In The News: “Detroit’s future should include women of color”

Detroit is full of what the late, legendary Detroit civil rights activist, Grace Lee Boggs, called solutionaries— women who have a revolutionary fervor for solving the city’s deep-rooted, chronic problems that threaten true, long-lasting revival of the city. The Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies spent a year surveying 500 women of color solutionairies through focus groups and a citywide survey in response to their near absence from the story about Detroit’s comeback. What we found is relayed in our new report, “I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future.”

Solutionary women of color across the city work tirelessly…

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In The News: “Study: Three in four women of color feel left out of Detroit’s revitalization”

Nearly three in four women of color feel left out of Detroit’s economic plans, according to a new study by Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative.

The group released I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Futureon Tuesday to amplify “the voices of those most absent from the public discourse on the city’s future,” the news release said…

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In The News: “Survey: Women of color feel left out of Detroit’s redevelopment”

A recent survey found that of 500 women of color in Detroit, 71 percent of them felt left out of the city’s ongoing redevelopment.

The survey, conducted by a progressive think tank based in Washington, D.C., was released this morning and also notes that 73 percent of survey responders felt that big businesses were shaping Detroit’s future.

The report is authored by Kimberly Freeman Brown, an Atlanta native who…

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In The News: “‘I Dream Detroit’ brings women of color into economic dialogue”

As Detroit’s resurgence and economic development continues to garner national attention, a new report by the Black Worker Initiative at the Institute for Policy Studies seeks to amplify the voices of those most absent from the public discourse on the city’s future — women of color. IPS’ Black Worker Initiative will release this new report, I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future to the public at the Julian C. Madison Building in Detroit on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

“I Dream Detroit” profiles 20 women of color in Detroit from all walks of life who the city’s economic development planners should be working with more closely. These “solutionaries,” as the report calls them…

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In The News: “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 Studies of Washington, D.C. What’s noteworthy, she said, is that “they’re absent from much of the narrative about Detroit’s comeback.”

“I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future” found that 71 percent of survey respondents in the fall 2016 did not feel included in planning for the city’s future. More jarring on a practical level…

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