Letter from the editor: May 2020 – The Indian SCENE

Letter from the editor: May 2020

As the Indian SCENE continues its pandemic coverage, we're paying close attention to the ways our relationships and values are shifting, adapting, and revealing themselves.

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Nearly two months have passed since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Michigan. In the time since, schools have closed, businesses have suspended their services, the healthcare system has been pushed to its limits and thousands have died. As the Indian SCENE continues its pandemic coverage, we’re paying close attention to the ways our relationships, values and communities are shifting, adapting, and maybe even revealing themselves amid this tragedy. Last week, we followed community members who have begun to practice their faith in new ways. This week, we’ll run an important feature on what lockdowns mean for those in unsafe or abusive homes. Our deftly written and well-received diary series, from frontline healthcare worker Asha Shajahan, will continue this month, too.

I’d like to again highlight our coronavirus resource guide, a list of local, accessible sources of household and financial support, as well as opportunities to help. I’m impressed by the speed and diligence with which community organizations have responded to this crisis, from Michigan Indian Community Service’s COVID-19 hotline for seniors and international students to the Michigan Muslim Community grocery delivery service. We’re always adding to this list; if you’re aware of relevant services and programs in metro Detroit, please be in touch.

As always, we welcome your thoughts, feedback and questions at editor@theindianscene.com.

Maitreyi Anantharaman
Editor

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