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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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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