On this episode of New Detroit’s Just Lead: Advancing Racial Justice interview series, Khary Fraizer, Founder of Detroit is Different talks to Michael Sosin, Manager, GC As A Service, LLC about his personal perspectives on diversity, inclusion and the need for all of us to “be in the conversation”.
On this episode of New Detroit’s Just Lead: Advancing Racial Justice interview series, Khary Fraizer, Founder of Detroit is Different talks to Sherisse M Butler, Executive Director of City Year Detroit. Sherisse discusses access, leadership, shared power and the importance of equitable decision making within her organization.
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New Detroit and the Detroit Parks Coalition’s event, Race, Parks and Public Space in Detroit
Parks and public spaces can beautify our city, promote physical and mental health, and help build social cohesion—but people’s experience with parks is influenced by history, policies, and practices. Race, Parks and Public Space is a conversation on how systemic racism impacts Detroiters’ experiences with their parks. This event occurred on October 1, 2022. It was the culminating event of the Detroit Parks Coalition’s Freedom Arts Festival and a pre-conference event for New Detroit’s Just Lead: Advancing Racial Equity conference. Thank you to our sponsors Fifth Third Bank and Knight Foundation.
- Desiree Cooper: Award-Winning Author, Speaker and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist; gave an overview of the history of race and parks.
- Ian Solomon: Founder of Amplify Outside shared survey findings on how Black Michiganders perceive outdoor recreation.
- Alex Allen, Chandler Park Conservancy and David Cowan, Downtown Detroit Partnership discussed how park stewardship organizations can create more equitable experiences for park users.
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Interview with Michael Rafferty, President & CEO, New Detroit
2022 Mackinac Policy Conference
A New Detroit Town Hall: Challenging the Detroit Population Statistics from the 2021 U.S. Census Bureau
The census missed more than 20,000 Detroiters and further reduced the population by 7,150 in the 2021 estimates. In the filing of a lawsuit over the Census Bureau’s 2021 population estimate, Bureau Director Robert Santos admitted to undercounting several population groups that have been historically undercounted, specifically the African American and Hispanic populations, and overcounting the white population. Nationally, the Black population was undercounted at a rate of 3.3%, the Hispanic population at 4.9% and the non-Hispanic white population was overcounted at 1.6%, according to the lawsuit. Detroit has a 77.1% Black population and a nearly 8% Hispanic population. Join us for this important discussion.
Moderator: President and CEO of the Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan, N. Charles Anderson
Founder of Data Driven Detroit, Kurt Metzger
Corporation Counsel, City of Detroit, Conrad Mallett
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the town hall. “Challenging the Detroit Population Statistics from the 2021 U.S. Census Bureau.”
Wednesday, December 7th, 1-2pm
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New Detroit has been selected as a Best of MichBusiness Awardee. Awardees will be featured in a special edition of the January/February 2023 issue of Corp! Magazine.
New Detroit was formed in response to civil unrest in 1967 that uncovered a host of entrenched social and community ills. At the request of then Michigan Governor George Romney and Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanagh, business executive Joseph L. Hudson, Jr. convened a unique coalition—the nation’s first—to identify what went wrong in July 1967, what needed to change, and how to make that change happen.
Since then, New Detroit, Inc. has been a unique and valuable arena where leaders of Detroit’s business, civic, grassroots, and religious communities have come together to plan cooperative strategies and to demonstrate their commitment to the city and its environs.
On July 6, 2020, in response to the dual pandemic of COVID-19 and racial injustice (which had come to a head with the murder of George Floyd on May 25), standing alongside 30 of Detroit’s most prominent business, political and philanthropical leaders in front of the “United We Stand” sculpture at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, New Detroit declared War on Racism.
New Detroit will dismantle racism through systems change and by moving hearts and minds. We do this as an institutional thought leader, an advocate for policy change, and as a catalyst for collective action. Our work is organized around these three strategies, and includes trainings, education, research, advocacy, and partnerships to fight racism at the personal, institutional, and systemic levels.
New Detroit’s leaders and community members commemorate the organization’s history and talk about their roles and involvement in the racial justice work with the coalition throughout 5 decades. Recorded in 2017.