Healing and Racial Equity across Metro Lansing
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a process to engage the Metro Lansing community in racial healing and equity. Through truth and recognition of history, we work towards equitable policy solutions and foster new ways of relating as human beings.
The TRHT framework was designed by Dr. Gail Christopher and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
We build power of directly impacted communities and allies to advocate for policy and systems transformation for the long-term, particularly focused on the wellbeing of youth. Learn more about how we are working to sustain BIPOC-led racial equity work >>
We fuse organizing elements of Emergent Strategy, Momentum, People’s Assemblies, Collective Impact, and Movement for Black Lives, as well as innovations created locally to support youth organizing and popular education.
Our theory of action is rooted in the community organizing principle of learning by doing. View the theory of action here >>
Our members and working groups are encouraged to challenge assumptions, consider the impact of decisions -- including the voices and perspectives involved in making decisions -- and leverage their power to uphold racial equity.
We Are Lansing
Below is a glimpse into the many moving pieces of TRHT Metro Lansing. TRHT team members come from across identities, backgrounds, interests and sectors, representative of our diverse Lansing community and in relationship with the neighborhoods and systems we seek to transform.
We hold racial healing circles with community members and small groups in alignment with the holistic Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation process and the healing vision of its founder Dr. Gail Christopher. Our team of TRHT racial healing practitioners host these spaces and are in supportive community with one another.
Racial healing circles are designed to focus on stories that affirm our common humanity rather than on solving a problem. They are designed to go much deeper into the heart space by encouraging people to tell their stories, to listen deeply to the stories of others, find common ground and enable us to see our common humanity to help us to see ourselves in the perceived other.
Our deep commitment to racial healing has inspired us to ask: What does racial healing look like to me? What we are learning is that there is not one way to heal. The paths to our healing are expansive and non-linear. We explore the realm of healing practices, from those rooted in justice to those rooted in nature, somatics, and spirituality.
Are you interested in racial healing circles?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information or join our waiting list.
We meet requests for TRHT racial healing circles in the order we receive them and based on the capacities of the healing practitioners.
We also host circles that are open to individual community members throughout the year. Please visit the TRHT-ML Facebook Event page to check for upcoming opportunities, or email email@example.com to be notified about the next community circles cohort.
Youth & Education
Youth are the life breath and future of our community, and schools are the barometers of community wellbeing. This is why our work is centered around engaging with youth, their families, and the systems they interact with.
We leverage our collective power to advocate for transformation in schools. We also host enriching experiences and opportunities for youth. For example, we hosted a series of concerts in three school districts, geared toward elementary students in partnership with Alphabet Rockers from Oakland, CA and local organization, All of the Above Hip Hop Academy. The music series focused on education, diversity, and a healthy lifestyles. We collaborated with the Intercultural Association of Michigan, Greater Lansing United Nations Assembly to sponsor the PeaceQuest Art Contest for high school students. View the students' powerful art from this exhibition here.
False narrative perpetuate division, competition, scarcity mindsets, and harm. This is why we amplify true and diverse histories, stories, and data so that we can heal and draw closer to one another.
Some of our work to change narratives include transforming school curricula, amplifying Black, Indigenous and People of Color experiences is entertainment, journalism, and media, and spreading voting information to counter voter suppression tactics. Soon after the pandemic reached Lansing, we created a mapping project to track media coverage of COVID-19, promoting awareness of how health conditions and structural racism put Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities at serious risk.
Youth interactions with the criminal justice system is detrimental to their wellbeing and success across their lifespans, and youth of color have these experiences at exponentially higher rates.
In conjunction with youth arrest data, the Law Team is concerned about the racialized practice of policing based upon "hot spots." The team has held neighborhood engagement events to listen to the stories of Black and Brown young people who live in neighborhoods with the highest number of violent crimes reported, which according to the Lansing Police Department, is the key determinant of a hot spot.
The Ingham County Prosecutor committed her office to a Racial Equity Assessment and Action Plan. One Love Global has facilitated lunch and learn sessions with prosecuting attorneys, including content on structural racism, implicit bias, and identifying bias in prosecutorial processes.
Ensuring Black, Indigenous and People of Color are able to enter the workforce, own businesses, and thrive is key to a thriving economy.
We held focus groups with youth returning home from detention centers to ask what they need. They named: 1) Love, 2) Mentoring, and 3) Persistence. We work to center these priorities in our organizing and encourage youth to embrace their creativity and innovative spirits.
We work in close partnership with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) to support youth to learn and engage in entrepreneurship, support Black-owned businesses, and develop innovative economic opportunities in the community.
Achieving racial equity takes all of us! To get involved with TRHT Metro Lansing, please click the button below to fill out an interest form. We will follow up with you and share information about the next orientation.
Join the Learning Community
The TRHT Learning Community is a space to actively engage in learning and action related to TRHT. We share monthly newsletters and host webinars on topics to support our learning and prepare us to lead narrative change, healing and racial equity in our community. The Learning Community also holds key documents related to TRHT.
Building a Beloved Community
Truly uprooting racism is a long-term fight. The Beloved Community Fund works to sustain BIPOC-led racial equity efforts in our community for the long term.
Inspired by the vision of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are building toward a Beloved Community, where love, equity and peace are enjoyed by all.
Thank you W.K. Kellogg Foundation for matching this fund through your commitment to Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation.