When did you become interested in community issues?
I've always been interested in community activism. As a matter of fact, I was about 7 years old when the black power movement evolved and Angela Davis, my activist "shero", impacted my life tremendously. The big Afro and balled fist gave me a sense of power.
What inspires and motivates you in your efforts to make a difference in Detroit?
My closest relatives would tell me, “You can’t save the world.” Now I know the answer. I am not trying to save the world. I don’t have that power but if I could I would. But what I can do is keep my part of the world clean and believe that God makes no mistakes when He says I am my brother/sisters keeper. I take that serious to mean whatever I do good or bad will affect more than me.
As I watch the heckling, bickering, and fighting over the haves and have not’s, our community is continuing to be dismantled. I found myself going outside of my own home and I’d cut grass on my street of abandoned homes. Some neighbors got involved via our Montgomery Street Block Club. I am a member of several organizations but the one I am the founder of is “Stand Up Now (SUN) Inc.", a Michigan Nonprofit.
SUN works with Elmhurst Home via their clients who need to complete community service while the city’s residents need so many things but what we can provide with the help of returning citizens and other caring volunteers are clean bus stops, alleys, and major thoroughfares.
Update on your political ambitions?
"If the people in Detroit, but especially those in District 5 for State Representative, will have me - I will be their next State Representative. I think I express myself pretty good but our residents have been talked at and cheated on. I am ready to prove that the past was the past and it is time now for the people to have a person who walks the talk. Over the past 4 years, I've asked people to research candidates before just voting and I think it is finally catching on. We need soldiers to represent us. I am that SOLDIER. I have two immediate goals in minds: The creation of jobs and retraction of Residency.
I love Detroit. I am a protector of the city in which I was born. In my heart of heart, I believe that Detroit will make a great come back but it won’t happen by itself. I want to be an example of hard work and collaboratively working for the good of all our citizens but especially for the 99% who have been almost cast aside. THAT has to stop. I will be the soldier encouraging education, jobs, and a clean environment. As a community we must make some responsible moves like not being tolerant of a haphazard community."
What do you feel your efforts says about the person you are?
"My efforts say that I'm a woman of action. It says I love my community and would never purposely do anything to make anyone disappointed in trusting me."
Your overall message to the examiner.com readers? How can they take part in your mission?
"My overall messages are check out every single person asking for your trust and trust your instincts. We may want to blame politicians and those representing politicians but when we vote and do nothing else like holding these human beings accountable, we end up getting the type of people in office that we have. As a community, we are obligated to one another like not dumping, throwing trash on the ground, inform the police when crimes occur, helping to clean our community, being responsible for what we say and don’t say in the presence of others, etc. If we just do basic things, our quality of life will improve."
Contact info, and anything else you would like to share?
"Stand Up Now (SUN) Inc." needs your help. If you can give some of your time to help supervise clients and/or clean our targeted cleaning tasks, please call (313) 728-5211. We can work daily but currently we have committed to every Saturday (barring rain) from 9 am to 4 pm. Be prepared to give dates and times that you may commit to.
If you were able to physically help out but if you can help out financially or if you can bring us at lunch during our one of our clean up that would be great we also need tools, rakes, shovels, garbage bags lawn mowers, a chainsaw. We are also in need of an office that has space where we can hold the tools. Major messages please do not litter our city and also please don't dump your branches shrubbery garbage bags those things that you have good intentions take them to a dumping site if you can or call Department of Public Works (DPW)and ask for a special pickup or give me a call and I will do what I can to facilitate a pickup"
"Again those interested in helping out, please reach out to me at 313 728-5211, email me at Cynthia's Detroit at yahoo.com, or inbox me at Cynthia A. Johnson on Facebook"
Cynthia A. Johnson's BIOGRAPHY
"Cynthia A. Johnson is a native of Detroit. She was born on August 19, 1958 to Willie Louis and Beverly Ann Johnson (both deceased). She is the oldest of four siblings, whom of which were all raised in a two parent home. As a student, at the age of 16, on July 28, 1975 Cynthia became a young bride and married Wallace F. Hoskins, Jr., with her parents consent. From their marriage, they gave birth to Wallace Franklin Hoskins III, on August 7, 1976. They later adopted two other children, Tyhecia Laverne and Henry Levin Hoskins, the youngest, who were respectively born on December 29, 1977 and July 3, 1990.
In June 1976, Cynthia graduated from Cody High in Detroit. Shortly after, she attended American Institute for Paralegal Studies and received a certificate of completion as a Paralegal. She volunteered her services as an Intern at Legal Aid and Defender's Office. After realizing she needed a degree, Cynthia attended Wayne County Community College where she earned an Associate of Arts degree in 1988. Cynthia continued her education, and in June 1992, she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Walsh College in Troy. Cynthia was hired as an intern with the Wayne County Tax Assessor's Office.
In 1999, Cynthia's career began with Michigan Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer. By 2001, her career continued as a Field Agent in the areas of Parole and Probation. Some of her responsibilities included supervisor, Cynthia held other positions in which she gained a multitude of experience and knowledge. She worked as a Bill Collector for Credit Acceptance Corporation, Crisis Intervention Advocate for Detroit and Inkster Public Schools, Victim's Advocate in Wayne County, Assistant Apartment Manager for Morton Senior Citizen's Building/ Village Green Management, and Paralegal for the Legal Aid and Defender's Office."
Recap on some of the options to assist Cynthia A. Johnson in her efforts:
If you are unable to physically help out, but you would like to assist by helping out financially, the following options would help;
1. You can bring lunch during a scheduled clean-up.
2. We need tools: rakes, shovels, garbage bags, lawn mowers, a chainsaw.
3. We are also in need of an office that has space where we can safely store the tools.
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