Friday, January 06, 2006
They live only an hour and a half apart but worlds away. Lynn Henning is a white farmer living in rural Hudson, Michigan. Rhonda Anderson is a black activist in Detroit. Both are Sierra Club organizers. To bridge the cultural gap between their communities, Lynn and Rhonda arranged to charter a bus last November. With it, they took people from Detroit to the countryside and folks from Hudson to the inner city so that each could see what the other was up against. Grist published their respective thoughts on the "Common Justice Tour" here. Said Rhonda in her dispatch: "I think it's going to be very powerful when a white farmer is accompanying a black community leader into a meeting with a legislator to say, 'Their issues are our issues too, and we're going to keep coming back here with them until you start listening to the people instead of the polluters.'"