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Detroit City Council FCA Giveaway

Detroit City Council FCA Giveaway

Today, Tuesday May 21st, Detroit City Council approved land transfers and a benefits package for the planned Fiat Chrysler plant expansion project.

We want to acknowledge Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, Pro Temp Mary Sheffield and Detroit Council Pres. Brenda Jones for voting against aspects of the FCA deal that were unethical and failed to engage community.

The project anticipates approval for additional incentives from the state later today by the Michigan Strategic Fund.

Today, Detroit People’s Platform launched a new campaign asking Detroiters to call Fiat Chrysler’s international ethics hotline and file a complaint about the project.

We encourage FCA to enter into a better agreement with residents of the impact area around the project and to address the many needs expressed by residents during the engagement process.

Background:

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is expanding in Detroit and they are failing to act in good faith. FCA earned $4.1 billion in 2018. They have only committed $8.8 million in community benefits on a project that will use up to $280 million in public investment. The project will also offset emissions increases in Detroit and reduce them in a suburban plant.

This is Environmental Racism & Public Wealth Stripping in the nation’s largest Majority Black City

Take 5 minutes today! Call FCA’s toll-free international ethics line, 800-543-1391. PRESS #1 to file a new complaint. Tell them it’s about the FCA Jefferson North Plant, Detroit Michigan. use the “conducting business” category.

Tell them we need a bigger and better CBA and to create a robust environmental plan with impacted residents!

Fiat Chrysler is a global corporation that earned $4.1 billion in 2018. They have only committed $8.8 million dollars in community benefits on projects that will use up to $280 million in public investment. This is economic injustice. 

Fiat Chrysler is reducing emissions at a suburban plant, for this project that will increase emissions in the nation’s largest majority black city, in neighborhoods with high poverty and asthma rates. This is textbook environmental racism.

We call on Fiat Chrysler to be a better corporate citizen and to act in a socially responsible way to Detroiters. Tax payers have historically invested in FCA, through multiple bailouts, one in which citizen lost $1.3 billion and now it is time for FCA to invest in the residents of Detroit.

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CALL FIAT CHRYSLER NOW!

CALL FIAT CHRYSLER NOW!

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) is expanding in Detroit and they are failing to act in good faith. FCA earned $4.1 billion in 2018. They have only committed $8.8 million in community benefits on a project that will use up to $280 million in public investment. The project will also offset emissions increases in Detroit and reduce them in a suburban plant.

This is Environmental Racism & Public Wealth Stripping in the nation’s largest Majority Black City

Take 5 minutes today! Call FCA’s toll-free international ethics line, 800-543-1391. PRESS #1 to file a new complaint. Tell them it’s about the FCA Jefferson North Plant, Detroit Michigan. use the “conducting business” category.

800-543-1391

Tell them we need a bigger and better CBA and to create a robust environmental plan with impacted residents!


Call FCA’s toll-free international ethics line. PRESS #1 to file a new complaint. Tell them it’s about the FCA Jefferson North Plant, Detroit Michigan. use the “conducting business” category when asked. 800-543-1391
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Fiat Chrysler, Just Buy the Land and Do the Right Thing by Detroiters

Fiat Chrysler, Just Buy the Land and Do the Right Thing by Detroiters

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the benefits package and land transfers were moved through the Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee. There are still many questions that city council members and community need answers to. We anticipate the benefit package and land transfers will be voted on by the full council tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

  • Council Members have openly stated FCA needs to bring more money and benefits to the table, we all agree. Pay your way!
  • Put funds in public libraries and recreation center upgrades and renovations in the impacted are.
  • FCA should buy the land and not demand valuable land and resources from taxpayers. A solution would be for FCA to purchase the land needed for the plant expansion rather than demand the city of Detroit spend millions of dollars to purchase land and GIVE the land to this multi billion dollar corporation. Just buy the Land!
  • Not just Planning Rather than put money into actual construction and renovations, the package only puts money toward planning. FCA needs to put more money into our public Libraries and Recreation Centers.
  • There are still questions about how the Environment Great Lakes Energy (EGLE) permit requirements for additional monitoring and community benefits will be reflected in the deal. FCA have 180 days to work with residents and come up with a plan. We have recommended an Environmental Amendment to the FCA CBA. Residents must be included in the planning of the ELGE permitting requirements.

DPP and Equitable Detroit Coalition thank all Detroiters who care about this issue and for reaching out and making hundreds of calls to elected officials and making the demand for a stronger Community Benefit Agreement.  We also want to acknowledge the support of dedicated volunteers and canvassers who have outreached to more than 5k residents in FCA impact area. Thank you.

