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.

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

Force Detroit Is Hiring

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

Alia Harvey Quinn


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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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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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

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! 


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....

Live Free Detroit Reflections Conversation PART 2

Live Free Detroit Reflections Conversation With Alia Harvey-Quinn and Pastor Maurice Hartwick | Part 2   Two of Detroit’s grassroots leaders speak about the culture of violence in Detroit, issues of forced criminalization and structural violence.   How do we interrupt...

Live Free Detroit Reflections Conversation PART 1

  Live Free Detroit Reflections Conversation With Alia Harvey-Quinn and Pastor Maurice Hartwick | Part 1 Two of Detroit’s grassroots leaders speak about the culture of violence in Detroit, their own evolution as activists and well-meaning programs that are still...

Healing Communities — Art for Justice

FORCE Detroit is thrilled to have a guest blog post from $500 Holla' Winner Alondra Alvizo, co-founder of Vizo's Voice. For a little backstory and to learn more about their valuable work, check out this blog post!    Healing Communities -- Art for Justice...

Faith Leaders: End the Dangerous Rhetoric and End Gun Violence (Solidarity Repost)

For Immediate Release: October 27, 2018 Media Contact: Shannon Craig Straw, West End Strategy Team, 202-674-5921, Faith Leaders: End the Dangerous Rhetoric and End Gun Violence WASHINGTON – Offering prayers for all impacted by this...

Combating the Forced Criminalization Of A City

Please join Force Detroit on October 11th, 2018 for some good food, a candid, gritty conversation about the impact of violence on Detroiters and solutions. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited so please RSVP at...

Live Free Detroit – Community Survey Report Out, Dinner, and Dialogue

SURVEY REPORT OUT * DINNER * DIALOGUE You're Invited! Please join us for the first community report out of the Live Free Detroit Safety Survey. We have analyzed the collective voices of over 600 Detroiter’s around the impact of violence in the city, identified...

$500 Holla Winner Interview with Dominique Williams

We caught up with our $500 holla winner found out a little more about her interests, goals and how a substitute teacher made a world of difference to this up and coming journalist. It just goes to show, your encouragement and participation in a young person's life can...

Job Posting – FORCE Detroit is Hiring!

  Name of Organization: Force Detroit (a Project of the Faith in Action Network) Position: Community Engagement Coordinator Number of Hours per week: 15-19 (will grow into a FTE position) Expected Timeline for Hire: October  2018 Deadline for application: August...

Contest Winners! Art as a Force for Justice – Part 1

We Holla'ed and Y'all Holla'ed Back!  As you may recall, in the latter part of 2017 Force Detroit held the $500 Holla'! It was an invitation to submit poetry, rap, songs or skits that best spoke to some of the issues that were plaguing Detroit with regard to economic...

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