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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. 

Tweet it out!

[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=””]

 

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People’s Response to the State of the City #PeoplesSOTC

People’s Response to the State of the City #PeoplesSOTC

What are the REAL Issues in the nation’s largest Majority-Black City?

On March 6th, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will deliver this year’s State of the City address. We are coming together online and in community to offer a People’s Response.

Tuesday, March 6th, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Join our efforts on social media
#PeoplesSOTC
or come together in community at
7700 Second Ave. at Pallister
free, secure parking

6 p.m. – Food/Social Media Strategy
7 p.m. – Viewing SOTC on a Big Screen/Social Media Action
8 p.m. – People’s Response Press Conference

We’ll view the Mayor’s State of The City address and respond through social media. After the address we’ll host and broadcast the People’s Response Press Conference and hear from people who are living through the REAL state of the city.

FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/201945927058296/

Promote the People’s Response:
[bctt tweet=”On Tues March 6th, #Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan will deliver this year’s State of the City address. We are coming together online and in community to offer a People’s Response. Join us #PeoplesSOTC http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/2018/02/peoples-response-to-the-state-of-the-city-peoplessotc/” username=”Detroitpeoples”]

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Detroit People’s Platform NEWS 12, MLK Day Edition 2018

Detroit People’s Platform NEWS 12, MLK Day Edition 2018

“In the first century BC, Cicero said: “Freedom is participation in power.” Negroes should never want all power because they would deprive others of their freedom. By the same token, Negroes can never be content without participation in power. America must be a nation in which its multiracial people are  partners in power. This is the essence of democracy toward which all Negro struggles have been directed since the distant past when he was transplanted here in chains.”

– Dr. Martin Luther  King, Jr. Where do we go from here, Chaos or Community?

The new Detroit People’s Platform NEWS hits the streets today! #MajorityBlackDetroit



Download the full paper:

http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PeoplesPlatformNews12.pdf

 

Read the articles online:

Majority Black Detroit – Why Black Cities Matter

Housing Update – Rental Registration Ordinance

2017 in Review

Amend the CBO!

Transit Update

DEAR AMAZON

Upcoming Statewide Ballot Proposals

“The cause of a demonstration is the existence of some form of exploitation or oppression that has made it necessary for men of courage and goodwill to protest the evil.”  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where do we go from here, Chaos or Community?

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2017 in Review

2017 in Review

2017 in Review
It was one helluva of a year! 

“The cause of a demonstration is the existence of some form of exploitation or oppression that has made it necessary for men of courage and goodwill to protest the evil.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Where do we go from here, Chaos or Community?

These are just a few of the many events we organized and participated in last year. 

2017 Candidate Nights – People’s Platform hosted 7 well-attended opportunities for voters to meet with and educate candidates.

WhyLine Action – In June the Qline opened. Over 100 People’s Platform members and supporters gathered to express their dissent and demand REAL CBAs when public funds are used for private projects.

Tax Foreclosure Protest – Called by the Coalition to End Illegal Tax Foreclosures, we gathered in front of the house of Wayne County Treasurer, Eric Sabree.

Little Caesar’s Arena Protest – Protesting the lack of real community benefits for everyday Detroiters and the insult of opening a public funded arena in a majority-black city with six Kid Rock shows. Hundreds of Detroiters marched on Woodward. Counter protesters displayed the confederate flag.

Wealth Stripping and Race – We were honored to host this powerful workshop presented by Maurice Weeks the Co-Executive Director of ACRE.

Housing Trust Fund Established – In November, the Affordable Housing Ordinance was passed and a Housing Trust Fund was established.

Hudson’s Site Ground Breaking Protest – A small group of Detroiters gathered in the freezing cold to disrupt Dan Gilbert/Bedrock’s ground-breaking celebration.

Thank you to everyone who joined with us and supported our efforts in 2017! In Solidarity!

From Detroit People’s Platform NEWS #12, MLK Day edition, January 15, 2018. Download the Detroit People’s Platform NEWS at http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org and learn more about our work in REAL Community Benefits, truly affordable housing and transit that meets the needs of everyday Detroiters. Join the conversation #BlackMajorityDetroit

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Majority Black Detroit – Why Black Cities Matter

Majority Black Detroit – Why Black Cities Matter

“The road to social justice will be paved on neighborhood streets.”

Why Black Cities Matter

In October of last year, The Brookings Institute released a report on research by David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Andre M. Perry. The research focuses in on 1200 majority-black cities in the US and looks at the connection between the treatment of black and brown individuals and the policies that impact majority-black cities. The report asserts that “if black lives matter, then black cities must matter too”.

Majority-black Detroit, like most majority black cities and towns in the US, has been shaped by racist policies and economic practices. Since the creation of the Detroit People’s Platform in 2013 Detroit has been subject to a number of policies that have set the stage for revitalization and “rebirth” in one hand, while displacing black people and diverting black political and economic power with the other.

Listen to the PODCAST! 
https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/why-black-cities-matter/

“Benevolent gentrification as a means to improve neighborhoods whether called revitalization, renaissance and revival, only shift neighborhood neglect to other places”

Detroiters have been subject to Consent Agreement, Emergency Management, Bankruptcy, Illegal Foreclosures, Water Shutoffs and other racist policies that were enacted to “save” or “turn around” the city. Many of these policies have resulted in the removal and replacement of certain segments of Detroit’s black population.

“Improvement by replacement is not real.  It’s hard to seek improvement for a city when it’s residents aren’t authentically respected. Black leadership, labor, intellectualism and culture that have been used to combat racism are assets worth preserving. If not valued “solutions” will inevitably end up making the city less black. A community’s right to existence is what the discourse around equity and social justice for cities can learn from Black Lives Matter movement.”

The report also centers the importance of anti-racist organizing in the face of these policies and the values of these efforts. Detroiters have been on the front lines, not only fighting racist policy, but also building movement around policies that engender racial and economic justice. The issues and struggles touched upon in this issue of the Detroit People’s Platform NEWS document these efforts. Our work for REAL Community Benefit Agreements, advocacy for truly affordable housing and public transit that responds to the needs of Detroiters strives to protect, maintain and empower majority-black Detroit in the face of the city and corporate power brokers relentless effort to re-engineer the nation’s largest Black city.

READ MORE:
www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2017/10/04/recognizing-majority-black-cities-when-their-existence-is-being-questioned/

Detroit Diverted Diversion of public funds into private projects has become an organized and managed process in Detroit that is now being replicated throughout the city.

  • Federal Hardest Hit funds diverted from keeping Detroiter in homes to home demolition.
  • Public Transit funds diverted to the Qline, see Transit Gentrification.
  • Public education funds diverted through tax capture to fund private projects.
  • City owned, public land and resources diverted to private projects/ownership.

From Detroit People’s Platform NEWS #12, MLK Day edition, January 15, 2018. Download the Detroit People’s Platform NEWS at http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org and learn more about our work in REAL Community Benefits, truly affordable housing and transit that meets the needs of everyday Detroiters. Join the conversation #DetroitPeoples