DiscoTech: Community Workshops on Housing Information and Technology (MARCH 29)

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition has announced the next DiscoTech in Detroit for March 29, 2014, 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. The event, hosted at the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, will feature community workshops on housing information and technology.

The DiscoTech event is free, open to all ages, and is wheelchair accessible. It will be held at the office of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization in the Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams St., Detroit, MI 48226. There is free parking in the lot on Elizabeth St.

The DiscoTech (short for "Discovering Technology") event was inspired by the Allied Media Conference Media Lab and developed by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition as a space to learn about the impact and possibilities of technology within our communities. The DiscoTech model has spread beyond Detroit, through sessions at the Allied Media Conference and through the publication of the "How To DiscoTech" zine (click here to purchase).

Simultaneous DiscoTechs were recently held in eight cities worldwide with coordination from the the MIT Codesign Studio.

Read below the announcement from the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition on the March 29 DiscoTech event:

Join the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition for a special "Disco Tech" – a mobile, multimedia workshop – highlighting housing information and technology for all area residents. The event is free and all ages are welcome. Low-income families are especially encouraged to attend.

The Disco Tech runs from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, a member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition (DDJC).

Residents of the community can participate in hands-on stations such as, "how to use online tools to search for and secure housing," "how to start an email account," and "how to access online services for low-income residents." There will also be stations for attendees to learn more about veterans’ rights, and welfare rights with regard to the Department of Human Services, utility companies, etc. Children and adults will be able to make their own media about their experiences of housing and homelessness in Detroit.

The Disco Tech will feature the sounds of DJ "Mother Cyborg" and a special performance by Will See Poet MC at 12:30 p.m. sharp.

The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition is comprised of people and organizations in Detroit who believe that communication is a fundamental human right. We are securing that right through activities that are grounded in the digital justice principles of access, participation, common ownership, and healthy communities.

DDJC member organizations include: Allied Media Projects, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Detroit Sierra Club, 5E Gallery, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, the Reading Corner of Kemeny Recreation Center, 48217 Environmental Health and Community Organization, the Mt. Elliot Makerspace, and The Work Department.

For more information, call MWRO at (313) 964-0618.

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