Take Action:  Continue to educate your family and friends about how unjust and how unfair this deal is for Detroiters, The benefits package and land transfers for the deal will be voted on by the full council on Tuesday, May 21 2019 at CAYMC on the 13th floor. Please continue to call council members.

A note on Tuesday’s “Committee of the Whole” meeting:
While DPP encourages participation in public comments and value the power of speaking into the public record, next Tuesday’s meeting will most likely be the crowning finale of this episode of political theater.

Let’s make a final call for city council to delay the vote until there is a bigger and better deal for Detroiters. 

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Detroit City Council hits pause on Fiat Chrysler Project

Detroit City Council hits pause on Fiat Chrysler Project

May 9, 2019 Detroit – Today, City Council Planning and Economic Development Committee took the first step toward regaining the confidence of Detroiters by putting our health and welfare first over that of large multi-national corporations like Fiat Chrysler.

As a result of 100s of phone calls to council expressing alarm around the impact of the plants expansion on the quality of the air our children and seniors need to breathe and the lack of transparency and community engagement around the land deals, the PED committee hit pause on this rushed project.

Thank you to all Detroiters who reached out the Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Planing and Economic Development Committee and Detroit City Council about the Fiat Chrysler benefits package and land transfers.

Today, both the EDC Board and the PED Committee failed to move the land transfers and benefits package forward for a final vote by the committee of the whole. 

By hitting the pause button City Council Members have an opportunity to hold FIAT Chrysler accountable around the environmental and health impacts relations to their planned expansion. 

Fiat Chrysler is a global corporation that earned $4.1 billion in 2018. They have only committed 8.8 million dollars in community benefits on a project that will use up to $280 million in public investment. 

Next steps: 

Continue to keep the pressure on Detroit City Council, demand that Fiat Chrysler not only address environmental health impacts and negotiate a bigger and better CBA. There will be opportunities for public comment around these aspects of the project:

Economic Development Corporation Regular Meeting
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 8:30AM 
DEGC, 500 Griswold, Suite 2200, Detroit 48226

Planning & Economic Development Committee
Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:00 AM
CAYMC, 2 Woodward Ave, 13th floor

Detroit City Council Contact Information

Brenda Jones, Council President, At-Large
313-224-1245 – @DetCouncilPres 
bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Janeé L Ayers, At-Large
313-224-1027 – @Ayers4Detroit 
ayersj@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313-224-1027 – @CouncilmanTate 
councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

Roy McCalister Jr., District 2
313-224-4535 – @RoyMcCalisterJr
councilmemberMcCalister@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313-224-1198 – @Scottinthe3rd 
bensons@detroitmi.gov

André Spivey, District 4
313-224-4841 – @AndreLSpivey 
councilmanspivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, President Pro Temp, District 5
313-224-4505 – @MsMarySheffield councilmembersheffield@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Casteñeda-Lopez, District 6
313-224-2450 – @Raquel4Detroit
councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313-224-2151 – @GabeLeland 
lelandg@detroitmi.gov

More Details: 

FCA CBA Update 2
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/2019/05/fiat-chrysler-cba-update/

FCA Call to Action #1
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/2019/05/call-to-action-vote-no-on-the-fiat-chrysler-cba/

FCA EGLE Permit to Install Approval
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/2019/04/fiat-chrysler-air-permit-approval-with-additional-monitoring-and-community-benefits/

FCA Environmental Concerns and Demands
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/2019/04/fca-expansion-environmental/

FCA CBA Update 1
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/2019/04/fiat-chrysler-expansion-community-benefits-update/


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Fiat Chrysler CBA Update

Fiat Chrysler CBA Update

Yesterday, May 7th, 2019, Residents from the Impact Area, two NAC members and Detroit People’s Platform and Equitable Detroit Coalition representatives attended Detroit City Council. Public comments were made demanding Council Members vote “No” on on the Fiat Chrysler Community Benefits Package and for a new CBA. The two Neighborhood Advisory Council members who were voted in by the community also made public comment demanding that Council Members vote “No” and renegotiate the benefits package. 

NAC Member Public Comment

Michelle Jackson Public Comment Video: https://youtu.be/gK0lBsCnFv8

This statement from NAC member Rhonda Theuss was read into the public record:

“My name is Rhonda Theus and I was voted as a member of the FCA Expansion NAC by the community.

