Detroit Public Library

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5201 Woodward Ave
Detroit
,
MI
48202
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US

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Future Events

Tuesday
Apr
24
2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 6-8pm
6-8pm
***Reading list is posted at the end of the event description.*** The West Virginia teachers' strike has now spread to numerous other states, including Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona. For the April meeting of the Detroit Jacobin Reading Group, we will discuss this remarkable surge in public-sector labor militancy and what it means for the broader left and for the fight against austerity. We will meet in the Old Fine Arts Room on the third floor of the Detroit Public Library, Main Branch. The following resources are available for some background on the West Virginia teachers' strike. It's also possible that some people might have a lot of interest in the subject but not a lot of time to do the readings, in which case we would still love to have you at the conversation on Tuesday. People without a lot to say who still want to learn about the issue and how to get involved are also welcome. Blanc, Eric. "The Lessons of West Virginia." https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/03/west-virginia-wildcat-strike-militancy-peia Blanc, Eric. "West Virginia's Militant Minority." https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/03/west-virginias-militant-minority Doyle Griffiths, Kate. "When Women Organize, We Win: Lessons From the West Virginia Teachers' Strike" http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/43765-when-women-organize-we-win-lessons-from-the-west-virginia-teachers-strike Greenhouse, Steven. "The West Virginia Teacher Strike Was Just the Start." nytimes [dot] com/2018/03/07/opinion/teachers-west-virginia-strike.html Slaughter, Jane. "West Virginia Teachers Learned from 1970s Miners." labornotes [dot] org/blogs/2018/03/west-virginia-teachers-learned-1970s-miners

Past Events

Saturday
Apr
14
2018
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1pm
1pm
Join us for a conversation with this prominent author and one of the nation's most influential and renowned social and political voices. Dr. Dyson will discuss his newest book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, followed by Q and A and a book signing.
Tuesday
Feb
27
2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 9pm
9pm
The International Women's Strike is a movement which aims to build solidarity between diverse groups of working women around the world and to organize around issues that impact them. The first International Women's Strike day of action took place on March 8th, 2017, and another day of action is planned for March 8th of this year. The February meeting of the Detroit Jacobin Reading Group will discuss the platform and strategy behind the International Women's Strike, and the potential it represents for local organizing and global solidarity. We will meet in the Old Fine Arts Room on the third floor of the Detroit Public Library, Main Branch. The following resources are available for some background on the International Women's Strike. It's also possible that some people might have a lot of interest in the subject but not a lot of time to do the readings, in which case we would still love to have you at the conversation on Tuesday. People without a lot to say who still want to learn about the issue and how to get involved are also welcome. womenstrikeus [dot] org Henwood, Doug. "The First Strike: An Interview with Cinzia Arruzza." https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/04/womens-strike-international-solidarity-feminism-workers-trump Jaffe, Sarah. "Women Across the Globe Are Planning to Strike on March 8. Here’s Why." https://www.womenstrikeus.org/2018/02/14/women-across-the-globe-are-planning-to-strike-on-march-8-heres-why/ Eisenstein, Zillah. "It Is Time – #Feminism4the99" https://www.womenstrikeus.org/2018/02/14/it-is-time-feminism4the99/
Tuesday
Jan
30
2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 6-8pm
6-8pm
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Poor People's Campaign organized by Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The January meeting of the Detroit Jacobin Reading Group will examine the legacy of this campaign, its continued significance, and the need for a new Poor People's Campaign today. We will meet in the Old Fine Arts Room on the third floor of the Detroit Public Library, Main Branch. The following resources are available for some background on the original Poor People's Campaign of 1968 and the effort to launch a new Poor People's Campaign in 2018. It's also possible that some people might have a lot of interest in the subject but not a lot of time to do the readings, in which case we would still love to have you at the conversation on Tuesday. People without a lot to say who still want to learn about the issue and how to get involved are also welcome. Abrams, Amanda. "What a Revived Poor People’s Campaign Needs to Do in the Trump Era." http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/what-a-revived-poor-peoples-campaign-needs-to-do-in-the-trump-era-20170818 Democracy Now. "Rev. William Barber: Trump is a Symptom of a Deeper Moral Malady Behind Racist, Xenophobic Policies" https://www.democracynow.org/2018/1/9/rev_william_barber_trump_is_a King, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther. "The Three Evils of Society." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8d-IYSM-08
Tuesday
Sep
26
2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 6-8pm
6-8pm
The rapid expansion of charter schools has dramatically transformed the educational landscape in Michigan and around the country. As more and more children attend these schools, and more and more public money is spent outside the traditional public school system, ordinary Americans are left to wonder what this means for themselves and their children. Who is behind these schools? To what extent are they accountable to the public? What is their relationship to the longstanding issues of inequality and racial segregation in American public schools? Where do they fit into debates about issues like standardized testing or teacher tenure? This month, Detroit's Jacobin Reading Group will be meeting on Tuesday September 26th from 6pm to 8pm at the Main branch of the Detroit Public Library at 5201 Woodward to discuss issues surrounding charter schools in Detroit and around the country. Joining us for the conversation are representatives from the American Federation of Teachers, who will be discussing their work on these issues and sharing information about how Detroiters can get involved.
Tuesday
Aug
29
2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 6-8pm
6-8pm
To make sense of present day Detroit, it helps to know how we've gotten here. For the August meeting of the Detroit Jacobin Reading Group, we will be joined by Dr. Peter Hammer, Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State, who will present on the evolution of spatial racism in Detroit and our region. Dr. Hammer explores how the geography of our city and region have laid the groundwork for many of the issues we face today. His mapping and analysis can help us address the challenges of remaking our city for all citizens - especially those who have been here for decades. We will meet in the Old Fine Arts Room on the third floor of the Detroit Public Library, Main Branch. The following readings are available for those looking to get a bit of additional background on the issues that will be covered in the presentation. It's also possible that some people might have a lot of interest in the subject but not a lot of time to do the readings, in which case we would still love to have you at the presentation on Tuesday. Hammer, Peter J. "Detroit 1967 and Today: Spatial Racism and Ongoing Cycles of Oppression." https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U3KyoqPHhcwVXahDg7G8FOIG_RY0U8iczbl1JU7Z8cQ/edit?usp=sharing Hammer, Peter J. "Evaluation of the Expert Report of Martha E. M. Kopacz Regarding the Feasibility of the City of Detroit Plan of Adjustment." https://law.wayne.edu/journal-of-law-society/letter_to_rhodes_hammerfinal_.pdf
Wednesday
Jun
14
2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 6-8pm
6-8pm
**FREE FILM SCREENING** Want to see the new National Geographic climate change documentary From The Ashes before it is released? The Sierra Club and Citizen’s Climate Lobby are sponsoring a special, free pre-screening at the Detroit Public Library. The film explores the reality of coal’s role in climate change while offering insight into solutions that could help revive the struggling economies of dying mining towns and still safeguard the environment. We are thrilled to partner with RadicalMedia and Bloomberg Philanthropies to amplify the complex conversation about the coal industry as well as alternative forms of energy. WHO: Sierra Club and Citizen’s Climate Lobby WHAT: Showing of the Film From The Ashes WHERE: Detroit Public Library, Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 6:30PM
Tuesday
May
30
2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 8-8:30pm
8-8:30pm
Housing is a major topic of discussion in Detroit today. Whether you're looking for somewhere to live, or worse, find yourself needing to leave where you live, it's clear that it's getting harder and harder for working people to keep a roof over your head in the city. This is pretty confusing, because all we've been told for years is that Detroit has so many vacant houses, and there's all this land just sitting around for anyone who wants it. How can it be so hard for everyday people in Detroit to find and keep housing that's clean, safe, and affordable? This month, Detroit's Jacobin Reading Group will be meeting on Tuesday May 25th from 6pm to 8pm in the Fine Arts room on the third floor of the Detroit Public Library on Woodward. We will be discussing housing and land issues, and sharing information about how people can get involved with the fight for safe and affordable housing for all Detroiters. For people looking to get a bit of background on how the city got here and the larger picture of what's going on, we put together the following readings. It's also possible that some people might have a lot to say on the subject but not a lot of time to do the readings, in which case we would still love to have you at the conversation on Tuesday. People without a lot to say who still want to learn about the issue and how to get involved are also welcome. Readings are as follows: Feeley, Dianne. "Detroit's Tax Foreclosure Crisis." https://www.solidarity-us.org/node/4748 Grunow, Francis M. "A Brief History of Housing in Detroit." http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/detroit-housing-pt1-111715.aspx Konczal, Mike. "The Violence of Eviction." https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/the-violence-of-eviction-housing-market-foreclosure-gentrification-finance-capital Russel, Dominic. "Say the G-Word: Gentrification in metro Detroit is real." secondwavemedia dot com/metromode/features/g-word-092415.aspx
Tuesday
Apr
25
2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6-8pm
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." https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz1oncnBv4emcDF2SmsxQnY3WjdmaFNrYW5WVjFUS2U1UUI0 Grengs, Joe. "Fighting for Balanced Transportation in the Motor City." https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bz1oncnBv4emUFlON3B6UjlqbG5qY1RkbEo2bnVYTkFhMEFF Kipfer, Stefan. "Ecosocialism and the Fight for Free Public Transit." http://climateandcapitalism.com/2012/12/04/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
Mar
18
2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 2-4pm
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 http://votersnotpoliticians.com/ For more information about Count MI Vote, please go to http://countmivote.org/
Tuesday
Aug
2
2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 5-8pm
5-8pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE News from ROC-Michigan Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Contact: Alicia Farris, 313-962-5020, alicia@rocmichigan.org 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 ###