Together with like-minded folks, I intend to: 

  • Document the real concerns and issues voiced by Detroiters 
  • Record the actions taken by local authorities on behalf of Detroiters 
  • Foster a better understanding of local government 
  • Help others do all of the above 

If there’s any way I can help you, please feel free to reach out


Block clubs, community advocates and everyday Detroiters have held their local government accountable for decades. Organizations like Detroit Eviction DefenseHood ResearchTransit Riders United and We the People of Detroit monitor municipal governance and facilitate civic engagement. 

When I started in 2022, I closely followed the work of documenters Byron Keys, Damien Benson, Kayleigh Lickliter, Paul Warner and Sonja Stuckey. They have done great work and have helped me develop foundational skills as a documenter. 

I received training from Lynelle Herndon and Noah Kincade, the coordinators for Detroit Documenters. They’ve trained hundreds of people how to document government meetings with healthy amounts of feedback and patience. 


My name is Dan Ignacio. I was born into a Filipino middle-class family in Superior Charter Township, Michigan. I’ve spent most of my life in and around Ypsilanti, and I lived in Ann Arbor as an adolescent. I now live west of Woodward Avenue in Detroit. 

I have an undergraduate degree in media studies from Eastern Michigan University. While I studied, I worked for two years in film and broadcast television in southeast Michigan. 

Right now, I’m a freelance documenter for Detroit Documenters and a part-time digital editor for Outlier Media


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This article was updated on April 3, 2023 5:43 pm.