The FCA NAC was put in an extremely difficult situation under impossible time constraints.  In addition, we were not provided critical information by the City of Detroit and FCA with regard to the full amount of tax and land benefits which would have a direct impact on the community benefits.

There were changes made to what the NAC agreed to on Wednesday and what was presented for signature on Thursday.

The community deserves better than this. I am asking that the Detroit City Council not sign the current agreement and allow the FCA NAC to renegotiate better benefits for the community.”

The Issues

Last Friday, May 3, the city disclosed the details of the Fiat Chrysler deal. The city revealed that an additional $43.5 million of public money would be spent to assemble the land Fiat Chrysler needs for the deal. This includes allowing Moroun to purchase 117 acres of land in Southwest Detroit. 

This is NOT what the Neighborhood Advisory Council agreed to. In support of what is best for the community we need council to stop thisland transfer for Fiat Chrysler and address resident concerns. 

Today’s Call to Action:

Please call Council Members Tate, Benson, and Leland, who are on the Planning and Economic Development Committee and tell them you don’t agree with accepting this CBA as it is and that residents need a voice in the transfer of land around the deal. 

Tell them to vote NO on the land transfers and the benefits package. The residents of Southwest Detroit were not engaged around this deal and the city added additional public money AFTER the initial agreement between the NAC on the Lower East Side and Fiat Chrysler. 

Before going to Planning and Economic Development the land transfers will be voted on by EDC at 8:30 am tmrw morning. 

Economic Development Corporation
Board of Directors Special Meeting 
Thursday May 9, 2019 8:30 am
DEGC, 500 Griswold, Suite 2200, Detroit 48226 

It will then move to the Planning and Economic Development Committee at 10am on the 13th floor of CAYMC.

Public Comment can be given at both meetings. 

James Tate, District 1
313-224-1027 – @CouncilmanTate councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313-224-1198 – @Scottinthe3rd
bensons@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313-224-2151 – @GabeLeland  
lelandg@detroitmi.gov

Plan to take Action again this week and next!


We anticipate the final vote on the Community Benefits Package and the final land transfers to take place next Tuesday, May 14th at the 10am Detroit City Council Committee of the Whole meeting.

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Call to Action: Vote NO on the Fiat Chrysler CBA

Call to Action: Vote NO on the Fiat Chrysler CBA

UPDATE May 7, 2019 3 pm
Thank you to everyone who joined us at City Council today and have made calls. We had feedback of over 100 calls into council by COB yesterday. Please keep up the calls and stay tuned for future actions. $8.8 million in community benefits on “up to $280 million” in public investment is not enough. #FCACBA

On Friday, May 3, in a large press conference downtown the details of the Fiat Chrysler deal were finally disclosed. The city revealed that an additional $50.6 million of public money would be spent to assemble the land needed for the deal.

Morouns get $43.5 million and 117 acres for 82.2 acres that will be given to FCA for free!

Total land costs are $107.6 million, with $50.6 million coming from city and the rest coming from State loans and grants.

DO THE MATH
The original public investment $160 million + additional $50.6 million for land deals = $210.6 million + the value of the land swapped (???) vs. $8.8 million* in community benefits from FCA for Detroiters.

*As Council Member Spivey pointed out in the Planning and Economic Development Committee on May 2, if you take $5 million from the state for workforce development that FCA added to their totals, their contribution to the benefits package is only $8.8 million

This is a losing proposition for Detroiters any way you slice it.

We want a New CBA!

Call to Action:

Today, reach out to friends, family and community to share these details.

Monday, May 6 – contact all Detroit City Council members and tell them to vote NO on the Fiat Chrysler CBA. We want a New CBA!

Tuesday, May 7th – join us at 9:30 am at City Council for public comments.

Detroit City Council will vote on the benefits package next Tuesday, May 7th. The land transfer will have to go to Planning and Economic Development Committee next week with a full council vote on Tuesday, May 14th.

