How Hot is It? Hotter than July!

Yesterday marked the 17th Annual Hotter than July Annual Gathering for LGBT Issues at the Hilton Garden Inn, downtown. It was there that Rhiannon and Lance got the chance to participate in the State of the Movement panel discussion, alongside such inspirational activists as Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition, and former Black Panther Ron Turner, founder of Community Health Awareness Group. We discussed community problems, and solutions that each panelist envisioned for the future. The brilliance, passion, and sheer community love in the room was tangible, making for a great conversation.

Also, both Rhiannon and Lance were rockin’ our newly-printed Detroit REPRESENT! T-Shirts! Check ’em out!

 

Wanna rock a shirt like us, and show your support? Click the “Buy Now” button below to buy one! We’re asking $15 for online ordering, but it’s sliding scale, so email info@detroitrepresent.org if you need a different price. Another way you can get a shirt of your own (as well as a “Thank-You” card, photo of the whole Detroit REPRESENT! gang, and a signed original youth art piece) is by donating to our Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign! 

we’ve officially launched the campaign to raise enough money to kick off the first cycle of Detroit REPRESENT! this October! Our budget of $6,435 will take us into December, and include the purchase of supplies we can use over and over. The skills we wanna’ built include graphic design, video production, and photography. For this, we’ll need computers, cameras, and screens (for screen printing). We also need gas money, so we can pick up and drop off youth participants, and food, for family-style dinners each week! You can help us get there, and look fierce doing it! Check out the campaign, and tell a friend!

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The Search for Community Allies is On!

October may seem far off; but in reality, it’s just around the corner.

As we get ready to launch Detroit REPRESENT!, we’re looking to build a strong team of Community Allies — folks who are no longer “youth,” but who want to support the project, either before or during our launch. Community Allies can be any age, and have any identity. All we ask is that you be:

– Excited about accepting leadership and direction from youth

– Passionate about small-scale community organizing in Detroit

– Comfortable discussing race and racism in Detroit

– Comfortable discussing sexual and gender identity with youth

– Ready to build creative solutions to community problems!

We need the most support from our Community Allies in the following areas:

– Support with cooking meals and clean-up during our meetings

– Support with fundraising

– Support building strong partnerships with similar youth programs and like-minded community organizers and collectives

– Support transporting youth to and from meetings

– Participation in critical dialogues

– Event planning, and help staffing events

– Providing crisis intervention to youth

– Support with set-up and tear-down before and after meetings

If this sounds like you, email info@detroitrepresent.org

for an application, and more details about how to get involved —

and stay tuned for information about our upcoming Community Ally orientation!