A Big Thank You from Tawana and Detroit 2013!

Grace and Tawana50315fa97e8b1.JPGBecause of you, we had an incredible week during Detroit 2013 and we are truly grateful!

Some of what we covered included:

  • What time is it on the clock of the world? - Grace Lee Boggs
  • New Work - interactive exhibit and discussion - Barbara Stachowski and Kim Sherobbi (Samaritan Center – Blair Evans)
  • Cultural Event and Festival - feat Detroit’s Brave New Voices Youth Slam Team, Insite the Riot and Jim Perkinson, hosted by At Peace (The Hush House Black Community Museum and International Leadership and Training Institute for Human Rights)
  • Building Resistance - Rev. Sandra Simmons (Hush House)
  • Creating Peace Zones and 1967 Rebellion Exhibit - Coalition Against Police Brutality and Peace Zones for Life
  • Historic Bus Tour - Shea Howell/Rich Feldman
  • Place Based Education - Bart Eddy (Detroit CommunitySchools), Elizabeth Whittaker (Nsoroma Institute), Virgil Taylor (Peace Project), Cassidy Rosen and Fernando Abbud (Colorado)
  • Health and Healing - Michelle Puckett (Oakland) and Peggy Hong (Detroit)
  • Food Security and Land Discussions - Myrtle Thompson-Curtis and Wayne Curtis (Feedom Freedom Growers), Phil Jones (Colors), Shane Bernardo (Earthworks and Day Project), Michelle Jackson (Sustainable Community Farms/Small Ville Learning Farms) and Eitan Sussman (Keep Growing Detroit)
  • From War Zones to Peace Zones panel featuring film screening of Detroit’s Native Son – Charity Hicks (EMEAC), Harry Weaver III, Sandra Hines (Coalition Against Police Brutality/Peace Zones for Life, Yusef Bunchy Shakur (Urban Network and Black Souljahs) and Sterling Toles
  • Creating a student movement - Dr. Vincent Harding, Kristian Bailey (NY), Molly Cunningham (Chicago), Allison Laskey (CA)
  • Self-governing councils and communities – Linda Campbell (Building Movement), Charity Hicks (EMEAC) and Shea Howell (Boggs Center)
  • Reflection Friday – How do we build a movement committed to Resistance and alternatives in 2013 & 2014 in our cities and in our country? (Kim Sherobbi)
  • Stop the Violence Peace Rally - Church of the Messiah (Pastor Barry)
  • Complex Movements - feat Invincible
  • Origami instruction with Pablo (12 years old) - see Pablo’s attached artwork welcoming Detroit 2013
  • Album release party with Will See and the D. Blair Collective
  • We also celebrated the 98th birthday of Grace Lee Boggs, which included Grace Lee’s award winning film about Grace Lee Boggs titled, American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, which premiered at the DIA Film Theater!

A special thanks to our media team and both the local and national planning teams for this incredible experience!

If you would like to donate to the efforts of the Boggs Center visit www.boggscenter.org. Thank you for your participation and continued support! It is sincerely appreciated!

In love and struggle,

Tawana Petty aka Honeycomb

Mother/Organizer/Author/Poet

Detroit 2013 Program – subject to change

Tawana Petty
Organizer, Detroit 2012 & 2013
Phone: 313-433-9882
Email: tawana.detroit2012@gmail.com

Boggs Center
www.boggscenter.org
313-923-0797

 DETROIT 2013: A Time for Resistance

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June 23rd – 30th

Sunday – June 23Church of the Messiah – 231 E. Grand Blvd., Det, MI 48207

 Evening: – 5pm – 8pm

  • Welcome to Detroit! – Shea Howell
  • Networking and Community Dinner – provided (donations requested, but nobody turned away)

Monday, June 24 – Cass Corridor Commons – 4605 Cass Ave., Det, MI 48201

  • 830am – Continental breakfast – provided

Morning: – 9am to 12pm

  • What time is it on the clock of the world? – Grace Lee Boggs
  • Why are we in Detroit? – Boggs Center/National Planning Team
  • Lunch – Provided with small donation requested, but nobody turned away

Afternoon: – 1pm – 4pm – Samaritan Center - 5555 Conner St, Detroit, MI 48213

  • Site visit – new work – Blair Evans and Professor Frithjof Bergmann

Evening: – 6pm – 9pm – The Hush House Black Community Museum and International Leadership and Training Institute for Human Rights - 6179 Wabash Detroit, MI 48208

