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Join us in our efforts to transform our community.

Take Action

Review the local BREATHE Act roadmap and identify what section you want to work on in developing a Lansing BREATHE Act

Be present and comment publicly at the Lansing City Council Meetings. Your statement should include a personal introduction, awareness of the issue, the ask/demand, and a closing statement.

Sign up for updates from the Lansing People's Assembly to stay informed!

Our Priorities


Defund the police and invest the money in community organizations.


Ensure livable wages for all to meet basic needs without worry.


Divert funds to community programs and mental health help (preventative measures).

These are the top priorities named and ranked by Lansing community members, which have guided our work together forward. The first Lansing People’s Assembly took place on July 18, 2020. Participants responded to the following questions during breakout group conversations:


What does safety mean to you? When you imagine safety, what does it look and feel like? How will you know when you are safe? What do you think will be important for our city to do to achieve collective safety? What systems need to be improved? What else needs to happen?


Key themes were compiled into a list of more than 80 ideas and actions for change. The community then ranked the ideas and actions that are most important to them.

People's assemblies are grounded in the lived experiences we bring and those of our neighbors. In January 2021, we launched into the new year with stories and data about Lansing. This included a review of where disparities exist across education, economic opportunity, environments, and health.

Together, we are focused on bringing about real change by translating community needs to actual policy and action. This includes the development of a local BREATHE Act, a people's budget, and engaging elected officials and candidates so that we elect champions of the people.


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Learning Resources

Lansing Peoples Assembly

Lansing People's Assembly is a community-driven process for deeper civic engagement in government decision-making.

We learned the people’s assembly model from the People’s Advocacy Institute, who have successfully implemented it in Jackson, MS. We encourage you to learn more about the process in our sister city Jackson and dream with us about how the process can support transformation in Lansing.

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The Breathe Act

Policy Resources to Review

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How a Bill Becomes Law (Michigan Legislature)

This is a general and very brief description of the major steps of the legislative process a bill must go through before it is enacted into law.

How a Bill Becomes Law (infographic, federal)

Budget Resources to Review

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How to Take Back the Budget

An introductory guide to city and county budgets released by the Community Resource Hub to help communities engaged in campaigns to #DefundPolice and invest in community needs. 

2019-2020 City of Lansing Adopted Budget

The city finances, revenue, expenditures and the priorities of city leadership.

FY 2019/20 Revenue & Budget

Chart summaries of where city funding comes from and where it goes.

FY2020/21 Budget Hearing Schedule

Mark your calendar! These are upcoming budget hearings to tune in for.

FY 2019/20 Lansing Police Budget (excerpt)

Publicly available detail on how the police department is funded and what it spends money on.

2021 LPD Budget Breakdown

Leadership Resources to Review

Lansing City Charter

Procedures for how we operate local government, including the powers and duties of elected officials and opportunities for citizen involvement.

Map of Lansing Wards

4 of Lansing's City Council members represent wards, and 4 are at-large.

Committee Assignments 

The committees Council members participate in.

Boards & Commissions


Mayor's Boards & Commissions

About Jackson Assemblies

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