My name is Angie Bryant, a Detroiter living in Seattle, and I am proud to be setting up the Seattle chapter of Detroit Nation. I am looking for folks to join me in creating the leadership team that will be creating an impact that will be felt 2,345 miles away.
Detroit Nation (formerly 635 Mile) is a national grassroots organization dedicated to improving the flow of funds, ideas and energy between native Detroiters now living elsewhere and our hometown. Our focus issues are those that make the Detroit area a more vibrant and viable place to live: economic development, job creation and cultural innovation. Our original name, 635 Mile, referenced our New York founders’ feeling that while they are 635 miles away, they are still a part of the Detroit landscape. Our new name highlights what the spread of Detroit natives across the country has truly made us: a Detroit Nation. Detroit Nation chapters are now active in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
By creating events throughout the year to take place here in Seattle, we will not only build our Detroit Nation community locally but we will change the conversations being had about our beloved D. We will be showcasing emerging artists, neighborhood projects, and whatever great things that are happening in the city. Through conversations being started, anything is possible in community; even redefining a city.
So just what am I looking for in a leadership team? A strong desire to make a difference and knowing that anything is possible. We will be organizing events, community outreach, keeping an ear to the ground and knowing the good word of what is going on in Detroit, and maintaining a commitment to our hometown. Contact me and let's talk about what we are going to create.
Erik Proulx, film producer of Lemonade: Detroit, summed it up so nicely on a billboard getting ready to go up. He said "What Detroit has no census can measure."