FORCE    (Faithfully Organizing Resources for Community Empowerment) is a culmination of interfaith, grassroots and public sector leaders committed to having hard conversations about complex community issues, pushing boundaries and generating creative justice oriented solutions. We leverage media and culturally relevant strategies to connect people least likely to be engaged to civic infrastructures.

Toward the goal of building a safer, freer Detroit, Force is committed the following programs and activities:

Participatory Research – we aim to drive and capture the experiences of their constituencies and support them to create academically sound research that gives voice to otherwise ignored community concerns.

Narrative Building – pairs participatory research efforts with media creation and communications strategy to ensure that community voice is represented in public dialogue.

Youth and Millennial Organizing – seeks to deepen the community organizing and civic leadership capacity of youth and millennials who statistically are least likely to be engaged to civic infrastructures.

Coalition Development – we build relationships with Detroit’s grassroots leaders and activists to foster increased collaboration, improve and deepen relationships and coordinate efforts for greater impact.

Core components of our approach include:

 Leadership Development Trainings – national and local trainings and planning sessions to build capacity and coordination of leaders to support change-making efforts.

Community Events and Public Actions – Force hosts a variety of public events and actions to bring attention to, inform and engage the broader public in creating solutions to issues as well as support advocacy efforts.

1-1 meetings – leaders engage people in their community in dialogue about community issues to learn how they are being impacted

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Our team is composed of passionate community thought leaders dedicated to empowering community members.
Alia Harvey Quinn

Alia Harvey Quinn

Director

Alia Harvey-Quinn is the Director for Force. Born and raised in Detroit, Mrs. Harvey-Quinn began working in the nonprofit sector as a volunteer performance poet, visual artist and instructor.  Moving from creating art about community issues to working to positively impact those issues, Alia dedicated 14 years to the nonprofit field, working and volunteering in many schools, community centers and churches across Metropolitan Detroit.

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Najanava Harvey-Quinn

Najanava Harvey-Quinn

Community Organizer and Project Manager

Social Justice Street Fighter Najanava Harvey-Quinn is an organizer and project manager with Force Detroit. Najanava has a passion for social justice and comes from a family of grassroots organizers; as a unit they have been actively involved nationally with the fight for 15, equal rights, women’s rights, violence reduction and criminal justice reform.

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F. Carlton Peeples

F. Carlton Peeples

Media Specialist

F. Carlton Peeples represents clients whose talents span entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, entertainers, municipalities, television, literature and the arts. As Owner and Lead Publicist of Carlton Signature PR, he prides himself on diverse clients and deep media relationships in major markets across the country.
Carlton attended the University of Detroit Mercy in pursuit of a degree in journalism. His professional career includes penning landmark articles for CODE, XXL, Vibe, and other local and national publications. He also founded, Sheqkai Magazine, a publication chronicling Detroit’s fervent music scene. The gritty black and white publication are now featured as part of Black History 101 Mobile Museum’s Hip Hop exhibit. 


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Karisha Vanzant

Karisha Vanzant

Program Associate

Karisha Vanzant is the current Program Associate at Force Detroit, a project of Faith in Action Network. She provides administrative support to the Director, Alia Harvey-Quinn, the Communications/Media Arts, and the Live Free Coalition Department.

Karisha is a Michigan native and has worked in the non-profit community in the Metro Detroit area for the last four years. She received her Bachelor’s in Communications Media Arts from Wayne State University and Certificate in Digital Media Arts from Specs Howards School of Media Arts and Studies. With a focus on Film Making.

She developed her intense devotion to non-profit work from volunteering at her local community center. There she sat as an Administrative and Communications Assistant for three years. She found a love for community organizing, advertising, promotions, and event planning. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how non-profits seek to improve the quality of life for so many individuals and families, one program at a time.

Also, she loves working with youth, spoken word poetry, traveling, and painting. She is happiest spending time with her husband and four children.

 

Screal

Screal

Organizer - LIVE FREE DETROIT COALITION

James “Screal” Eberheart Jr. was born and raised in Inkster, Mi. Mr. Eberheart Jr. after graduating from Crestwood high school in Dearborn Heights, MI. moved to Detroit. There, he began schooling at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) studying Computer Information Systems while working in the communications field as a Cable Technician. In 2014, after eight years of working in corporate America, Eberheart Jr. suffered an injury at work that changed his life indefinitely. Subsequently, he began his journey of activism full-time in the communities of Detroit. Understanding the psychological strain on African Americans living in destitute conditions, he began an independent study of how the mind works. Therefore starting his own business called Hopz Mgmt. and becoming a entrepreneur. James dedication and marketing skill-set earned him a seat on the board of Directors for New Era Detroit (N.E.D) as Chief Visionary/Executive Officer in 2014-15. After 4 years of dedication James was promoted to Vice President of New Era Detroit, August 17th, 2018. N.E.D is a community based grass-root organization centered around socioeconomic issues.


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Advisory Council

We believe in shared accountability. Therefore our advisors consist of trusted community leaders with a track record of activism and empowerment.

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Faith In Action National Network

Faith In Action (Formerly PICO) is a national network of faith-based community organizations working to create innovative solutions to problems facing urban, suburban and rural communities. Since 1972 Faith In Action has successfully worked to increase access to health care, improve public schools, make neighborhoods safer, build affordable housing, redevelop communities and revitalize democracy.

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Live Free

(Faith In Action National Campaign)

As people of faith, we know that our country’s legacy of racism, violence, and economic exploitation runs counter to what is prescribed in our most sacred texts. Sadly, the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world is also one of the most violent and punitive. With almost 12,000 gun murders a year (more than the annual death toll of U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War) and the highest incarceration rate in the world, we find ourselves in a moral crisis—a crisis which disproportionately impacts the poor and communities of color. Learn More
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In order to create community led solutions to violence in our community, we need the energy of the community. Please join us in creating a force for justice! 

We are committed to connecting impacted people to opportunities to create justice oriented policies and solutions. Feel free to get in touch with us to learn more about our efforts and how you can get involved.

Phone: 313.600.8877

E-mail: ForceDetroit@gmail.com

Business Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00pm M-F

 

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DETROIT IS US

After a period focused on collecting stories, young people from our community, Own Your Story Ambassadors, took the compiled information and designed a story-based, media campaign that reflects us and what it means and will mean to be Black in Detroit. The campaign theme our young people decided on is “Detroit is Us.”

Join us for the virtual portion of the “Detroit Is Us” Community Day and Campaign Launch Event. The day kicks off with a scavenger hunt across the city (8a – 4p), but culminates with the virtual “Detroit Is Us” campaign launch event (4p – 7p).

Scavenger Hunt Instructions:

  1. Complete each challenge and take a picture of yourself at each of the 10 locations below
    • NOTE: Face masks are required and social distancing along with all other COVID-19 protective measures should be observed!
  2. Upload each picture in real time to our Scavenger Hunt file database: https://www.dropbox.com/request/jrTmlEyQGXwEIENelCcH
    • (If you encounter any issues with uploading your photo submissions, send a screenshot of your error message to ownyourstory@tandemed.com)
  3. Post each picture to your social media using the hashtags #DetroitIsUs #CommunityDay #VirtualSacavengerHunt #OwnYourStoryDetroit
  4. Eligibility: Participants must register as a team on the ForceDetroit.org or TandemEd.com websites, registration will be up until 3pm
  5. Winners will be announced at the virtual campaign launch event via hopin.to starting at 4p and ending at 7p and a team member must be present.

Register Your Team

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