Pastors Bill Wylie-Kellerman, Edwin Rowe, David Bullock, Charles Williams II, and Maurice Rudd condemn attacks on working and poor people by the banks, corporations and government at a press conference April 17

from Diane Bukowski  

Pastor Bill Wylie-Kellerman of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, a life-long activist and advocate for the poor, has penned a profound piece on Corktown resident Steve DiPonio’s beating of another Corktown resident, Charles Duncan, who happens to be homeless, on Oct. 6. BE SURE TO READ THE PASTOR’S COMMENTARY IN THIS WEEK’S METRO TIMES. It says it ALL. Go to:  

According to an article in the Detroit News, published on Nov. 13, long after the incident and only after DiPonio was charged,   

Steven DiPonio

“(Diponio) told the arresting officer he was tired of the man sleeping behind a school near his house,” said Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens.  

Diponio allegedly took a rope from his pickup, tied up Duncan and beat him several times with a baseball bat, said Maria Miller, a spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy.  

Diponio tied the man to his bumper and dragged him in his car a short distance before neighbors freed Duncan, police said. Duncan was left bleeding on the sidewalk before a witness called police, Stephens said. Details about his current condition or injuries weren’t available late Friday.”–dragging-him-behind-truck#ixzz17YHKMGrJ  

Pastor Wylie-Kellerman’s commentary targets the gentrification, racism and classism that have struck Corktown in recent years, as well as other areas of Detroit that Mayor Dave Bing has proposed to “down-size” (meaning the people, not the miles).  Wylie-Kellerman  condemns it all and calls on people of conscience to join together to stop this wholesale onlaught.  

Phil Cooley, owner of Slow's Bar-B-Q and development company

Note that the Detroit News article quotes the owner of Slow’s Bar-B-Q, Phil Cooley, who said he is trying to  find other places to put the homeless folks in Roosevelt Park, across from his chi-chi eatery.  Cooley is one of six co-chairs of Bing’s downsizing Detroit Advisory Task Force, and also one of the “Conquistadors” Wylie-Kellerman talks about in his article, who campaigned to shut down his church’s soup kitchen and “the free hand-outs in our neighborhood that facilitate the drugs, crime and general malcontent . . .”   

 (See earlier series of five VOD articles on Bing’s plans for Detroit, which include bios of Task Force members. Another article addresses Bing’s chief planner Toni Griffin’s comments that Detroit presents an opportunity for change that can be compared only to the transformation Hurricane Katrina wrought on  New Orleans.)  

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  1. Jason carpas says:

    This is what happens when bums behave like parasites and the law turns the other way …….

    Is it any surprise a tax paying citizen was forced to take the law into his own hands?

  2. Erik says:

    “According to an article in the Detroit News, published on Nov. 13, long after the incident and only after DiPonio was charged.’

    Well of course they would do that only after he was charged. That’s a basic rule of journalism. You don’t print a person’s name until they are charged. Otherwise you leave yourself open to a defamation of character lawsuit.

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