Auntie Na’s House has always been a cornerstone of the community in her neighborhood on the Westside of Detroit. In a time of so much division and inequality we are striving to put the ‘unity’ back into ‘community.’ We are organizing with people from diverse backgrounds to build a center for day-to-day survival in the community. By offering food, water, clothing, medicine, shelter, and educational programs, we work to support the whole family. At Auntie Na’s House we allow the children to develop a sense of identity and belonging while expressing their creativity, learning and growing. Auntie Na’s House is not just a house–it is a home with a diversity of family, loved ones and friends that you carry throughout life.
Auntie Na’s House is just the seed for a more fruitful harvest to come. We plan to expand our programs into Auntie Na’s Village, a network of collectively-owned homes, land, and community programs that are providing support for families in our community. We dream of a unified Detroit with intergenerational grassroots community centers throughout the many communities of our city. We dream that these centers will know one another and treat one another like neighbors, supporting one another and amplifying our collective voices to address the powers that be. We dream that the seeds we plant today will allow to us to harvest unity in the generations to come.
While we are organizing locally we are attempting to resist larger systems of oppression that have been ongoing for generations. In recent times, the global financial collapse has hit the families in Detroit especially hard, and the dictatorial authority the Federal, State and City government has led to the economic and political disempowerment of the people. We also feel that intertwining ecological issues related to energy, food, water, and climate are having a devastating impact on the less fortunate in the city. Therefore, we are addressing these connected economic, ecological, and social crises by struggling for self-determination and building an interdependent and sustainable village. While we fighting for a more just and equitable world, we are providing for our people’s basic needs to assure the long-term survival of this community.
Auntie Na’s House is surviving and thriving on the Westside of Detroit. Just as the plants in the garden are helping to feed the body and the spirit of our people, we are planting the seeds of unity and community to nourish the roots of a stronger generation.