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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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FCA Expansion Environmental Concerns and Demands

FCA Expansion Environmental Concerns and Demands

The MDEQ has extended the public comment period through Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Details on submitting public comment and more details about the permitting process: http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aps/cwerp.shtml?fbclid=IwAR3gbkBhslPQABUxZmbcndxRdmKSyUqU28jd7kdHdhXnjAG2BSrNBI3iHAsE

Fiat Chrysler Expansion Environmental Concerns

The air pollution in the FCA Impact Area is comparable to Zip Code 48217, one of the most polluted in Michigan.

Our neighbors in Southwest Detroit have been infamously impacted by poor air quality around Marathon Petroleum and other industrial facilities. Based on the EPA’s EJScreen Reports we’ve found Environmental Indicators in the FCA Impact area that are comparable in value to those in Southwest Detroit.

https://ejscreen.epa.gov/mapper/index.html?wherestr=48215

The population of the FCA Impact Area has some of the highest Asthma hospitalization rates in the city. 

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/Detroit-AsthmaBurden_516668_7.pdf

In 2016, FCA’s Jefferson North nearly doubled the tons of VOC produced by Marathon Petroleum!

Volatile Organic Compounds react with nitrogen oxides in the air to create ozone, or “smog.” Ozone can cause respiratory-related health impacts, including the aggravation of asthma.

https://iaspub.epa.gov/triexplorer/tri_release.chemical

FROM Great Lakes Environmental Law Center

4444 2nd Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201 (313) 782-3372 www.glelc.org

1. Why is FCA US LLC seeking a new permit to install? 
Fiat Chrysler currently owns and operates the Mack Avenue Engine Plant complex at 11570 Warren Avenue East in Detroit. They are seeking a “permit to install” from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to modify the plant to operate a new assembly line instead of an auto engine manufacturing facility. To operate its new assembly line, FCA US LLC must repurpose the existing plant and construct a new paint shop.

2. What air emissions will be result from the FCA US LLC’s proposal? 
While it will emit other pollutants, it is estimated that the new assembly line will have the potential to emit a major amount of volatile organic compounds and greenhouse gases:

  • Volatile Organic Compounds: The new assembly plant would have the potential to emit 382.5 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) per year. VOCs are a class of chemicals, and are one of the ingredients for the formation of ozone, or “smog.” The VOC emissions from the new assembly plant would be caused by the new paint shop proposed by Fiat Chrysler.
  • Greenhouse Gases: The new assembly plant will also have the potential to emit 118,876 tons per year of greenhouse gases.

3. How do volatile organic compound emissions relate to ozone? 
Volatile organic compounds react with nitrogen oxides in the air to create ozone, or “smog.” Ozone can cause respiratory-related health impacts, including the aggravation of asthma. Wayne county, along with several other counties in southeast Michigan, were recently designated as “nonattainment” area because an air quality monitor detected levels that were above the national, health-based air quality standard for ozone.

4. What regulations does FCA US LLC have to comply with to receive their permit? 
Since the assembly line will emit a significant amount of VOCs, and is located in an area that is failing to comply with the national air quality standard for ozone, FCA US LLC must satisfy a number of regulations, including the following:

  • Must demonstrate why the proposed location and methods are superior to alternatives.
  • Emissions of VOCs from the facility must comply with the “lowest achievable emission rate” based on existing pollution control technology and methods.
  • Must offset the increase in VOC emissions with a reduction in emissions from another source in the nonattainment area.

FROM Great Lakes Environmental Law Center
4444 2nd Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 782-3372 www.glelc.org

Thank you to GLELC!

Impact Area Resident Demands

An exhaustive Health Impact Assessment of the FCA Impact Area and all related projects made available to the residents.

Residents need to have a full report on the impact of this project  on our health and well-being. 

Installation of the best filters on stacks that will help to reduce hospitalization rates based on Asthma.

With some of the highest hospitalization rates in the city, we demand the best filtration systems available. We are worth it. 

Specific targeted community health funds for vulnerable people dealing with asthma and other health impacts. We also want air filter installation in local schools, churches and community centers along with specific funding for home air HEPA filters. 

The creation of an Community Air Monitoring Project and Environmental Community Council for ongoing monitoring and advocacy around environmental impacts on community health.

Based on the “48217 COMMUNITY AIR MONITORING PROJECT” See: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-aqd-amu-48217_air_monitoring_report_621859_7.pdf

Detroit People’s Platform
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org

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Fiat Chrysler Expansion Community Benefits Update

Fiat Chrysler Expansion Community Benefits Update

In February, Mayor Duggan announced the proposed expansion of Fiat Chrysler on the city’s east side. Due to the size of the project and the use of public tax incentives there must be a Community Benefit process as defined by Detroit’s Community Benefit Ordinance,the first of it’s kind in the US. 

Where are we at in the process?
Meeting 1 Project overview and intro to CBO Process. 
Meeting 2 Resident vote on NAC.
Meeting 3 NAC appointments were announced, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation presented on local Tax Incentives only, expanded FCA presentation.
Meeting 4 NAC members presented recommendations for projects and other opportunities to be included in the CBA.

Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC)

Residents voted for
Rhonda These
Michelle Jackson
City Council Members appointed
Jerry King
Juliette Okotie-Eboh
Jay Henderson
Planning and Development appointed 
Darnell Gardner
Henry Williams
Curtis Perry
Thomas Hardiman

FCA has shown up unprepared
– FCA has failed to state to community ALL of the public incentives they have received or public incentives they have applied for including Detroit local incentives, State of Michigan, and possibly from the federal government. MEDC: https://www.michiganbusiness.org/services/incentives-and-taxes
– FCA has failed to bring to the table many items that are needed like an Environmental Impact Study and a plan for traffic.

Michigan: Leader in Mega Tax Deals to Corporations
Good Jobs First considers deals that include more that $50 million in tax subsidies ‘Mega Deals’. Michigan is ranked #3 in the nation with  Mega Deals totaling $15.4 billion! Of 399 Mega Deals nationwide, FCA’s  $1.3 billion deal in 2010 for the Sterling Heights plant ranked #15.
www.goodjobsfirst.org/megadeals

This is why we need to know how big of a tax deal FCA is asking from the state of Michigan for this proposed expansion.

FCA’s History of Taxpayer Support
In 1977 Chrysler received a bailout with a $1.5 billion loan that the taxpayers via the US government were the co-signers on. This was a good investment and taxpayers made money on the deal. But, remember the taxpayer bailout of Chrysler in 2008?

Public Investment Borrowed $12.5 billion
Paid Back to Taxpayers $11.2 billion
Taxpayers Lost              -$1.3 billion
Date Bailout Ended May 2011
https://www.thebalance.com/auto-industry-bailout-gm-ford-chrysler-3305670

FCA, remember taxpayers invested in you when the chips were down. Now is the time for you to match our commitment. The community deserves a strong Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) with you!

Get Involved!
– Attend the weekly meetings at UAW, 2600 Connor St. Wednesday’s at 6:30pm until the end of April.
– Call for FCA to share information on ALL the public incentives they are seeking for the expansion.

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How Global Economic Policies Work For And Against Us In Detroit

How Global Economic Policies Work For And Against Us In Detroit

If Detroit is in the midst of a recovery then why aren’t more Detroiters moving out of poverty?

Learn more about the invisible economic policies driving the reality of life for the average Detroiter.

Lack of Affordable Housing
Escalating Water Rates
Low-Wage Employment
Poor Public Transportation

What are the tools we need to organize and educate with our community to fight inequality and poverty in our city?

Presented by
Radhika Balakrishnan
Faculty Director
Center for Women’s Global Leadership Professor
Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

Radhika is the co-author of Rethinking Economic Policy for Social Justice: The radical potential of human rights with James Heintz and Diane Elson. She is the co-editor with Diane Elson of Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account

Join us as we map global economic policies and trends that show up in the lives of everyday Detroiters.

Dinner and Conversation
Wednesday, March 27
5:30 – 8:00pm
Dinner provided.

Interactive Training Day
Thursday, March 28
9:00am – 3:00pm
Lunch provided.

Both days at The Wellness Plan Building 7700 Second Ave. @Pallister

This training is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP: call 313.338.9396 or join@detroitpeoplesplatform.org

If Detroit is in the midst of a recovery then why aren’t more Detroiters moving out of poverty?

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What is the Detroit People’s Platform?

What is the Detroit People’s Platform?

Detroit People’s Platform has been able to move forward a great deal of work over the last 5 years. While the ability and tenacity of our leadership and team members has been a vital aspect of our success, the organizational commitment to agreed upon principles, disciplined participation in process-driven strategies, dedication to cultivating trust and strong relationships with community and allies have been invaluable. 

What We Do

The work of Detroit People’s Platform launched from relationships and discussions around race and equity with Social Service providers, their constituents and residents in nearby neighborhoods. We support efforts to organize and build community  power in order to achieve systemic and transformational change for the good of  long term Detroiters.

We Center Race

While intersectionality is important in building an equitable future for our children, we center our work in the reality that Detroit is the nations largest majority black city and demand that our elected officials and those who have taken the reigns of Detroit implement policies that reflect that reality.

Who We Are

Current Detroit People’s Platform is organized by a core team with support from volunteers, allies and coalition members. The  core team maintain relationships with and support community groups, often represent DPP in coalition work and facilitate leadership groups.  These relationships drive our community engagement, public outreach/media efforts, organizing and issue-based advocacy.

Public Outreach/Media

Our public outreach/media efforts are created in support of these relationships and strives to be accessible to everyone. Issue-based ‘one sheets’ are frequently updated and this paper, the Platform NEWS is published 3 times a year. Our online social media, web page and smartphone app are updated based on our print materials. We maintain email and phone networks for our calls to action and advisory alerts.  

