Read our letter to public officials.

About Us

 

We are community-based organizations across the state of Michigan.  We come from big cities and small towns.  Our members are Black, Brown, Indigenous, and White. We represent many of the most marginalized among us, including people with disabilities and compromised immune systems.  We are committed to seeing our communities through the global pandemic of COVID-19, which we know will be difficult and scary. Together, we are reorienting our collective resources for the care and survival of our most vulnerable residents, seniors, and working people and families, as we weather this storm. 


When our priorities are upside down, putting the interests of the most privileged ahead of the rest of us, we end up as we are now, in a situation where millions of workers can’t self-quarantine because they can’t miss a paycheck. Millions of kids depend on schools staying open so they can get two decent meals. Millions of immigrants (documented and undocumented) are too afraid to get treated for illnesses because they fear being caught up on in our hostile, punitive immigration system. Millions more can’t get treated for illnesses because they have no health insurance. Millions of incarcerated people are at high risk without the ability to self-quarantine, and already face inadequate access to proper health care.


There will be those who will try to seize such a crisis to further entrench their own interests and divide us against each other based on where we come from, what we have, or our perceived health and worthiness. They will try to harness panic to crack down on borders, scapegoat Asian Americans, grant huge tax breaks to corporations rather than investing in public health, and limit our rights to vote and dissent. They want us to operate from a place of fear and that will not keep us healthy. 


But, our fates are tied. This virus is revealing to us the inter-connectedness of our world in a very personal way. It is showing, conclusively, that the health and well being of one is intimately bound to the health and well being of all.  Only by working together will we defeat this outbreak.

Organizations

  1. Airlift
  2. Allied Media Projects
  3. American Citizens for Justice
  4. APIA Vote-MI
  5. Arms of Hope Inc
  6. Assemble Sound
  7. Avalon Housing
  8. A.W.E. Society
  9. Beebe Arts LLC
  10. Black Lives Matter Michigan/Liberation PAC
  11. Black the Vote
  12. Brick and Mortar Collective
  13. Center for Change: A Northern Michigan Advocacy Group
  14. Center for Community-Based Enterprise, Inc.
  15. Clean Water Action
  16. Collective Against White Supremacy
  17. Congress of Communities
  18. Consulting by Anée
  19. Courage Church
  20. Cross Movement Social Justice Consulting
  21. Day House Catholic Worker
  22. Detroit Action
  23. Detroit Community Wealth Fund
  24. Detroit Disability Power
  25. Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
  26. Detroit Jews for Justice
  27. Detroit Justice Center
  28. Detroit People's Platform
  29. Developing K.I.D.S.
  30. East Michigan Environmental Action Council
  31. Ecology Center
  32. EcoWorks
  33. Educate Youth
  34. ENGAGE: Detroit, University of Michigan School of Social Work 
  35. Flint Rising
  36. 482Forward
  37. Fresh Start Clubhouse
  38. Greater Detroit Agency f/t Blind & Visually Impaired
  39. Growing Hope
  40. Huron Valley Democratic Socialists of America
  41. Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
  42. ISAAC - Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Action in the Community
  43. Metro Detroit Democratic Socialists of America
  44. Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength (MOSES)
  45. Michigan Climate Action Network
  46. Michigan Deaf Association
  47. Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI)
  48. Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition
  49. Michigan Faith in Action
  50. Michigan Liberation
  51. Michigan One Fair Wage
  52. Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health (MOASH)
  53. Michigan Student Power Network
  54. Michigan United
  55. Michigan Voices
  56. MI Ed Justice
  57. MI Prisoner Rehabilitation A Coalition 
  58. MIStudentsDream
  59. Mothering Justice
  60. Motor City Freedom Riders
  61. Moratorium NOW!
  62. National Association of Social Workers, Michigan Chapter
  63. Neutral Zone
  64. No More Detention Centers in Michigan
  65. Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregations
  66. Oakland Forward
  67. One Love Global
  68. Pierce Advocacy & Consulting
  69. Planned Parenthood of Michigan
  70. Poor Peoples Campaign of Washtenaw County
  71. Port Huron Food Not Bombs
  72. Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan
  73. Rising Voices of Asian American Families
  74. SEIU Healthcare Michigan
  75. Sierra Club Michigan Chapter
  76. Sisters United CCR LLC
  77. Society for Student Resistance
  78. Soulardarity
  79. Southeast Michigan Jobs with Justice
  80. State Michigan APRI
  81. Student Advocacy Center of MI
  82. Sunrise Michigan
  83. Sunrise Movement Detroit
  84. Sunrise Movement Oakland County
  85. The WE Project
  86. Totago LLC
  87. United Way of Washtenaw County
  88. University of Michigan Detroit Center 
  89. Urban Core Collective
  90. Warriors on Wheels of Metropolitan Detroit
  91. Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights
  92. We the People of Detroit
  93. We the People - Michigan
  94. We Want Green Too
  95. Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Detroit Branch
  96. YDSA at Eastern Michigan University
  97. Yemeni American PAC Public Affairs Council - Hamtramck & Detroit

