This Past Saturday Began A Forward Push Towards Community Solidarity and Safety
LANSING - Social Justice now has a new platform in Lansng, MI. Thanks to One Love Global CEO Angela Austin and Director Of Transformational Leadership, Pastor Sean Holland, the community has easier access to organized social justice. Lansing has had the blessing of Angela and Pastor Holland working the frontline of community empowerment through social activism for decades - and they have teamed up to deliver yet another venture in this important lane. The Lansing People's Assembly is a community-action organization dedicated to bringing a platform to the hearts of community folk by delivering a self-standing justice structure to Michigan's capital city. The platform is meant to deliver a voice for the under-represented, to the over-compensated who have for years neglected the calls for equality in basic and fundamental dynamics of life; the inaugural assembly meeting on October 16th focused on policing and community violence.
The Lansing People's Assembly meets monthly on Saturday's (2-4pm) at One Love Global Headquarters on Lansing's Southside. They discuss the initiatives and programs that aid community progression, as well as the issues that bring community regression. For example, October 16th's inaugural meeting discussed the inequality in Lansing's policing among our youth; identifying the unequal statistics of policing as a stimulant for many problems in our community (did you know 100% of Lansing youth convicted of crimes in 2019 were black). There were discussions about gun violence and how to subdue it through actionable love. The day also featured a dedicated tribute to the dozens of people lost to gun violence in 2021 here in Lansing.
At the time of this writing, Lansing has equaled its total number of slain victims from its record-breaking 2020, 23 deaths, with months left in 2021.
The Lansing People's Assembly looks to curb the trend this year and future years. Through being a "co-governance" the body of people will decide on Lansing's issues and how the community can respond. Taking the decision-making process out of the hands of those who don't live and participate in our direct communities. Using monthly meetings, the Lansing People's Assembly will introduce initiatives to the city based on healthy conversations with the parents/kids, business owners, and everyday folk that pace Lansing life; and are in the crosshairs of Lansing violence.
There is a dire need to participate, as lives are depending on serious change from within our streets.
Next Up News was in attendance at the inaugural assembly to capture the moments and words of those that made it happen:
Pt. 2 with full interviews and more coverage available on Nextupmichigan.com soon!