Detroit Public Library


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Past Events

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6-8pm
The next meeting of the Detroit Jacobin Reading Group will take place on 4/25/17 from 6-8pm, in the Fine Arts Room on the third floor of the Detroit Public Library Main Branch. This month, we will discuss justice and equity in transportation policy, with an emphasis on public transit. Please come prepared to discuss the following four readings: Batterman, Joel. "Transit in the Motor City." Grengs, Joe. "Fighting for Balanced Transportation in the Motor City." Kipfer, Stefan. "Ecosocialism and the Fight for Free Public Transit." Ramey, Corinne. "America's Unfair Rules of the Road." slate dot com slash articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/02/america_s_transportation_system_discriminates_against_minorities_and_poor.html
Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2-4pm
The Voters Not Politicians ballot committee and grassroots organization Count MI Vote are co-hosting Redistricting Reform Town Halls across Michigan, and we're holding one in Detroit! This is an opportunity for voters to learn about gerrymandering and discuss policy options. It will start with a fun and engaging introduction to the facts, then move into a discussion to hear from you and your neighbors. Like any good town hall, your ideas and concerns will be heard, your questions answered, and your input used to draft a petition that reflects the will of Michigan voters. Admission is free, and all Michiganders are welcome (including young ones)! However, space is limited, so please reserve your spot by selecting "Going". For more information about the Voters Not Politicians ballot committee, please go to For more information about Count MI Vote, please go to
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 5-8pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from ROC-Michigan Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Contact: Alicia Farris, 313-962-5020, Detroit Organizations Join National Night Out for Safety and Liberation Community organizations come together to discuss what it means to be “safe” DETROIT – On Tuesday, August 2nd, organizations are hosting events in more than 20 cities across the country, including Detroit, where they will redefine what public safety means to them during an event called a Night Out for Safety and Liberation. WHO: Detroit Community Organizations WHAT: Night Out for Safety and Liberation WHEN: Tuesday, August 2 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. WHERE: Detroit Public Library - Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit People who live in communities that are plagued with crime and violence understandably want to feel safe and they have that right. However, the question that organizers are asking is: Does an increased police presence in a community necessarily translate to more ‘safety’? “I thought it would be powerful to reach out to community organizations across the city to join in on this national conversation that takes a different look at what safety means to those who are most marginalized,” said Alicia Farris of Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan. “Increased policing in black and brown communities has contributed to increased surveillance, mass criminalization, and calls for the implementation of law enforcement tactics like stop and frisk and broken windows policing. For black and brown communities, this is the opposite of safety. Safety should look like a direct reinvestment in the neighborhoods where they live, equal access to economic opportunities, and resources for families to meet basic living standards.” These reimagined and redefined qualities of safety, including moving away from mass criminalization with less police and surveillance to a place where communities have home without displacement, access to affordable healthcare, clean water, healthy food, and quality education for all will be discussed at the Night Out for Safety and Liberation Detroit event on August 2, 2016 at the Detroit Public Library - Main Branch from 5pm – 8pm Light refreshments and childcare services will be available. This event is being organized by: Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan PARTNERS/CO-SPONSORS Allied Media Projects Good Cakes and Bakes Community Development Advocates of Detroit James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership Detroit Equity Action Lab Michigan Faith In Action - Detroit Detroit Food Policy Council MOSES Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation Mothering Justice Detroit People's Platform Pontiac Policy Council Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan Rosa Parks Institute Equitable Detroit Coalition The Foundation of Women in Hip Hop FoodLab Detroit We the People of Detroit Cities of Peace ###
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 6-9pm
Hear the real story behind the Detroit water shutoff crisis. This documentary-in-progress follows residents, activists, and even the United Nations as they fight for the human right to water. Presented by Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management. For more information go to or