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Huge Win Today!

Dear DREAM Supporter,

As salaamu alaykum! Peace be upon you.

We’re joining our friends at the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs tonight for a short fundraiser for DREAM. Can you make it?

Join us on zoom from 9:15pm to 9:45pm to learn more about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how we can use your support.

A Virtual Ramadan Fundraiser

If you can’t make the event, you can help by giving to our LaunchGood today.

Big Win for Detroit Residents Friday!

Yesterday, Detroiters received a huge relief when Wayne County Treasurer Eric Sabree announced that no occupied homes will go into this year’s foreclosure auction, removing the risk of losing their homes for nearly 6,500 residents.

We’re grateful to organizers with the Coalition for Property Tax Justice and other groups who have kept up the pressure on our elected officials to solve this tax crisis at the city and county level.

Treasurer Sabree came to the right conclusion for Detroit families and brought Wayne County in line with every other county in Southeast Michigan.

But remember: multiple academic studies and a recent Bloomberg News analysis all show that the lowest-income Detroiters are still being overtaxed by the city to this day. DREAM is a proud member of the Coalition for Property Tax Justice and we’ll keep up this fight.

Upcoming Longfellow Block Club Meeting

Live in the neighborhood? Join us Monday at 6:30pm for our monthly meeting and hear more about a new business on the way to Woodrow Wilson St. and the next steps for the KIPP:Detroit Imani Academy coming to our neighborhood.

Monthly Block Call Club Video Call Meeting

Save The Date: Saturday, May 29th for Motor City Makeover

More details coming soon but we’ll need you out in the neighborhood with us that day. Please save the date!

Woodward Eid Cruise is Back!

Peace and blessings,

The Dream of Detroit team

 

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From a Hotel to Project Homecoming

Dear DREAM Supporter,
As salamu alaykum! Peace be upon you.

Project Homecoming is making waves—and we wanted to be sure you saw the news! Click here to read a great profile of DREAM, Brother Dawud Clark, and our neighborhood that Crain’s Detroit Business published this weekend.

Can’t view it on Crain’s? Click here to check it out on our site.

Dream of Detroit Privately Takes on Neighborhood Redevelopment


Dream of Detroit Privately Takes on Neighborhood Redevelopment

“Dawud Clark, a formerly incarcerated Detroit resident, is pictured at the work station where he crafts leather goods. Clark is house manager for a transitional home for formerly incarcerated men called Project Homecoming that is opening on Detroit’s west side.”

– Courtesy of Annalise Frank/Crain’s Detroit Business

Reply to let us know what you think of the story, and be sure to share it with your friends.

We’re so proud of the efforts Dawud and his team have put into building a transitional home for formerly incarcerated brothers — and so are our neighbors. Check out the quote below.

Picture of Home for Incarcerated Brothers

“They’ve pretty much taken the block there and changed the trajectory of the block pretty substantially….They’ve…created some ripple effects in the neighborhood.”

– Debbie Fisher, executive director of Hope Village Revitalization”

We’re thankful for the opportunity to spread DREAM’s message.

The work continues, and we’re keeping our eyes on the prize. In the midst of a global pandemic, your support is more important than ever as we create our welcoming, beloved community.

Support Project Homecoming and DREAM today.

As always, we’re grateful for you. Have a blessed day!

Peace,
The Dream of Detroit Team

 

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$600M Stolen

DREAM’s involvement in the Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures represents some of our most important work. With the help of the Almighty and so many of you, we’ve rehabbed 10 homes in our neighborhood. But, unfortunately, we know that without helping to solve the root causes of Detroit’s neighborhood decline, our work will have a limited impact.

Shamefully, Detroit residents were robbed of $600M over the course of a decade after the Great Recession according to new reporting. By overassessing the value of people’s homes, city administrators overtaxed residents and drove thousands who couldn’t pay the inflated costs into foreclosures. Many of those homes then decayed beyond repair—leaving blighted and dangerous structures throughout the city—or were sold to investors who have shown little commitment to the city or its people.

In the last 10 days, this problem has gotten renewed attention in local media after a groundbreaking radio segment and a special report from The Detroit NewsCheck out the segments below to learn more about the extent of this problem.

If you want to get involved in our efforts with the Coalition, please email organizing@dreamofdetroit.org.

As Bernadette Atuahene, leader of the Coalition, said to The Detroit News, “There is no oops. We need compensation.”

Peace & Blessings,

The Dream of Detroit Team

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This is Quite the Headline

How a Cross-Cultural Coalition is Making a 'Dream of Detroit' Real in One Motor City Neighborhood

 

Dear DREAM Supporter,

As salamu alaykum! Peace be upon you.

