Building Local Power

Building Local Power

Latest Episodes

DOJ Takes On Live Nation/Ticketmaster
July 11, 2024

In 2019, we aired an episode titled "Independent Musicians and the Antimonopoly Movement," which explored the impact of industry concentration on independent musicians. We are resurfacing that episode in light of recent news that the Department of Justice

Inside Scoop on Local News’ Future
June 21, 2024

Veteran journalist, Harry Jaffe, reflects on his four-decade career dedicated to covering some of Washington D.C.s stories, emphasizing the crucial role of local reporters in holding public officials accountable and keeping communities informed. Harry, f

Reviving the Riverfront, and D.C.
May 30, 2024

In 2000, Uwe Brandes moved to Washington, D.C. to join Mayor Williams' administration with a bold vision to transform the Anacostia River waterfront, one of the nations most polluted rivers at the time. Uwe spearheaded a participatory planning process th

The Seed of Local Power
May 02, 2024

In 1974, in Washington D.C., amidst a backdrop of economic turbulence and social unrest, the seeds of the Institute for Local Self-reliance were sown. David Morris, Neil Seldman, and Gil Friend, driven by a shared vision of community resilience, founded t

Giving DC Its Flowers
April 18, 2024

Born and raised in DC, Kehmari Norman established her flower shop to bridge culture and floristry. The visionary behind Blk Flower Market drew from her background as a stage designer at Temple University, transforming her skills into landscape design, int

New Generational Wealth in Detroit
April 04, 2024

In the heart of Detroit, a movement is underway to rebuild democracy and economic power from the ground up. The Detroit Community Wealth Fund sits at the epicenter of this movement, providing non-extractive capital and technical assistance that empowers l

It Takes an Avalon Village
March 21, 2024

Mama Shus journey began with a profound commitment: healing her community. Despite the challenges faced by her hometown of Highland Park, Mama Shu felt a deep connection to the area. Determined to make a difference, she embarked on a mission to reclaim n

Detroit Has No Time to Waste Food
March 07, 2024

Renes journey began with a simple idea: composting isnt just about reducing waste its about building communities. Rene V. Wallace, executive director at FoodPLUS Detroit, empowers Detroiters to drive systemic change within themselves, their homes,

Feeding Detroit
February 21, 2024

Lanay Gilbert-Williams, born and raised in Detroit, experienced a childhood marked by both trauma and love, instilling in her a deep sense of community. On this episode of Building Local Power: The City Series, Lanay shares her journey to becoming the boa