Category: Community

Here’s What It Means When We Say It ‘Takes a Village’

Community activism has to be a passion and is definitely not something for the faint at heart. One must be an advocate for families, a social worker, a life coach, the person on the block who watches out for their neighbors. This work builds character, but most of us doing it didn’t realize that our past and present experiences is…

Skillman Celebrates Their Community Program Officers As They Implement the Organization’s Next Steps in Detroit

By Natalie Fotias Three Skillman Foundation team members have recently been appointed to the role of associate program officer: Ashley Aidenbaum, Matt Hoerauf, and Siobhan O’Laoire. Each of these talented folks brings a different set of skills and experience to their new role, contributing to the Foundation’s grantmaking and changemaking efforts.  The trio explains what led them to the Foundation, and what they’ve…

Observing Hispanic Heritage Month

This week begins the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The annual observance is a time for “paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society,” according to federal agencies marking the month with a variety of cultural, literary and historical events. This year, Hispanic…

Media, Stop Using Detroit When Bad Things Happen

Detroit is Detroit! Not Metro Detroit, Suburban Detroit, Detroit Area or any other label you want to use to deflect bad issues onto Detroit. When bad people do bad things tell where It happened. This happened in FARMINGTON HILLS  not DETROIT   Every time a bad situation happens in a adjacent  suburban community Detroit gets stuck with your nasty little stigmas.…

If You Are Going to Tell a Story. Then Tell the Entire Story. The Entire Truth Should Be Told.

This week’s New York Times Magazine article by Mark Binelli is very disappointing. He produces a very long story with a lot of incomplete facts. I guess it helps you if you have a one-sided view of charter schools and school choice.   I’ve been involved in Detroit education and political conversations for nearly 20 years. I’ve lobbied for last…

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