“Paul Tillich has said that sin is separation,” Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail. “Is not segregation an existential expression of man’s tragic separation, his awful estrangement?” This Easter season, we’re calling for more public transit to reconnect our divided communities with a Walk to Resurrect Our Region, Wednesday, April 16, 4:30 – 6 pm.
Since 2011, the SMART buses have only run into the City of Detroit on weekdays between 6-9 am and 3-6 pm. You can get a bus from downtown Detroit to Canada at almost any time of the day, but not to other cities in our own country!
We’re asking the County Commissions of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties to let us vote on a higher transit tax millage rate – more than 1 mill – that will provide money for more bus service between Detroit and surrounding communities. The County Commissions are voting on the topic on Thursday, April 18. Please find your Commissioner by clicking on the name of your County (above), and give them a phone call to urge their support!
The day before the Commissions vote, Wednesday, April 16, we will meet at 4:30 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery, off Woodward just south of 8 Mile, the final resting place of Rosa Parks. After paying our respects there, we will walk or drive over to the intersection of 8 and Woodward, by way of the State Fair Transit Center. From either side of 8 Mile, we will walk across to meet in the middle, symbolizing the need to reconnect our region with reliable bus service. (See this map of the event area.)
We hope you can join this action to kick off the 2014 Motor City Freedom Summer. Please share the event widely with your colleagues, kin and congregants, whether by word of mouth, phone, e-mail, or Facebook!