Welcome to the first People’s Platform Update. Twice a month we will post to the blog and send out an email with events, announcements and tools to assist in sharing the People’s Platform with your neighbors.
Keeping in Touch
The People’s Platform website is being updated frequently http://unitingdetroiters.org and will soon include an events calendar and District-specific pages that share information and resources on District-specific issues. Events are also posted through the People’s Platform facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/DetroitPeoplesPlatform
Each People’s Platform Update will focus on one of the ‘planks’ or issues that were ratified at the Convention on June 1st; Land, Food, Transit, Good Jobs, Governance and, the Environment. Please visit the Food Justice page for links and other resources.
FOOD JUSTICE: We seek a food system that ensures access to healthy, quality food for all Detroiters. We believe in the importance of creating our own food networks to support the health and power of our community and our natural environment.
Video: Food and Healthy, Vibrant Communities presented by Shane Bernardo
Recorded April 29, 2013
St. Matthew’s and St. Joseph’s Church in Detroit’s North End
The People’s Platform District Caucus Leaders have requested that we share these upcoming opportunities to participate.
Thursday, July 11, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Gratiot Ave Business Assn Mayoral Forum
1000 Eliot St.
Friday, July 12, 10am – 4pm
Tri-County Political Information Awareness Forum
First Baptist World Changers
22575 W. 8 Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48221
Friday, July 12, 2pm
Solidarity with AFSCME Rally
AFSCME International Next Wave Conference (members 35 and younger) and there will be a demonstration at 2 PM in Hart Plaza – Press Conference. Following the Press Conference, the group will walk to CAYMC for a demonstration on the 1st floor against the Emergency Manager.
Thursday, July 18, 6-8 pm
Creating Good Governance for People and the Planet
Carolyn Raffensperger, Director, Science & environmental Health NetworkDenk Chapman Hall, Madame Cadillac Bldg, Marygrove College, Free open to public, light refreshments
Info firstname.lastname@example.org 313-927-1321
Tuesday, July 30, 6-8pm
DHDC Candidate Forum
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
1211 Trumbull (near 12th)
Saturday, August 3rd, 1-3pm
Uprooting Racism Planting Justice gathers monthly on the first Saturday from 1-3p at the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward, 48201. This gathering is a monthly convening (since 2009) of individuals desiring to participate as change agents in addressing the injustice of racism in the Detroit Food System.
Public Lighting Authority Public Meetings
The state-created Public Lighting Authority is holding public meetings to gather community input as it develops a three-year improvement plan for the city’s lighting system. Each two-hour session will include a presentation by the authority about its role and an an overview of Detroit’s lighting system. The sessions will also offer residents an opportunity to offer feedback and their own ideas. Meeting locations will be held in each of the city’s new voting districts.
July 15, 6-8 pm Coleman A. Young Community Center, 2451 Robert Bradby Dr.
July 17, 6-8 pm Perfecting Church Cathedral, 7616 E. Nevada Street
The People’s Platform is a broad network of Detroit-based social justice organizations, activists, and residents committed to bringing about just transformation in politics, economics and social dynamics through popular education, celebration, and political activism. We use data, analysis, advocacy and community organizing to protect and increase participation in the democratic process and to demand that state and local decision makers consider race and economic justice in their planning, funding, and policymaking decisions.
Detroit is not a blank slate. It is not abandoned. It is full of vibrant, resilient people who look out for each other and are committed to protecting the public assets and resources we share as a community. As neighbors and residents, both new and long-term, we know what our districts need and we are working together to ensure that all of us—regardless of race, class, or neighborhood—have a meaningful say in re-building our city.