We are working with a research team from the University of Michigan to develop new ways to help people in our community get to their appointments using TimeBanking
We need YOUR input to make it happen though. There are a couple ways to share what makes a good community ride system
If you are a person without a drivers license or reliable car (a potential rider) be a part of a design session on December 18 from 6:30 to 8 PM. Before the session you’ll fill out a short work book and then you’ll have a conversation with researchers and other TimeBankers about what makes a good ride share to you. You’ll not only earn TimeBank hours but also get a $20 gift card. Call/text 313-451-0135 or e-mail us at email@example.com to sign up.
We are also still looking for drivers for future design sessions, exact dates TBD. Get in touch with us if you would like to be involved.
We also still need anyone and everyone to fill out this survey which takes less than 15 minutes.
February 9- Sweeti Pi Cooking Class with Regina Lawson and Danielle Hooper online from 6-8 PM. We’ll make two delicious and nutritious pies and they’ll share information about sweetpotatos and how they relate to Black history. For more information and to sign up go to this link. Sign up before February 5 if you would like the TimeBank to provide you with ingredients.
February 10- Valentine Making workshop at 7 PM at this Zoom link. Bring your favorite crafts to share with the group or just follow around. While we can’t be together in person it is wonderful to be able to mail or drop off notes of caring to those you are missing. Mary Clare Duran will bring a few crafts to share but we’d love to learn from you too! Watch this space for a supply list closer to the event.
February 15- Book Club meeting for This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga at 7 PM. Use this zoom link or call 1 312 626 6799 with Meeting ID 827 2821 1503 and passcode 239251. A searing novel about the obstacles facing women in Zimbabwe, by one of the country’s most notable authors. Available from the Detroit Public Library and on the free app Hoopla. CN: racism, colonialism, depression
February 16- Game Night online from 6 to 8 PM. Play fun party games with other TimeBank members via Zoom every third Tuesday of the month. All ages are welcome. Use this Zoom link to join in.
February 23- Kitchen Cabinet Meeting online from 7-8:30 PM. Join us to plan future TimeBank activities, get updates on what is going on, and coordinate activities with our partners. If you have a project you’d like to integrate with TimeBanking this is a great place to talk about that! You can join at this Zoom link or call 1 312 626 6799 with Meeting ID 892 9473 4765 and passcode 430618
Join us on December 9 at 7 PM for a remote crafting class to learn how to make these beautiful star books from Mary Clare Duran. If you would like to get the supplies from the TimeBank sign up before December 2.
List of supplies for star book project:
5 pieces of regular printer paper (8 ½ x 11)
2 pieces of heavy cardboard cut 4 ½” x 4 ½”
(if all you have is cereal boxes that will do but I would cut 4 and glue 2 together)
Glue stick or white glue ( use a popsicle stick or folded cardboard to spread if you are using white glue)
1 thin ribbon about 28” long—can be gift wrap ribbon or silk, about 3/8” wide
2 6” squares of thin cloth or wrapping paper, wallpaper sample or any paper you like, comic book, old calendar page, etc.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 9th, above is for one book but you may want to gather materials to make 2 or more because it is so much fun!
You can join the class at this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 828 1149 8628 and passcode: 701001).
Police brutality and mass incarceration are antithetical to the core principles and values that TimeBanking is founded on. TimeBanking was popularized after the publication of No More Throw Away People by Edgar Cahn. Cahn writes about the way that the money economy regards certain groups of people- those that are unemployed, disabled, elders, children- as “throw away people” and says that in order to heal our society we have to create an economy that values everyone. We can add Black people and other people of color, immigrants, and “criminals” to that list of people considered by some to be disposable, and the system of incarceration, deportation, and police brutality to be the way that we separate them out from the rest of society.
Grounded in our TimeBanking principles (listed below), Unity in Our Community affirms that Black Lives Matter. We will continue our work along with many others to find ways beyond incarceration and policing to create true community safety and racial justice.
TimeBank Core Principles (and their relevance to racial justice and moving beyond our current justice system)
People are Assets: When we lock people up in prisons or detention centers we devalue them. When we assume someone is dangerous or a criminal because of their skin color, the country they are from, how they talk, and how they dress- we devalue them.
Redefining Work: If we truly value people’s contributions to our society, beyond their current market value, we would eliminate the poverty which drives much of what is considered “crime” by society. We also need to define work in a way where those that are peacemakers and peacekeepers in society are valued just as highly, if not more so, than those that perpetrate war and violence.
Reciprocity: No one is a taker or a giver, we all have needs and we all have something to offer. Likewise people’s identities cannot be “cop,” “illegal,” or “criminal”- like giver and taker these labels are changeable and constructed by society.
Social Network: We all need each other, we cannot wall ourselves. We are seeing this in the current public health crisis as well as in our criminal justice system. Since our fates are all bound up together anyway, rather than locking some people up or segregating ourselves from people and places that we consider dangerous, we need to work together to create systems that keep everyone safe and healthy.
Respect: Every human being deserves respect. You cannot respect people in a society where assumptions are made that criminalize people based on their skin color, the country they are from, how they talk, and how they dress. It is also deeply disrespectful to use violence against people who are speaking and gathering in a nonviolent way. Black people deserve the respect that our society too often denies them.
We have had a ton of interest in TimeBanking since the start of the pandemic. We love that in a scary time of crisis folks are turning to community and solidarity more than ever.
As a result we have scheduled several upcoming orientations to hopefully meet everyone’s schedule. If you can’t make any of these times, let us know and we’ll find a time that does work. All of these orientations will be via Zoom, we will be using screenshare so if you can use a computer as opposed to a phone that will be easiest. If you need help with the technology give me a call at 313-451-0135
It is almost the end of 2019- and time to consider your year end giving. We want to encourage you all to consider the TimeBank in your giving plans- and invite your friends and family to give as well. Just a donation of $20 is a huge help!