Week 6: Liberation Practices – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

Week 6: Liberation Practices

Liberation practices refer to movements that aim to promote collective rather than just individual action. They require the strength of the community and its members to fight for issues that affect themselves, and each person acts as a “bone” in order to move the ‘body’. Liberation practices aim to empower individuals to change by recognizing the importance of each one of them, and also encouraging others to do the same. Before DCERP, I had never heard the word ‘liberation practice’ before. However, now that I can recognize and identify the term, I clearly understand its relevance within social justice and also within the work that my non-profit organization is doing. 

I believe that many times, people often want to be recognized for the work that they themselves are doing. Some people may want individual recognition and awards for the work they have done in advocacy and leadership. However, while individual action is important in helping others, it is not the best and most efficient way to make change. Change needs support from individuals besides oneself in order to truly happen and make a fruitful impact. For example, in my non profit there are various parts that many people play in order for the success of KGD, such as the youth development team, those that harvest, and the local growers. Each part of the organization has a role to play in developing its success and empowering those in the community.

2 thoughts on “Week 6: Liberation Practices”

  1. Emily Castaneda-Espinoza

    Hi Chinwe! I like the analogy you used about how everyone’s contribution is how things start to progress. I think it’s amazing that liberation practices highlight the importance of all the individuals involved, as it’s something that’s often overlooked.

  2. I agree that collective action is so important, and having others to support you as well always helps 🙂

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