Reflections given by Halima Cassels, Michelle Martinez, and Lydia Wylie-Kellermann
at First Unitarian Universalist, Detroit, MI
May 14, 2017
Halima Cassells, Detroit-based artist/community advocate occupies a myriad of roles that are unified by a deep and unwavering devotion to fostering community inter-connectivity. In practice, she designs spaces for authentic engagement and artistic expression as well as engenders ideas of new economy. She assumes leadership and outreach roles at O.N.E. Mile, Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition, Incite Focus Fab Lab, North End Soup, Center for Community Based Enterprise, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and the Free Market of Detroit.
Michelle Martinez is a Detroit-based environmental justice activist, speaker, writer and mother. Since 2000, she has worked on a variety of intersecting issues including immigration and voting rights, environmental justice and women’s rights. She is a passionate advocate for participatory democracy, collective resource management, and popular education.
Lydia Wylie-Kellermann lives with her partner and their two children in southwest Detroit down the street from where she grew up. She is the co-editor of radicaldiscipleship.net and the Detroit Catholic Worker paper, On the Edge.