June 20, 2011
My family left Detroit and moved to Oakland County during the 1980′s, and that is where I grew up. My parents left because they wanted a better life for their children, and saw leaving their community, culture, and home as the only way to do this. I, however, have been drawn back to metro-Detroit and now live in Ferndale and work in Detroit with an environmental non-profit. Although I did not grow up in Detroit, it has a place in my heart like nowhere else. I want to come back to my people, my culture, and my family’s home and am working hard to see Detroit rise up as a great city. However, I am fearful of living somewhere where I have no democratic rights as a citizen.
This law squanders my rights as a citizen of Michigan, a resident of Ferndale, and a potential Detroiter.
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