The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions

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Community Organizing Conference

Written by Community Solutions AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer & Community Empowerment Coach Jonna Johnson

It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss.  This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it

Democracy … depends on our participation; on each of us accepting the responsibility of citizenship, regardless of which way the pendulum of power happens to be swinging.

Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift.  But it's really just a piece of parchment.  It has no power on its own.  We, the people, give it power.  We, the people, give it meaning.With our participation, and with the choices that we make, and the alliances that we forge.

                                            ~Former US President Barack Obama

 Sure, Obama, we need to engage, but how??? 

Well… I am pleased to invite you to a day of exploring Community Organizing.    Join us for a day of workshops designed to sharpen our abilities to engage - building support and coalitions, performing strategic research, creating meaningful action plans, and staying fit for the marathon. 

Meals and a community organizing handbook are included. 

Opening speaker, Naim Edwards, is on the frontline of Detroit’s well-known grassroots movements to co-create a Detroit that works for Everyone.  Local friends Amaha Sellassie, Reece Freeman, and Basim Blunt will be on hand as well!!

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Please contact Jonna if you have questions, want to utilize a scholarship or reduced rate, or want to pay Community Solutions directly, or 937-767-2161.  We need a head count for food, and we want to feed you too!  Register by March 14th to be included in our meal count.