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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 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, August 29, 2017 from 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." Hammer, Peter J. "Evaluation of the Expert Report of Martha E. M. Kopacz Regarding the Feasibility of the City of Detroit Plan of Adjustment."
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 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 from 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." Grunow, Francis M. "A Brief History of Housing in Detroit." Konczal, Mike. "The Violence of Eviction." Russel, Dominic. "Say the G-Word: Gentrification in metro Detroit is real." secondwavemedia dot com/metromode/features/g-word-092415.aspx
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