We wanted to make sure you saw this great article in Model D Media about DREAM’s community development work.

Take a read and then reply to let us know what you think about it or take a minute to share it online.

We’re less than two weeks away from the DREAM Street Fair!

If you’re coming, let us know on Facebook and then invite a few friends.

As always, grateful for your support…

Peace & Blessings,
The Dream of Detroit Team

Dream Street Fair

 

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The Mayor was in our House

Dear DREAM Supporter,

As salamu alaykum! Peace be upon you.

This past week was busy!

The highlight had to be Wednesday’s meeting with Mayor Duggan at our office. We helped start the Longfellow Block Club to strengthen our ties to long-time residents in the neighborhood, but it’s quickly become a leading block club in the city. That’s why when the mayor’s team was looking for residents for him to speak with this week, they reached out to our block club president, and she in turn reached out to DREAM.

The mayor heard our concerns about access to skilled contractors, about jobs in the city, about vacant homes being unboarded by city contractors, inconsistent service delivery on things like garbage and recycling, and more.

For some issues, he had answers, and for others, he simply heard our ideas. It was a productive meeting, and it was good to know the mayor remembered our work. Mayor Duggan remarked, “I remember being at the Muslim Center a few years ago when this vision was being shared. Now, to see what you’ve done…”

Photos of DREAM with Mayor Duggan

The week actually started off with an exciting graduation ceremony at the Muslim Center for our 6th cohort of the ProsperUS Detroit Entrepreneur Training Program. This class included our 50th graduate!

And we ended the week completing more of our fence design right outside the Muslim Center. Check it all out and lend a hand next Friday!

Street Fair Flyer

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This Past Week Was Busy!

This past week was busy!

The highlight had to be Wednesday’s meeting with Mayor Duggan at our office. We helped start the Longfellow Block Club to strengthen our ties to long-time residents in the neighborhood, but it’s quickly become a leading block club in the city. That’s why when the mayor’s team was looking for residents for him to speak with this week, they reached out to our block club president, and she in turn reached out to DREAM.

The mayor heard our concerns about access to skilled contractors, about jobs in the city, about vacant homes being unboarded by city contractors, inconsistent service delivery on things like garbage and recycling, and more.

For some issues, he had answers, and for others, he simply heard our ideas. It was a productive meeting, and it was good to know the mayor remembered our work. Mayor Duggan remarked, “I remember being at the Muslim Center a few years ago when this vision was being shared. Now, to see what you’ve done…” 

The week actually started off with an exciting graduation ceremony at the Muslim Center for our 6th cohort of the ProsperUS Detroit Entrepreneur Training Program. This class included our 50th graduate!

And we ended the week completing more of our fence design right outside the Muslim Center.

Peace & blessings,

The Dream of Detroit Team

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On the Radio

Mark Crain with Worldview's Jerome McDonnell at WDET

Dear DREAM Supporter,

As salamu alaykum! Peace be upon you.

This week, we had a chance to join Jerome McDonnell from Chicago’s 91.5FM WBEZ for a live broadcast.

DREAM Project Director Mark Crain spoke to McDonnell on the really popular show Worldview about neighborhood development in Detroit, the city’s property tax foreclosure crisis, local Muslim community history and more.

Check out the episode and share it with a friend.

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Flyer for Dream of Detroit Streetfair

Street Fair Vendor Registration is Live!

Last year, more than 50 vendors participated, selling everything from jewelry to clothes to food—you name it—and nearly 2,000 people came out throughout the day to shop, enjoy the games, performances, health screenings, children’s activities and more.

Will you consider joining us as a vendor at this year’s street fair or share this link with a friend?

The DREAM Street Fair began as a way to spotlight and bring business to graduates of our entrepreneurship training program and members of our local community. You can learn more about it here or watch last year’s promo video. We’re excited to keep growing the fair and hope you can join in this year.

Halal Metropolis x Detroit Art Week + DREAM

Halal Metropolis

Come join Halal Metropolis for a day of community building activities during Detroit Art Week on July 18th, 2019

DREAM + Muslim Center + Halal Metropolis Public Mural Installation: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
DREAM is partnering with Halal Metropolis to install a mural onto the chain link fence at the Muslim Center. Your participation will help reveal this public mural inspired by Islamic geometries, West African textiles, Palestinian cross-stitch, and Kashmiri embroidery.

