Across Michigan, dedicated individuals are working tirelessly to enhance community safety while addressing the harmful impacts of excessive policing. They organize community violence intervention, advocate for police accountability, and build restorative justice alternatives to traditional prosecution, among other transformative efforts.
These are truly exciting times!
Unfortunately, the impact of these endeavors often falls short due to poor connections between groups working in different communities and pursuing different solutions. This lack of cohesion forces organizations to reinvent the wheel, limits coordination efforts, and hampers the ability of local and state initiatives to support one another.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
That’s why the Michigan Collaborative to End Mass Incarceration, with our partners the Detroit Justice Center, Friends of Restorative Justice, Emergent Justice and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, have created an Incarceration Off Ramps & Public Safety Learning Community to:
- Help you share resources with peers so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel when creating public education materials, figuring out how to address opposition, and designing strategies to access and analyze data
- Learn strategies and tactics from national and Michigan practitioners
- Build a supportive community with peers across the state
- Connect your local-level experience with state policy discussions
- Create a context for rich strategy discussions
If you believe in the power of this learning community, we invite you to register for future learning community events that kick off this fall.
Together, we can make a lasting impact on public safety in Michigan.