‘Getting real about race’ event focuses on how to solve racial disparities in Washtenaw County
— Community members gathered at Lillie Park in Pittsfield Township Saturday afternoon to discuss and learn more about disparities for the African American community in Washtenaw County. The event, called “Getting Real About Race,” was organized by Survivors Speak and designed to take direct action to overcome racial and economic discrimination. Activists focused on five key areas at the event, including housing, employment, education, health care and the criminal justice system in Washtenaw County. Several county and state political figures attended the event, including Pittsfield Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and former gubernatorial candidate and doctor Abdul El-Sayed. After listening to speakers, the group came together to put their heads together to talk about solutions to some of the disparities.mlive.com
Washtenaw County public invited to community forum to discuss racial disparaties
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Saturday, Oct. 17, a forum will take place at South Lillie Park addressing disparities among the Black community in Washtenaw County. At the “Getting Real About Race” community forum, activists and public officials will discuss issues in five different areas including education, housing, healthcare, employment and the criminal justice system. The forum is scheduled to take place from 2-6 p.m. Anticipated speakers include U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor, Ypsilanti Mayor Lori Richardson, Washtenaw County Prosecutor-Elect Eli Savit and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, among many others according to the event page. South Lillie Park is at 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor.