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  • published Let the People Speak on DTE rate hike! in Sign On! 2019-12-16 11:04:06 -0500

    Let the People Speak on DTE Rate Hike!

    Please sign on below as an individual or organization to give the public and opportunity to speak on DTE's rate hike. If you are signing as an organization, please include an attachment of your logo in the endorsement.


    Commissioners Dan Scripps, Sally Talberg, and Tremaine Phillips:

    The undersigned organizations and individuals write to request public hearings consistent with the Open Meetings Act on the current DTE Electric Rate Case (case number U-20561) to be held in Detroit and other frontline communities.

    In April 2019, the Michigan Public Service Commission hosted a public hearing on the Integrated Resource Plan for DTE Energy at Wayne County Community College- Downtown Campus. Residents and consumers of DTE Energy turned out to vocalize their opinions for the need to increase renewable energy and affordability in the service territory, many requesting to MPSC to reject the DTE IRP.

    We commend the Commission for offering  low-income rate payers and grassroots advocates the opportunity to speak directly to the commission on their experiences and opinions on the plan. Conducting the hearing in Detroit, with options before and after 5pm, opened up access to impacted communities.

    On June 6, 2019 DTE Energy returned to the MPSC for the second rate increase in a as may years. This rate case proposes substantial cost increases for residential ratepayers. It also proposes a number of new programs focused on low-income ratepayers of dubious efficacy, in the eyes of many intervenors. It is critical for informed decisions that the commission hear not only from technical experts, but those who stand to be most adversely impacted by these cases. To create that opportunity, we request the following:

    1. At least one public hearing be scheduled
    2. At least one such hearing will be held in Detroit, MI
    3. All public comments be collected, transcribed, and filed in the case docket
    4. The public be given at least 30 days public notice
    5. Translation in Spanish and Arabic of the notice of public hearing be provided and published in Spanish and Arabic news sources
    6. There are two sections for comment, before and after 5pm
    7. Interpretation services be provided for at the hearing itself, including ASL
    8. Childcare be provided for at the hearing for parents and guardians wishing to comment
    9. Location be accessible by public transit and ADA compliant

    Thank you for your commitment to public accountability in the rate setting process.

    The undersigned,


  • The Blueprint For Energy Democracy Is Here!

    590677867.jpgIts finally here! The first edition of the Blueprint for Energy Democracy, our plan to make Highland Park a global model for sustainability and self-determination.

    READ: The Blueprint For Energy Democracy Framework

    READ: The Full 1st Edition Blueprint For Energy Democracy




  • donated 2019-09-22 01:04:06 -0400

    Help Us Build A Just Energy Future For All


    GROUNDED AND GROWING: 2012-2017 Impact Report


    Thanks to member Jocelyn Weidman for her gracious offering of the skillful design of this report!


    Get Lit Mug 2018

    $50 donations or more will receive a custom

    Soulardarity "GET LIT!" mug as a thank you for your support!



    phone_charger.pngWe're offering a special thank-you! For donors who give a one-time donation of $250 or more, you'll receive a solar phone charger! These flexible, portable chargers absorb sunlight fast and will charge most phones 8-10 times with a full battery. Consider it a thank you for your support!

    Is $250 too much? No worries! We're also offering chargers to anyone who sets up a monthly donation of $15 or more!

    Get yours by making a donation today!

    We've done incredible things together, from installing solar alley lights to educating our community to holding elected officials accountable. We need all kinds of support to make it happen, and your donations are a critical part of that:

    Read our 2017 Year In Summary to see what your support accomplished last year.

    Read our 2018 Highlights to see what happened this year!

    2019 Highlights coming soon!

    Look below to see what your contributions do for the work in 2020.

    • $5 prints 50 flyers for an event
    • $15 buys an hour of childcare to make our events more accessible
    • $25 supports a subsidized Soulardarity membership
    • $50 buys winter weatherization supplies for a household
    • $100 buys local, healthy food for a small community meeting
    • $250 pays one month’s rent at our office and maintains a safe, community space
    • $1000 sends our community leaders to share Highland Park’s story on a national platform
    • $5000 keeps a roof over our heads in 2020!

    Every gift makes a difference. We also encourage you to become a dues-paying member and add your voice and leadership to our forward motion.

    If you want to make a larger donation than this page allows, email for instructions.

    To donate by check, please make the check payable to Soulardarity and mail it to:

    21 Highland St
    Highland Park, MI 48203

    Soulardarity is a 501c3 charitable organization. Donations made to Soulardarity are tax-deductible under Soulardarity's EIN: 47-2733535



  • wants to volunteer 2018-06-12 14:50:42 -0400


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    Photo: The 2017 Utility Justice Action Team

    Soulardarity's mission is to put into practice the concept "energy democracy" and seeing to that everyone can have affordable access to energy.

    Become a volunteer
  • donated 2019-10-09 04:34:22 -0400
  • published Jobs in Get involved 2018-01-02 16:02:03 -0500



    HP Census 2020

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    WFMDTE Fellowship 2020

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  • endorsed 2017-10-18 19:43:19 -0400




    There's a saying that goes: If you aren't at the table, you're on the menu. 

