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Katrina, Sandy, Harvey: Centering Race and Class at the Eye of the Storm

We’ve seen this before. Natural disasters strike and communities of color and those affected by poverty are hit the hardest. As with the storms named Katrina and Sandy, it’s already clear that Harvey’s path of destruction will fall along racial and socioeconomic lines, and...more

New life for Reproductive Rights and Justice

Last week, the Supreme Court struck down abortion clinic restrictions in Texas. The Court’s ruling has given organizers, activists, movement builders, and supporters the opportunity to pause and celebrate. After so many battles at the national level and across so many states, it is a relief to have...more

The Role of Nonprofits in Increasing Income Mobility

Last week, The New York Times released an interactive dataset comparing what income mobility looks like in different neighborhoods across the country. This dataset, which comes from years of research conducted by The Equality of Opportunity Project, is remarkable in a lot ways. But what struck me the most about...more

#BlackLivesMatter: It’s more than a Hashtag

This week, I had the opportunity to join the Progressive Technology Project’s webinar on #BlackLivesMatter. BLM Co-Founder, Alicia Garza, explained how #BlackLivesMatter is a tool to address the dehumanization of black people throughout the United States. Armed with a robust social media strategy, #BlackLivesMatter provides a platform for...more

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

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

Relationships Are (the) Work

Lately, I’ve been thinking about relationships. Maybe it’s that my partner just proposed to me. Or maybe it was the time with our Project Team earlier this month working, laughing, and struggling together. Either way, it’s becoming clear how important relationships are in the...more

The New Bottom Line

After the economic crash of 2008, policies at the federal level did little to impact the hardest hit communities or to hold banks accountable for the malfeasance that led to the recession. By 2010, big banks were posting record profits while job losses and foreclosures continued unabated. Recognizing the immense challenges to...more

Looking for Collective Stories in Black History Month

This past week, an article about Black History Month by Theodore Johnson in The Atlantic really moved me. Johnson writes that our focus on historical icons makes this month of celebration too disconnected from people’s everyday experience. I share his concern on a personal level but as someone...more

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