Minding the Gap

Minding the Gap

Editorials, Opinion
By: Delphia Simmons “Please Mind the Gap.”  If you have ever ridden the London subway you’ve heard this automated phrase upon entry and exit.  What is meant as a safety warning to keep passengers from inadvertently having an extremity caught between the train and the platform has become an appropriate analogy for paying attention to all kinds of gaps; gaps in knowledge, gaps in understanding, gaps in plans, gaps in strategies, and more importantly--socioeconomic gaps. While the gap between a train and a platform is easy to navigate, the gaps resulting from lack of inclusion and lack of opportunity become barriers. The reinvention of Detroit must include even more innovators who are paying attention to and helping fill the gaps that exist between those closer to economic center and those…
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Becoming a City of Neighbors

Becoming a City of Neighbors

Editorials, Opinion
We’ve heard many people talk about the good ole days when neighbors knew each other and looked out for each other. Some of us grew up during a time when children were watched by adults in the neighborhood and women borrowed and exchanged recipes while they chatted across the backyard fence. What would the world—more specifically—Detroit look like if enough of us became neighbors to others to tip the balance toward a hopeful future? In order to reach that tipping point toward a future of hope, those who have experienced neighborliness must become a neighbor to others. I was recently reminded of this by a person who is and has been a neighbor to numerous individuals. Although she is now stably housed and employed, years ago she found herself without…
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Parents take time to talk and listen to your children

Commentary, Opinion
            I believe I speak for a lot of my peers when I say parents listen to your children. There’s an old song by Will Smith with the words: “parents just don’t understand”. But I think it’s more like, parents just don’t listen. They talk about how things were when they were kids but things are different now, and parents should listen and talk to their children so that they can hear just how different things are. Our parents have so many demands on their lives that they can’t hear us shouting; “we need you!”. We really do need you to listen and to talk to us. I went home with a friend one day. When we walked in I said hello to his mother.…
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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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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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