Govanhill Baths is happy to be participating in an upcoming free event that examines the relationships to land and connecting voices in Detroit, Glasgow, and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) to explore pluralities and common areas of concern in community development and organising, strategic activism, and cultural sustainability at neighbourhood level.
The event takes place online on Saturday 12 June, 12:00 to 2:30pm.
Three localities across the world with varying commonalities and historic connections come together. Despite their uniqueness, there is much to tell, share and (un)learn from. This project seeks to provide a context to meet, exchange and listen. Conversations will delve into deep community wisdom, knowledge and lived experience. The discourse will shed light on nuanced and often complex relationships to land.
Eastside Community Network
Based in Detroit’s Eastside, the Eastside Community Network spearheads initiatives that promote social cohesion, neighbourhood sustainability, community participation, and resident empowerment.
The ECN’s team implements and facilitates programs and projects to support the local community, with a specific focus on climate equity, community organising & planning, business & economic development, youth development, and wellness & resilience hubs.
The ECN’s own podcast Authentically Detroit, hosted by Donna Givens Davidson and Orlando Bailey, takes a comprehensive look at contemporary issues such as housing, spatial racism, economic development, neighbourhood planning, self-care, and community trauma, and how they impact Detroit.
Southern Avenue street vendors with Mansara
Mansara, Centre for Study, Conservation, and Development of the Built Heritage – a non-government organisation based in Kolkata, seeks to bring out the complex relationship around the use, ownership, and dispute over land, both urban and rural, through engagement and amplification of people’s voices. The overall objective of Mansara is to provide support to projects related to education, research, planning, and management of sustainable services and infrastructural development (both rural and urban) in the social sector, along with research, development, and conservation of historic sites, housing, and environment.