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Monday, May 21, 2012

“ReImagine the World!”— Boggs Center presents…

Detroit 2012: ReImagine the World, Transform Ourselves, Fight for the Future!
8:00 a.m. (Eastern) Monday, July 2, 2012 – Noon Saturday, July 14, 2012, Detroit, Michigan
From Boggs Center announcement and links
Editing by Carolyn Bennett

Why now?
Why Detroit?

Since the ‘Arab Spring’ of 2011, the world has seen a sustained period of political protest. In the United States, the Wisconsin labor protests, Occupy Wall Street, and the ‘99 percent Spring’ represent an upsurge in protest not seen in many years.

However, despite the progressive nature of the increased grassroots political involvement in the United States, the protests lack “a clear vision for a new way of doing things and a new way of thinking.” Many of us feel “something is missing.” 

Massive protests and demanding new policies fail to sufficiently address the crisis we face. 

They may demonstrate that we are on the right side politically but they are not transformative enough

They do not change the cultural images or the symbols that play such a pivotal role in shaping who we are.  

2012 is the time to move beyond protest, provide a clear vision for alternative ways of living.  

Detroit’s unique setting in historical context is “a space where growing numbers of people have been able to break free of old ideas and undergo a paradigm shift” — torn by crisis ‘Makes a Way out of No Way’ — whereby “organizers and activists have moved beyond protest and toward visionary organizing, building alternative institutions and parallel structures.” 

Detroit 2012: Re-imagine the World, Transform Ourselves, Fight for the Future is a national gathering, a two-week meeting to which participants may come and take part as their time permits. 

Tune in to measures of transformation

Detroit 2012: Re-imagine the World, Transform Ourselves, Fight for the Future (July 2-15) is a setting in which people learn from one another, transform in ways that aid clearer vision of the idea of “beloved community”; and see how using “beloved community” principles can transform individuals, groups, and institutions. 

Assembling people from around the United States, Detroit 2012 aims at building “a national network of visionary organizers” working toward individual and world transformation. 

  • What are the qualities of leadership we need to explore? 
  • Why is the movement of the twenty-first century different from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’? 
  • How do we energize the movement for revolution locally and nationally?

 “Visionary organizers” in panels, workshops, hands-on organizing not only from Detroit but from other U.S. cities will gather at Detroit 2012 and share experiences RE-IMAGINING
Food and agriculture
Justice, Restorative justice
Politics, political action and engagement
Public safety

The author and activist bell hooks is quoted saying, “If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice, have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege.” And in a 1974 article, professors Kenneth L. Smith and Ira G. Zepp Jr. said that underlying Dr. Martin Luther King’s notion of the “Beloved Community” is the assumption that “human existence is social in nature”: often expressed in Dr. King’s phrasing “‘the solidarity of the human family.…

We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.

Sources and notes

“Detroit 2012: ReImagine the World, Fight for the Future!” Monday, July 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM - Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM (ET), http://detroit2012.org/
Detroit, MIwww.detroit2012.org

“Martin Luther King’s Vision of the Beloved Community” (Kenneth L. Smith and Ira G. Zepp Jr.), an article appearing in the Christian Century, April 3, 1974, pp. 361-363; based on the authors’ book Search for the Beloved community: The Thinking of Martin Luther King Jr.  
Boggs Center, Grace and James Boggs
Detroit 2012

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