BIPOC-led organizations

Support your local Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations. Follow the links below to in-depth spotlights and calls to action from some of our friends and partners as we continue our #StriveForFive campaign.


Step #1 spotlight: We the People – Detroit

We the People of Detroit aims to inform and empower the public on imperative issues surrounding civil rights, land, water, education, and the democratic process. Current educational campaigns are focused on water shut offs intervention and an all volunteer emergency relief, hotline & pension outreach/ education.

Step #1 spotlight – We The People-MI

“The question we’re asking ourselves at We the People-MI is: is it possible to build a multiracial working class movement in Michigan that can build an aspirational vision of the state we deserve and fight for the governing power to bring that vision into reality? We’ve seen so many moments that tell us that the answer to that is yes.” - Art Reyes III, Executive Director of We the People-MI

Step #1 spotlight – Native Justice Coalition

The Native Justice Coalition was formed in 2016 with the intent of being a platform for healing, social, and racial justice for all Native American people. Their goal is to provide a safe and nurturing platform for Native people based in an anti-oppression framework.
State of Water podcast graphic designed by @lojajoh featuring image of Nayyirah Shariff and their quote: “If we can spend billions of dollars on war, and then we’re not spending to invest in our people, our priorities are totally jacked up.”

Step #1 spotlight – Nayyirah Shariff and Flint Rising

Nayyirah Shariff serves as director of Flint Rising, a coalition of Flint residents and community groups, labor, and progressive allies that formed in response to the Flint water crisis. They will be a featured speaker for this Saturday's online May Day event presented by the newly formed Michigan Alliance for Justice in Climate (MAJIC).

Step #1 spotlight – Missing In Action Productions

Mia Hagerty is a documentary and commercial filmmaker who created Missing In Action Productions to tell powerful stories through film. She believes that film is the most impactful media form of our time and that a great story can move the world.

Step #1 spotlight: Freedom Lifted

Freedom Lifted exists to elevate historical lessons of grassroots leadership and to cultivate spaces where people plan for and prefigure the just world that we desire.

Step #1 spotlight: Northern Michigan E3

Northern Michigan E3 is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to make the Northern Michigan region an area that celebrates and welcomes diversity and equality for all residents and visitors.