Homeless, Not Helpless......


P.O. Box 02008

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 832-0618...Fax#: (313) 832-1409



The grassroots community is once again in mourning. Our warriors are joining
the ancestors in record numbers, stressed out by perpetual battle and
premature fights while engaged in the war against poverty. Prop 2 was a
recent casualty, lost by our limited access to appropriate resources needed
to educate our constituents. Detroit leads the nation in foreclosures. DTE
is operating like the Dalton Gang, pillaging without recourse, while
thousands of low-income homes are without lights and gas. The Water Dept.
continues to disconnect service, while we face constant delays in
implementing the Water Affordability Plan, delays engineered by the Water
Director. And now, this!

Founding Welfare Rights member Mrs. Helen Stanley-Coleman was in Detroit,
making her poignant presentation as we celebrated the 15th anniversary of
the great Tent City movement, when we received news that her son had passed
away. The great Judge Bledsoe in Highland Park, made his transition. An now,
we learn that the electric Elizabeth Robinson, champion of poor people,
advocate for welfare recipients, who was a rock of support at the Dept. of
Human Services, last night joined the ancestors. Our hearts are again in
pain, our souls injured, our eyes blurred. How much more can we carry, how
much more hurt must we endure. Vallory, Jeanette, Mrs. Wills, Travis, Debra
Bradt, and so many others have pointed the path toward selfless sacrifice,
so somehow through yet another dark night, we shall endure this too. Sleep
well, champions of justice, 'til we meet again.

Maureen D. Taylor, State Chair/Michigan Welfare Rights Org.