Nov 2, 2020
In the final days before the most important election of our lifetime, we are consumed by thoughts about what comes next. There is the collective anxiety about defeating Donald Trump and how to achieve a peaceful transition of power. And there is the imperative, even with a new administration, to fully confront the deeply embedded structural racism that has disenfranchised people of color since our beginnings. This work is not for the faint of heart. And it will not be led by pundits, academics or editorial writers. In fact, it is already underway, led by nonprofits that expand on traditional models of service to build power and transform systems. Detroit Action, led by native son Branden Snyder, is one such model. It is active on all fronts: canvassing, organizing, connecting residents to resources and influencing state policy decisions. Detroit Action is leading in the aftermath of decades of disinvestment, redlining and white flight. They are forging their way to a more just future.