Soulardarity 2021 End of Year Office Hours

VOTE BY MAY 1st: Board Elections & Annual Meeting 2021

 Election time is here! Your Vote is Needed Soulardarity Members!



  1. You must be a Soulardarity member whose dues are paid (you gave given at least $10 in the last 12 months) in order to vote. Need to start or renew your membership to vote? Click here
  2. Each member has one vote for each available board position.
  3. After reviewing the candidate information, use the 2021 Election Form to rank the candidates from the one you support the most (First Choice) to least (Third Choice). ****DO NOT select a candidate more than once!****


Members are encouraged to attend the meeting by phone or computer. Zoom link and instructions will be provided upon RSVP. Candidates will be in attendance to answer questions from the membership. 





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4/16/2021 Statement On DTE Settlement Agreement


On Wednesday, DTE Energy publicly filed a proposed settlement agreement in a Michigan Public Service Commission case regarding their clean energy plans. As the result of Soulardarity’s engagement, the agreement includes a low-income renewable energy pilot that, if successful, will lead to three solar projects of over 250 KW being built in Highland Park, Detroit, and River Rouge. While the pilot makes some useful steps, it leaves a lot to be desired from the perspective of racial, economic, and environmental justice and energy democracy.

Soulardarity believes this proposal does not go far enough, and we are clear-eyed about why. DTE continues to spend excessively on fighting locally owned solar, slamming residential ratepayers with rate hikes they can’t afford for some of the worst service in the country, and selling the resulting debt to predatory collection agencies. We expect that DTE will continue to fight efforts for truly community-owned solar, while asking ratepayers to foot the bill for unnecessary fracked gas plants and pipelines.

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We’re growing our team for energy democracy - will you join us?

Soulardarity is hiring two new full-time positions (Deputy Director and Narrative Director) to start by June 1st 2021 as part of a major period of organizational growth and transformation. This packet has everything you need to know to apply. You can reach out to our current Executive Director, Jackson Koeppel, with questions: [email protected]

Click Here For The Packet with Job Descriptions & Application Instructions

Projected Timeline

  • Preferred deadline for Applications is April 30th at the latest. We will be considering applicants on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants will be scored and interviewed by the Soulardarity staff team. Primary contacts during the hiring process will be the Executive Director (Jackson Koeppel) and Deputy Director (Shimekia Nichols) whose emails are noted above.
  • For applicants who proceed to an interview, first round interviews will be held the week of May 3rd. For applicants who proceed to a second interview, those interviews will be held the week of May 10th. Applicants can expect a response or offer no later than May 21st, with a start date of June 1st. Any changes to this schedule will be communicated to applicants.
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Help us get $37,500 and say WE LIT AVALON!

In 2011 DTE Energy repossessed over 1,000 of Highland Park’s streetlights, leaving our kids and residents to live in the dark for almost a decade. We Lit Avalon! is a citizen-led campaign to bring solar-powered streetlights and connectivity to Avalon Village in Highland Park - a sustainable eco-village led by powerhouse resident, Mama Shu - to transform one of the city’s most blighted blocks into a safe, welcoming, and beautiful space for the entire community. 

With your support, we will:

  • purchase, install and maintain 5 solar-powered smart streetlights 
  • establish a free, public wifi mesh network to children, residents, and visitors
  • provide year-round safety, streetlighting, and internet for Avalon Village community centers and services
  • create a safe, walkable, and welcoming environment to host community gatherings and celebrations 
  • elevate Avalon Village as a landmark example of energy democracy and independence, and place-based equitable development for cities across the country 
  • provide Highland Park residents four essential connections: light, internet, dignity, and community

Photo courtesy of Model D Media

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Project Manager Request for Qualifications

Request for Qualifications: Project Manager

Soulardarity is seeking a highly qualified project manager to lead on the development and management of community projects. We are seeking a broad range of skills and experiences. Depending on responses to this RFQ, we may proceed with one or more hires. We are seeking applications from individuals and firms or companies who can provide these services.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Highland Park Launches Just Recovery Task Force


News from Highland Park Community Crisis Coalition

July 6th, 2020


Jackson Koeppel, (917) 554-3741, [email protected]

Carlton Clyburn, (313) 282-4542, [email protected]

Margaret Lewis, (313) 231-2249, [email protected]


Highland Park Launches COVID-19 Just Recovery Task Force

Community, City Council come together to address the crisis

HIGHLAND PARK, MI – Today, Highland Park City Council approved  a resolution to form one of, if not the, first COVID-19 Just Recovery Task Force in the country.

The JRTF is a joint task force between the City Council and the Highland Park Community Crisis Coalition. It will coordinate relief efforts and community safety measures while developing a long-term Just Recovery Plan from the COVID-19 crisis.

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May 2020 Membership Updates and Announcements

Greetings Soulardarians (is this a thing?? Hoping, if not, it totally can be!)

I am sending this message hoping that everyone is staying safe while sheltering in place and taking time for movement and quiet as needed!


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Community Advocacy Impacted Public Service Commission Ruling on DTE


May 12, 2020

Contact: Bridget Vial, 313-720-4330, [email protected]


Community Advocacy Impacted Public Service Commission Ruling on DTE 


DETROIT - Last week, the Public Service Commission – the 3-member, governor-appointed Commission which regulates utilities – approved a 4.6% rate increase for DTE Energy in the midst of a pandemic and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. 

There’s good news, however. Facing mounting pressure from advocates, the Public Service Commission took DTE to task for a number of outrageous budget items, nixing hundreds of millions of dollars requested for bloated executive compensation, and unjustified spending on fossil fuel plants and IT infrastructure. Most notably, the commission ruled to reduce DTE’s return on equity from 10% to 9.9%, flaunting DTE’s request for an increase in profits.

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Make It Count HP - Phone Bank for 2020 Census

census_logo.pngWe are phone banking to get to 100% completion rate for census in Highland Park - let's make it count!

Use the form above to sign in to the calling system being used by the count committee.

You will receive instructions from there.