Petty Propolis is a Black women-led artist incubator and social justice organization founded by Tawana Petty, primarily focused on cultivating visionary resistance through poetry, literacy and literary workshops, anti-racism facilitation, and community-centered initiatives.
Petty Propolis teaches poetry as a form of visionary resistance to systems that challenge our dignity, humanity and civil liberties and collaborates with sibling organizations and community members to challenge the conflations between surveillance and safety, while pushing for consentful and racially equitable technological systems.
Our work advances visionary resistance towards a more livable, humane society, through organizing, art and education.
Lottie Spady of Earthseed Detroit
Dr. Gloria House aka Aneb Kgositsile
Rosemarie Wilson aka One Single Rose
Learn more about HIVE Idlewild, our collaborative retreat site for heightened environmental consciousness, educational seminars, cultural innovations, and literary production. Available for creative connection soon!
Learn more about Green Chairs, Not Green Lights, our collaborative, community-centered alternative to Detroit's Project Green Light mass surveillance program. Join us on our journey to be seen, not watched! #SurveillanceAintSafety
Learn more about the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, of which we are a convening member.
(Video by Yung Souja) The 1st Annual Petty Propolis Art Festival & Artist Retreat was held on Labor Day Weekend 2018. It featured workshops and tours by visionaries, like adrienne marie brown, Dr. Gloria House and Jamon Jordan. Followed by two days of performances for the Idlewild community at the historic Robert Riffe Youth Center (Idlewild Lot Owner’s Association). Artists included: LaShaun “Phoenix” Moore, Nadine Marshall, One Single Rose, Joel “Fluent” Greene, Deidre “Dssense” Smith, Scheherazade Parrish, Devin Samuels, Lottie Spady, Mindful B, Heather Jay, Natasha “T” Miller, Danielle Carin Dunn, Yung Souja, Reg Flowers, Nandi Comer, Jamal “Dizmantle” Stewart, Joshua Adams and Seraphine Collective (DJ collective).
The 2nd Annual Petty Propolis Art Festival & Artist Retreat was held on September 2, 2019 at the same location.
A brief history of Detroit's revolutionary spirit and the present moment. Anti-racism organizer Tawana Petty in discussion with historian Jamon Jordan.
What's at stake for justice & democracy in this election and beyond? Urban Consulate host Orlando P. Bailey welcomes Tawana Petty of Petty Propolis and Erin Keith of Detroit Justice Center for a candid conversation at Detroit Public Theatre. (Filmed by Afrochine, November 2, 2022) http://www.urbanconsulate.com
ENGAGE anti-racism workshop featuring Tawana Petty in a discussion based on her book, “Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing."
Tawana Petty is a poet who uses her words to take on current issues facing the community.
From Detroit Performs, Episode 4606/Segment 4
"They try to erase us, rename us, displace us. But we ain't faceless. Our bodies are here: Bold, Black, beautiful" - Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty
FRED (Facing Race, Elevating Democracy) Talks is part of Race Forward’s Mass Freedom project. Mass Freedom seeks to bridge movements to end systems of mass criminalization by
1) elevating the experiences of those who have been most directly affected by these systems, and by 2) empowering communities of color to unite amidst a political landscape that grows more threatening with each day.
To learn more, visit: https://www.massfreedom.org
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