    Right now, Michigan utility regulators are writing the rules that will determine whether we move towards community-owned clean energy or dirty methane gas. But thus far, there are no requirements that community voices will be heard. Help us tell the Public Service Commission that Michigan citizens - and especially those impacted by pollution, energy poverty, and environmental racism - need our voices heard. Because if we aren't at the table - you know we're on the menu.

    If we accept business​ ​as​ ​usual,​ ​we​ ​can​ ​expect​ ​a​ ​process​ ​driven by​ big investors and executives leading to ​more​ ​dirty energy, pollution, and poverty. We know that clean​ ​energy​ ​and​ ​efficiency​ ​can​ ​make power more​​ ​reliable and affordable, while making jobs and keeping resources in our community. But to get to that future, we need to demand it - and we need a seat at the table.


    Sign on and add your own comments below by Friday October 20th

    You can Text VOICE to (313) 349-1063 to endorse


    **We are requesting an address to verify that signers are Michigan residents. We will only share a zip code in the comments. Your complete address WILL NOT BE SHARED** 


  • commented on Feedback 2016-10-07 22:42:47 -0400
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    How are we doing?

    We do a lot of great work at Soulardarity, and we are always looking to improve. Let us know what you love about our work, what your questions are, and where we can grow.

    If you're renewing your membership, be sure to fill out the member renewals survey!

    Send feedback
  • published Benefits of Membership in Become a Member 2015-08-17 22:37:02 -0400

    Benefits of Membership

    Why become a Soulardarity member?

    You have a lot on your plate, so choosing to become a Soulardarity member may feel like a difficult decision to make. Here are a few of the key points about the benefits of Soulardarity membership. For more information, go to:


    • Participation in decisions about where new streetlights will be located
    • Helping to secure proper lighting of streets on your block and in your community. 
    • Access to resources to reduce heat and light bills in your home through weatherization and do-it-yourself solar projects
    • Future opportunities to work together with neighbors to build clean energy in Highland Park which will reduce costs and increase your ability to make decisions about where your power comes from
    • Run and vote for Soulardarity’s board of directors and on other membership issues. Elections and most member voting issues will happen during the annual meeting, making it easy to participate and stay informed.
    • Ability to call special meetings, vote to remove directors, participate in committees, and otherwise lead and focus Soulardarity’s work
    • Final voting power on any decision the board of directors makes to:
      • sell streetlights or other long-term assets
      • change our tax status, dissolve, or change our mission statement
      • change the powers of membership
    • Opportunity to participate in shared internet at a lower cost with your neighbors
  • published Become a Member in Get involved 2015-08-03 22:02:45 -0400

    Become a Member


    2018/19 Membership Form

    Thank you for your interest in Soulardarity membership! Members are integral to our work. As a member, you can elect the board of directors, participate in committees to direct different aspects of our work, and steer the organization towards our mission of energy democracy in Highland Park. Your membership dues also sustain our operations and help us maintain autonomy and focus on our mission.

    Since becoming a membership organization in 2015, our membership model has continued to evolve. Click here to learn more history of the membership model and click here to read the full proposal for the updates approved by the board in 2018.

    Here's some of the basics about Soulardarity membership:

    DUES: Membership dues use a grassroots fundraising model. We want Soulardarity to truly represent it's members, and the more we raise from membership donations, the more our priorities will be driven the members directly. The minimum annual donation for a member is $10. We encourage members to pledge to give at least $50, which covers the cost of to Soulardarity of an additional member. Using the 2017 budget, we need to raise about $1000 per member. When you fill out your membership form, you will make a pledge for how much you will give, and how much you will fundraise for the year. We encourage members to make a gift that is significant for you, whatever the amount, and makes you fearless in asking others to support our collective work.

    VOLUNTEERISM: Soulardarity membership is about collective work and responsibility. If we all pull a little weight, we can do exponentially greater work. Members are encouraged to give a little time and talent every month to help our programs, projects, and organizing move forward.

    EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL: Once annually, in the time leading up to the annual meeting, a member renewal form will be sent out to all current members. It will include what you pledge to donate during that year. At the time of any decision or benefit which applies to eligible members, the following will be assessed to determine eligibility:

    • Has the member donated at least the $10 minimum in the past 12 months?
    • Has the member filled out the renewal form for the current member year (demarcated by the annual meeting)?

    MEMBER BENEFITS: Members may from time to time receive special benefits. In 2018, members receive a 6% discount on their PowerUP bulk purchase orders. Other special benefits may arise for all members, or for those donating or fundraising at specific levels.

    ACTION GROUPS: Members with ideas and projects are encouraged to form action groups, and will be supported by Soulardarity to see the projects through. Read the action groups summary and download the proposal form here.

    MEMBER MEETINGS: Member meetings will occur on a quarterly basis. The schedule and RSVP links for upcoming meetings will be released shortly!

    Click here to download the bylaws

    2018/19 Membership Form