Sara Safransky and the Uniting Detroiters have been awarded one of Antipode’s new Scholar-Activists grants. The Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Awards are intended to support collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists (from NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or community grassroots organisations, among other places) which further radical/critical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society. — http://antipodefoundation.org/2012/08/02/antipode-foundation-awards-201213-the-results/.
Uniting Detroiters were one of 5 projects selected and the only one in the US. The project is inspired by the Detroit Geographical Expedition and Bunge’s work in the city.
The Uniting Detroiters project brings together residents, activists, and scholars from across the city to investigate the political landscape, to diagnose challenges and opportunities for transformative social change, and to strengthen and deepen solidarity networks. The project is premised on the idea that collective study and analysis in communities are central to strategic political intervention. Uniting Detrotiers is currently developing two study tools: 1) a short video documentary; and 2) a “people’s atlas” project.