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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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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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Subscribe to the People’s Platform NEWS

Subscribe to the People’s Platform NEWS

Detroit People’s Platform print copies of the People’s Platform News 3 times a year.
We also send out emails about once a week to keep members and supporters informed.
Please subscribe to keep up with our work and participate.

 

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Transit Win! Keep Woodward on Woodward

Transit Win! Keep Woodward on Woodward

The Detroit People’s Platform – Transit Justice Team is very pleased to announce a major victory for DDOT bus riders who use the Woodward #53 bus!

In 2017, we formed the “Keep Woodward on Woodward” campaign to restore the DDOT Woodward #53 bus along Woodward through downtown Detroit. This was in response to a detour that placed DDOT bus riders away from Woodward Ave, as a result of QLine construction. The detour was supposed to be temporary but there were no immediate plans to restore Woodward bus access through downtown Detroit.

In support of the original online petition to restore Woodward bus service through downtown Detroit, the transit justice team mobilized an advisory petition campaign, “Keep Woodward on Woodward” and collected over 570 petition signatures and delivered them to the Director of DDOT.

Link to the online petition: https://www.change.org/p/give-us-back-our-street-detroiters-need-the-woodward-bus-on-woodward-not-blocks-away-on-cass-how-far-are-eastsiders-expected-to-walk-to-get-downtown

We are very pleased to announce that we were successful in our campaign and we are very grateful to the bus riders and petition signers who’ve supported our campaign to Keep Woodard on Woodward. Starting September 1st, the Woodward #53 bus will travel directly on Woodward all the way through downtown Detroit. Please see the attached map for more details.

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Call to Action Rally with SEIU for good jobs

Call to Action Rally with SEIU for good jobs

Call to Action!

We are calling on Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters to join us Thursday June 14th at 11:30 a.m. at the Spirit of Detroit to rally with SEIU Local 1. Detroit People’s Platform will gather under the banner of our Majority-Black Detroit Matters campaign.

Free Parking and Buses/Shuttles (Leaving at 11am) are available from the SEIU Local 1 office on Jefferson at Chene.  2211 E Jefferson Ave Detroit, MI 48207 Please RSVP with SEIU and list Detroit People’s Platform as your organization.

Also, please send an email to info@detroitpeoplesplatform.org with “SEIU”  in the subject to let us know you are coming so we have enough signs and materials to share.

Look for the Detroit People’s Platform delegation at the Spirit of Detroit!

From SEIU Local 1
It’s amazing to see downtown Detroit bustling with new investment, new buildings and new people.

We are the janitors and custodians who keep the “resurgence” clean. Every day we see two Detroits. One is in our communities where we are struggling to raise our families and make ends meet, and the other is the downtown and arena district bustling with new investment, buildings and people.

On June 14 we will launch our campaign for One Detroit where everyone can prosper from this resurgence everyone is talking about.

All of this development is subsidized by tax dollars and public money. We just ask that the jobs that are created are good jobs.

Stand with us as we campaign for our employers and private and public leadership to create good jobs for Detroiters where everyone can make at least $15 and have a union.

 

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City of Detroit Report: Dan’s Dreams on our Dime

City of Detroit Report: Dan’s Dreams on our Dime

Detroit – On May 21st the city of Detroit’s Legislative Policy Division released their “Quicken Loans/Bedrock Subsidiary Public Subsidies Report”. This report finally puts a total dollar amount on the tax abatements and tax capture our public officials have given away to Dan Gilbert’s companies. All without a real Community Benefits Agreement. Though this report hasn’t been covered in the media, it is important information that Detroiters need to know about.

READ, download, print and share the city’s Quicken Loans/Bedrock Subsidiary Public Subsidies Report

Contact Detroit City Council!

Detroit City Council Contact Info 2017

At Large – Council President Brenda Jones
@DetroitCouncilPres
(313) 224-1245
bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov.

At Large – Janee Ayers
@Ayers4Detroit
(313) 224-4248
ayersj@detroitmi.gov

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

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

District 3 – Scott Benson
@Scottinthe3rd
(313) 224-1198
BensonS@detroitmi.gov

District 4 – Andre L. Spivey
@CouncilmnSpivey
(313) 224-4841
CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

District 5 – Council President Pro Tempore Mary Sheffield
@MsMarySheffield
(313) 224-4505
CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov

District 6 – Raquel Castaneda-Lopez
@Raquel4Detroit
(313) 224-2450
councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

District 7 – Gabe Leland
@gabeleland
(313) 224-2151
LelandG@detroitmi.gov

[bctt tweet=”On May 21st the city of Detroit’s Legislative Policy Division released their “Quicken Loans/Bedrock Subsidiary Public Subsidies Report” #Detroit Read the report.” username=””]

“In a memo to the Legislative Policy Division (LPD), Council member Castaneda-Lopez requested that LPD provide a report to Council which compiles all tax credits, tax abatements and other public subsidies sought and received by the Quicken Family of Companies from the City of Detroit. In addition, LPD was also requested provide inormation on each subsidiary and building/project, as well as the aggregate totals for each subsidy type and the total value of public support. This report is our response to this inquiry.”