Individuals

  • Amy J. Schulz
  • Arthur Bledsoe
  • Brigit Macomber
  • Cindy Gamboa
  • Charles King - Chair, Social Justice Committee, 1st UU Church of Detroit 
  • Debbie Rosenman, Fair Tax MI organizer
  • Ellen Rutt, Artist
  • Fatema Haque
  • Gabriela Santiago-Romero
  • Katharine Adams, Environmental Education Director
  • Kathryn Savoie - Detroit Community Health Director, Ecology Center
  • Kyle Lim
  • Melissa Cooper Sargent, Environmental Health Advocate
  • Nandi Comer
  • Shaffwan Ahmed, Community Organizer
  • Valeriya Epshteyn 
  • Katherine Maurer
  • Joyce Grimm, Nurse
  • Marian sue steggerda
  • Marie Walker
  • Justin Onwenu, Environmental Justice Organizer
  • Loren Dobkin, NP, RN
  • Colleen Ludwig - Associate Professor, Oakland University
  • Ann Vitous
  • Didi Adi
  • Vincent M. Martin, Environmental Justice Consultant 
  • jennifer fassbender
  • Eliza Webb
  • Carly Hammond, Candidate for State Rep MI 95
  • Anthony Dellicolli
  • Chris Fike, Social Worker/Educator
  • Mike Shane, Moratorium NOW Coalition
  • Jay Cutler
  • Sandra Turner-Handy - Engagement Director, Michigan Environmental Council
  • Jaime Junior, Subject Matter Activist/Disability Justice Activist
  • Stuart Fielder, Community Services Direct Worker
  • Florence J. Alexander, Community Organizer
  • Dominique cooper, Check and Connect Mentor
  • Danielle Flint, Education Advocate, Nonprofit Leader, LMSW
  • Julie karasin 
  • Isabel Max
  • Mehruba Akhtar, Community Organizer
  • Adam Phillips
  • Amanda Robert 
  • Rachel Cain-Kellman
  • Sarah Dunnings-Smith, MSW Intern at Student Advocacy Center
  • Jen Haines, educator
  • Algeria Wilson
  • Lois McCullen Parr, Reverend
  • Joél Reyes-Klann, MSW
  • Alison Chan
  • Zoe Russick Steinfield, LMSW, CAADC
  • Anne Fortino
  • Cheryl Overley 
  • Krystal Davis
  • BRIDGETT TOWNSEND
  • Rebecca Barks
  • Bridget Huff, Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the MI Democratic Party
  • Allison Zimpfer-Hoerr, LMSW
  • Natasha Abner
  • Catalina Rios 
  • Wendy Flora
  • Jennifer Erb-Downward - Senior Research Analyst, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan
  • Alex Barton 
  • Christopher Lemon
  • Charlene Mangi, school psychologist
  • Kelly Eubank 
  • Tracy Hayes
  • Yodit Mesfin Johnson
  • Laurie Wellman, educator, peacekeeper
  • Cathleen Haglund, teacher
  • Matt Hamilton