  • Community Dinner/Cultural Event hosted by At Peace, featuring Detroit’s Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam Team, Insite the Riot, and Jim Perkinson with presentation by Rev. Sandra Simmons

Tuesday, June 25th – Cass Corridor Commons – 4605 Cass Ave., Det, MI 48201

830am – Continental breakfast – provided

Morning: – 9am – 12pm

  • National report outs – creation of global timeline
  • Lunch – Provided with small donation requested, but nobody turned away

Afternoon: – 1pm – 4pm

  • Bus Tour with Shea Howell – 3 hours
  • Peace Zones report out and 1967 Rebellion Display – Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality/Peace Zones for Life

Evening:

  • Dinner – on your own
  • 6pm – 8pm – Place Based Education Panel – Bart Eddy (Detroit Community Schools), Elizabeth Whittaker (Nsoroma Institute), Virgil Taylor (Peace Project), Cassidy Rosen and Fernando Abbud (Colorado)

Wednesday, June 26th – Cass Corridor Commons – 4605 Cass Ave., Det, MI 48201

830am – Continental Breakfast – Provided

Morning: – 9am – 12pm

  • National report outs continued
  • Lunch – Provided with small donation requested, but nobody turned away

Afternoon: – 1pm – 4pm

  • Health and Healing – Michelle Puckett (Oakland) and Peggy Hong (Detroit)
  • New Work Report Out – Barbara Stachowski and Kim Sherobbi

Evening:

  • Dinner – on your own
  • 6pm – 8pm - Food Security and land discussions – Myrtle Thompson-Curtis and Wayne Curtis (Feedom Freedom Growers), Phil Jones (Colors), Shane Bernardo (Earthworks and Day Project), Michelle Jackson (Sustainable Community Farms/Small Ville Learning Farms) and Eitan Sussman (Keep Growing Detroit)

Thursday, June 27th – Cass Corridor Commons – 4605 Cass Ave., Det, MI 48201

830am – Continental Breakfast – Provided

Morning: – 9am – 12pm

  • National report outs continued
  • Lunch – Provided with small donation requested, but nobody turned away

 Afternoon: – 1pm – 4pm

  • From War Zones to Peace Zones Panel featuring Screening of Detroit’s Native Son – Panelists include: Charity Hicks (EMEAC), Harry Weaver III, Ron Scott (Coalition Against Police Brutality/Peace Zones for Life and Yusef Bunchy Shakur (Urban Network and Black Souljahs)

5pm - Dinner – on your own

 

  • Origami with Pablo

 

  • 6pm until – Album release party with Will See – David Blair Theater – 4605 Cass Ave., Det, MI 48201 at 7pm

 

Friday, June 28th – Cass Corridor Commons – 4605 Cass Ave., Det, MI 48201

830am – Continental Breakfast – Provided

Origami with Pablo

Morning: – 9am – 12pm

  • 50 years forward/50 years back – Looking towards the Future: Creating a Student Movement, Creating a National Newsletter – Kristian Bailey (NY) and Molly Cunningham (Chicago) and Boggs Center
  • Lunch – Provided with small donation requested, but nobody turned away

Afternoon: – 1pm – 4pm

  • Self-governing councils/communities – Linda Campbell and Charity Hicks
  • Creating the Beloved Community

Evening: – 5pm – 8pm

  • Dinner – Included (small donation requested, but nobody turned away)
  • Reflection Friday – How do we build a movement committed to Resistance and alternatives in 2013 & 2014 in our cities and in our country?

Saturday, June 29th – Church of the Messiah – 231 E. Grand Blvd., Det, MI 48207

Morning:

  • Peace Rally and Celebration

Afternoon:

  • 3pm – 6pm – Grace Lee Boggs’ documentary and 98th birthday celebration at the Detroit Institute of Arts – 5200 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48202

Evening:

  • 7pm – Complex Movements feat Invincible at the Charles H. Wright (limited spaces) – register at http://complexmovements.eventbrite.com/. For more info. visit: http://complexmovements.com/

Sunday, June 30th – Boggs Center – 3061 Field St., Det, MI

  • 10am – 1pm – brunch/closing reflections

(close of Detroit 2013)

Other topics to be discussed, but not limited to: new forms of resistance, race and class, reimagining education and conversations with Grace.

Original origami and art by Pablo.

THANK YOU!

Detroit 2013: Making A Way Out of No Way Towards the Next American Revolution!

Peace everyone,

We had an incredible time together last year during Detroit 2012 and now it’s time again to build on what we’ve already started. In addition to celebrating Grace Lee Boggs’ 98th birthday as well as the release of her documentary, we will be coming together again to deepen our discussion and work from last year and we are eager to learn from what you all have been doing in your own communities across the country.

