In Detroit, the Fight for Community Benefits Begins Anew

Written by Linda Campbell and Daniel Kravetz “On Nov. 8, 2016, Detroit residents voted into law the nation’s first Community Benefits Ordinance (CBO). The law requires any developer receiving over a certain threshold of local public subsidies or tax breaks to engage with a local advisory council to address community concerns. As with traditional Community Benefits […]

Movements, Funders, and Making Change

Written by Frances Kunreuther Last week, Sean and I participated in the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conference on supporting movements. We did an introductory session for funders on the basics of movement building, and were joined by Laura McCargar from the Perrin Family Foundation and Peter Bloch Garcia from the Marguerite Casey Foundation who both did terrific presentations on how they are supporting organizing and social […]

BMP Detroit Uniting Detroiters Project Wins Scholar-Activist Grant

We’re pleased to share that BMP’s Uniting Detroiters team has received a Scholar-Activist Award Grant from the Antipode Foundation.  They were one of five projects who were selected out of 105 applications.  The Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Awards are intended to support collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists (from NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or […]

Really Talking About Taxes

Yesterday I participated in a workshop on Active Listening.  This is a way of listening that actually involves LISTENING instead of just waiting for your turn to talk.  One person talks for 3 minutes and the other person asks open ended, non-leading questions and repeats back what she or he has heard.  The topic we […]

Part of the 99%

Here at BMP, we’re excited to be in New York at the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  We’ve been watching for two weeks now as protestors continue to camp in Zuccotti Park to demonstrate their frustration with the current American economic system.  While some are critical about the lack of a specific set […]

Background and Media Coverage of Detroit

According to most of the articles and reports published about Detroit since the census, the city is a wasteland that people are flocking from, but if you visit Detroit or read articles written by local organizers and residents of the city, Detroit is alive with hope and ripe for change. We want to share some […]

USSF 2010: Another Detroit is Happening!

We’ve just returned from the US Social Forum in Detroit, where over 15,000 grassroots community organizers, activists, social service nonprofits, and individuals envisioned another US!  We will be sharing more pictures and report-backs from the Forum, and our two sessions (a workshop on Social Service and Social Change, as well as a People’s Movement Assembly on Reclaiming […]

USSF 2010: Register and Get Involved

Get involved in the US Social Forum (USSF)!  The national event, which will take place June 22-26 in Detroit, MI has officially opened registration for individuals and organizations and there are many opportunities to become involved in planning activities leading up to Forum.  Find out how you can participate, help organize, and promote this important […]

Kim Klein and the Commons: Foreclosures

What is a commons solution to helping people keep their private property, particularly when the scale of foreclosure is so large? There are many creative solutions being proposed, but any solution must begin with the person affected at the center and not the bank. “What will help this woman and her dog stay in her […]

Get Ready for USSF 2010!

At the upcoming US Social Forum (USSF) Building Movement Project will join an expected 15,000 people, including grassroots community organizers, activists, and social service nonprofits in Detroit, MI on June 22-26. The goal of the gathering, which is a follow-up to a 2007 USSF in Atlanta, is to build unity around common goals of social […]

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