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Council Member Mary Sheffield Announces Next Two Occupy the Corner – Detroit Locations in Her Continued Efforts to Address Violence in the Community

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Detroit – City Council Member Mary Sheffield (D-District 5) announced the next two locations for Occupy the Corner – Detroit. The first location will be at the infamous corner of Mack and Bewick on Friday, June 26, 2015. The Occupy the Corner – Detroit movement will then start an every other week schedule and return on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Delores Bennett Park located at Brush and E. Bethune.

“Coming off a highly successful kick-off of Occupy the Corner – Detroit event at Linwood and Pingree, it is now time to roll up our collective sleeves and pound the pavement to change our community one corner and one neighborhood at a time. I look forward to engaging, connecting and empowering District 5 residents in an effort to change and improve their lives,” proclaimed Council Member Mary Sheffield.

As always, participants will be given information regarding voter registration, employment and job training, minor felony expungement, utility payment assistance, housing assistance, healthcare and much more.  However, going forward the Councilwoman and volunteers will canvass the neighborhoods, in conjunction with occupying the corner, in order to get the resources in the hands of those in need and to discourage violence on these nights.

When it comes to serving communities in need of resources, we must take a hands-on approach and meet residents “where they are” emotionally, financially and geographically. I am personally committed to going into high crime and impoverished areas in District 5 to ensure residents have access and demonstrate my empathy for the conditions they are subjected to,” stated Councilwoman Sheffield.

City Council Member Mary Sheffield (D – District 5) was joined by Mayor Mike Duggan, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (via staff) and National Action Network’s Dominique Sharpton for the kick-off of the 2015 “Occupy the Corner -Detroit” and she plans to continue to partner with local clergy and community leaders throughout the summer as she takes the initiative district-wide. With the recent rash of violence in and around District 5, Occupy the Corner – Detroit is becoming increasingly necessary and essential to addressing the epidemic plaguing the City of Detroit.

“Summer is officially only two days old and we are already on course for a very violent and deadly season. We must band together NOW to alter the path we are headed down and work collaboratively to curb violence before another single life is lost,” said Council Member Sheffield.

Occupy the Corner – Detroit is continuing Council Member Sheffield’s efforts, which started with her resolution to declare June Gun Violence Awareness Month, to draw more attention and resources toward the problem of gun violence in Detroit. The Councilwoman’s efforts will also include other initiatives such as the Safe Summer Youth Jam, Cease Fire rally and other events throughout June as well as the remainder of summer.


Mack and Bewick

WHAT:         Occupy the Corner – Detroit

WHEN:         7PM – 9PM, Friday, June 26, 2015

WHO:            Council Member Mary Sheffield, Staff and Volunteers

WHERE:      Corner of Linwood and Pingree Mack and Bewick


Brush and E. Bethune

WHAT:         Occupy the Corner – Detroit

WHEN:         7PM – 9PM, Friday, July 10, 2015

WHO:            Council Member Mary Sheffield, Staff and Volunteers

WHERE:      Corner of Linwood and Pingree

(Delores Bennett Park)




Council Member Mary Sheffield represents the 5th District, which covers the lower eastside, downtown, the riverfront and central portions of Detroit. She is the chair of the Neighborhood and Community Services standing committee and a member of the Planning and Economic Development standing committee. She was first elected to office in 2013 and is the youngest person ever elected to City Council in the history of Detroit.

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