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

Detroit 2019 Cost Per Shooting Report

Live Free Detroit - Combating the Forced Criminalization of a City 2018 Community Survey Report

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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Amanda Hill

Amanda Hill

Community Engagement Coordinator

Amanda Hill is the Community Engagement Coordinator for FORCE Detroit. She is a Detroit west-sider and community organizer passionate about social, racial, and economic justice.  Amanda began organizing as a founding member BYP100 Detroit, an organization working for the liberation of ALL Black people. She is presently one of the chapter co-chairs. She loves to read and collaboratively build toward a vision of dignity, safety and wellness  for marginalized people.

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Brandon Dandridge

Brandon Dandridge

Organizing Fellow

Brandon Dandridge is the lead Outreach community organizer for force Detroit. Born and raised on the North Eastside of the city, over the years he has developed a tribal sense for community which naturally shows up in his passion for organizing. Brandon is new to the formal organizing scene, yet has already emerged himself immensely as an organizer by utilizing his directly impacted roots as a catalyst to influence others who also too have been directly impacted to exhibit energy and action around live free issues.

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Lottie V. Spady

Lottie V. Spady

Communications Director

Lottie V. Spady is the Communications Director for Force Detroit. Lottie has been a Detroit activist for the past fifteen years developing programs, facilitating workshops, classes, and trainings, and working specifically with children, teens and adults to promote, educate, and empower communities at the intersections of media justice, food justice, environmental justice, community health, and civic engagement.

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Link Up With Detroit Force

 

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

 

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

Detroit Community Street Beat – Rising Up To Rape, Murder and Nazi Mayhem

By: Alia Harvey-Quinn, DirectorOn Sunday, June 9th, Pastor Barry Randolph, minister at Church of the Messiah, gathered the congregation to dedicate their new employment training center. The center is being named for DaMarkkus Washington, an eighteen year old young man...

The Black Agenda Tour kicked off in Detroit!

The Black Agenda Conference is a multi-city event designed to gather communities together and learn of examples and strategies to: Build our communityBuy Back our BlocksEducate our ChildrenLeverage our Political Power &Shift the Black Narrative The conference will...

Who’s Who in the Green Light?

Looking at the local online Detroit News May 20, 2019,  I came across this article: “Police say video shows 2 people of interest in fatal Detroit shooting” (there was no reporter noted.) In reading this article it says "One...

Why Does This Matter To You?

 Sooner or later we are all impacted and affected by the culture of violence that is thriving today.  #LIVEFREE #LIVEFREEDETROIT #TwoDetroits

You Can Stop This!

Do you want to work together to create healthy, safer communities for all? Do you want to work together to create healthy, safer communities for all? CALL TO ACTION! #LIVEFREE #LIVEFREEDETROIT #TwoDetroits #ForcedCriminalization .

Call To Action

           Can we imagine a world where we invest in community rather than big business? We need programs, practices and policies that prevent violence before it occurs instead of spending valuable resources on symptoms of the problem....

LIVE FREE DETROIT REFLECTIONS CONVERSATION PART 4

Reflection Conversation with Force's Director Alia Harvey-Quinn and Pastor Maurice Hardrick of the Live In Peace Movement. Part 4 in a 4 part conversation series. What are the gaps with ally organizing? It can't be underestimated how much insight and drive to change...

LIVE FREE DETROIT REFLECTIONS CONVERSATION PART 3

Reflection Conversation with Force's Director Alia Harvey-Quinn and Pastor Maurice Hardrick of the Live In Peace Movement | Part 3 Force Detroit surveyed 610 Detroiters about how they are experiencing violence. How does violence impact how you move about the city?What...

Practical Tools for Community Wellness (Medicine and the Media – Part 1)

The trauma of being directly impacted and doing criminal justice reform, anti-violence and anti-criminalization work all day takes its toll physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Long term exposure to trauma affects our family, social life and poses major health challenges. By creating healing and supportive experiences and opportunities, we lead change that emphasizes our ability to heal ourselves, our teams, and our communities.

Why Does This Matter to You?

Can we imagine a world where we invest in community rather than big business? We need programs, practices and policies that prevent violence before it occurs instead of spending valuable resources on symptoms of the problem. Violence is a symptom of a cultural virus....