Coalition Work 

Detroit People’s Platform is the institutional anchor for the Equitable Detroit Coalition, the  city-wide CBA Coalition and the Housing Trust Fund Coalition. There are plans to reconvene of the Community Land Trust Coalition.  We are also active members in the People’s Water Board Coalition focusing on public health and water shutoffs. We build relationships statewide through our active participation in the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan and We the People of Michigan. 

Can I Join The People’s Platform?

If you are interested in becoming a member of Detroit People’s Platform or volunteering please email: join at detroitpeoplesplatform dot org or call the Platform Hotline and leave a voicemail. Subscribe to the Detroit People’s Platform NEWS.

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Video: Jefferson Chalmers Development Without Displacement

Video: Jefferson Chalmers Development Without Displacement

On Tuesday, October 30 2018 residents of Detroit’s Jefferson Chalmers neighborhood organized a visit to City Hall, the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.

During their visit, they made public comment and delivered petitions and survey results to Detroit City Council. Their District 4 Council Member Andre Spivey and Council President Brenda Jones recommended they visit the Mayor’s Office and Planning and Development.

They made sure that their demands were heard in both offices, talking with the Mayor’s Mobility Manager Gary Bullock and sitting down for a 30 minute meeting with Planning and Development’s Maurice Cox.

This week the Jefferson Chalmers Community Advocates released 3 of what will be a series of short videos documenting their visit. Please view and share these three examples of community power and look for the series to continue in the coming week.

Share and Learn More:
https://www.facebook.com/JeffersonChalmersCA/

Part One: What We Want

Part Two: Our Demands

Part Three: Making Good Use of Our Time

Part Four: We will NOT be Displaced (Coming Soon)

Jefferson Chalmers Community Advocates demand Development without Displacement

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Dear Ford, If you want to create tomorrow together, let’s get real today with a legitimate CBA.

Dear Ford, If you want to create tomorrow together, let’s get real today with a legitimate CBA.

October 14, 2018
Detroit – The Equitable Detroit Coalition has released an open letter to Ford Motor Co. This letter challenges Ford to go further and agree to a CBA worthy of a $17 billion multinational corporation.

Ford Motor Co. has a net worth of nearly $17 billion. They want $239 million in tax breaks for their $740 million project in Corktown. They want to “fast track” an abatement of $104 million in city taxes over 35 years to catch another $18.7 million in tax breaks from the state by the end of October.

CALL TO ACTION:

Monday – Call Council

On Monday, October 15th, we are asking Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters to call their District Council Member and their ‘at large’ Council Members, Council President Brenda Jones and Council Member Janee Ayers. 

Tuesday – Attend Council Meeting and make Public Comment

On Tuesday, October 16th, Detroit City Council will vote on the Community Benefits Agreement for the Ford Corktown project. The meeting will begin at 10am. We advise people to arrive early to locate parking, get a seat and a public comment card.

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Share the “Dear Ford” letter

Dear Ford Motor Co.,

We are the Equitable Detroit Coalition (EDC) the city-wide Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) coalition representing a constituency of nearly 100,000 Detroiters who voted “YES” on Proposal A. Proposal A mandated strong and legally binding Community Benefit Agreements on large projects that receive public subsidy.

To begin, we acknowledge the hard work of community members and the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) with the Ford Motor Company’s Corktown Project. We also recognize the pressure on the NAC and the community to cooperate and not offend Ford given the unique role the corporation has played in Detroit and Southeast Michigan for the previous 100 years. Yet, we would be remiss not to lift up the fact that the fortunes of Ford Motor Company and the intergenerational wealth of the Ford family were, in part. built on the backs of labor and Detroit workers.

The tensions that many Detroiters hold regarding corporate incentives is well known and documented. In a perfect world these incentives would not exist. Sadly, the political reality is that you, Ford Motor Company, will prevail in your request for $240 million dollars in public tax subsidies successfully diverting millions of dollars from much needed community improvements for decades to come. The community asked for up to $75 million in funds to support a broad array of community benefits including affordable housing for the most vulnerable, neighborhood and infrastructure improvements, workforce training, scholarships and other benefits. Your response was to offer a package of $10 million. This doesn’t go far enough.

Further, we want to remind you that while Ford is preparing for a successful future, many residents live in present day Detroit, where real people are being negatively impacted as part of the changes this and other private economic development projects bring with them. Less than a mile away from your project there are households where families with children exist without water, are threatened with housing displacement, and possibly face forced removal from their community. The median income around the project area is only $23,160.

On behalf of our constituent base, we urge Ford representatives to return to the table and renegotiate a real and legally-binding CBA with community. We challenge Ford Motor Co. to go further and agree to a CBA that is worthy of a $17 billion, multinational corporation. If Ford wants to create tomorrow together, let’s get real today with a legitimate CBA.

Sincerely,
The Equitable Detroit Coalition

Download the letterDearFord

 

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