In our quest for humane responses to gentrification, foreclosures, school closures, joblessness, emergency managers, transportation cuts, and police brutality, people are working diligently every day to re-imagine everything from democracy to public safety, education and work. This year, as we commemorate the 50th Anniversaries of Malcolm X’s Message to the Grassroots at the historic King Solomon Church, Dr. King’s march on Woodward in Detroit before over 100,000 people and James Boggs’ epic release of The American Revolution: Pages from a Negro Worker’s Notebook, we invite the world to join us as we come together again this summer to build on the abundant soul growth that we experienced in Detroit last July.

Let us come together for our 2nd annual gathering as we:

  • work towards a deepened understanding of visionary organizing, theoretically, historically and practically.

  • lay the groundwork for a national network of “Re-imagining Cities,” each taking on revolution, democracy, education, work, food justice, and public safety in fresh ways which make sense for our respective communities, as we continue our work of restoring the neighbor back to the hood.

  • create a “think tank” atmosphere to support each visiting delegation, in order to learn about their own history, contradictions, concepts and practice of visionary organizing.

As capitalism continues towards collapse, and as disenfranchisement rises, it is critical that we continue to work together to create a space which nurtures the growing of our souls this summer in Detroit. What, inside of yourself, would you like to transform? What would you like to make happen in Detroit this summer? In your own community?

Join us: As We Shake the World with a New Dream . . .

Location: Detroit

JUNE 23, 2013 – JUNE 30, 2013

For more info. contact: Boggs Center at 313-923-0797 or Tawana Petty at 313-433-9882 or Visit: www.dcoh.org or www.detroit2012.org

 If you are interested in donating to our efforts, you may do so via: www.boggscenter.org

SAVE THE DATE: “American Revolutionary:
The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”
June 29, 2013 at the DIA

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Declaration of Hope And Love – by Ron Scott and Yusef Shakur

This piece was written after the Peace Zones and State of the Community discussions during Detroit 2012

Over the past four decades we’ve seen the dismantlement of our schools, neighborhoods and families. Loss of income and lack of commitment from government and the private sector which could have helped change conditions. We have experienced chemical warfare which has left our young people reaching for a community that they have yet to experience. We believe in this time in Detroit’s history that Detroit needs a people’s first mentality. It is now or never! We have to band together to not only protect each other, but to provide for each other, share with each other, feed each other, care for each other and more importantly love each other in these tough times Detroit, but we need efficient and effective action. We need to continue to be proactive in rebuilding and re-spiriting Detroit. We have to change the mindset and the culture of Detroit, because if we don’t, all the money in the world will not help in Detroit’s rebirth. The people of Detroit need a rebirth which will fuel Detroit’s rebirth.

Through this “Declaration of Hope and Love”, we are here to convey to all Detroiters that every life in our community is valuable, every life in our community deserves to be loved, and every life in our community needs to be invested in and by not doing our part we are helping to sustain the underdeveloped behavior that is contributing to the social mayhem in our neighborhoods. We need to develop and create liberated peace zones, which will breed hope amongst the people and instill high expectations within the people to treat each other like human beings and not like animals! We need every human being to join our ranks; white, black, brown and any other color. We need people to overstand that we have to restore the neighbor back to the hood, if not the hood will be the death of all of us. People survive in hoods through underdeveloped behavior, but people live in neighborhoods through love and care. Our greatest resource is our capacity love and care for each other and for our neighbors, which will bridge the gap between hope and desperation. We firmly believe that this is not a time for war, but for peace. It is not a time for acrimony, but for harmony. It is not a time for discord but for direction.

Ron Scott and Yusef Shakur

On capitalism, colonialism, women and food politics by Silvia Federici

Silvia Federici is a researcher, activist and educator. She was born and raised in Italy but came to the US in 1967 on a scholarship to study Philosophy at the University of Buffalo. Since then, she has taught at several universities in the US and also at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. She is now Emerita Professor at Hofstra University (Long Island, NY) and lives in Brooklyn.

A veteran feminist activist, Federici’s work is informed by and in dialogue with the many struggles which have animated her career. Since the early 1970s Federici was, along with theorists such as Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Selma James, a founder of the International Feminist Collective and an organizer with the famous Wages for Housework campaign. This movement brought together a global alliance of feminist groups to make a revolutionary challenge at the very hinge of capitalist and patriarchal power by demanding economic sovereignty for women engaged in the elemental labour of social reproduction.

Read the full interview here.