By Antonia Ayres-Brown, Toledo Blade, Not long after the Rev. Otis Gordon arrived in Toledo approximately 14 years ago, a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group held a rally in the city. What the Rev. Gordon remembers most about the event is the way Toledo residents rallied to organize a counter-protest. “We could not prevent them from … Continue reading »
The Kirwan Institute is committed to promoting human dignity and justice. Our commitment is evident through all of our work: Implicit bias research & training; opportunity mapping for transportation equity; working to understand and alleviate food insecurity in Franklin County and more. We care about youth of color across the gender and ability-level continuum, and about … Continue reading »
The Kirwan Institute has been providing technical assistance to the Detroit Civic Engagement Fellows as they work to craft an equitable civic engagement plan for the residents of Detroit and the surrounding region amid the city’s dramatic reorganization. Over the past nine months, the Kirwan Institute has helped plan site visits to communities throughout the country in order to experience new civic engagement models and innovative ideas that may be useful to civic engagement in Detroit. We have also worked to develop a framework for a new model of civic engagement in Detroit by meeting with local officials and community groups and holding work meetings where we address issues such as race and class barriers to opportunity, and reciprocal accountability between government officials and residents. Other issues include engagement with regional and corporate entities, and confronting barriers to building civic capacity in the most marginalized communities. We are in the final stages of crafting a framework and plan of implementation for civic engagement, with plans in place to coordinate these efforts with the larger non-profit and philanthropic civic engagement initiatives in order to create meaningful civic empowerment.
Now on the verge of a regional and national movement, the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) aims to change the conditions for African Americans in the Twin Cities, Des Moines, Portland, Seattle and Tacoma. While the challenges that face individual communities often require individual solutions, the region faces similar challenges and opportunities in education, housing, and … Continue reading »
The Institute will soon complete a year-long capacity building and opportunity mapping initiative for Merced County, California, working with the California Endowment’s Building Health Communities HUB staff in the region. Through the course of the project, a series of meetings with stakeholders and community groups led to the identification of three areas of particular concern … Continue reading »