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Beyond Separation

Once the belief that some have more value than others is embedded in a community, it is sustained through policies designed to keep people apart. Thus, addressing separation (while maintaining Indigenous sovereignty) became a critical component of TRHT. It includes working on residential segregation, colonization and isolation and what they produce—concentrated poverty. Where there is segregation and concentrated poverty, there are barriers to opportunity. This area also involves addressing the ways separation is embedded in our education system, our health and mental health care systems and our housing system; and in immigration and migration practices and policies. The work done in these areas will ultimately help neighborhoods and communities ensure equitable opportunity in housing, health, food, education and jobs.

Blueprint for Equitable Housing

BCTRHT believes that a community that is united can achieve anything. We are starting our journey to create a Blueprint for Housing Justice in Battle Creek alongside our beloved community members. Our event, Building Equity: A Panel Discussion on Housing Justice in Battle Creek, is a collaboration between Battle Creek Area Association of Realtors (BCAAR), Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (BCTRHT), Neighborhoods Inc. of Battle Creek, the City of Battle Creek, Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan, New Story Community Books, and Washington Heights United Methodist Church.

Building Equity:
A Panel Discussion on Housing Justice in Battle Creek

Seeking to make Housing Equity a reality in Battle Creek, a group of local organizations are coming together to host a community dinner and discussion with renowned authors Sheryll Cashin and Leah Rothstein about their respective works, White Space, Black Hood and  Just Action.

The goal of this event, held at Washington Heights United Methodist Church on June 5th, is to cultivate a comprehensive understanding of housing inequity, explore actionable steps, and promote collaborative efforts among diverse communities. Catered food options for dinner will accommodate diverse dietary needs and there will be simultaneous interpretation available in Spanish.


Leading up to the event, book discussion will be held in-person and virtually via Zoom:

  • May 14th, 5:30 - 7:00 pm on Zoom, fully in Spanish

  • May 18th, 1:30 - 2:30 pm at Minges Brook Elementary School

  • May 21st, 6:00 - 7:00 pm at Café Rica, 62 E Michigan Ave

  • May 30th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm on Zoom


Those who register for a book discussion are eligible to receive a copy of one (1) of either Just Action by Leah Rothstein or White Space, Black Hood by Sheryll Cashin, while supplies last.

Register for any of these events on our Events Page!

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