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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=””]

 

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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

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Reminder, join us tmrw morning! Gilbert’s Icarus Moment – Q Scraper Groundbreaking

Reminder, join us tmrw morning! Gilbert’s Icarus Moment – Q Scraper Groundbreaking

Wed, December 13, 2017 Detroit.
The snow and cold won’t stop us. Even in the face of this winter weather we will be gathering tomorrow. Gilbert’s Icarus Moment, Call for a city-wide CBA Meet us at the Wellness Plan Building 7700 Second Ave. Please arrive at 8am or earlier. We will have transportation for you, in addition to coffee and donuts. Please come bundled up as it will be very cold! Signs and hand-warmers will be available!!

Reasons to join us tomorrow!

Gilbert’s Development Monopoly

Brewster Douglas: At 18 acres south of Mack Avenue and west of I-75, the property would be the largest currently under control of the billionaire founder of Quicken Loans Inc. and Rock Ventures LLC who has been buying and redeveloping dozens of greater downtown properties in the past several years, both buildings and vacant land.

https://www.freep.com/story/money/2017/11/27/dan-gilbert-brewster-douglass/899415001/

From the MetroTimes:

Earlier this year, the Michigan Legislature approved $1 billion in state tax money for Dan Gilbert and other wealthy developers. The arrangement allows the rich and corporations to collect state residents’ income tax instead of the government.

On Nov. 21, the Detroit City Council approved $250 million in local tax money for Gilbert to use on four downtown projects he’s planning.

On Dec. 1, the U.S. Senate approved a 15 percent cut in the corporate tax rate and a long list of other changes to the tax code that will largely benefit the rich.

On Dec. 4, we reported that Gilbert is now seeking a total of $618 million for his downtown projects. The request includes money that should go to Detroit Public Schools.

https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2017/12/11/freep-lets-give-michigans-rich-more-of-our-money

POSSIBLE/CONFIRMED GILBERT PROJECTS, BY ACREAGE (Crains)
Former Uniroyal Tire Co. site: 43 acres
Former Brewster-Douglass housing projects site: 18 acres
Wayne County Consolidated Jail site: 15 acres
River East (with General Motors): 10-plus acres
City Modern (with others): 8.4 acres
Monroe Blocks site: 3.5 acres
Hudson’s site: 2 acres

Total: 99.9 acres or more

CBAs are tools for racial and economic justice around the state across the country. 

Compton Mayor AJA BROWN: “Absolutely. I’m unapologetic pro-Compton, and so in my first couple of months as being mayor, we passed a local hiring ordinance and a community benefits policy that mandates any new development, any new company that moves into the City of Compton, we have to negotiate a customized benefit agreement which consists of training, of local job opportunities, 35% minimum. There’s also funding to create additional job opportunities for the community and then local procurement. For instance we just opened a new 500,000 square foot UPS facility, and that total community benefits package was about $10 million but it included local procurement over the next 10 year period. And so, it’s really about finding ways to include your community in its growth and to make that really a determining factor of whether or not they’re able to be able to partner or to be able to invest within your community.”

Grand Rapids residents shut down vote on development w/o enough community input

Shouts of “No!” and “Give him the mic!” could be heard at the AmplifyGR meeting last night at Hope Academy, a charter school near Madison and Burton.

The meeting was one in a series hosted by AmplifyGR. AmplifyGR is a non-profit being incubated within the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation. Its purpose is to engage the community regarding the development of $10 million worth of properties that Rockford Construction has purchased in the Boston Square and Cottage Grove neighborhoods.

At this meeting, the agenda set by AmplifyGR was to vote on a community ballot for planning. This ballot was generated by AmplifyGR from the last meeting, on September 7. At that meeting, attendees were put into separate breakout groups to discuss their goals regarding topics that AmplifyGR chose: education, jobs and businesses, housing, and community well-being.

http://www.therapidian.org/boston-square-residents-shut-down-amplifygr-vote

Call to Action: Gather against corporate welfare and call for a city-wide CBA.

Dan Gilbert & Bedrock are breaking ground on the “Q Scraper” this Thursday, December 14. The skyscraper will be the tallest building in Detroit. The project will extract hundreds of millions in public funds and resources.

Dan Gilbert has established a development monopoly downtown that is threatening to expand into the neighborhoods. He has done so by stripping public funds and resources, land and buildings, from our black and brown majority city and transferring them to his private projects, like the “Q Scraper”.

We have an obligation to speak out against the use of our public resources to build things that are not for us. We gather to express our lack of consent and our objection to Dan Gilbert’s family of companies monopoly.

Join with Detroit People’s Platform Thursday morning. We will meet at 8am for coffee and conversation at the Detroit People’s Platform office (7700 Second at Palliester, Free off street parking.) At 9:00am we will gather in Grand Circus Park (corner of Woodward and E. Adams.)

