Conversations In Detroit 2011 by Grace Lee Boggs

 Living for Change

 Conversations In Detroit 2011

by Grace Lee Boggs

 The Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and Detroit–City of Hope recently hosted Conversations In Detroit, Time For Transformation: Growing Our Humanity @ Home And Abroad.

 The purpose of the  June 27-29  multicultural, intergenerational gathering was to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 911 and to address the issue of mass incarceration.

 It was initiated by my old friend, Dr. Vincent  Harding, who was a speechwriter for MLK and  is the founder and director  of the Denver-based Veterans of Hope.

 Participating were movement activists from Atlanta,  Boston, Chicago, Columbus, O,  Denver,  Detroit, Greensboro NC, Oakland, CA. and Philadelphia.

 We met for discussions  at Christ  Church,  celebrated my  96th birthday at  Sunday Dinner, and toured  Detroit  with Rich Feldman to get a sense of the mew post-industrial society emerging in the ruins of a city which for most of the 20th century had been the international and national symbol of the miracles of industrialization..

 During the gathering Peter Putnam wrote Detroit Jesus.   

 Among the Proposals coming out of the gathering were:

 ·   A Letter of Solidarity to the Arab Spring thanking them for decolonizing themselves and helping us decolonize ourselves.

  • ·   A Letter to prisoners urging them to view themselves not as victims but as returning citizens coming back to help  rebuild our  neighborhoods.
  • ·   A Call to the millions who rallied voters for Obama in 2008 to  practice Participatory Democracy in 2012 by creating on the ground, local versions of Detroit  Summer/ Beloved Community/Cities of Hope.

  Thanks to Kique Cubreto, Lydia Debnar and Sara Perryman for photos.

  

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    […] Conversations In Detroit 2011 by Grace Lee Boggs (via The Boggs Blog) Posted on July 20, 2011 by dcommunicator What a great picture of an amazing group of people!! (And for those who don’t know, that’s Detroiter Grace Lee Boggs in the middle!!! )  Living for Change  Conversations In Detroit 2011 by Grace Lee Boggs  The Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and Detroit–City of Hope recently hosted Conversations In Detroit, Time For Transformation: Growing Our Humanity @ Home And Abroad.  The purpose of the  June 27-29  multicultural, intergenerational gathering was to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 911 and to address the issue of mass incarceration.  It was initiated by my old … Read More […]




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