A Message from Our Executive Director
The tragedies last weekend in El Paso and Dayton go beyond simply our debates about immigration or politics. They are so horrific that they beg us to question who we are as a people and our own humanity.
As an organization devoted to building inclusive economies and vibrant communities, Global Detroit and our community are especially challenged by these tragedies. The media reports suggest the El Paso shooter was targeting Hispanics and Latinos and motivated by his hatred of immigrants. We have been close partners and collaborators with Welcome Dayton, a community we have hosted here in Detroit during a city-to-city visit and one that hosted the third annual convening of the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network. These are very much our family.
Global Detroit develops and implements immigrant-inclusive strategies to drive the growth, revitalization and broadly shared prosperity of Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Immigrant welcoming and creating a community where everyone has a firm sense of belonging is a foundational building block to our work. Every day we work to build cultural connections and mutual opportunities for prosperity among diverse residents, stakeholders and institutions. We firmly believe that when Americans work together, experience each other, become neighbors and coworkers, enjoy each others’ cultures and become known to each other, hatred and bigotry will go away.
Building inclusion is tough work. The tragedies of this week remind us how far we have to go. Our hearts go out to our Hispanic and Latino brothers and sisters, our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters, our Dayton family, and we grieve together knowing that America is us, both the good and the bad, and recommit to building a more inclusive and prosperous community.