The 411


Apr 4, 2019 | Community Healing, Narratives | 0 comments

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 comes from being harmed by the systems and structures that the issues are based in.

What are the issues with city government when it come to youth and crime? And what happens when all the funded solutions are reactive rather than preventive? Not just having deterrents, but changing the structures that the issues come from.

This is all happening in a city that is 86% Black and Brown. And another study states that 55% of Detroit population doesn’t qualify for 65% of the jobs available in the city. In 2017 a judge stated that Michigan students do not have access to literacy as a fundamental human right. These are fundamental needs to be able to navigate life. It is no stretch to see this as structural racism resulting in forced criminalization.

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The work that was undertaken by the Live Free Detroit survey gathered the voices of those who are most impacted by violence in the city. This work challenges widely held assumptions and popular media narratives. It positions community as subject matter experts, uniquely qualified to design solutions for a safer Detroit of all.

This is part 4 of 4 conversation clips.

Download the full report at the Force Detroit website: