… the biggest crime is just to throw up your hands say this has nothing to do with me I just want to live as comfortably as I can you got to look outside your eyes you got to think outside your brain you got to walk outside you life to where the neighborhood changes - Ani Difranco, Willing to Fight
Mobilize the Positive Potential in People & Places.
Most things don’t work quite as planned, so be flexible & quick on your toes.
You CAN’T Do it All Yourself.
Including more people means listening and using their ideas.
Change is incremental. It’s not immediate.
There is always more to learn.
“ Why is it that in 2007, we need all these government programs and non-profits to have a business district on Lansing’s Westside?” – Michael Flowers, grew up on Lansing’s Westside “ You have no idea what it’s like to not feel ashamed of where you live anymore.” – 2007 Street Makeover Participant “ When Erika said that it’s hard to do [the mural] with one person, that made me thing that’s a good thing that I’m here, helping out.” - Erik McClinton, Age 8 “ Well, I guess it’s just like Obama says. We just have to trust each other and move forward together.” – Ora Fuller, Shanora’s Beauty Supply, about the Westside Mural
you've got your whole life to do something and that's not very long -- Ani Difranco, Willing to Fight