‘I Dream Detroit’: Women of Color Lead the Charge for the City’s Future

As the city of Detroit looks to make a comeback, its resurgence and economic development continue to get national attention, but there is a large group of people who get left out of the narrative when we hear stories about the city bouncing back: women of color. A new report by the Black Worker Initiative […]

The People Left Behind by Detroit’s ‘Comeback’

On a Tuesday evening in August the ballroom at Detroit’s Hotel St. Regis was humming. A well-dressed crowd flitted around hors d’oeuvres on white tablecloths. TV news crews adjusted cameras in front of a stage dominated by an enormous gold chandelier. The St. Regis, in Detroit’s New Center area, just north of downtown, is among […]

Women’s Convention to highlight Detroit, Flint Issues

In 2014, Detroiter Monica Lewis-Patrick provided emergency water relief to low-income Detroit families facing water shutoffs. When she saw water the color of ice tea from Flint, she started distributing water in Flint, too. “Through those conversations (with residents), we recognized how bad it was,” said Lewis-Patrick, president and CEO of the nonprofit We the People […]

Celebrating Women of Color “Solutionaries” in Detroit

In dialogues about the fiscal future of Detroit, large corporations and policymakers are noticeably excluding women of color. A newly-released report retelling their stories seeks to combat that exclusion and bring Detroit’s women of color to the forefront of policy decisions in the city as it moves forward with development and expansion projects. In partnership […]

Study: Women of color absent in Detroit’s recovery

A report set for release Tuesday contends that women of color have been ignored in the crafting of Detroit’s recovery — and that progress would be more swift were they included. “The surprise isn’t that women are doing amazing things and making contributions,” said Kimberly Freeman Brown, author of the report from the Institute for Policy […]

Womens Magazine – September 5, 2016

On Labor Day, we speak with Robin Williams, Director of Civil Rights and Community Action for the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union.  Williams is one of 27 Black women labor leaders profiled in And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leaders, a report from the Black Worker Initiative of the Institute for Policy Studies. […]