  1. Demand City Council to vote “No” on the FIat Chrysler Community Benefits package. We want a new CBA.

  2. Demand City Council to support an Environmental Amendment to the Fiat Chrysler CBA that will support additional air monitoring and community benefits specific environmental health. (read our environmental one-sheet)

Detroit City Council Contact Information

Brenda Jones, Council President, At-Large
313-224-1245 – @DetCouncilPres
bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Janeé L Ayers, At-Large
313-224-1027 – @Ayers4Detroit
ayersj@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313-224-1027 – @CouncilmanTate
councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

Roy McCalister Jr., District 2
313-224-4535 – @RoyMcCalisterJr
councilmemberMcCalister@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313-224-1198 – @Scottinthe3rd
bensons@detroitmi.gov

André Spivey, District 4
313-224-4505 – @AndreLSpivey
councilmanspivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, President Pro Temp, District 5
313-224-4505 – @MsMarySheffield councilmembersheffield@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Casteñeda-Lopez, District 6
313-224-2450 – @Raquel4Detroit
councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313-224-2151 – @GabeLeland
lelandg@detroitmi.gov

Background:

On Wednesday, March 13, The Community Benefits process for the Fiat Chrysler project was introduced to residents in the “impact area” around the project.

Only seven weeks later, On Wednesday, April 24, the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) approved the community benefits package. The vote was met with silence and disapproval from many of the residents.

In April, the NAC approved the package based on Fiat Chrysler’s stated request for up to $160 million in public investment from the city and state. Fiat Chrysler’s contribution to the benefits package is only $8.8* million. This is not enough.

*As Council Member Spivey pointed out in the Planning and Economic Development Committee on May 2, if you take $5 million from the state for workforce development that FCA added to their totals, their contribution to the benefits package is only $8.8 million

On Friday, May 3, in a large press conference downtown the details of the Fiat Chrysler deal were finally disclosed. The city revealed that an additional $50.6 million of public money would be spent to assemble the land needed for the deal.

The negotiations with the NAC were based on $160 million in public investment when they should have been working from $210.6 million. $8.8 million for community investment on $210.6 million of pubic investment is even more unacceptable.

This ‘reveal’ of an additional $50.6 million after the NAC’s approval comes on top of a litany of issues with the community benefits process.

Detroit City Council will vote on the benefits package next Tuesday, May 7th. The land transfer will have to go to Planning and Economic Development Committee next week with a full council vote on Tuesday, May 14th.

We demand city council to vote “No” on the FIat Chrysler Community Benefits package. We want a new CBA.

We are also demanding city council to support an Environmental Amendment to the Fiat Chrysler CBA that accommodates the State of Michigan’s permit approval conditions for additional air monitoring and community benefits specific to environmental health. (See EGLE press release)

Timeline

Wednesday, March 13
CBA process begins

Wednesday. April 24
NAC approval of benefits package

Friday, April 26
EGLE permit approval with additional monitoring and community benefits

Saturday, April 27
Missed deadline for land assembly

Friday, May 3
Land transfer press conference where 50.6 million in public investment is added to the deal.

Tuesday, May 7
Council vote on Fiat Chrysler benefits package

Tuesday, May 14
Council vote on final land transfers for the deal

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Detroit Bus Riders want fare justice, not fare increases!

Detroit Bus Riders want fare justice, not fare increases!

May 1, 2019
For Immediate Release

Detroit People’s Platform fights for a low-income fare policy for public transportation.
Detroit Bus Riders want fare justice, not fare increases!

The Detroit People’s Platform (DPP) is organizing bus riders to insist that the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) create a comprehensive reduced fare policy. DPP says that current reduced fare policy does not adequately serve all those who need it, especially those who use public transit as their sole or main means of transportation. DPP is advocating for veterans, individuals who are homeless, returning citizens, individuals who are unemployed and individuals who have low incomes to be added to the list of those eligible for reduced fare rates. 

Public transit systems connect individuals to essentials such as work, schools, and health care. It is vital that all members of the community can access affordable and quality public transit. Limited transportation access can exasperate other economic, health, and education difficulties. With the prevalence of water-shutoffs, tax foreclosures, and housing cost-burdened families in the city of Detroit, individuals and families cannot afford to pay more to access the things they need. 

As organizers, DPP is committed to raising the voice of Detroit residents and promoting democratic participation in decision-making. DPP says that “Detroit bus riders want fare justice, not fare increases” and that DDOT needs to work with bus riders to create a low-income fare policy.       

DPP’s Transit Justice Team believes public transportation is a civil rights issue and organizes bus riders to fight for reliable, affordable, and quality public transit in a majority black-city. DPP fights for quality and affordable housing, transit justice, and equitable community benefits agreements for major economic development projects.

DPP is encouraging Detroiters to contact city council members and tell them that bus riders deserve affordable access to transit with a low-income fare policy. More information is available on DPP’s website http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/ and the Transit Justice Team is available by phone at (313) 338-9396.   

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CONTACT:
Renard Monczunski
(313) 338-9396
renard@detroitpeoplesplatform.org