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Community Wealth Building Takes Center Stage at 2020 Michigan Municipal League Convention

The Michigan Municipal League’s evolution into the concept of Community Wealth Building will be front and center during our upcoming, ...
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Chelsea Swift

What Can We Learn from Other Cities About Police Reform Models?

As the outrage over George Floyd’s murder has spurred nationwide protests this summer and demands for changes to our police and criminal justice systems, the League has been sharing resources ...
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cover of Detroit Justice Center's "Highway Robbery" report

Report: How Routine Traffic Enforcement Criminalizes Poverty

One takeaway from the League’s Policy Forum series this year was a call to be attentive to how policy can have inequitable impacts on different people. The effect of a ...
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photo of Diego Rivera mural in the atrium of the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, MI

After COVID, an ‘Amazon recovery,’ or real Community Wealth?

This guest blog comes from Ted Howard, co-founder and president of The Democracy Collaborative. As our nation continues to suffer a staggering health crisis, the unprecedented economic shutdown induced by ...
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Map of Michigan counties by ALICE score, 2010 and 2017

“Staying Home, Staying Safe” Reinforces the Importance of Having a Home

A lot of us have been spending a lot more time at home lately, either laid-off, furloughed, working-from-home, or caring for family. This has drawn acute attention to the way ...
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Local Dollars, Local Sense

Doubling Down on the Local Economy

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what role that I, and the financial choices I make for my household, play in the local economy. For years, I’ve participated in ...
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Flint Farmers Market

Community Wealth, SaveMICity and Strong Communities

We stand at a unique juncture in history. Across the globe, every country is in the midst of a global pandemic. While we attempted to grapple with the fallout from ...
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Foundations for community wealth: our four pillars

As we evolve the Michigan Municipal League’s work into community wealth building, we’ve organized our approach into four focus areas, or “pillars.” These four pillars work together to support healthy ...
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A Recipe for Community Wealth

One day, someone new came to town. Let’s call him Sam. Sam was hungry and looking for a meal. He knocked on several doors and heard the same story each ...
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Community Wealth Building – Why Now?

Community Wealth Building – Why Now?

We know that everyone in Michigan is confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in their own way. The Michigan Municipal League has watched our local communities pivot to this critical emergency, providing ...
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Milford Portraits COVID Photo

Creativity that Connects Us

The stay-at-home order has made such a difference for so many staying healthy during the pandemic, but, if we’re being honest, it’s been hard. We’ve felt disconnected, and sometimes bored ...
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