Congregation Centered Community Organizing in Metro Detroit

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"The fight for justice requires the ability to overcome
what might appear to be insurmountable odds." ~ Ponsella Hardaway

Ponsella Hardaway, Executive Director, is a native Detroiter. Since 1996, Ponsella has been an organizer with MOSES. She is also a National Trainer with the Gamaliel Foundation.  She has trained congregation members in South Africa, Swaziland and in the United Kingdom.  Ms Hardaway has traveled to Brazil and Mali to study NGO’s work on political and social issues.

In 2008, Ms. Hardaway organized a public meeting to address hospital closures, access to grocery stores, immigration reform and public transportation.  She was successful in turning out 3000 people and public officials even though President Obama’s rally was an hour before and five miles down the road from the MOSES’ Rally.

Greetings From The Director...
Ponsella Hardaway
(313) 962-5290 ext 15

Eufayba Touray, Office Manager/Bookkeeper, grew up on the eastside of Detroit where she attended Martin Luther King High School. In 2007, she started her career with MOSES as a part time office assistant an quickly proved herself to be a hard worker and dedicated to the fight for social justice. Her qualifications include:  Database Management, Desktop Publishing, Web Design/Administration/Management, Event Planning and Social Networking.  She also has experience with web based software such as Constant Contacts, E-tapestry and Raisers Edge.  Professional, courteous and trust worthy, her passion for social justice and her inter/intra personal communications skills make her a great addition to the team.

Eufayba Touray
(313) 962-5290x10

Valerie Przywara, Organizer, Valerie worked as a psychologist at Henry Ford Health System before she got the “organizing” bug.  She comes to MOSES from Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network (MichUHCAN). While at MichUHCAN she organized across the state for federal and state health care reform.  In 2010 she was the recipient of MOSES’ Joseph Barlow Award for Exceptional Leadership for her work with the MOSES Health Care Task Force and her service on the MOSES Board of Directors.  Valerie is a member of Cass United Methodist in Detroit.  She’s married and proud grandma to 3 young grandsons.
  Valerie Przywara
(313) 962-5290x18

Johnnie Turnage, Organizer, is a 2012 High School graduate who has been volunteering with MOSES on and off since middle school. Upon graduation Johnnie came on as a Youth and Voter Engagment Organizer.
Johnnie Turnage
(313) 962-5290x14

Mark Greer II , Organizer, grew up on the East Side of Detroit where he developed his strong passion for the city and ensuring equal opportunity for its residents. Mark attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and earned his B.A. in both Political Science and Afro-American and African Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. His drive to empower communities to advocate for themselves is based on Luke 12:48 “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” Mark is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Mark L. Greer
(313) 962-5290x20

Matt Friedrichs, Organizer, was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. Matt caught the bug for Detroit after attending the University of Michigan. Majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering Matt became interested in Community Organizing after working with an Urban Planning class to develop a community benefits package for the Delray Neighborhood in Southwest Detroit. Since graduating in 2012 he has moved into the city and developed a strong relationship with MOSES through his attendance of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in the Cass Corridor. Now a member of the staff, Matt, will be heading up MOSES efforts around the upcoming city elections in Districts 5 and 6.
Matt Friedrichs
(313) 962-5290x19

Joel Batterman
Joel Batterman, Policy Coordinator, received a bachelor's degree in history from Reed College and a master of urban planning degree from the University of Michigan. An Ann Arbor native, he moved to Detroit in 2012. Joel authored an undergraduate thesis titled "Color Lines: Race and Rapid Transit in Metropolitan Detroit, 1969-1980" and produced a music video on transit alternatives that has been viewed more than 30,000 times. He believes that an understanding of the past must shape our present agenda for equity and prosperity in the region. Joel's writing has been featured in Progressive Planning magazine, the Michigan Daily and the Detroit News.
Joel Batterman
(313) 962-5290x21

D. Medina
Denise Medina, Organizer Intern, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Denise received her B.A. in Political science from Loyola Marymount University. During her four years at LMU, Denise became very active in community service. She was part of a service themed living community; She interned for a non-profit in Washington D.C.; and she also interned for City Year this past year. All of these experiences helped her realize that she would like to continue working for social justice post graduation. With help from her school, she found Christ the King Service corps. Finding a perfect fit with MOSES, she decided it was time to make the move out of Los Angeles. 
Denise Medina
(313) 962-5290x11

Affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation, A National Organizing Institution; Co founders of MI*Voice with ISAAC, Ezekiel, and Jonah
MOSES is a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions made to MOSES are tax deductible.
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