More than 700 people in southwest Detroit will rally on March 18 to press public officials about critical issues in the community related to safety, health, education and recreational opportunities.
The rally is called “Our Kids Come First” and culminates months of an intensive community organizing effort. It will take place in the cafeteria of Western International High School (1500 Scotten St., Detroit, MI 48209) on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 PM.
State Representatives Rashida Tlaib and David Nathan and Karla Henderson, Director of Detroit’s Buildings and Safety Engineering Department, have committed to attend. In addition, rally organizers have invited City Council members, Mayor Bing, Emergency Financial Adviser Robert Bobb, police commanders, DPS Board members, Congressman John Conyers, State candidate for Attorney General Richard Bernstein, and State candidates for Secretary of State Janice Winfrey and Jocelyn Benson.
Over the past few months, parents in southwest Detroit have been working together to pressure public officials, police, and the City of Detroit to address issues affecting school and community safety and well-being. These issues include: promoting quality education; demolishing abandoned houses around schools, capturing wild dogs, keeping streets clean and well-lit; and creating recreational opportunities for youth
Parents in southwest Detroit are mobilizing because they want to make southwest Detroit a better place to raise their children. Recognizing that they cannot do this alone, the parents united with principals, agency leaders, teachers, churches, community groups and youth organizations in southwest Detroit.
Organizations and schools represented in the coalition include the Academy of the Americas, Barton Elementary School, Beard Early Childhood Center, Roberto Clemente Academy, Caesar Chavez High School, Clippert Academy, O. W. Holmes Elementary and Middle School, Logan Elementary School, Maybury Elementary School, Neinas Elementary School, Phoenix Multicultural Academy, Priest Elementary School, Southwestern High School, Western International High School, Westside Multicultural Academy, Congress of Communities of Southwest Detroit, YOUTH VOICE, and Southwest Detroit Youth Development Council.
For more information about this event or to schedule an interview, please call (313) 549-0421 (Harriet Tubman Center) or visit tubmanorganizing.org.