“Overall, our research has revealed that under the umbrella of the Quicken Family of Companies,’ There are fifteen (15) projects that have received or Quicken is requesting tax abatements or incentives from the City of Detroit. The overall number of tax abatements or incentives Quicken has received or reguested from the City of Detroit is 27, as detailed below:”

READ, download, print and share the city’s Quicken Loans/Bedrock Subsidiary Public Subsidies Report

Dan's Dreams on our Dine http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org

Dan’s Dreams on our Dine http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org

READ, download, print and share the city’s Quicken Loans/Bedrock Subsidiary Public Subsidies Report

READ, download, print and share the city’s Quicken Loans/Bedrock Subsidiary Public Subsidies Report

READ, download, print and share the city’s Quicken Loans/Bedrock Subsidiary Public Subsidies Report

 

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Register Today! Detroit People’s Platform 2018 Summit

Register Today! Detroit People’s Platform 2018 Summit

 

Detroit People’s Platform 2018 Summit
Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
SEIU Local 1
2211 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
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Five years ago, in 2013, 250 Detroiters gathered at Marygrove College to create the Detroit People’s Platform. This year we will come together again for the Detroit People’s Platform’s 2018 Summit.

Majority-Black Detroit Matters

Please save the date and plan to join us on September 8th at SEIU Local 1 at 2211 East Jefferson Avenue from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The event is free, but registration is limited.

More details about the event will be shared soon.

 

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Free Press: Time to reconsider Detroit’s weak community benefits ordinance

Free Press: Time to reconsider Detroit’s weak community benefits ordinance

Time to reconsider Detroit’s weak community benefits ordinance

https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/03/13/detroit-development-community-benefits-ordinance/414944002/

 

In 2016, Detroit’s grassroots activists made history: After three years of struggle, we placed Proposal A, a Community Benefits Ordinance, on the ballot. It garnered nearly 100,000 votes. But the proposal that would make Detroit the first city to enact a city-wide Community Benefits Ordinance (CBO), is a virtually hollow one. Well-heeled corporate interests placed Proposal B — an eviscerated community benefits ordinance — on the ballot next to the community proposal. The move caused voter confusion.  The weak proposal won.

Now we need to amend the seriously flawed CBO to recognize Detroiters’ right to have a seat at the table when developers use our public resources for private profit. We need real community benefits.

By definition, community benefits are negotiated between self-organized residents and developers that are using public money for private projects. The negotiations result in legally binding contracts signed by the developers and community representatives. The outcome of such agreements in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and elsewhere has ranged from jobs for community members to environmental safeguards to protection against being priced out homes.

Since Detroit is the largest majority African American city in the nation with many families at or near the poverty line, and most developers are wealthy and white, there are questions regarding race, and who gets the contracts, who gets the jobs and who gets left out.

There are three main areas where the CBO falls short and must be amended. It needs to be more inclusive of projects and residents, agreements between community and developers must be legally binding and the process must be more transparent.

True and meaningful community representation can only exist when the community chooses its representatives. Under the current community benefit agreement ordinance, the City of Detroit usurps the community role by choosing the majority of those who will represent the community with the developer. [bctt tweet=” This is backwards, anti-democratic and must change.  Those who have “stayed and paid” have a right to meaningful say in development funded with public tax money.” via=”no”]

In fact, if there is a thread that ties all of the needed amendments of the current community benefit ordinance, it is respect. [bctt tweet=”Those of us who have stuck with the city through good times and bad, who have through the years, deserve to have more voice and power in how our city develops” via=”no”]. As stated in a recent article by Andre M. Perry of the Brookings Institution, “It’s hard to seek improvement for a city when its residents aren’t authentically respected.”  Majority black Detroit deserves that respect and amending the current CBO is a good step in that direction.

Monique Tate is a Detroiter that works with Equitable Detroit Coalition, which aims to foster relationships between developers and the Detroit community. 

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[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit In 2016, Detroit’s grassroots activists made history: After three years of struggle, we placed Proposal A, a Community Benefits Ordinance, on the ballot. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav ” via=”no”]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit It garnered nearly 100,000 votes. But the proposal that would make Detroit the first city to enact a city-wide Community Benefits Ordinance (CBO), is a virtually hollow one. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” via=”no”]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit Well-heeled corporate interests placed Proposal B — an eviscerated community benefits ordinance — on the ballot next to the community proposal. The move caused voter confusion.  The weak proposal won. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” via=”no”]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit Now we need to amend the seriously flawed CBO to recognize Detroiters’ right to have a seat at the table when developers use our public resources for private profit. We need real community benefits. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit By definition, community benefits are negotiated between self-organized residents and developers that are using public money for private projects. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit The negotiations result in legally binding contracts signed by the developers and community representatives. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit The outcome of such agreements in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and elsewhere has ranged from jobs for community members to environmental safeguards to protection against being priced out homes. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit Since Detroit is the largest majority African American city in the nation with many families at or near the poverty line, and most developers are wealthy and white, there are questions regarding race, and who gets the contracts, who gets the jobs and who gets left out. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit There are three main areas where the CBO falls short and must be amended. It needs to be more inclusive of projects and residents, agreements between community and developers must be legally binding and the process must be more transparent. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit True and meaningful community representation can only exist when the community chooses its representatives. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit Under the current community benefit agreement ordinance, the City of Detroit usurps the community role by choosing the majority of those who will represent the community with the developer. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit This is backwards, anti-democratic and must change.  Those who have “stayed and paid” have a right to meaningful say in development funded with public tax money. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit In fact, if there is a thread that ties all of the needed amendments of the current community benefit ordinance, it is respect. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit Those of us who have stuck with the city through good times and bad, who have through the years cut the grass in abandoned lots, volunteered for neighborhood watch organizations, and raised our kids and cared for our elderly, deserve to have more voice and power in how our city develops. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit As stated in a recent article by Andre M. Perry of the Brookings Institution, “It’s hard to seek improvement for a city when its residents aren’t authentically respected.”  http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]

 

[bctt tweet=”#AmendTheCBA #Detroit #MajorityBlackDetroit deserves that respect and amending the current CBO is a good step in that direction. http://on.freep.com/2Go4xav” username=””]