DETROIT WARRIORS BELINDA MYERS-FLORENCE, TANGELA HARRIS: REST IN POWER AS YOUR BATTLE CONTINUES

Belinda Myers-Florence (r) with husband Jesse Florence (center), both City of Detroit retirees. From Jesse Florence's Facebook page.

Belinda Myers-Florence (r) with husband Jesse Florence (center), both City of Detroit retirees. From Jesse Florence’s Facebook page.

BY YVONNE JONES

November 11, 2015

Belinda Myers-Florence

Belinda Myers-Florence from DAREA Facebook Page, speaking at press conference

It is with great sadness that I post of the passing of Belinda Meyers-Florence. Belinda was one of the founding members of DAREA. Belinda was our Communication Coordinator, Belinda made sure we were all connected and informed. Over this past year Belinda collected over 500 emails from retirees and concerned individuals who wanted to know what was happening with the bankruptcy and pension cuts. Belinda participated in the court hearing, protests, donated funds and whatever was necessary to keep the fight alive.

Belinda was at our meeting on November 4, she encouraged us to continue to fight for justice. Belinda was passionate about the cuts to our pension especially health care! She would speak about how unjust these cuts were. Many times Belinda would come to a meeting, court or demonstration not feeling her best, she would say I got do what I got to do! Belinda was a committed activist for Justice in the fight for Pension, an Elk Daughter, Retiree of 36.9 years as a Principal Social Planner & Development Specialist. Devoted wife, mother, daughter and friend. Belindafoll2 signing out! Peace & Love!

BY VOD STAFF

Belinda Myers-Florence (2nd from r) receives Mover and Shaker award with other DAREA officers (l to r) Wanda Jan Criss Hill, Bill Davis, and Yvonne Jones.

Belinda Myers-Florence (2nd from r) receives Mover and Shaker award with other DAREA officers (l to r) Wanda Jan Criss Hill, Bill Davis, and Yvonne Jones.

“Belinda Myers-Floreance was a committed soldier in fighting for City of Detroit employees pension rights and restoration, through the courts,” DAREA VP Cecily McClellan said. “Belinda was Corresponding Secretary for DAREA and Financial Secretary and Daughter of Beulahland Temple #569, she will be missed.  Please send your blessing and support to the family.” Her family includes her husband Jesse, her daughter Erica, her son Jesse Jr. and many others. Funeral arrangements are below.

Belinda (l) with other women warriors from DAREA.

Belinda (l) with other women warriors from DAREA fighting against bankruptcy at Detroit General Retirees Employment System Meeting.

DAREA depended on Belinda for collecting its contact lists and keeping them in order, constant email updates, and her unfailing presence at DAREA meetings and at numerous protests against  the illegal Detroit bankruptcy, Belinda was everywhere in the battle for justice not only for Detroit retirees, but for the residents of Detroit as a whole, as photos taken by VOD show. She was dedicated and tireless and always kept a cheerful demeanor.

Under the bankruptcy plan, health care costs for Belinda’s husband Jesse Florence, a retiree from D-DOT,  and Belinda skyrocketed from $152 a month to $1062 a month, in addition to a $3,000 annual deductible. After putting their children through school,  they faced the possible loss of their home.

Belinda with DAREA members who came to denounce "Mayor" Mike Duggan's plan to dismantle DWSD.

Belinda with DAREA members who came to denounce “Mayor” Mike Duggan’s plan to dismantle DWSD.

Thousands of other City of Detroit retirees faced the same plight because of the vicious assault by the corporations and banks not only on their pensions and health care, but on the very assets the people of Detroit owned, including the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, the Institute of Arts, and Belle Isle.

DAREA and Belinda’s family and friends weep for her loss, but vow to continue the fight for justice in her spirit forever.

Belinda (in purple at right) worked on fish fry fundraiser for DAREA, always devoting her time and skills to the struggle.

Belinda (in purple at right) worked on fish fry fundraiser for DAREA, always devoting her time and skills to the struggle.

Services Flyer for Belinda (1) (1)

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PEOPLE’S WARRIOR TANGELA HARRIS JOINS THE ANCESTORS

Tangela Harris death

SHARED BY TAWANA ‘HONEYCOMB’ PETTY

On Nov. 2, water warrior, social justice activist and community journalist Tangela Harris joined the Ancestors one day before her 40th birthday, after suffering an asthma attack and cardiac arrest. (Her homegoing service was held Nov. 7, 2015.)

Tangela Harris candlelight vigil at her home on Lawrence Nov. 3, 2015.

Tangela Harris candlelight vigil at her home on Lawrence Nov. 3, 2015.

Tangela was committed to the struggle for humanity in Detroit and across the globe. There was rarely an event for social justice that you didn’t see Tangela at, or you didn’t hear her voice contributing to. She was a frontline foot soldier, as well as a behind the scenes doer. Her interviews were just as passionate as her work, and her love and compassion for her city and her people showed through in everything she touched.

Activists vow to continue Tangela's fight.

Activists vow to continue Tangela’s fight.

We will never forget Tangela Harris. She was indeed a woman full of “peace and love.”

There are hardly enough words to describe what Tangela Harris means to the city of Detroit, so I will leave you with Tangela in her own voice and her own words for 7 Mile Radio.

This clip is from one of the many events Tangela covered, participated in, or organized in Detroit. If you didn’t know Tangela or about what she poured into her people, this video should shed some light.

Elder holds photos of Tangela in triumph.

Elder holds photos of Tangela in triumph.

Geo. Errol Jennings and wife (left) had just lost their own son before they came; activist Baxter Jones is at right.

Many remembered not only Tangela the warrior, but the warm, wise and loving woman she was.

Many remembered not only Tangela the warrior, but the warm, wise and loving woman she was.

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One Response to DETROIT WARRIORS BELINDA MYERS-FLORENCE, TANGELA HARRIS: REST IN POWER AS YOUR BATTLE CONTINUES

  1. Cecily McClellan says:

    Thank you VOD for this story honoring two soldiers who fought for justice and who now are at peace. Belinda Meyers-Florence was at Tangela Harris’s home for the celebration of her 40th Birthday Monday, November 2, 2015. Tangela became an ancestor on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Belinda became an ancestor Sunday, November 8, 2015. These are two committed sisters who will be missed

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