Love is Love: Detroit Solidarity Movement


In Michigan, you can get fired for being gay or transgender without legal rights to protect you?

Last Saturday, Metro-Detroit Political Action Network (MDPAN) organized an event to protest just that. What could have been a celebration, turned into a demonstration after the Michigan Civil Rights Commission turned down legislation that would extend anti-discrimination laws concerning sex-based offenses to sexual orientation and gender identity. Along with the legislation, the commission also received about 300 comments from the public– LGBTQIA residents and allies of Michigan reporting cases of discrimination.

At the Love Is Love: Detroit Solidarity Movement a crowd gathered in Pope Park Hamtramck, Detroit to hear speakers from local queer advocacy groups.

Scroll down the gallery for view the photos I took.

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Reiki Master Healing Artist Trãvon Jänäy (Truth) guides the crowd through a Reiki meditation while Emcee Robert J Fidler, Media Director of MDPRAN holds the megaphone for her.

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Chair of Intersex, MDPAN Avery Addison Grey shares a poem.

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Samantha Rogers of TG Detroit gives a heartfelt and fiery speech on love and trans rights.

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Hey, gang! Sorry to cut you short on the words again. I wish I had more for you. Maybe next time.

MDPAN’s next scheduled event is Take a Knee Against White Supremacy: Support Our Detroit Lions on Sunday, October 8th at Ford Field. 1PM-5PM. Be there if you believe Black Lives Matter.


The Kid Rock Protest: A Photo Story

On Tuesday Sept. 12th, a march was held in the streets of Detroit. About 200 protesters gathered at Grand Circus Park on the corner of Adams and Woodward Ave.

Organized by the National Action Network (NAN) and Metro-Detroit Political Action Network (MDPAN), the groups came together with a unified message: Detroit does not belong to the highest bidder, it belongs to the people.

The conflict was brought to national attention when Kid Rock was announced as the first performer at the new Little Caesars Arena. Already surrounded by talks of gentrification, by having an artist who has repetitively used Confederate flags as backdrops in his shows, to many, it felt like a slap in the face. Kid Rock might represent Detroit to the owners of the new arena, but to the marchers, he represents what is wrong with it.





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The “Russell Alexander Alger Memorial Fountain” in Grand Circus Park.

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Attorney Tracey M. Martin prepares to march.

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I call this one “White People Ruin Everything.”

Members of NAN give speeches and prayers before the march.

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“We come, Father. Give us the patience…give us the courage to continue to stand.”

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“We have come to send a message. We will not be disrespected.”

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Detroit’s new Q-Line passes a booing crowd. The quote featured on the side is from Rosa Parks.

The crowd started marching on Woodward around 6:00pm, closing all but one lane.

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“No Peace, No Pizza!” they shouted, prompting a boycott against Little Caesars, the corporate sponsor of the arena.

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“Whose City?? Our City!”

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Schools! Not Stadiums! Water! Not Stadiums!

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A protester yells at hecklers on top of Hockeytown Cafe.

After marching up and down Woodward, the march ended back at Grand Circus Park with a closing prayer and call to action.

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After pausing for a moment at Grand Circus Park, many of the younger protesters decided to go back to the stadium against police orders.

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In formation.

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“The Cops and the Klan Go Hand-In-Hand,” they chanted. They moved around the police barrier and crossed the bridge to the stadium.

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Protesters gathered outside the entrance and ridiculed attendees as they walked in.

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An officer surrounded by a jeering crowd.

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The New Detroit.

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That’s it. I know I usually write more, but I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves this time. Also, I’m tired.




There’s Nothing Quite Like The Zoo To Remind Me How Funny It Is To Watch Kids Fall On Their Face

I’m very excited to say I went on my first zoo visit of the year on Friday and found, with most kids in school, it was a lot less crowded than usual. I definitely recommend going now before the busy season.

It was great to practice the photography skills I learned last semester. With a wide variety of shapes and colors, I had so much fun trying to capture the essence of each subject. Check out some of the photos below! (Unfortunately, there are no photos of fallen children–yes, I know the title is misleading.)

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Photos by Michelle L. Stone

The Detroit Zoo

$14 Adult 15+ years
$10 Child 2-14 years
Senior 62+ years
Active Military with ID
FREE Child under 2 years
+ Parking $7 per car