Giving Power Back to the People of Detroit
By: Anna Traub
Jackson Koeppel and the Soulardarity Project are helping Detroit gets it power back, literally by installing solar powered lamps. Highland Park is part of the Detroit metropolitan area and the city’s population had dropped by more 80 percent since the factories left the area. In 2011, around 1,000 of the city’s 1,500 streetlights were taken out by the local utility because of the $4 million municipal debt. The streets of Highland Park were left dark.
Jackson is working towards giving the power back to the people. While he and his team install the new solar run street lamps, the people now get the power back in their own hands, by owning these street lamps. Now, instead of being afraid of walking home at nights the people of HIghland Park can know their lights won’t be taken away by corporations.
Soulardarity is all about people taking control of their own well being and lives, and it is doing wonders for Detroit. Also Soulardarity is taken a sustainable approach by having solar powered lamps. They are giving hope back to the people and empowering them to change the future of Highland Park.
Koeppel and the Soulardarity Program are moving forward everyday, with new inventions to help Detroit get back on its feet, and build new beginnings. With the enormous support the have been given the community Soulardarity is making the big changes to Detroit and helping not only Detroit be in a better place but the individual families of Detroit as well. To learn more about Koeppel and Soulardarity’s work visit: http://www.soulardarity.com