One Earth Writing brought together the mostly Arab-American Muslim students from Huda School in Franklin with the mostly Latino and African-American students from Southwest Detroit Community School for a collaborative writing workshop on March 22nd. The students worked  to build a better understanding of self, identity, dispel stereotypes, and learn from one another to reach a firm understanding that we are stronger together.

Over the course of the workshop, the students were asked to write a letter to the world telling what they need to know about them. Many wrote about how they felt there was prejudice against their groups.

March 22, 2017

Dear President Donald Trump,

We are a group of students concerned with the wall you want to build because we feel that people should not be treated differently because of their race. You make claims to “Make America Great Again” but you have opened the door to racism and discrimination against our people. You may seem proud of your “accomplishments,” but please don’t turn America into a land of hate. America is a diverse country and that’s the reason why America is already great. As a man of much power, you can genuinely do some great things, but the direction you are leading us in is not a good one. Please try to keep America the way we love it, great.

Sincerely,
Kids Who Care – Maria, Brajiene, Monica, Fatima, Safiyah, Daisy, and Daetionna

March 22, 2017

Dear President Donald Trump,

We care about the Syrian War. Imagine knowing that at any moment a bomb could be dropped on your house. You may think it’s an impossible issue to solve but we thought the same thing once you were elected. Many people have suffered, lost their homes and were separated from their loved ones. You keep saying “Let’s Make America Great Again,” but you don’t realize solving these issues will make America Great Again.

Sincerely,

Loriana, Poala, Brittany, Safiya, and Danya.

March 22, 2017

Dear Neighbors and Citizens,

One of the biggest issues we have discovered is pollution. Pollution puts our health at risk and effects our communities. A simple things we can do to fix this major issue is to recycle. We can put our empty bottles of water, juice, etc. in recycling bins. This way we can reduce the amount of trash in landfills therefore, reducing smoke from factories.

Another solution are alternative actions. For example, instead of driving everywhere we can walk or use bicycles. This will ensure that our air is not being polluted from car exhaust. More options for alternatives includes solar panels and wind power.

Pollution is a global issue. However, changing small things in our daily lives can easily create better communities. Little by little, we can change the world for the better.

Sincerely,
8th graders from Huda School and Southwest Detroit Community School

March 22, 2017

To whom it may concern,

Did you know that landfills take in 1,871 pounds of waste per person every year? This adds up! Many of the items thrown away can be recycled or repurposed. Thousands of Americans use plastic on a daily basis and most of it ends up in landfills. Plastic can be reused and made into other plastic products. Landfills can sort through garbage and collect these materials. Once they are collected, the plastics, paper, or metals can be sold to water bottle companies or other businesses. With this method, more jobs would be created, more money would be added to our economy, and landfills would decrease in size. This idea is just one of many ideas that can make our home planet a better place.

Thank you for your time,
Reem Killawi

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March 22, 2017

President Trump,

We as American citizens believe that your strong hatefulness towards different races or ethnicities cannot go on. As a President, you should demonstrate good characteristics and promote equality. Ideas such as, building a wall, does not promote equality.

Building the “wall” will cause the American economy to plummet dramatically. Building the “wall” costs too much money for America to even think about. This will cause America to neglect the important issues that we are currently a part of. With your interest in preserving money, building a wall that blocks all people out is merely unnecessary, due to the large costs. We should use this large amount of money for larger issues we are currently facing. The attitude that all people from an area are criminals is not suitable for making decisions for an entire nation.

With a wall that blocks innocent people seeking to achieve their goals, America will face economic problems. A fair president is not hateful and sets a good example.

Sincerely,
Saniya, Kimberly, and Judy.
Huda School & Southwest Detroit Community School
8th Grade