In Lansing, our Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation teams are moving a collective racial equity and healing justice agenda for our region.
Our work is organized to simultaneously build power of directly impacted communities and allies to advocate for policy and systems transformation. In addition to the tools provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, we fuse 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. Our teams are encouraged to challenge assumptions and consider the impact of decisions, including the voices and perspectives involved in making decisions.
Examine how to create and distribute new complex and complete narratives in entertainment, journalism, digital and social media, school curricula, museums, monuments and parks, and in the way we communicate that can influence people's perspectives, perceptions, and behaviors about and towards one another so that we can work more effectively and productively towards community based change.
The team hosts screenings of America Divided in different communities with the purpose of having facilitated dialogue with individuals from different backgrounds.
Racial Healing & Relationship Building
Focus on ways for all of us to heal from the wounds of the past to build mutually respectful relationships across racial and ethnic lines that honor and cultivate each person's humanity, and to build trusting intergenerational and diverse community relationships that reflect our common humanity.
Strategy 1: The team hosts Community Dinners to build trust between old neighbors and newcomers. The dinners support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color food entrepreneurs and a space for residents to engage in facilitated dialogue and learn about one another's cultures.
Strategy 2: The team is conducting a scan of activist organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to begin cultivating relationships that can strengthen partnership and collaboration across TRHT teams.
Examine and find ways to address segregation, colonization and concentrated poverty in neighborhoods to ensure equitable access to health, education and jobs.
Strategy 1: The team has 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.
Strategy 2: The team is collaborating with the Intercultural Association of Michigan, Greater Lansing United Nations Assembly to sponsor the PeaceQuest Art Contest for high school students. PeaceQuest is a community-wide celebration of the "International Day of Peace" every September in the Greater Lansing Area.
Raise awareness of the need for affordable housing, as there are different beliefs about barriers to housing security for Black, Brown, and immigrant families.
Increase living wage employment for people of color. Ingham County alone has over 7000 young people ages 16-25 who are not in school or working with Black males being the most represented in this population.
Create an environment in which businesses started by people of color can thrive and stimulate new economy in depressed neighborhoods. Neighborhood investment does not have to look like gentrification and can cultivate partnerships with residents to incubate micro and small business development.
Team members held a Lunch & Learn on Microaggressions in the Workplace in partnership with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP).
A 20% decrease in arrests, incarcerations, adjudications, length of sentencing and recidivism among Black Youth (ages 17-24), especially "Hot Spots" by 2022.
Strategy 1: In conjunction to 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.
Strategy 2: 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.