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Just Bread

The Capuchin Soup Kitchen (CSK) used to be called The Charity Guild. It first opened its doors in Detroit in 1929 with a mission of feeding the poor.  After feeding people in poverty for the better part of a century, the CSK leadership wanted to do more, but weren&rsquo... more

Three Secrets of Effective Leadership I Learned from Linda Campbell

Four summers ago I was a frustrated community development officer for a large bank, venting in my living room to a friend.  As a third-generation Detroiter, I was (and remain) convinced that we have enough resources to ensure that all peoples’ needs are met and to address our... more

Detroit People’s Platform Calls on Public Health Officer to Take Action Against Water Shutoffs

Water shutoffs in Detroit have been garnering media attention (this oped and this article). The People's Platform, which Building Movement Project has been helping to coordinate this past year, put out the letter below to call for an end to water shutoffs.   Vernice Anthony, Director Detroit Department of... more

Detroit People’s Platform, A Year Later

What does it mean when even after a last-minute venue change over 100 overworked community activists across seven city council districts turn out to an event committed to bringing about social change? I think it means a movement is building. Tuesday, June 12th marked the second annual meeting of the Detroit... more

The Next Generation of Leaders We Really Need in Detroit

In addition to being on the BMP Project Team, Linda Campbell is a CSI fellow and has been a convener of the People’s Platform in Detroit. This blog was originally posted by the Center for Social Inclusion. Earlier this month, Crain’s Detroit published its annual list... more

Detroit: Not as “Abandoned” as it Seems

There are two opposing narratives about the estimated 78,000 buildings that stand vacant and abandoned in Detroit.  On one hand, the “ruins” stand as captivating relics from a better time – inspiring “ruin porn” tourism and documentaries.  On another hand, the urban blight serves as... more

Playing with Democracy

Tomorrow, the Detroit City Council will be voting on whether or not to allow the expansion of the Detroit Development Authority (DDA), a move that would grant over $300 million dollars in public funding to developers to build a new hockey arena in the city. We’ve been focusing on... more

Detroiters Stand Up For Democracy on Election Day

Despite recent efforts by the state government to curtail the progression of democracy in Detroit, thousands of city residents made it to the polls on Tuesday, casting votes for mayor and city council among other ballot measures. Unfortunately most of the local reporters aren’t concentrating on how well... more

Detroit Leaders Create Space for Rejuvenation, Reflection, and Practice

On the evening of October 29, a group of Detroit youth leaders – all under 40 – gathered in the living room of an immaculate home operated by Sister Mary and four other progressive nuns in the Detroit metro area.  At 39, I barely made the age cut off.  But was... more

Detroiters March for Transit Justice

It’s a tale of two cities when it comes to Detroit.  While certain pockets of the city that are home to entrepreneurs and the “creative class” continue on a path to revitalization,  the rest of the city gets left even further behind.  Few... more

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