Small Shifts, Big Change

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld The idea for our new series of Service to Social Change reports came out of the blue. As part of my efforts to get up to speed on my new role at BMP, I read through a stack of transcripts from interviews with long-time partners who had taken steps to align their […]

Detroit Emergency Management and What it Means for Democracy

The City of Detroit has been in the news a lot recently, as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder decided to pass a controversial Emergency Manager law (a similar law was defeated by popular vote in November).  The Emergency Manager law gives Michigan state officials the ability to appoint one person to take over almost all of city operations, […]

Nonprofit Vote on Election Day

There’s less than 24 hours until Election Day kicks off tomorrow morning.  Since Building Movement Project believes that nonprofit organizations should serve as robust sites of democratic practice, we’re encouraging all our nonprofit friends to check out Nonprofit Vote for info on how you can help get members of your community to the polls tomorrow. […]

UPDATE: Offices Open & Sandy Relief

As many of you are aware, the East Coast was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy this past weekend and we are still in the midst of recovering.  The BMP staff and team are all safe and sound in the wake of the storm, and as of Monday we are back in the office.  However, our […]

Building Movement Detroit Video: “People’s Atlas” Convening

This post originally appeared on BuildingMovementDetroit.org On August 10, 2012, Building Movement Detroit hosted the second Uniting Detroiters Convening at the Solanus Casey Center. Over 50 people gathered to discuss citizens right to the city, collective power, and new political geographies emerging in Detroit. These ideas were considered through the sharing of current maps of the […]

New Resource: BuildingMovementDetroit.org!

Our partners in Detroit have recently launched an exciting new resource for the progressive movement in the city- BuildingMovementDetroit.org.  this new web portal seeks not only to capture all of the great work that the BMP Detroit team is doing, but also serves as a communal landing page for other organizations and activists who are working […]

Uniting Detroiters Convening

The BMP team in Detroit will be gathering on August 10th as part of their Uniting Detroiters project, which seeks to bring together residents from across the city and unite them around common issues.  This meeting, the second in a series of convenings, will take place at the Solanus Casey Center (1780 Mount Elliot Street) […]

The Real Deal with Detroit Transit

Our Partners at Progress Michigan recently released this video where they interviewed every day commuters in Detroit about their experiences with the severe bus cuts that recently ravaged the city’s transit system.  Check out the video below to see what Detroiters have to say about what their daily commutes are like, now that bus service […]

BMP Spotted at NYC’s first Participatory Budgeting Vote

Beginning in October of 2011 and culminating in a final vote a few weeks ago, New York City just completed its first round of participatory budgeting.  Four city council members, representing districts from all over the city, committed at least $1,000,000 of their discretionary budgets to be set aside for projects voted on directly by […]

Stories from the Field: Successes at St. Stephen’s

In this next installment of Stories From the Field, we bring you news from St. Stephen’s Community House in Toronto.  We first heard about the work at St. Stephen’s house 5 years ago, when they joined us for a training full of innovative service providers in Toronto looking to solve the systemic issues their clients were facing.  […]

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