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Call for Submissions: Uniting Detroiters People’s Atlas Project

The Uniting Detroiters Project is seeking submissions from current and former Detroit residents, activists, students, scholars, visual artists, poets, and cartographers for Detroit: A People’s Atlas. They are interested in critical essays, oral histories, timelines, neighborhood maps, poetry, photographs, and other forms of artwork that speak to social justice in Detroit, particularly in relationship to land, governance, education, food justice, housing, and transit.


Vision for Change

This report details the specific findings of our conversations with seventeen US social justice leaders under 40 who serve as the executive director or co-director of an organization. Our goal was to learn more about the experiences of younger leaders committed to large-scale change. It was clear from the interviews that they are driven by their commitment to their organizations, and wanted to contribute to a larger movement for social change. Yet, they face big challenges that shed light on the changing landscape of the movement and on the infrastructure that's needed to create sustainable managers, organizations, and networks for years to come. This report focuses on what it takes for these leaders to do their jobs and makes recommendations for concrete change that will support their visions, and help to build a stronger progressive infrastructure for all stakeholders.


Featured Movement Builder: Center for Popular Democracy

Building Movement Project recently launched our Movement Building Portal- a series of resources for folks who end up on our site looking for information on social movement and how to build them. Part of that project included highlighting some groups who we think are doing great work building movements and making social change in their communities. This week, we'd like to highlight the Center for Popular Democracy as one of those groups. more

BMP Detroit Partners Featured in Huffington Post!

The North End Woodward Community Coalition, a longstanding BMP partner in Detroit, recently made headlines by announcing that it will file a Title VI Civil Rights complaint against the Detroit Department of Transportation, alleging recent bus cuts came without proper notice or public hearings. more

Current Movement Building Organizations

There are some groups we’d like to highlight that are currently building movements in their communities. Head to their websites for more information about what they’re doing and how they’re achieving change. more

History of Social Movements in the United States

The history of the United States provides rich examples for social movements and movement building. Here are some resources that you might find useful for a historical outline of modern social movements in the US. more

NYU Wagner’s RCLA to Host Global Social Change Leadership Institute

Our friends at NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action are hosting a Global Social Change Leadership Institute this summer, which will give university and graduate students and recent college graduates from across the globe an opportunity to gain practical knowledge and skills to effectively advance social justice in their communities. Limited scholarships are available, and the deadline to apply for this great opportunity is March 15, 2012. more

Women of SNCC: Passing the Torch, Preserving the Flame


On Sunday, January 15th more than 60 Detroit area women and girl activists and advocates representing a variety of causes and racial ethnic groups, gathered to celebrate the historic role of women in the fight for peace and justice. Hosted by the Building Movement Project Detroit and the M.L.K. Day 2012 Committee, the event honored five women members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Council (SNCC) with family ties rooted in Detroit. Sharing personal stories documented in the book “Hands on the Freedom Plow”, younger women and next generation activists were transported back to the pre- Civil Rights days of terror and oppression as experienced by African Americans, especially those who were caught in the exploitative share cropping system. The women spoke of the courage and vision of many of those community members who braved retaliation and the threat of death simply to register and vote. more

Census Release: Hard-to-count populations counted at higher rates than expected

The most recent newsletter from Nonprofit VOTE (formerly the Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network (NVEN) reports that the recently released 2010 Census figures show that members of the population deemed “hard-to-count” were included in this year’s census at significantly higher rates than expected. The newsletter also points to the important role that nonprofits played last year in helping to reach these populations. Click here to access the full Nonprofit Vote newsletter and to read more about this report. more

Social Service, Social Change

This report examines some of the initial signs of change that had surfaced in the initial groups working with the Building Movement Project in Detroit several years ago. These observations provide some insight into the process, and some of the transformations and challenges that had occurred up until that point. more

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