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Increased Washtenaw County Hate Crimes Spur Return Of 90's Era Welcome Campaign

Sep 18, 2017

The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, which is located in Washtenaw County, has relaunched a 1994 campaign to foster welcoming communities. 


The campaign "Welcome In My BackYard,"  was originally launched in response to hate crimes that took place in Ann Arbor in the 1990's.  More than two decades later, the Fair Housing Center asks residents to sign a pledge once again to help make people feel welcomed.

Kristen Cuhran Fuller is Associate Director of the center.

"There has been hate crimes at the Aut Bar, at the Ann Arbor Skate Park, and this could be a way to say 'OK, here we are in this community and we don't like what's happening.  We don't like what we see.'"

If you're interested in getting involved, visit the Fair Housing Center's website.  

To promote the campaign, a video of residents reading the WIMBY pledge can been seen here:

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu