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. 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 teams 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 create and distribute new complex and complete narratives in entertainment, journalism, digital and social media, school curricula, museums, monuments and parks.
A central part of our strategy now is to counter disinformation and hatred with truth and relationship building. 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.
Racial Healing & Relationship Building
The deep commitment to racial healing we are making has inspired us to ask ourselves: 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 are exploring the realm of healing practices from those rooted in justice to those rooted in nature, somatics and spirituality.
Our racial healing circle practitioner team practices regular circle keeping in preparation for community healing circles. Our first community healing circles were held on the National Day of Racial Healing in January 2020 and had over 100 people in attendance, which provided an opportunity for all of our circle keepers to hold a circle. Every one of the groups asked to reconvene, and we are starting to hold virtual healing space during physical distancing.
Engaging with youth, their families, and the systems they interact with is a central part of our TRHT work. 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.
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 facilitates lunch and learn sessions with prosecuting attorneys, including content on structural racism, implicit bias, and identifying bias in prosecutorial processes.
Team members held a Lunch & Learn on Microaggressions in the Workplace in partnership with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP).
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.