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Our Collective

Being a part of the Michigan Transformation Collective means joining a dynamic and action-oriented community dedicated to driving positive change, advancing equity and justice, making a tangible difference in the lives of Kalamazoo residents through collective action, advocacy, and collaboration.

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As a member of this collective:

Shared Purpose

You align with the collective’s mission to promote transformational change in Kalamazoo by addressing systemic issues and advocating for policies that foster equity, inclusion, and justice for all residents.

Truth

You acknowledge and confront uncomfortable truths about the ways in which racism has shaped society, institutions, and individuals’ experiences.

Racial Healing

You actively engage in creating spaces for racial healing. This involves engaging in dialogue, storytelling, and racial healing practices that foster empathy, understanding, and reconciliation among members and the broader community. 

Collaborative Action

You actively engage in collaborative efforts with other members, organizations, and stakeholders to leverage collective expertise, resources, and influence for greater impact.

Policy Advocacy

You contribute to the collective’s advocacy efforts by supporting specific policy changes and reforms that address racial disparities, economic inequality, and other pressing issues facing communities in Kalamazoo.

Learning and Growth

You embrace opportunities for learning, growth, and skill-building within the collective, whether through training sessions, workshops, or shared learning experiences with other members.

Accountability and Evaluation

You uphold the values of transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement by actively participating in the collective’s evaluation processes and reflecting on collective achievements and areas for growth.

Inclusivity and Diversity

You value and respect the diverse perspectives, experiences, and identities of fellow members, contributing to an inclusive and supportive community where all voices are heard and valued.

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What is Transformation?

Racial healing is at the heart of racial equity. Racial healing is about:

  • the people work that leads to the transformation of systems;
  • the telling of hard truths about past wrongs and present consequences;
  • repairing the harm of racism;
  • replacing the deeply held system that fuels racism with one that sees the inherent value of all people;
  • authentic relationship-building across real and perceived differences.

 

Without racial healing and building trust, changes in policies or practices are short-lived. Through healing and relationship-building, we can collectively develop new values that affect our everyday decisions in areas of policy making, hiring, education and housing – to name just a few.

What is Civic Health?

Racial healing is at the heart of racial equity. Racial healing is about:

  • the people work that leads to the transformation of systems;
  • the telling of hard truths about past wrongs and present consequences;
  • repairing the harm of racism;
  • replacing the deeply held system that fuels racism with one that sees the inherent value of all people;
  • authentic relationship-building across real and perceived differences.

 

Without racial healing and building trust, changes in policies or practices are short-lived. Through healing and relationship-building, we can collectively develop new values that affect our everyday decisions in areas of policy making, hiring, education and housing – to name just a few.

What is Racial Healing?

Racial healing refers to the process of addressing and repairing the harm caused by racial injustice, discrimination, and systemic oppression.

It involves acknowledging historical and present-day injustices, fostering understanding and empathy across racial divides, and promoting reconciliation, healing, and solidarity among individuals and communities.

Racial healing recognizes the deep-seated trauma and intergenerational impact of racism on individuals, families, and society as a whole, and seeks to create spaces for healing, dialogue, and transformative change.

It encompasses personal, interpersonal, and systemic dimensions, and involves both individual reflection and collective action to address the root causes of racial inequity and promote equity, justice, and belonging for all.

Racial healing is a proactive and ongoing process that requires commitment, compassion, and collaboration from individuals, communities, institutions, and society at large.