Dr. King’s vision for America: racial justice, democracy

Will Shakespeare Groundcover vendor No. 258 Photo credit: Christopher Ellis “The American dream is as yet unfulfilled … We must learn to live as brothers or die as fools.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Nov. 5, 1962 at Hill Auditorium on U-M Campus. Dr. King was invited to the University of Michigan campus by the … Continue reading Dr. King’s vision for America: racial justice, democracy

There is no wrong way to spend the holidays: New beginnings and new traditions

Lend-A-Hand NAMI Washtenaw County Every person views the holidays in different ways. For some, they are an exciting time to celebrate with family or friends, and for others they are challenging, whether due to losses or the holidays being a reminder of past or present struggles. Each of our Lend a Hand group members has … Continue reading There is no wrong way to spend the holidays: New beginnings and new traditions

Inside look at the Daytime Warming Center: community, comfort and a cup of coffee

CALLE HARWIN U-M Student contributor There were only two requests made of the various faith communities when creating the Daytime Warming Center: a spacious area and coffee. Sheri Wander, the Coordinator of the Warming Center, had searched for places that would be willing to host homeless people during the day. A spacious area to relax … Continue reading Inside look at the Daytime Warming Center: community, comfort and a cup of coffee

The tragedy of Aura Rosser: Police brutality, domestic violence and community policing reform

Will Shakespeare Groundcover vendor No. 258 “We need to commemorate her artistry, her poetry, her motherhood, her being in this world. She had friends and family, she had spirit. She loved. She stood up for herself. She did not need to die. We demand justice for Aura Rosser."  — Radical Washtenaw Magazine, 2015 The story … Continue reading The tragedy of Aura Rosser: Police brutality, domestic violence and community policing reform

Where will they go? Over 100 people displaced as Kalamazoo Public Safety sweeps Tent City

Ruby Barron Groundcover contributor The Ampersee Encampment was located in a former industrial site near the Growlers Stadium in Kalamazoo. It was home to almost 150 residents after nearly tripling in size this June. The city planned to evict the camp on September 29, citing concerns about health and safety of the residents. However residents … Continue reading Where will they go? Over 100 people displaced as Kalamazoo Public Safety sweeps Tent City

Thriving Peoples, Thriving Places: Poster campaign highlights the contributions of Indigenous women to global biodiversity

We are in a critical moment. In the midst of an ongoing global pandemic that is leaving no family untouched, compounded by increasingly extreme weather events linked to climate change, a unique global art project is shining a light on voices essential to the ecological solutions and collective healing we seek: Indigenous women. ‘Thriving Peoples, … Continue reading Thriving Peoples, Thriving Places: Poster campaign highlights the contributions of Indigenous women to global biodiversity

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Will Shakespeare Groundcover vendor No. 258 Mural for National Hispanic Heritage Month by David Valdez “We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success." — The National Archives, 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month is seen as a celebration of histories, cultures and … Continue reading Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Keeping our heads and homes above water: flooding and health in Detroit

Peter Larson Groundcover contributor Water is essential to human life, but water can also be a hazard to human health. Climate change has led to ever more unpredictable and intense weather events. With more than 80 severe weather warnings in Southeast Michigan this year, this summer is one of the most unusual in Michigan’s history. … Continue reading Keeping our heads and homes above water: flooding and health in Detroit