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Fall 2021: Making Labor Work - Organizing for Power in the 21st Century

Semester in Detroit continues its collaboration with the General Baker Institute this fall with the latest edition of our free community classroom series, Detroiters Speak (UM students can register for credit at this link). This 7-session series will run on consecutive Thursday evenings from 7-9pm (10/7-11/18). The series will focus on work and how workers (both unionized and not) organize to build power - in Detroit and more broadly - to improve their lives and their communities. The series will begin with an introduction to work and the working class, and the founding and central purpose of the labor movement. We will spend several sessions examining strategic workplace sectors (auto, domestic/service, public, logistics and more) and hearing from activists involved in organizing. The concluding sessions will help to equip participants with concrete organizing roadmaps for their own roles as workers in the 21st century.

This series is free and open to the general public, and will include students from all three U-M campuses, Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. The class will be held in-person at the General Baker Institute for a limited number of participants, and will also be live-streamed on Facebook. This class is made possible with generous support provided by the Michigan-Mellon Project on the Egalitarian Metropolis, College of LSA & A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Contact Craig Regester, SiD Acting Director, for more information ( or 313-505-5185).