MAKING IT OURS-- A Popular Education Course on Energy Democracy
This summer, East Michigan Environmental Action Council and Soulardarity are hosting a 4 week course on energy democracy in Detroit. The course will use a participatory approach to understand the energy system we currently live in and its impacts on our lives, the systems behind its operations, solutions to the problems they create, and plans for action to build a better system we envision together. The course will have 15-25 participants. The course will be grounded in the real-life impacts of this system that participants may experience, including energy shutoffs, pollution, power outages, and the struggles we face to keep the electricity flowing. Is the current system fair? Is it equal? What can we do about it?

We will touch on the broad range of policies and projects that have been proposed as solutions. It will deepen our shared intellectual understanding and collective lived experiences of the issues around energy, as well as make space for processing and healing together. It is designed for residents of Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, and our neighboring communities at all experience levels with activism, organizing, or energy issues and will build on locally relevant examples.

This course is part of the Detroit campus of “The University Without Walls” (Universidad Sin Fronteras) that seeks to build knowledge to empower community residents on a variety of subjects that impact our lives. The purpose of these courses is to bring justice to those most directly impacted in a specific area and to help the participants work together towards understanding the systemic impacts on their lives.
We welcome applicants from all communities throughout metro-Detroit to join in this engaging, creative, and at times emotionally charged work, to understand and change what is unfair in our energy system.

Come prepared to think outside the box about real solutions to real problems, and remember - We are the experts of our own experiences and our own communities!

If you want to participate in this course, please fill out the following application.

To deliver a hard copy, please contact Shimekia Nichols at or 313.349.1063. You can also deliver them to the Cass Corridor Commons.

Please join us for an orientation session to learn more and get involved in the course! Food and on-site childcare support will be provided.

Saturday May 27th 1-3pm
Cass Corridor Commons
4605 Cass Ave
Detroit MI 48201

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