Action Alert, Call Council: Select a candidate that will fight for a CBA Ordinance
There are numerous reasons why the Community Benefit Agreement Ordinance should be approved by Detroit City Council. This week we encourage Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters to Contact Council (again, if you’ve already done so) to share these and your own points about the CBA Ordinance.
Select a new Council Member
that will fight for a CBA Ordinance.
Contact ALL Council Members and demand that they consider candidates position on the CBA Ordinance when selecting the Council Member who will replace Saunteel Jenkins. The new council member will serve “at large” and along with Council President Brenda Jones will represent community city-wide. Council’s selection of a candidate that prioritizes the needs of the community alongside that of private interests will help create a equitable future for all Detroiters.
Dispel the “Shake Down” Myth.
The Detroit News called the CBA Ordinance a “Shake Down” that would hinder development. Equitable Detroit Coalition Member and West Grand Boulevard Collaborative President Mildred Hunt Robbins corrected them in a printed letter:
“If the word “shakedown” is to be used, it is more appropriate to describe the millions of taxpayer dollars given to developers in the form of grants, exemptions, tax abatements, land transfers and low interest loans. A CBA, on the other hand, is an efficient means to facilitate what developers say they want, which is to be good community partners who give back to the communities whose taxpayer dollars support their investments.” read the full letter
Support small, Black and minority-owned businesses.
The current way of doing development overlooks small, minority-owned business. The CBA ordinance will allow for broader benefits which will support increased participation by small business owners, minority-owned businesses, and Detroit-based businesses as well. Last week, in a press release Ken Harris, President and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce called on Mayor Duggan, the Detroit City Council, Detroit-based Businesses and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) to support the adoption of a CBA ordinance into the City Charter.
“It’s time to move away from personality-driven leadership by adopting policy-driven benefits that help to foster economic development and job growth for Detroit’s local residents and small business owners,” said Harris. Read the full press release
The Detroit People’s Platform is a member organization in the Equitable Detroit Coalition. Visit the EDC site for more information on the CBA Ordinance.
Update: There is a revised ordinance that the Equitable Detroit Coalition is in the process of reviewing. We will issue an opinion on this revision next week.
Reasons to Support the Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance
- Nearly 2000 Detroiters have signed the petition calling for a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance and the number of signatures is growing.
- Detroiters deserve the type of economic development where all Detroiters benefit not just a few wealthy individuals and big corporations.
- When our tax dollars and public lands are used to benefit private investments, Detroiters deserve a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance on the books to protect our interest.
- We call on each city council member to support a strong and enforceable community benefit agreement ordinance!
Brenda Jones, President, 313.224.1245, firstname.lastname@example.org
George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, email@example.com
Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, firstname.lastname@example.org
Resigned – Saunteel Jenkins: (313) 224-4248, email@example.com
Gabe Leland: (313) 224-2151 firstname.lastname@example.org
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez: (313) 224-2450, email@example.com
Mary Sheffield: (313) 224-4505, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andre Spivey: (313) 224-4841, email@example.com
James Tate: (313) 224-1027, firstname.lastname@example.org