Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Riding the MI bus to DC: an activist-journalist's experience

In this personal story from Dawn R. Wolfe, she provides another great account of what it looks like and means to be a part of the Poor People's Campaign. Dawn is one of over 50 participants in the Michigan PPC who rode to Washington DC on June 22 for a national rally and march the next day. She documents the journey of this all-volunteer and diverse delegation and how impactful it was for many members of this delegation.
What was different is that we also had artists, musicians, and individuals running the economic gamut from struggling single moms to comfortably middle-class people like myself. There were also a lot of first-time demonstrators like Heather, a 40-something mom from Monroe who sat across the isle from me on both legs of the trip.
Geographically we were from all over Michigan; from Muskegon to Detroit and Washington Township to Flint. While not everyone mentioned a religious affiliation, it was impossible to miss the number of clerical collars being affixed to shirts as we got ready to disembark — not to mention Imam Steve Mustapha Elturk, a Novi resident and leader of the Islamic Organization of North America’s Warren mosque.
You can read the full story of this memorable experience at https://medium.com/@dawnr.wolfe2010/from-detroit-to-d-c-b4c959b87bf7