Message from Shirley R. Stancato, New Detroit, Inc

Thursday’s ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is a welcome reminder that we are a constitutional democracy and that no one, no matter how high their position, is above the Constitution. Our hope at New Detroit as this issue works its way through the legal system is that the fundamental value of equal protection under the law for all will be reaffirmed and that the executive order in question, which discriminates against individuals based solely on their country of origin, will be struck down.

New Detroit's Minority Small Business Education Series - Winter Edition 2017

The Minority Small Business Education Series is a practical overview of essential business topics. The Series is for minority and non-minority small businesses operating in recognized Metropolitan Detroit “low to moderate income” neighborhoods.

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Celebrating 50 Years

New Detroit's Annual Closing the Gap Awards Dinner to be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2015, 5:30 pm Reception | 6:30 pm Dinner & Program at Cobo Hall Grand Ballroom - B.

New Detroit celebrates 50th Anniversary with Genealogy & Storytelling Racial Healing Project

Participants discover centuries of ancestry through genealogy research and DNA testing

Detroit – New Detroit, Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary by embarking on a new racial healing project that combines genealogy research and DNA testing with historical analysis and storytelling to shine light and understanding on the issue of race in America.

This project will explore how, why, and when the concept of race was created and used in society, and in particular during the participant’s family’s journey. Working with New Detroit's team of experts, including an historian, storyteller, evaluator, geneticist, and genealogists, participants will discover their families’ stories over the past 150 to 200 years to understand how this has shaped their perceptions, values, and vision. Tying in historical and sociological timelines, the findings will be contextualized within political, social and economic history.

By learning the art of storytelling and taking the DNA test to explore their genetic beginnings, these participants will take what they learn to design community storytelling events. Each participant will hold three storytelling events to share his or her narrative. The project aims to equip our members and partners with the language and perspective to dismantle racism and its effects within their organizations and communities in metropolitan Detroit.

New Detroit is leading participants on this journey so that all will be able to share and clearly see what divides and unites families, communities, cities and the nation, and how the social construct of race ultimately defies logic, genetic science and personal life stories.

Executive Order “Simply Unacceptable”

New Detroit President and CEO Shirley Stancato today issued the following statement:

New Detroit’s mission is to bridge the racial divide in this city and region. To find ourselves in the year of our 50th anniversary facing a national immigration policy that discriminates against people based solely on their country of origin is profoundly disturbing. That is especially true when some backers of the executive order in question refer to it as the “Muslim ban.”

The immigration ban is particularly upsetting to many of us in this region because our work developing relationships with people across racial lines enables us to put a face to the victims of the intolerance that is at the root of this new policy. It is aimed directly at our friends, our neighbors and our colleagues.

Each of us has a responsibility to speak out against bigotry and to make it clear that it is not acceptable here in Detroit, in this region and in this country. We need to let our governmental leaders at the local, state and federal level know that the policies spelled out in the executive order are simply unacceptable.

As Atlantic Senior Editor David Frum wrote this week, “What happens next is up to you and me. Don’t be afraid. This moment of danger can also be your finest hour as a citizen and an American.”


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