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Winter 2020: Detroit 2020 - People, Power, & Politics

Join us this campaign season for the Winter 2020 edition of our community classroom, Detroiters Speak. The series will explore historical and current intersections in Detroit across electoral politics, governance, and movement-building. Questions to explore, include: What is "democracy"? How do we understand and build community power? Do we trust our government? How should we analyze and hold accountable our governmental institutions? What roles can electoral politics play in struggles for civil and human rights? And much, much more.

Sessions on February 6th, 13; March 19, 26; and April 2, 9 will take place at the Cass Corridor Commons (4605 Cass Ave.)

Sessions on February 20 & 27 will take place at the General Baker Institute (15798 Livernois)

As always, everyone is welcome, a light dinner is provided, and we look forward to your contributions to our growing, intergenerational learning community.

Brought to you for the fifth consecutive year by the U-M Semester in Detroit Program, the WSU Department of African American Studies, the Cass Corridor Commons, and the Detroit Equity Action Lab (an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School).

We are also proud to partner with the General Baker Institute and the Detroit People's Platform this year. 

For questions, please contact Craig Regester at 313-505-5185 or

February 6: Welcome & Series Introduction


Christy Bieber, Aadizookaan, Co-Director

Sharon George, Indigenous Justice Program, Manager

Baba Darryl Jordan, EMEAC/Cass Corridor Commons, Co-Director

Carolyn Baker, General Baker Institute

Linda Campbell, Detroit People's Platform

February 13: Detroit Civics in Action


Kim Hunter, Engage Michigan, Social Media Manager

Tonya Phillips, Sugar Law Center

Shadora Ford, Community Liaison, Detroit Mayor's Office

Facilitator: Peter Hammer, Detroit Equity Action Lab

February 20: Radical Politics in the Postwar Era (at the General Baker Institute)


Angela Dillard, UM Professor of Political Science

Steve Babson, WSU Labor Historian

Facilitator: Peter Blackmer, Detroit Equity Action Lab

February 27: Black Power & Politics in Detroit (at the General Baker Institute)


Baba Charles Simmons, The Hush House Community Museum & Leadership Institute

Baba Wayne Curtis, Feedom Freedom Growers

Marian Kramer, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

Facilitator: Peter Blackmer, Detroit Equity Action Lab

March 19: Hijacking Democracy

March 26: Politics & Politricks

April 2: "This is What Democracy Looks Like"

April 9: Building Power for the People