Peace Zones for Life — 1967 Rebellion display:
- Peace Zones philosophy is giving people agency and expression through projects like mural-making; majority of police calls in Detroit are on domestic violence, which is usually escalated by the police; how can the community intervene for itself?
- Ron Scott & Mama Sandra Hines shared personal histories with police in Detroit, and how this led to addressing systemic issues with police (Coalition Against Police Brutality)
- Big Mama authority figure on each block and neighborhood. Moving from dealing with the police to dealing with interpersonal issues, and how internal violence is hurting communities. They have issued the challenge to the police: each should be against police brutality — how to get there? Attending all Police Commissioner meetings to speak out and create community oversight, creating relationships. 30 police murders in 1996 to 2 in the last 3 years (many still beat up, shot, and detained). Federalized police & multi-jurisdictional taskforces (e.g., Detroit One) through issues like drugs, guns, and gangs. Revolutionaries talking revolution by day, but beating women at night: the disconnect.
Film: Detroit’s Native Son
From War Zones to Peace Zones Panel (moderated by Tawana Petty)
- From War Zones to Peace Zones panel featuring film screening of Detroit’s Native Son –
- Charity Hicks (EMEAC),
- Harry Weaver III,
- Sandra Hines (Coalition Against Police Brutality/Peace Zones for Life),
- Yusef Bunchy Shakur (Urban Network and Black Souljahs) and
- Sterling Toles
- Viewing the film set the stage for this powerful conversation with Yusef, Mama Sandra, Charity, Sterling Toles, and Harry Weaver.
- Challenging analysis of the idea that “Detroit is a war zone,” that both critiqued narratives that criminalize or victimize and grappled with the real difficulties.
- Picture of relationship-building aspects of organizing.
- Themes included importance of language, imagination, and creativity.
- From War Zones to Peace Zones panel featuring film screening of Detroit’s Native Son – Charity Hicks (EMEAC), Harry Weaver III, Sandra Hines (Coalition Against Police Brutality/Peace Zones for Life, Yusef Bunchy Shakur (Urban Network and Black Souljahs) and Sterling Toles