Martina Guzmán

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Opinion | Dual pandemics: police brutality and coronavirus racial disparities

Opinion | Dual pandemics: police brutality and coronavirus racial disparities

June 19, 2020 | Peter Blackmer, Rhiannon Chester, Martina Guzmán, Peter Hammer

These times call for transformative change.  Business as usual is what got us here.  Business as usual serves to perpetuate systems of racial hierarchy and white supremacy, not dismantle them.

On Easter weekend, Detroit churches mourn the COVID-19 dead from afar

On Easter weekend, Detroit churches mourn the COVID-19 dead from afar

April 11, 2020 | Martina Guzmán

In a city devastated by the coronavirus, there will be no eucharist and no fellowship this Easter. But churches say they are persevering  and adjusting how they tend to mourning congregations.

Coronavirus forces Michigan soup kitchens to feed hungry from a distance

Coronavirus forces Michigan soup kitchens to feed hungry from a distance

March 31, 2020 | Martina Guzmán

The same government orders that closed restaurants also forced soup kitchens to take their missions outside. In Detroit, volunteers pack paper bag lunches and feed the needy from parking lots.

Coronavirus makes even finding water to help the needy a struggle in Detroit

Coronavirus makes even finding water to help the needy a struggle in Detroit

March 26, 2020 | Martina Guzmán

Hoarding has made bottled water a scarce commodity in Michigan, complicating efforts to deliver the bare essentials to thousands of Detroit residents.

Opinion | Local news in Detroit: race, distrust and disconnection

Opinion | Local news in Detroit: race, distrust and disconnection

January 14, 2020 | Martina Guzmán

The lack of rigorous local reporting has consequences for accountability – without that knowledge, holding developers, officeholders, and corporations to account becomes virtually impossible, the author writes in this Guest Commentary.