Advisory Alert: EJAM Council Candidate Survey, Right To The City, EDC Call to Action.
Advisory Alert, January 12, 2014
EJAM Prospective Candidate Survey presented to Council Members
The Detroit People’s Platform is an active member of the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, EJAM. As part of the alliance we have supported the development and distribution of a survey to support Detroit City Council Members as they consider candidates for the open seat. There is no election to fill the council seat for the At-large position vacated by Saunteel Jenkins in early November. The appointment will be made by council.
HB5977, the Anti-CBA bill died on the house floor.
Equitable Detroit Coalition partners and Detroit People’s Platform members engaged strategically to help stop the bill. By visiting Lansing to speak to lawmakers, working closely with with elected officials in both Detroit and Lansing, reaching out to statewide allies, contacting legislators and the governor’s office we were able to stop the egregious assault on home rule that it was. We will continue to closely monitor Lansing.
Detroit People’s Platform joins the Right To The City Alliance.
The Detroit People’s Platform is honored to have been accepted as a member organization of Right To The City Alliance. RTTC is a national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations.
RTTC seeks to create regional and national impacts in the fields of housing, human rights, urban land, community development, civic engagement, criminal justice, environmental justice, and more. Look for more about Right To The City throughout 2015.
EDC Call to ACTION!
January 12, 2015
Please read the Free Press article, the response from EDC member William Hickey sent to the editor and contact the Governor 517.335.7858 to demand an apology from Mr. Finney. We need to let them know that we will respond to these unwarranted attacks on Detroiters as it relates to our right to be included in the economic resurgence in this community.
“It’s hard to be shocked by anything that comes out of Governor Snyder’s administration regarding Detroit, but it’s the only word I can think of after reading comments made by Michael Finney, his economic growth adviser, to a recent meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. John Gallagher reported that Mr. Finney dismissed community benefits agreements (the subject of an ordinance proposed by Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones) by asserting, “We need to be capitalists. Entitlements hurt us.” Really? Have the tax credits, zoning changes, real estate fire sales, access to power, set asides, and other development tools that I’m sure Mr. Finney would say big business is “entitled” to hurt the capitalists he refers to? Not at all. It’s only when those citizen-neighbors who have been trying to hold together their communities in Detroit for decades have the nerve to think they might be entitled to a say in what kind of development comes into their neighborhoods, and to negotiate (not demand or impose) some tangible benefits from developers (jobs for the community, no damage to the environment, mitigation of negative impact on local small businesses, etc.), that “entitlement” becomes a dirty word. There is more than irony here. There is also an ugly attempt to divide our city and state along racial and economic lines with code words like “entitlements.””
Excerpts from ‘Finney, Miller call for economic reforms’
By John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, January 8, 2015
Both men said they opposed a proposal to require community benefits agreements in Detroit.
“Michael Finney, senior adviser on economic growth for Gov. Rick Snyder, and Rodrick Miller, president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., kicked off the 2015 season of the Detroit Economic Club with remarks before a crowd of several hundred at MotorCity Casino.
Both men opposed a proposal, now being studied by Detroit City Council, to require developers who receive incentives for projects to negotiate community benefits agreements with residential groups. Miller said it would add a layer of bureaucracy to an already complex development process, requiring developers to deal with “autonomous groups not responsible to anybody.”
Finney agreed, saying it would be more productive to look for ways to generate economic development in the neighborhoods rather than forcing developers to deliver “entitlements.”
“We need to be capitalists,” he said. “Entitlements hurt us.”