Ron felt a responsibility to speak to the young activists emerging in the Black Lives Matters Movements. His recently finished a book, Guide to Ending Police Brutality published in the fall of this year. It is available at the BC website.

We will miss Ron’s leadership and passion, his commitment, and continual probing of what it means to be more human.

Ron was committed to his beliefs, his journey towards transformation, and his desire to contribute to young people, our city, our region, and our nation.  He truly believed, “A Community That excludes even One of its members is No Community at All.”

We join his family, friends, and many comrades in acknowledging his life of commitment to creating a more just and peaceful world.

Defending Lela with Feedom Freedom Growers by Myrtle Thompson-Curtis

Defending Lela with Feedom Freedom Growers
Myrtle Thompson-Curtis

After a busy week following the potluck for Lela Whitfield’s defense of her home, a lot has gone on and is still happening. There was a unity march that consisted of folks on the Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park border.  The turn-out was small but sufficient, a few new faces were among the energetic crowd, one was a young African American brother from the Park and another was an African-American brother from Detroit.

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The momentum for alternatives to growing economies is strong and could be heard as well as felt.  We ended the march at a church that is on the corner of Manistique and Kercheval where I met members that sang beautiful songs, hosted us with a full meal and welcomed us back for future gatherings.

I spoke briefly to the crowd and gathered names of folks that might be willing to sacrifice time to be part of the defense of the house physically and I got back a sheet full of names!

Later in the week comrade Doc Holbrook and I visited Toledo for a Peace and Justice gathering, met great folks and old friends some of whom we would see again in Detroit later in the week.  On Manistique the mural and support for Lela Whitfield is growing, the Detroit Freep had a young African American journalist doing extensive interviews with Lela, and neighbors and Detroit Eviction Defense folks.

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Lots of neighbors from the area are driving up to gather info on what can be done to assist with the defense!  Pictures and stories are available on the Detroit Eviction Defense website as well.

Detroit Asian Youth Intergenerational Dialogues Soh Suzuki

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DAY Project is meeting at the Boggs Center the next two Fridays (Aug. 14, and 21) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for potluck dinners and conversations.  There are informal gatherings, but we hope to have intimate conversations about our identities, personal and political, particularly in relationship to Detroit and Asian American community.  In the previous sessions, we discussed about our identity and connections through food and migrations, and watched Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Cranbrook Schools visit Boggs Center

The Boggs Center engaged in an incredible week of visionary work, organizing and resistance. We engaged 60 young people at Cranbrook with poetry and shared meals at Conscious Corner Cafe, toured historic sights and dropped by to share stories and our visions for the beloved community at Feedom Freedom Growers.

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We had over 300 women and several men at our 5th Annual Women Creating Caring Communities International Women’s Day Celebration. We shared our survivor stories through panels and worthshops focused on what we plan to contribute to our communities, as well as considering our own needs. We then pledged to create a caring community together.

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