Our philosophy

Detroit Action Commonwealth  addresses immediate needs as it challenges institutions that create and perpetuate those needs. Our mission is to advance human development in all of its dimensions: social, economic, political, personal, and spiritual.


  • creating Street Outreach Court-Detroit;
  • restoring city funding for emergency warming shelters;
  • enactment of Detroit's "Ban the Box" ordinances, which promote employment and public safety;
  • convincing Michigan's Secretary to State to waive the ID card fee for certain categories of low-income applicants;
  • enactment of the Wayne County ordinance reducing the fee for birth records for indigent applicants;
  • personally assisting more than 3,200 Detroiters in acquiring their birth records and/or state ID cards, thus enabling them to apply for jobs, obtain housing, continue their educations, and receive benefits for which they are eligible;
  • providing leadership development workshops for more than 280 indigent and low-income Detroiters.

Our accomplishments include:

Founded in early 2008 at a soup kitchen on Detroit’s east side, Detroit Action Commonwealth (DAC)
is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization. DAC develops individual and collective power to promote opportunity, advance justice, and challenge and change root causes of poverty and homelessness.

More than 7,000 individuals have taken part in DAC activities to date, and more than 3,800 of them have signed up as members. Our three chapters each meet weekly: at the two Capuchin Soup Kitchens and at the Saint Leo Soup Kitchen. Each chapter elects its own board and raises its own funds.

Building Power, Changing Lives

Conner Chapter