Homelessness Here: Stories of Community Resilience

 
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Michigan Movement had its first community banquet this past Thursday, March 28th. We were thrilled to have almost 100 attendees at the event that heard from our wonderful speakers and members. In addition, we were grateful to have the Michigan Daily attend and write an article about the event. Click here to read the article.

 
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Our first speaker was Lit Kurtz. Formerly a Detroit Public School teacher, Lit Kurtz is now a business-owner, Groundcover vendor and writer, and affordable housing advocate. Based on what she has encountered while experiencing homelessness, Lit has created a t-shirt company, Sidewalk Musings and Beyond, featuring what she has seen. In addition, Lit is currently writing about her experiences in a book titled “Out Here.” Lastly, she is a consistent writer for Groundcover and records videos for her Youtube Channel, both of which address the affordable housing crisis. 

 
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Kevin Spangler was our second speaker. Kevin is the owner of Boober Tours, a successful pedicab business in Ann Arbor, MI. Boober Tours is committed to bettering the community through proactive hires and potentially reducing DUI's. In addition to this, Boober Tours provides fun rides all across campus and Ann Arbor for free, allowing all the chance to experience the fun time that is Boober Tours.

 
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Our last speaker was Ken Leslie. Formerly homeless himself, he’s been a comedian, Emmy winning producer and business owner. He has produced and written many programs, including three award-winning documentaries on homelessness: “No House to Hold,” “Homeless Not Hopeless” and “A Home for the Holidays,” as well an Emmy-winning baseball feature with the Detroit Tigers in 1992. Now he devotes his time to making sure our nation’s heroes don’t have to sleep on the streets. 

 
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In addition, we had a special performance by University of Michigan a capella group, the G-Men, and artwork done by Xavier Paige, a freshman at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit.

 
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We would like to give a huge thank you to our board members, who worked tirelessly to put this banquet together. Their passion and dedication made this event a success!

Payton Watt