Alia Harvey-Quinn is the Director for Force. Born and raised in Detroit, Ms. 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.
Ms. Harvey-Quinn is passionate about community organizing, arts education, social justice and media creation that centers communities as the experts and narrators of their own stories. Mrs. Harvey-Quinn is proud to count among her successes founding FORCE, a project of the Faith In Action Network uniquely designed to primarily engage returning citizens and millennials in Detroit and co-founding Detroit Future Youth, a youth led network of over a dozen justice based media organizing nonprofits. Detroit Future Youth supported 10 organizations with $300K of funding and engaged over 2000 young Detroiters in media education and arts creation experiences online over a 16 month period from 2011 – 2012. Alia is also responsible for the development and management of multiple youth entrepreneurial art programs that engaged youth in community activism and resulted in the production of 15 community murals, two spoken word and hip hop cds highlighting issues of youth identity and social justice, two volumes of poetry, an art gallery, as well as several graphically enhanced products.
Ms. Harvey-Quinn is also a mother of three. In her spare time she spends time with family, cooks, journals, creates vision boards, heckles her siblings and sings loudly and poorly.
You can contact Alia at 313-600-8877 or via email at email@example.com.
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.
Najanava is a Democratic Precinct Delegate in district 239 , she sits on the Executive Board of the Progressive Caucus. Najanava holds a Bachelors of Science in History and Communications. In her free time she enjoys traveling, historical tours and political research.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Carlton is an active member of the 100 Black Men Greater Detroit Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, and the Fathers Auxiliary of the North Oakland Macomb chapter of Jack & Jill of America. Giving back to the community that reared him is always a top priority. Carlton is also the proud father of four children, a grandfather, and husband.
He can be reached at email@example.com.
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.
Hazel Gómez is an internal organizer with the LIVE FREE Detroit Coalition, part of a national campaign of Faith In Action to build a safer and freer Detroit.
Hazel also serves as a curriculum developer, trainer, and mentor with the Muslim Power Building Project, a comprehensive community organizing and leadership development program for Muslims nationwide in which an Islamic framework is core to the curriculum. Additionally, the labor of love for her and her husband is Dream of Detroit, a nonprofit that combines community organizing with strategic housing and land development to build a healthy community and empower a marginalized neighborhood.
She is a Puerto Rican and Mexican convert of 17 years hailing from Chicago’s west side. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with double Bachelor’s degrees in Forensic Science and Biology. Currently, she is studying the Islamic sciences with Rabata.org‘s Ribaat Academic Program and Seminary under the tutelage of Shaykha Tamara Gray and other Muslim women scholars.
Hazel dedicates her time as a volunteer, advisor, and board member to various nonprofits ranging from community development and convert care to anti-racism work and bail reform. She is an avid reader of all things about Muslims in America and is interested in the research and creation of an authentic Latinx Muslim experience.
James “Screal” Eberheart Jr.
James “Screal” Eberheart Jr. was born and raised in Inkster, Mi. After graduating from high school, he 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, Screal experienced 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 creating an entity called Hopz Management and becoming an entrepreneur. Screal‘s 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, Screal was presented the role of Vice President of New Era Detroit, August 17th, 2018. N.E.D is a community based grass-root organization centered around socioeconomic issues that operate nationally and internationally in 13+ states and Nigeria.
James “Screal” Eberheart Jr. in 2017 also entered his hat into the Detroit Political Realm. Running in the Primary Election as a Write-In Candidate for Detroit City Council District 1.
Screal‘s passion for the people lead him to create a prominent program called Black To Reality (BTR). A program developed to build character and social awareness among the youth in schools. Curriculum’s consists of developing remedial math and reading skills, peer mentoring, and social development (self-esteem). His desire to have a better understanding of the mind motivated him to further his independent study to a major for Mental Health and African-American Psychology. Which led him to becoming a brand ambassador at Inception (The First Mental Health Gym). Since becoming a full-time community organizer, Screal has been able to help more people in the community with now, operating a leadership position in 2020 with TandemEd “Own Your Story” / “Detroit Is Us” as the City Manager and National Field Director. There he has built coalitions with local residents, other community organizations, black businesses and assisted in developing more self-sustainable programs locally and nationally. With just a little over 5 years of full-time community organizing, Screal has been able to assist with the growth of community organizing across the nation and remains dedicated to the progression of our future generations and communities.