Thursday, December 14, 2017
8am Coffee and Conversation
7700 Second at Palliester, Free off street parking
9am Gathering at Grand Circus Park
Corner of Woodward and E. Adams

Bring signs and dress warm!
https://www.facebook.com/events/136226957050435/

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Gilbert’s Icarus Moment, Call for a City-Wide CBA

Gilbert’s Icarus Moment, Call for a City-Wide CBA

Call to Action: Gather against corporate welfare and call for a city-wide CBA.

Dan Gilbert & Bedrock are breaking ground on the “Q Scraper” this Thursday, December 14. The skyscraper will be the tallest building in Detroit. The project will extract hundreds of millions in public funds and resources.

Dan Gilbert has established a development monopoly downtown that is threatening to expand into the neighborhoods. He has done so by stripping public funds and resources, land and buildings, from our black and brown majority city and transferring them to his private projects, like the “Q Scraper”.

We have an obligation to speak out against the use of our public resources to build things that are not for us. We gather to express our lack of consent and our objection to Dan Gilbert’s family of companies monopoly.

Join with Detroit People’s Platform Thursday morning. We will meet at 8am for coffee and conversation at the Detroit People’s Platform office (7700 Second at Palliester, Free off street parking.) At 9:00am we will gather in Grand Circus Park (corner of Woodward and E. Adams.)

Thursday, December 14, 2017
8am Coffee and Conversation
7700 Second at Palliester, Free off street parking
9am Gathering at Grand Circus Park
Corner of Woodward and E. Adams

Bring signs and dress warm!
https://www.facebook.com/events/136226957050435/

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One Year of Prop B Prompts Call for Racial and Economic Justice

One Year of Prop B Prompts Call for Racial and Economic Justice

DETROIT – This Thursday, the Equitable Detroit Coalition will hold a press conference announcing that they are stepping up the fight for real Community Benefits to address racial and economic inequities around development in the city. Their announcement comes one year after Detroiters faced a confusing choice between Proposal A and Proposal B at the polls. For the past year the group has been documenting the failure of Proposal B and are demanding that City Council take action to create a Community Benefits Ordinance that is fair and equitable for all Detroiters.

The group will also release a report, “Fighting for Equity in Development,” chronicling last year’s grassroots campaign for racial and economic justice through Proposal A. The report tells the story of how a massively outspent campaign got Proposal A onto the ballot with 5,000 signatures and garnered nearly 100,000 votes. The press conference and release of the report will take place Thursday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue on Woodward at Jefferson.

It’s been one year since Proposal B was passed via a massive corporate media campaign and the deeply flawed ordinance can now be repaired. As it as been implemented, it provides only token community input for resident’s involvement in development. With developers receiving millions in public funds and resources to subsidize their projects Detroiters deserve legally binding agreements that hold developers accountable. Equitable Detroit Coalition and the group’s supporters are fighting for Detroit’s African American majority to truly have a seat at the table as billionaire developers converge on the city.

The Report:
#RealCBO One year ago Detroiters voted on two versions of a Community Benefits Ordinance. To commemorate this anniversary Equitable Detroit Coalition and Detroit People’s Platform with support from our national partners Building Movement Project have produced a new report “Fighting for Equity in Development, The Story of Detroit’s Community Benefits Ordinance“.

As communities across the country organize around Community Benefits Agreements and consider ordinances and ballot proposals as a means to hold developers accountable, this deep dive into the CBA movement in Detroit is timely.

Download and print “Fighting for Equity” to share with your community.

FROM THE REPORT

“In recent decades, city leaders have spent or conceded more and more public resources for ambitious projects to fulfill their economic agendas. In response, community groups across the nation have turned to CBAs to prevent such projects from benefiting new high-income residents at the expense of services and amenities for high-poverty communities that remain, often just blocks away.”

“By relying on tireless grassroots organizing and community outreach, Equitable Detroit planted seeds for a broader movement for equitable development—one that they hope will extend beyond one policy and one city. “If we are as successful as we want to be,” says Angy Webb, an Equitable Detroit member and leader of Joy Community Association, “we will be a model for everyone.””

“This report documents the national model on which Equitable Detroit is building, the inequalities that it aims to address, and the way in which the CBO can further propel the community benefits model. It details Equitable Detroit’s campaign and strategies to date and offers some lessons that its members have learned or reinforced in the process, which they will use to move forward and which community leaders in other cities may find useful in pursuing their own CBO campaigns.”

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Wealth Stripping and Race

Wealth Stripping and Race

‘Wealth Stripping and Race’ outlines how big corporations and developers transfer wealth from black and brown communities to themselves.

Friday, November 10th, 2017 at 5-7:30pm.
The Wellness Plan Building
7700 2nd Ave, Detroit Mi 48216.

Presented by Maurice Weeks. Maurice is the Co-Executive Director of ACRE. He works with community organizations and labor unions on campaigns to go on offense against Wall Street to beat back their destruction of communities of color. He was previously the Campaign Director of the ReFund America Project and worked as the Wall Street Accountability and Housing Justice campaigner at the Center for Popular Democracy before that. Maurice serves on the Advisory Council of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD). He graduated from Swarthmore College.