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  • rsvped +2 for Black Off The Grid: A Community Discussion 2021-12-06 09:52:56 -0500

    Black Off The Grid: A Community Discussion

    Join us at Nandi's Knowledge Cafe's Books Beats & Eats for a community discussion on the importance of energy independence in Highland Park. We will be centering our conversation around the book Black Birds in the Sky. "A searing new work of nonfiction from award-winning author Brandy Colbert about the history and legacy of one of the most deadly and destructive acts of racial violence in American history: the Tulsa Race Massacre."
    For more information on our work, go to the link below, sign the pledge and give your input as an HP resident about having a publicly owned electric utility. Once you do, you will be eligible to be entered into our free raffle, which will be held at the event! See you there!
    https://www.hpcrisiscoalition.org/powertogether
    WHEN
    December 14, 2021 at 9:00pm
    WHERE
    Nandi's Knowledge Cafe
    71 Oakman Blvd
    Highland Park, MI 48203
    United States
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  • published Fellowship 2021 2021-06-10 14:18:19 -0400

    Fellowship 2021

    2021 Soulardarity Fellowship Program

    One Program, Two Tracks toward Energy Democracy.

    APPLY HERE

    Soulardarity started out of necessity when Highland Park residents were left in the dark by DTE Energy’s repossession of over 1000 streetlights in 2011. When we came together, it was with the simple goal of restoring light to the darkness. 10 years later, we have become a locally and nationally recognized leader in energy democracy.

    Our organizational structures build power in the collective capacity for self-governance and self-determination. A large portion of our work is collaborative with other environmental justice organizations and promotes just policy through direct advocacy and pressure campaigns aimed at local or state leadership. At every stage of organizing, ideas and proposals are reviewed and approved by Soulardarity's members and partners.

     

    Soulardarity is hiring 8 fellows (4 fellows for each fellowship track) to work with our organization from September- December 2021.

    Fellows will provide support to our Local and State Energy Democracy Campaign, its Leadership Team and Energy Organizers to engage grassroots community and leaders to build power, self-determination and climate justice in Michigan as a response to the oppressive practices and policies of DTE Energy. Fellows will be expected to serve as a support to Soulardarity, reporting to the Fellowship Coordinators and Core Leadership Team. This fellowship program focuses on advancing community-owned clean energy goals through organizing, media, and movement building.


    HIGHLAND PARK FELLOWSHIP TRACK

    Fellows will focus on neighborhood engagement in Highland Park. We will do this by working with the Highland Park Campaign Committee to conduct outreach to neighbors, friends, and family in Highland Park on campaign issues such as energy, water and transparency of city government. Fellows will conduct grassroots power building strategies to recruit Highland Park households, non-profits, and business to participate in our newly launched Grow Solar bulk purchase program (learn more here). Fellows will also participate in Get Out The Vote efforts for the November general election. 

    ENERGY DEMOCRACY FELLOWSHIP TRACK

    Energy Democracy is the practice of building a just energy system that engages the people of the community in the decision-making process of how energy is developed, maintained, and used in their lives. The Soulardarity Energy Democracy Fellowship is focused on three demands: Health, Affordability, and Community Power in decision making as it relates to energy.  

    Through the trainings led by Soulardarity, Fellows will learn about the energy system, wealth building alternatives for energy rate payers and how to advance advocacy with legislatures for all who are affected by the bureaucracy that surrounds it.


    HIRING/ ON-BOARDING TIMELINE 

    Applications will be accepted (June-September 2021), Hiring/Interviews (Starting August 2021) and (Required) Team building and informational training sessions. 

    + Training 1: September 9 & 11, 2021

    + Training 2: September 25  2021

    + Training 3: October 2, 2021

    Please expect to commit at least 3-4 hours per training day. In addition, fellows will be asked to participate in Community Events, Campaign Team meetings, held once per month & Campaign Fellowship meetings every 2 weeks (Details will be provided during interviews/on-boarding)

     

    WHAT WORK WILL I  BE ASKED TO DO AFTER TRAINING?

