DETROIT (WWJ) – On Saturday, June 11th, from 10 am – 3 pm, a collective of East Side residents, churches, activists, businesses and organizations will gather to share ideas on re-imagining Detroit neighborhoods, developing ‘new kinds work,’ building sustainable houses and creating local economies.

The event is known as “The People’s Festival,” and their mission is “putting the neighbor back in the hood.”

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Event organizer Gloria Lowe said it is time to begin engaging the community in the responsibilities of creating a new vision.

The People’s Festival will give participants an opportunity to share in honest dialogue, participate in workshops, create next steps and have some fun.

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The free public event includes conversation, live music, baseball games, barbecuing, raffles, a bake sale and more.

“There is a need for the leadership of Detroit to know, hear and see that the East Side has viable communities and we are not leaving them,” event co-organizer Tamika Hamilton said in a release.

According to Hamilton, the idea for the festival sprung forth as a “collaborative effort of a group of East Side organizations who wanted to find out who was really doing what, comprise a list and build relationships for future events in order to create a self-sustainable community.”

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The East Side People’s Festival will begin at 10 AM on Saturday, June 11th at Genesis Lutheran Church on the corner of Mack and East Grand Boulevard.