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
Alia 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.
F. Carlton Peeples
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.
Organizer - LIVE FREE DETROIT COALITION
Faith In Action National Network
(Faith In Action National Campaign)
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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.
Business Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00pm M-F
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:
- 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!
- (If you encounter any issues with uploading your photo submissions, send a screenshot of your error message to email@example.com)