Press Release: Citizens Faced With Water, Housing & Criminal Injustices Share Healing Stories

BENTON HARBOR, April 3, 2015  Please join the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion and organizers from The Bold & Brave Benton Harbor Coalition and the Greater Benton Harbor Community as they plan to honor the voices of those affected by racial inequity in the Benton Harbor area. The event will take place on April 11, 2015 at the Kindergarten Discovery Center Gym located at 1995 Union Street, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 from 1-4pm. Come and listen as community members share their compelling stories of human issues as we find ways to work together to help solve them. Special appearances will also be made by Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty, an award winning author, poet and organizer as she performs some of her original pieces accompanied by Rich Samartino on guitar. The event is free but space is limited. Community members are asked to RSVP at or by calling 313.870.1500. Read More

Flint grassroots groups address inequity through stories: WCMU

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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. Read More