    Fellows will also be responsible for targeted engagement, facilitation and decision-making roughly 5-15hrs. per week depending on workload. Fellow will govern the use of the fellowship organizing budget of $8500 and tracking spending to conduct Community education sessions, Neighborhood Outreach, Event Planning and Implementation. Fellows in the past have helped to reshape local political conversations. Fellowship program participants seeking, in the run-up to the November election, to impact the national discourse on race relations, a just-transition and clean energy are encouraged to apply.

     

    HOW LONG IS THIS FELLOWSHIP?

    September- December 2021

     

    HOW MUCH WILL I BE COMPENSATED?

    $2,000 will be paid by Soulardarity in exchange for fellows working with and reporting to Fellowship Program Coordinators throughout the program. Stipends will be paid half upfront, quarter midway, quarter at the close of the fellowship. In addition, Fellows gain training and capacity building on energy democracy and environmental justice and have access to a budget to support those efforts.

     

    COVID RELATED 

    Trainings and on-boarding will take place virtually. Door-to-door and canvassing will follow state gathering and face mask rules.


    So You Want the Job? 

    Complete the application at http://bit.ly/2021SoulFellowship, then submit a resume and cover letter to: 

    Baraka Johnson, Fellowship Coordinator at [email protected] in an email with the subject line “[YOUR NAME] and indicate which fellowship track you are applying for [Highland Park Fellowship or Energy Democracy Fellowship]. Please contact us if there are any questions or issues completing the application requirements.

    Deadline to apply is September 3, 2021 no later than 5pm.

     

    Soulardarity is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of applicants from Metro Detroit, Highland Park, frontline and low-income households. Historically marginalized individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

     

     

  • published 2021 Elections & Annual Meeting in Member Blog 2021-04-26 11:35:26 -0400

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

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

    CLICK HERE TO REVIEW 2021 BOARD CANDIDATES & CLICK HERE TO VOTE!


    VOTING INSTRUCTIONS: 

    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!****

    VOTING WILL CLOSE ON SATURDAY MAY 1st, DURING THE ANNUAL MEETING

    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. 

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR OUR (VIRTUAL) ANNUAL MEETING on 5/1/2021 at 12:30pm

     

     

     

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  • VOTE BY MAY 2ND: Board Elections & Annual Meeting 2020

    Hoping this email reaches in you and yours in good health! Election time is here! Your Vote is Needed Soulardarity Members!

    CLICK HERE TO REVIEW 2020 BOARD CANDIDATES & CLICK HERE TO VOTE!


    VOTING INSTRUCTIONS: 

    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 2020 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!****

    Two of the three candidates will be elected to the Soulardarity board. You can see the list of other board members on soulardarity.com/board


    VOTING WILL CLOSE AT 1PM ON SATURDAY MAY 2ND, DURING THE ANNUAL MEETING

    Members are encouraged to attend the meeting by phone or computer. Candidates will be in attendance to answer questions from the membership. 

    CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR OUR (VIRTUAL) ANNUAL MEETING on 5/2/2020

     

     

     

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  • published 2014 Soulardarity News in Press & Media 2019-08-08 01:28:11 -0400

    2014: Highland Park Lighting Crisis Spurs Citizens To Action

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    Illuminating Highland Park, one solar streetlight at a time

    Soulardarity solar powered streetlight

    David Sands | Monday, August 25, 2014 Nighttime has been especially dark in Highland Park these past three years since officials approved the removal of most of the city's streetlights in a deal to resolve an outstanding utility debt. Responding to the debt-imposed blackout, a grassroots group called Soulardarity had the idea of using solar-powered streetlights to brighten city streets.

    Read more on ModelDMedia.com


    Detroit Free Press

    A community fights to get out of the dark

    Nighttime has been especially dark in Highland Park these past three years, after officials approved the removal of most of the city's streetlights in a deal to resolve an outstanding utility debt. Read the article on freep.com >

    (Photo: Detroit Free Press)
    Angie Gaabo and her husband Eric Gaabo stand on their front porch, the only light on Avery street in Woodbridge where street lights have been off for several months. Front porch lights are the only source of light on at night on Oct. 3, 2013. Romain Blanquart/ Detroit Free Press