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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Alia Harvey Quinn
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.
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.
Lottie V. Spady
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.
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
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