Article originally posted at http://wcmu.org/news/?p=14276
Event planners for an upcoming event, plan to come up with solutions to local racial inequity, by using storytelling to convey key issues.
March 21 grassroots groups are hosting an event in Flint called “Healing Stories on Racial Equity”.
Organizers said it will focus on unique stories related to water, housing, and criminal justice.
Stacey Stevens is with the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.
She said in general, people often want data when looking at injustice issues – and in this case the stories are the data on inequity.
“We are using stories to be that data to highlight the patterns, to tell the individual story. And then to feed into a coalition that can use that information to create a vision for that change,” Stevens said.
She said the event is part of a series of events that started in Detroit and has since branched out to Genesee, Berrien, and Keewenaw Counties.
Debra Taylor is an organizer for the event.
She said one of the major topics up for discussion, is the issue of Flint’s water supply
“Many people that I know personally there seem to all have at least a $200 water bill per month. So you’ve got these extremely high water (bills) – and then you’re afraid to drink the water,” Taylor said.
Taylor said in some cases children are taken into state custody for neglect when homes don’t have water for 3 days.
She said inequity comes in many forms like access to healthy affordable foods and high rates of unemployment.
“We’re creating a platform for the voices of the disenfranchised, or those who have unique stories related to water, housing, criminal justice and transportation or transit,” Taylor said.
Taylor said the event will also suggest solutions to the inequity issues through a coalition.
Stevens said the coalition is made up of people directly impacted by issues of inequity.
They said they have planned a catered meal and guest rap artist Mama Sol.
Healing Stories on Racial Equity is scheduled for this Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Flint Youth Theater, 1220 E. Kearsley St.
Registration is free and open to the public, and is due March 20.
ON THE WEB:
Race 2 Equity event information http://www.race2equity.org/assets/std_flint_final.pdf