The I Dream Detroit Report

The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future.

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This report would not have been possible without the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Additionally, we would like to thank the United Steelworkers and Madison Madison International for assisting with the printing of the I Dream Detroit report.

The opinions and conclusions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views or positions of these funders.

As Detroit’s resurgence continues to garner local, regional and national attention, a new ground- breaking report and project seek to amplify the voices of those most absent from the public discourse on the city’s future—women of color.

The I Dream Detroit project works to bring the experience and ideas of women of color from all walks of life more fully to bear in shaping Detroit’s development plans. In Detroit, women make up 53 percent of the city’s population. Among all women, 91 percent are women of color (Black, Asian and Latina) and a substantial portion of them live below the poverty line (56 percent of Latinas, 55 percent of Asians, and 40 percent of African Americans). Despite these odds and others, families led by women of color are self-employed and employ others as business owners, run nonprofits, hold public office, pick themselves up after incarceration and help those in need. Detroit-based social activist Grace Lee Boggs called these everyday waymakers