Writers group to address illiteracy in Detroit at November Conference

Life & Community, Opinion, Stories
                    Photo: Eddie Connor It’s a story most city residents already know, still it’s hard to comprehend. A report released in May by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund (DRWF) revealed that nearly half of adults are functionally illiterate—that equates to more than 200,000 individuals in the Motor City. The numbers tell a story about the inability of Detroiters to fill out a job application, vote in elections or read a prescription. Tackling the issue of illiteracy is no small feat, but organizations like the Motown Writers Network wants to do what it can to bring the community together to address the problem.  Author Sylvia Hubbard, Founder of MWN, is organizing the two day event—The Essence of Motown Literary Jam and Conference.…
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Dearborn Couple Makes Statement with Wedding at Occupy Detroit Protest

Dearborn Couple Makes Statement with Wedding at Occupy Detroit Protest

Life & Community, Stories
                                      In a setting complete with an autumn afternoon sunshine, flocks of gray pigeons, street musicians, and an array of interesting guests, a Dearborn couple traded wedding vows Saturday, October 22 in one of the most unusual locations. It took place in the midst of Occupation Detroit in Grand Circus Park. Stan Guarnelo and Brooke Yoas of Dearborn didn’t march in with any fanfare, but they were surrounded by a hundred strangers who signed a huge piece of cardboard hastily colored by volunteers congratulating them on their nuptials. The bride, 40, wore a copper -colored taffeta gown and was escorted by her 18-year old daughter. The groom, 41, wore a black suit…
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Donations Pour into Occupy Detroit Protest in Grand Circus Park

Donations Pour into Occupy Detroit Protest in Grand Circus Park

Commentary, Life & Community, Stories
A recent poll showed more than one third of the country or 37 percent of people support the Wall Street protests and even more, 58 percent -- say they are angry about America’s politics.  Detroit is no exception and that is evident by the large numbers of donations pouring into Grand Circus Park.  Tents are bursting at the seams at the ‘Occupy Detroit’ protest with loads of food, clothing and medical supplies. Nurses representing the Michigan Nurses Association came down to provide first aid support, but they’re mission of mercy was twofold.  As part of National Nurses United, they passed out their own Main Street Contract Campaign to support the Wall Street Transaction Tax, which they hope will make Wall Street pay for the devastation it has caused on Main…
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