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Detroit People’s Platform, Reclaiming Martin Luther King for Detroit

Below is a speech given by Aaron Handelsman, on behalf of the Detroit People's Platform, during the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Day Symposium at the University of Michigan's Detroit Center. Detroit People’s Platform is a membership organization that was birthed through the labor of several... more

Donations Remind that Crises in Detroit Continue

Last week, two Muslim groups donated $100,000 to help Detroit residents whose accounts are past-due with the city’s water department. The announcement from the two organizations – The Michigan Muslim Community Council and Islamic Relief USA – focused on the act of charity as an expression of their faith,... more

Lessons from Detroit

Many commentators have taken to calling Detroit the canary in the coal mine, as a warning to other cities facing de-industrialization, unemployment and other “urban” woes. But in this era of the city’s bankruptcy “crisis” and supposed comeback, what we see from Detroit is... more

Common Good in New Mexico

This Halloween I was in New Mexico presenting at the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers conference with my colleagues Andrea Plaza executive director of Encuentro, Jenny Metzler head of Health Care for the Homeless and Alicia Maldonado (our Building Movement consultant). We were there to talk about the role that... more

Help Us to Tell the Story of New Mexico Nonprofits

Today we are launching the 2014 New Mexico Nonprofit Survey. This survey effort is being led by BMP, in partnership with many New Mexico nonprofits such as Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Encuentro, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, New Mexico Voices for Children, and SouthWest Organizing Project. This short, confidential... more

BMP Conference Sessions on Community Engagement

Austin may be famed for the South by Southwest music festival, but from September 17 to 19, it was the gathering place for nonprofit leaders, capacity builders and consultants from all over the state of Texas, and across the country. The Alliance for Nonprofit Management held its 2014 national conference there, in partnership... more

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

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