For the first time ever, Trick Trick the mayor of the streets and Detroit Police Chief James Craig in the same place at the same time for the same cause: Hip Hop Caucus Detroit’s Town Hall moderated by LaRonn Harris, HHC Chair and City Coordinator, held at Charles H Wright Museum of African American History.
Leaders and citizens of Detroit’s most adversely impacted communities organized at the local chapter of the Hip Hop Caucus’ State-of-Detroit Town Hall to speak about issues plaguing the community and the perception of the city which included Detroit’s bankruptcy, violence, schools, civil rights and environment.
With all the unending issues, where does change begin?
“We as men have to say enough is enough. Women have been forced to take on too much responsibility.” -Angelo Henderson of AM 1200 WCHB.
You will see in the video below Trick Trick and DPD Police Chief Craig come together and send a message to those involved in crime or even witness crime and do nothing about it.
“The Police have no relationship with the community… But this is a promise… I am going to work with Trick Trick, because I know together we can get this done.” – DPD Police Chief Craig
Trick Trick added, “Don’t be scared to ask God what you need to do (to change)… I don’t care put it on World Star!”
Comedian CP spoke on behalf of the youth:
“We are in the age where we create our own money… We are trying as the youth to have a way to make you proud, but it is going to look different. You can’t be down our back as to why my pants saggin. They are sagging because that is how I bought them. That has nothing to do with my accomplishments. You tear the youth down before they get a chance to be what they are going to be.”
Speakers included Angelo Henderson, Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist; Trick-Trick, community leader, entertainer, entrepreneur; James Craig, Detroit Police Chief; K.C. Wilborn, educator; Karen Dumas, communications and political strategist; Brandon Jessup, CEO Michigan Forward; Sino, C.O.I.N. Hip Hop artist, and CP, activist and comedian; Suliman Mausi, Entrepreneur and Concert Promoter.
The audience was treated to a performance by Jessica Care Moore, internationally renowned poet, publisher, activist, playwright and actor.
Mayor-Elect Mike Duggan was invited but did not attend.
ABOUT HHC Detroit:
This was the first post-2013 Election Town Hall in a series of regular Town Halls organized by Hip Hop Caucus Detroit. Under less urgent circumstances, each Town Hall has covered a specific topic. Now, with the city’s bankruptcy moving forward, and the daily struggles for the city’s poor to survive compounding under extraordinarily challenging circumstances, this critically-timed Town Hall broached a comprehensive set of issues: the city’s and residents’ economic challenges, civil and human rights issues (including violence and racial profiling), schools and education, environmental health issues, and voting rights and the future of the democratic process in the city.
WATCH FULL TOWN HALL:
A New Day In Detroit: Hip Hop Takes Over The Future Of the City [VIDEO] was originally published on hothiphopdetroit.com