Let’s Stand Up For Detroit

A Detroit Unspun Guest Blog from: Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan, Pastor, Corinthian Baptist Church, Detroit Councilwoman Joann Watson and
Wayne County Com
missioner Bernard Parker

Detroiters are disappointed and tired of negative, one-sided media coverage of the city. It’s time to stand up for Detroit.

For the past two years, our city has been the poster child for the economic and social ills the world faces. We know those issues exist and that they must be addressed if Detroit is to reinvent itself, but as the late Paul Harvey used to say, where is page 2 or the rest of the story?

Unfortunately, in so many cases that balance is missing as is a fundamental rule of journalism providing the whole story. Let us be clear. It is not always the media’s fault. We often don’t do ourselves any favors. We as Detroiters – whether we live in the city or the suburbs – must learn to speak positively about our city and region. As the old song goes, “You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and latch on to the affirmative.”

This is our Detroit and no one is going to bring it back but those of us who live here.

With that in mind we would like to invite you to join the “This is Our Detroit” Ad Hoc Coalition for a community rally where we will Stand Up For Detroit.

Supported by mayor Dave Bing, the pro-Detroit rally will be held Saturday May 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the foot of Jefferson and Woodward in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue, the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.

The Coalition is presenting the rally to focus on the people who live, work, invest, visit and spend their leisure time in the city to raise awareness on the positive qualities that are Detroit.  Those who proudly proclaim themselves “Detroiters,” no matter where they come from or where they are, will share their thoughts on their city.

The rally will celebrate the great things happening in Detroit.  The goal is to balance conversations about the city to help change its too often negative perceptions and portrayals.  This Is Our Detroit reclaims the city’s image, potential and future.

The campaign brings together proud Detroiters proclaiming “This is Our Detroit” as they commit their efforts to the city and share remarks on what makes it great.  The kick-off campaign will aid in growing efforts to join with others to positively reinforce good things happening in the neighborhoods, downtown the entire community and how they are all linked with the image of the region and the state.

The This is Our Detroit Adhoc Coalition is led by Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan, Pastor of Corinthian Baptist Church, Detroit Councilwoman Joann Watson and Wayne County Commissioner Bernard Parker. Coalition members and organizations include Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity; Detroit City Council; Wayne County Commission; Michigan State Legislation; Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Branch NAACP, ARISE Detroit!, DABO, Native Sun, Safeway, ONG, Shrine of the Black Madonna, Hot Sam’s Clothier and others.

If you want more information about the rally, call 313-224-0882 or 313-224-4535. Please direct media inquiries to Sharon Banks at 313-929-3986.

Let’s stand up for Detroit, together.

Coalition Co-chairs:

Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Jordan, Pastor, Corinthian Baptist Church

Detroit Councilwoman Joann Watson

Wayne County Commissioner Bernard Parker

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