Detroit Volunteers Should Feel Proud

by Dan Williamson,

Last week, something extraordinary happened in Detroit. On Devil's Night and Halloween Night around 30,000 people banded together to protect their city from the rash of arson which has plagued Detroit on these nights in the past few years. As a result of their efforts, there were fewer fires on Devil's Night than on an average day in the city. Victory truly belongs to the people of Detroit, and they should be proud of what they have done, and more importantly, of what they have proven to themselves and everyone else.

Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer deserves credit for leading the city's efforts. It was his call for volunteers backed up with the city's removal of abandoned homes, cars, and tires, which proved to be a practical and inspiring solution to a difficult problem.

But the most praise must go to the volunteers themselves. People from all walks of life and all parts of the city worked as a team to prove that they believed in Detroit and in their own power to revitalize the city. They united in defiance against those who believe that Detroit is a dead city with no hope for the future. They showed that their city is worth fighting for and that they are willing to fight that battle.

The volunteers demonstrated incredible energy and enthusiasm. Most of them had been working all day but still found time to join the street and neighborhood patrols. Many of them even chose to work the two nights in a row. And through it all, they never showed even the slightest hint of fatigue or despair. As I watched them on TV, all I saw was the greatest kind of hope for the future and a true belief in what they were doing.

The people of Detroit should feel good about last week. The efforts of everyone involved gives me a renewed optimism for the city's future. If they can channel this type of unity and energy into the rest of Detroit's problems, there will be no obstacle which they cannot overcome.

by Dan Williamson

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