the current

red, white, & blue
by Najah Scruse

the art of new work
by the riverwise editorial staff

temple of john coltrane
by Dr. Gloria Aneb House
and Eric Campbell

self-empowerment through solar energy
by Eric Thomas Campbell

the CANArts inventions
upcycling meets energy needs

by Larry Gabriel

¡MIRA! a radical kids coloring book
by Members of the ¡Mira! Collective

expressions of an emerging community
arts program builds culture of resistance and family

by Eric Thomas Campbell

artist’s statement: Milton Bennet
by Milton Bennet

timebanking: a beautiful solution
to burnout and isolation
by Alice Bagley

southwest detroit: the latinx safe haven
by Christiana Castillo

rediscovering the beauty and power of
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by M.J. Hunter

detroit’s story: the layered meanings
of place (book review)

by Tom Stephens

rediscovering the beauty and power of
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

by William Copeland and Adela Nieves Martinez
with Dr. Alicia Steele

detroit 2054
by paige watkins

free Siwatu

Siwatu-Salama Ra, a mother and community leader in Detroit, was just trying to defend her family when she was violently confronted by a person who rammed her vehicle into Siwatu’s car while Siwatu’s two-year old was playing inside, and then tried to use the vehicle to run Siwatu’s mother over. Fearing for their lives, Siwatu, who is a licensed concealed gun owner, held her weapon in plain sight, hoping it would stop the person from running them over. The gun was unloaded and no one was hurt. Still, she was sentenced to two years in prison and is now behind bars and pregnant.

Siwatu’s legal team is pursuing various tactics, including requesting she be released on bond pending appeal, reversal of the conviction, and a commutation and/or pardon. After already going through one high-risk pregnancy, Siwatu’s doctor warned the judge of the serious health threats she will face while in prison. Her lawyers are doing everything they can to get her home so she can have a healthy pregnancy and birth.


about riverwise


‘Riverwise’ is a community-based magazine created by a team of authors, writers, photojournalists, parents, grandparents, students, organizers, activists, artists, educators and visionaries. We are working together to create media that reflects local activism and the profound new work being done in and around Detroit neighborhoods. We envision deepening relationships through media that serves as an essential part of weaving beloved communities. We will celebrate personal Detroit stories and the process of evolving ideas.


It is often said that we live in two Detroits– one affluent, the other neglected. We know there are many versions of Detroit and in some communities there is a striving toward self-determination and new, visionary ways of life. It is our goal through this publication to show these efforts that are rooted in community, sustainable, transformative and based upon new forms of citizenship. Detroit is a movement city. And our movements need creative media. By sharing resources and encouraging open participation of engaged citizens, especially people of color, ‘Riverwise’ will help us to examine our own personal and political contradictions and generate lasting solutions.


‘Riverwise’ needs your stories of resilience, visionary resistance, place-based education, self-determination and sustainable, creative ways of transforming yourselves and your communities. Please contact us with article ideas and notice of programs taking place in your neighborhood. Or submit an article, personal anecdote, poem, interview, photo, illustration of your own for our next edition of ‘Riverwise’. Send digital submissions to ‘’. Hard copies may be sent to 3061 Field St., Detroit, Michigan. The Riverwise collective also invites you to join us for a series of community conversations. We hope to regularly discuss the direction of the magazine, story ideas and the future of our emerging Detroit communities with all interested parties.


sustain riverwise

Riverwise quarterly magazine is a community project, produced by a collective of thinkers, dreamers, writers, artists, & culture workers. Riverwise Magazine belongs to all of us and thrives on our vision and energy. Together as a collective, we also rely on the financial generosity of community members like yourself to print. Help keep the current. Support and sustain community storytelling.

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