Artists Panel: 6:30 pm – 8 :00 pm
Come join us to hear Muslim artists, musicians, and dancers discuss their perspectives on their craft and how their Muslim identity has informed their work. An audience Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

Poet – Tasleem Jamila
Dancer – Haleem Stringz Rasul
Quilt/Textile Artist – Kecia Escoe
Musician – Sadiq Bey of the Griot Galaxy

Halal s’mores and more! 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Enjoy the setting sun around a communal bonfire and halal s’mores at the Indus Detroit Residency and Gallery space down the block from the Muslim Center located at: 1713 Waverly, Detroit, MI 48238

Upcoming Events in the Community

Check out this event at the Muslim Center and spread the word.

No More Excuses

 

 

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A Big Day & A Grand Opening

Dear DREAM Supporter,

As salamu alaykum! Peace be upon you.

It’s been a big two weeks in our neighborhood! Summer’s off to an exciting start and we wanted to make sure that, in case you missed any of it, you at least got to see some photos and video.

In less than 10 days, we’ve hosted a youth clean up day in partnership with ACCESS‘s National Arab American Service Day, an anti-violence rally with Chill Don’t Kill through our work with the LIVE FREE Detroit Coalition, and celebrated the opening of Indus Detroit, a new artist residency that just launched in our neighborhood with the debut of the Halal Metropolis Exhibit.

Highlights from Youth Clean Up Day

Highlights from Youth Clean Up Day

Nearly 200 volunteers came out for our youth clean up day in partnership with ACCESS’s National Arab American Service Day. We also heard remarks from U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and MI State Rep. LaTanya Garrett. Check out our group photo on the left and click right to hear the welcoming remarks from our project director, Mark Crain. You can also see more photos here.

Halal Metropolis Exhibit at Indus Detroit

Images from Halal Metropolis Exhibit at Indus Detroit

Indus Detroit, the long-awaited artist residency, has finally opened in our neighborhood and it started with a big debut on Friday night. The Halal Metropolis exhibit, chronicling the lives and presence of Muslims in public spaces throughout Southeast Michigan, opened up to a wonderful crowd and included a performance from Lu Fuki & Tazeen. The exhibit will run through the end of July, so be sure to get out and see it. More photos here.

Chill Don’t Kill Rally

Photos from Chili Don't Kill Rally

We partnered with FORCE Detroit, a local initiative of the national Faith in Action network, to support last weekend’s anti-violence rally in our neighborhoods. People from throughout the area came out to hear some dynamic speakers.

We’re trying to rebuild a community and revitalize a neighborhood. Engaging volunteers in beautification efforts, facilitating space for creative expression, and challenging the acts of neighborhood violence, and outsized narratives that often accompany them, is all a part of that work. Thanks for continuing to support and be involved.

Peace & Blessings,

The Dream of Detroit Team

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Youth Clean Up Day & Grand Opening!

It’s been a big two weeks in our neighborhood! Summer’s off to an exciting start and we wanted to make sure that, in case you missed any of it, you at least got to see some photos and video.

In less than 10 days, we’ve hosted a youth clean up day in partnership with ACCESS‘s National Arab American Service Day, an anti-violence rally with Chill Don’t Kill through our work with the LIVE FREE Detroit Coalition, and celebrated the opening of Indus Detroit, a new artist residency that just launched in our neighborhood with the debut of the Halal Metropolis Exhibit.

Highlights from Youth Clean Up Day

Nearly 200 volunteers came out for our youth clean up day in partnership with ACCESS’s National Arab American Service Day. We also heard remarks from U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and MI State Rep. LaTanya Garrett. Check out our group photo on the left and click right to hear the welcoming remarks from our project director, Mark Crain. You can also see more photos here.

 

   Halal Metropolis Exhibit at Indus Detroit

Indus Detroit, the long-awaited artist residency, has finally opened in our neighborhood and it started with a big debut on Friday night. The Halal Metropolis exhibit, chronicling the lives and presence of Muslims in public spaces throughout Southeast Michigan, opened up to a wonderful crowd and included a performance from Lu Fuki & Tazeen. The exhibit will run through the end of July, so be sure to get out and see it. See more photos here

 

Chill Don’t Kill Rally

We partnered with FORCE Detroit, a local initiative of the national Faith in Action network, to support last weekend’s anti-violence rally in our neighborhoods. People from throughout the area came out to hear some dynamic speakers.

We’re trying to rebuild a community and revitalize a neighborhood. Engaging volunteers in beautification efforts, facilitating space for creative expression, and challenging the acts of neighborhood violence, and outsized narratives that often accompany them, is all a part of that work. Thanks for continuing to support and be involved.

Peace & Blessings,

The Dream of Detroit Team

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