Collage: Cobo Center with Facing Race on Marquee flanked by Street art (tiger jumping through text "Rise Up" on left with industrial workers on right).

Venue & Hotel

Facing Race 2018 will be held in Detroit, Michigan on November 8-10, 2018 at the Cobo Center. Hotel accomodations will be in the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

Cobo Center

Cobo Center
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48225


Statement on UNITE HERE Worker Strike in Detroit

Race Forward will be hosting its biennial national conference, Facing Race 2018 in Detroit, Michigan at the Cobo Center, on November 8-10. As you may have heard, one of the secondary hotels we have contracted with is currently in an active labor dispute and their workers have gone on strike. Hotel workers, 160 of them, are currently on strike at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit (A Marriott franchise partner). This is a multi-site and multi-city strike, but please know that this labor dispute is NOT with all Marriott locations or its franchised partners.

We stand in solidarity with the unions striking at the Westin Book Cadillac and will not cross that or any other picket line, nor expect Facing Race attendees to do so.

Race Forward has taken steps to be in solidarity with the UNITE HERE members by re-negotiating our contract at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and moving all of Race Forward’s reservations to the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. We are also in active communications with national union representatives and in partnership with local union organizers. We have invited UNITE HERE representatives to Facing Race and will provide them with stage access to raise awareness about their campaign.

Race Forward is committed to racial and social justice and affirms and supports the rights of workers across all industries and stands with them to improve their wages, health benefits, workplace discrimination protections, retirement security, and job site health and safety.

Our primary hotel with the largest room block is the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and is in good and fair standing with its workers. You may hear from other organizations advocating a boycott across the Marriott brand, but we assure you, we would not use this hotel had we not heard from the union itself that it is acceptable to them.

If you are currently booked at The Westin Book Cadillac for the Facing Race Conference, here’s what you can do to change your reservation and support the UNITE HERE workers and their campaign:

  • Email the Facing Race Planning Team at using the Subject: WESTIN, and provide your name and confirmation number, and someone on the planning team will inform you if your reservation is being automatically rebooked as part of Race Forward’s re-negotiations.
  • If your reservation is not automatically being re-booked, call and cancel your reservation at The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Tell the Westin management that you support the workers and encourage them to provide the workers with a safe workplace and living wage.
  • Rebook your stay at one of these other hotels in the Detroit area. See the list below.
  • Donate to the UNITE HERE campaign.

If you are having trouble finding a hotel room, please check with MotorCity Hotel and Casino. We have contracted additional rooms at a reduced rate for our attendees now through October 26th. Please be assured that we will continue to monitor these negotiations closely and keep our attendees and supporters informed on any developments.

We look forward to seeing you all soon in Detroit!

In solidarity,
The Facing Race Team


Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Dr.
Detroit, MI 48243
(313) 568-8000

Motorcity Casino Hotel
2901 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(866) 782-9622

The Motor city Casino Hotel is now offering a limited number of rooms for conference attendees for check in Wednesday, November 7th and Departures Sunday, November 11th.

Book online for our conference rate of $169/night plus tax. Use code 110618RACF when reserving online. You can also call (866) 782-9622 to book your reservation and mention that you are with Race Forward or Facing Race conference. This rate is applicable to standard, double, or triple accommodations and available for a limited time only.

Rooms are Limited and selling fast.


Greektown Hotel and Casino
555 E. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
(877) 424-5554

Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown
351 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 967-0900

MGM Grand Detroit Hotel and Casino
1777 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(877) 888-2121

Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport
2501 Worldgateway Place
Detroit, MI 48242
(734) 942-6500

Edward Hotel
600 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 593-1234

Kingsley Hotel
39475 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
(248) 644-1400

Westin Southfield Detroit
1500 Town Center
Southfield, MI 48075
(248) 827-4000

Transit Information


The closest airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).

Airport Transportation

Use SKOOT to get from the airport to the Cobo Center or Downtown Hotels.

Ticket prices: $30 to the airport per person, $30 from the airport per person. Use coupon code FACINGRACE2018 for 10% off your ticket.

From Detroit Metro (DTW) to Cobo Center or Downtown Hotels
5:30am - 8:30pm — Departs every 30-45 minutes

From Downtown to Metro Airport (DTW)
5am - 8:30pm — Departs every 90 minutes

To make your shuttle reservation by phone, call (313) 230-2331 or visit SKOOT online at Walkups available, however reservations are highly recommended. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Schedule and pricing are not determined by Race Forward and are subject to change at any time without prior notice. ADA accessible upon request.

Downtown Transportation

The People Mover is also a great way to get to the Cobo center from the Marriott and around the downtown area. If interested in Convention passes, click on the riding info tab on their website.


Cobo Center: Parking Fee ($15 per day)
Marriot/Westin/Crown Plaza Hotels: Parking Fee ($15-$25 per day)

For more local transportation information (including driving directions, taxis, shuttles, and rentals), check out this PDF.