American Opportunity Debate at Alter Road, Detroit
  • Petitioned The 2012 Presidential Candidates

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The 2012 Presidential Candidates
President of the United States

American Opportunity Debate at Alter Road, Detroit

    1. Bradford Frost
    2. Petition by

      Bradford Frost

      Detroit, MI

The American Dream is under fire in this presidential election.

The promise of equal opportunity is threatened in communities all over the country. Nowhere is this divide more acute than at Alter Road, Detroit. Conservatives have proclaimed this is an election to define an "Opportunity Society." Let's hear them and the president wrestle with this issue in full view of the geographic divides between urban and suburban America.

Why Alter Road?

Because, In contrasts almost worthy of fiction, educational, wealth and opportunity gaps abound. Median home values at this otherwise arbitrary political line are separated by a gasp worthy $150,000. Detroit’s side of Alter Rd is marred by large swaths of urban decay and blight; while Grosse Pointe marks the separation with lush green medians and sail-boat embossed street signs. Over 6 blocks in either direction of Alter Road, a devastating physical landscape unfolds to powerfully reveal the stark contrasts of America’s poor and privileged classes.

Please join this cause to ask President Obama and his Republican opponent to come to the most jarring and most alarming divide in all the land this September.

Petition our presidential contenders to wrestle with the promise of America where it matters most.

Ask the candidates to debate the 99% vs. the 1%; ask them to debate inequality and equal opportunity; ask them to come forward with solutions.

Demand that our presidential aspirants take part in the most important debate this country can have in 2012.

Please join. Please Share. Please insist on a real debate about American Opportunity at Detroit's Alter Road this September.

Thanks for your support!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Joel Batterman DETROIT, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      It's time to debate what matters...and the traffic is too loud on Eight Mile.

    • Lynda Parham WHITE LAKE, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      At our country's core, once you take away the usual suspects (money, class..etc) fear is the most dangerous aspect. It continues to grow and fester on all sides. I sign because a debate I hope would at least lead to some dialog amongst those who would normally not even look each other in the eye.

    • Lindsey Dowling FALLS CHURCH, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I agree to sign this petition because I have stood on Altar Rd and I see it as a strong case for the seperation of classes in The United States.

    • Jason Daniels PERRYSBURG, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      This debate should take place at such an intersection, representing the stark contrast of our society and the communities it embodies.

    • Peggy Brennan TROY, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      This debate is necessary.


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