In The News
by Angela Williams, Executive Admin Asst & Events Coordinator, MRDI
As a black female growing up in the Metro Detroit area, I’ve never really had a great deal of admiration or even respect for police officers. I’ve always viewed them through very dark and untrusting lenses. I know that is a disheartening statement for me to make. However, you would first need to understand my personal perspective and honestly, my stories could literally fill a book. You see, I’ve seen some really ugly instances of police brutality, abuse or even misuse of police authority. I’ve driven by young Black or Latino men pulled over to the side of the road, forced to lay face-down on the ground with their hands awkwardly cuffed behind their backs as the officer riffles through the vehicle looking for any reason to arrest them. I’ve watched members of the Drug Task Force and regular police officers too, steal money right out of the pockets of black men that they stop for no obvious reason other than being suspected of selling dope. (read more)
July 17, 2016
Detroit Free Press
The tragic killings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson and Dallas and Texas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Patrick Zamarripa have left us raw and numb with profound sadness. Funerals and memorials are taking place, along with community meetings where people are gathering to console one another and make sense of the killings. I attended such a meeting last Monday and found a deep sadness on the part of three mothers of color, wondering about just how to speak with their sons. I also spoke with colleagues in law enforcement whose emotions ranged from anger to getting on with solving “the problem.”
July 17, 2016
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Small Talk with Mark S. Lee (Podcast)
July 13, 2016
WXYZ TV Detroit Channel 7
In the aftermath of tragic shootings across the country, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7 teamed up with Detroit community leaders to address the issues facing our community. A special broadcast, “Detroit 2020: Unify Detroit,” aired on Thursday, July 14.
WXYZ Editorial and Public Affairs Director, Chuck Stokes, was joined joined by Detroit Police Chief James Craig, along with Rev. Charles Williams II, President, National Action Network of Michigan, and Steve Spreitzer, President and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable, to discuss what is being done to heal our nation and our community.
July 08, 2016
The CW 50
June 06, 2016
Throughout our 75 year history, the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion has stood with those being mistreated because of race, religion, gender, diverse ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or ethnicity. Our first response to the tragedy in Orlando was to weep with our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender neighbors, their families and all allied with them. Moving beyond Orlando we plan to continue listening for how we might be helpful in stopping harm being done to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning.
June 15, 2016
Middle East Eye
Unlike many of us, members of the LGBTQ community have known a life of prejudice and discrimination, occasionally inspired with hope, but far too often interrupted by hate, as was the case with the horrific killings in Orlando.
In the midst of such tremendous grief, it is hard to imagine moving forward. Now is the time for grieving, attending memorials and reaching out to those you know who are gay or family. Tomorrow will come and, unfortunately, the mistreatment and hatred will return. But each individual has the power to stop it. Speak out against hate, be it in the workplace or at a Fourth of July picnic. We know from research that bullies engage when there are enough bystanders who will allow them to act out their hate.
June 14, 2016
Drawn together to remember the Orlando shooting victims, groups representing the Muslim, LGBT, Sikh, Christian and Hindu communities, among others, are gathering Wednesday night in Canton. “I think it’s important for groups across religious, ethnic and political lines to come together to say we won’t stand for hatred and we will not tolerate any kind of hate or violence,” said Canton resident Sommer Foster, director of policy and outreach for Equality Michigan and a member of The Beloved Community’s leadership team.
December 22, 2015
Middle East Eye
The past week has witnessed a spike in hate crimes against Muslim Americans, including vandalism of mosques and verbal and physical assaults on followers of the faith. However, civil rights activists, interfaith groups and government officials are pushing back against the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment. In Seattle, Washington, the city council passed a resolution voicing support for the Muslim community. "Muslims are part of our society and, inspired by their faith, give back every day as US military personnel, police officers, doctors, nurses, caregivers, teachers and in many other roles contributing to the success of the United States of America and the City of Seattle," the resolution, which was adopted on 14 December, reads.