"True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."
On the far left is Mary Jones, a member of Detroit Action and co-chair of SOCD, leading the conversation on trends and opportunities in homeless courts at the ABA and California's Judicial Council Homeless Court Summit in San Diego.
Also, Mary joined our board in 2020.
Also, also, that's Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller, SOCD's co-founding judge, in the center.
In 2016, Detroit students sued the State of Michigan for their failure to provide meaningful access to literacy to Detroit public schools' students.During the case's appeal to the Sixth Circuit, Street Democracy filed an amicus brief on behalf 482Forward, a parent-student education advocacy organization.
We felt that the best way to demonstrate the lack of access to literacy and its impact on students was to put front and center the words and art, poetry and protests of 482Forward's members.
We believe ours to be the first voice brief of this kind.
Instead of a standard legal argument, we simply submitted as our letter this petition signed by over 160 non-attorneys in support of a court rule amendment to allow cell phones.