Ask for your Support 2012 Boggs Center

James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership

Dear Friends,

We are writing to ask for your support as we come to the close of an amazing year. The hope of Arab Spring, the courage of Wisconsin, and boldness of the OWS movement have inspired all of us. At the same time the decades of patient, persistent work of the Boggs Center has escalated. The publications of The Next American Revolution by Grace Boggs and Scott Kurashige and The James Boggs Reader: Pages from a Black Radical’s Notebook, edited by Stephen Ward, have introduced us to a much wider audience with speaking tours, interviews and book signings. Daily we find ourselves talking with people about the fundamental differences between rebellions and revolutions, changing ourselves to change our world, and looking beyond jobs to the creation of real and meaningful work.

We hosted three major gatherings this year. In June Vincent Harding, Michelle Alexander and Bob Moses came to Detroit to talk with us about the importance of resisting mass incarceration in the midst of a dying Empire. In October we joined several organizations to hold ReImagining Work, bringing together grassroots activists who are creating new ways of living with national and international thinkers Vandana Shiva, Gar Alperovitz, and Frithjof Bergman.

(Grace and Friends at the ReImagining Work Gathering)

You can read a wonderful account of the gathering written by Olga B on our web site. In December we also hosted ‘ReImagining Organizing, Movements and Leadership’ bringing together organizers, artists and activists to develop ways to converge network efforts to create a larger movement–something Margaret Wheatley calls, “emergence.”

Meanwhile the Center remains a focal point for local organizing as Detroit has captured the national imagination both for our possibilities and our discontents. Approaching her 97th birthday, Grace continues to write, speak, meet and challenge our thinking about “what time it is, on the clock of the world.”

This spring we are planning to engage young people in Detroit 2012: A Summer of Hope. We anticipate bringing together 250 young people from in the city and around the country to work with emerging leadership, deepening community ties through peace zones, urban gardens, creating new practices of work, place-based education models, reclaiming homes and learning from one another and the spirit of change in our city.

Please send your still tax-deductible contribution by clicking the yellow DONATE button on our website, or send a check directly to the Boggs Center at 3061 Field Street, Detroit, MI 48214.

And plan to join us in Detroit in June!

In love and struggle,

Rick, Ron, and Shea for the Boggs Center.

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