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Fall 2017: Reclaiming the Commons

The Com•mons
Plural Noun:
land or resources belonging to or affecting the whole of a community.

Co-curated this semester by Diana Copeland, Will Copeland and Craig Regester, this interactive public course will focus in the first three sessions on the interconnected crises facing everyday Detroiters around water shutoffs, home foreclosures, public schooling, labor and gentrification. 

In the last five sessions, however, we'll turn to an exploration and further creative development of the many grassroots community responses happening in Detroit that are pushing back against efforts to privatize practically everything in the City. 

This is a community classroom - everyone is welcome! 

Free and always preceded by a light dinner.


*U-M undergraduate students can register for the 1-credit minicourse, RC IDIV 350.001. Free transportation from Ann Arbor is provided by the MDetroit Connector which departs the Central Campus Transit Center (CCTC) at 5:50pm on Tuesdays. (NOTE: Taking the 5:50pm trip automatically includes a return trip which will depart the Cass Corridor Commons at 9:15pm following the Speaker Series.)

All Sessions are Tuesdays from 7:00pm-9:00 p.m. at the Cass Corridor Commons (4605 Cass Ave.)


People's Movement Assembly Notes

Below are the notes from the People's Movement Assembly break-out groups. The PMA's were held during the last two sessions of this semester's Speaker Series with the goal of producing resolutions on how to take action on each of the issues covered throughout the semester. 

October 3: Introducing the Commons - Whose Land, Whose Earth?

This sessions speakers included and introduction by Diana Copeland, and thoughts/presentations by Rev. Sandra Simmons of the Hush House and Elizabeth James of the U-M Department of Afro-American & African studies.

October 10: Crisis and Context I - Water, Food, and Housing

October 24: Crisis and Context II - Education and Labor

October 31: Creating Community Institutions I - Re-educating & Decolonizing Land

November 7: Creating Community Institutions II - Cooperative Work and Education *at the UM-Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Ave.*

November 21: Creating Commons Education - What is the role of our "public" universities?

November 28: People's Movement Assembly Part 1

December 5: People's Movement Assembly Part 2, Conclusion