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1967 Rebellion Commemoration: State of the People Address

1967 Rebellion Commemoration: State of the People Address


1967 Detroit Rebellion Celebration: State of the People Address​Saturday, August 5, 12 – 3 PM
Team Wellness Center – East
6309 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48207-2302

“1967 Detroit Rebellion Celebration: State of the People Address” examines the critical issues confronting Detroit voters in the 2017 elections through the lens of the 1967 Rebellion. These issues include: 1) anti-blackness and othering; 2) displacement of long-term Detroiters due to school closures, water shutoffs and illegal tax foreclosures; 3) regional injustice; and 4) the need for equitable forms of development. We must explore these issues’ deep, historical roots to fully understand the challenges facing Detroit today.


Learn from some of Detroit’s best organizers on the historical context of the 1967 Rebellion and our continued fight today against the issues facing our city. #DetroitVotes4Equity

This community event has been organized and supported by:
Detroit Equity Action Lab, Michigan Voice, Detroit People’s Platform, MOSES, Cair Michigan, We the People of Detroit, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit 67 Project

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Tonight! The Public Health Crisis of Detroit’s Mass Water Shutoffs

Tonight! The Public Health Crisis of Detroit’s Mass Water Shutoffs

Wednesday, July 26, 6 PM – 8 PM
Wayne State University Law School Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium
471 Palmer St W, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Long, Hot Summer Without Water: The Public Health Crisis of Detroit’s Mass Water Shutoffs

What happens when a city shuts off water to a resident’s house? What happens when a city shuts off water to tens of thousands of residents? This is what we are witnessing in Detroit: an ensuing public health catastrophe from water shutoffs in a city unwilling to address the needs of its people.

We invite you to join us in this community conversation with medical professionals and organizers coming together to call out the disastrous health impacts of Detroit’s mass water shutoffs.

This is event is free to attend and open to the public. FREE PARKING is available (tell attendant you’re here for this event):
– Lot 31 (in front of Law School)
– Structure 1 – Gate 3 (across from Law School)

In the 1960s, the notion of a long, hot summer became synonymous with discussions of the structural injustices underlying urban unrest. In the week we observe the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion, we gather to examine the public health impacts of living with massive water shutoffs. Fifty years later, we are facing a public health emergency of historic proportion.

Researchers have found a significant connection between Detroit’s water shutoffs and water-related illnesses, according to a recent study by researchers from Henry Ford Health System’s Global Health Initiative and Division of Infectious Disease in collaboration with We the People of Detroit.

The study showed:
1. Patients admitted to Henry Ford Hospital with water-related illnesses were significantly more likely to live on a block that has experienced water shutoffs. Patients diagnosed with skin and soft tissue diseases were 1.48 times more likely to live on a block that has experienced water shutoffs.

2. Living on a block that has experienced water shutoffs increases the likelihood that the patient will be diagnosed with a water-related illness.

3. Patients who are most likely to experience water-related illnesses resulting from water shutoffs are also the most socially vulnerable, according to the Center for Disease Control’s “Social Vulnerability Index.”


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City Wide Candidate Forum, July 12, 6-8pm

City Wide Candidate Forum, July 12, 6-8pm


City Wide Candidate Forum
Wednesday, July 12, 6-8pm
Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Ave

Free parking in the Wayne State University Parking lot #60 directly across Forest from the Commons. Enter using the Green Door at the Commons.

Candidates for Mayor, City Council at Large and City Clerk have been invited.

Presented by Detroit People’s Platform and Equitable Detroit Coalition

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Community Forum and Training—Detroit’s Housing Crisis

The Detroit Housing Trust Fund Coalition (DHTFC) would like to invite you to an interactive learning session on Wednesday, June 14th from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

We will be joined by our ally, national expert Michael Anderson from the Housing Trust Fund Project, who will co-facilitate.

Dinner will be provided and we will spend the evening learning from one another and growing together in our understanding of Detroit’s housing crisis, how it is impacting us and our communities, and what we can do about it.

The meeting is open to endorsers of the DHTFC’s housing trust fund ordinance and allies committed to solving Detroit’s affordable housing crisis and in a way that prioritizes existing residents and especially low-income residents.

We will use this opportunity to:

  • Asses the State of Housing in Detroit—Share with one another what we are seeing and experiencing around housing, then report out
  • Update the community about the work of the Housing Trust Fund coalition and our next steps
  • Solicit feedback from participants about needs and visions related to housing and housing funding
  • Train participants in effectively communicating key talking points to local organizations, your clients or customers, community members, and representatives to advocate for affordable housing
  • Focus on Solutions
  • Take next steps, together, and invite allies to join the coalition

Please RSVP here:

Please contact Aaron at with any questions.

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Call Council, Delay Pistons’ Deal

Call Council, Delay Pistons’ Deal

Detroit City Council will host a meeting on the Detroit Piston’s Practice facility on Tuesday, June 6th, 10am. We believe they may vote on the deal.

We deserve more!
In other deals like this around the country developers have given much more than Detroiters are getting. The 750,000-square-foot Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx is an example. The developer’s pledge to set aside $1 million annually for 99 years to pay for free ice time for local kids, 50,000 square feet of “community space,” green construction, and a promise to pay the facility’s estimated 260 permanent workers at least $10 an hour. More:

They said they didn’t have to do a CBA, and they didn’t
With the way this project was broken up into different deals it did not reach the dollar amount to invoke the Community Benefits Ordinance. All together the projects total $85 million, making it a Community Benefit Ordinance qualifying project. City officials and project representatives consistently reminded the community that they didn’t have to do any engagement but were using this out of a desire to be inclusive. Instead of actually engaging in a Community Benefits Agreement or negotiation with community members, the process was extremely flawed and

The Community Benefits promised are meaningless.

  • There are no new jobs created for Detroiters, post-construction.
  • This is one of the worst agreements negotiated ever and it isn’t even a legally binding agreement.
  • All we are getting are tickets, basketball courts and a $50K scholarship between Flint and Detroit.
  • 50K won’t even cover the cost of 2 years at a public university for one student.

The Detroit Pistons are worth $900 Million. (Forbes Feb. 2017)
Detroit has a long history of not getting a fair shake from it’s professional sports teams.
The Piston’s organization left for the suburbs when Detroit needed them the most.
After all of the resources and revenue that was lost over the organizations abandonment of its namesake we need to demand a better deal.

This is a telephone only campaign
While we encourage people to attend City Council and Mayoral meetings, Detroit People’s Platform has decided to stop asking members and supporters to take on the many risk and costs involved in going Downtown these days. Due to this, this is a telephone only campaign. We are requesting support in getting 100 calls into every Council Member by Tuesday.

Contact Council Member Sheffield and Council President Jones.
“This is a bad deal, delay the vote until a better deal for the community is negotiated.”

Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245 – – @DetCouncilPres

Mary Sheffield, District 5 Council Member
313.224.4505 – – @MsMarySheffield

“Sheffield said… she’s planning to vote in favor of the project after receiving clarifications.” from

We are asking for 100 calls to Jones and Sheffield before tomorrow’s council meeting!


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Prop “A” Supporters Remain Committed to Economic and Social Justice

Prop “A” Supporters Remain Committed to Economic and Social Justice

Nearly 100,000 voters stepped up to support real community benefits

DETROIT – The grassroots community coalition Rise Together Detroit, managed to get almost 100,000 Detroiters to defend their right to negotiate community benefits when billionaires get massive public subsidies.

“We are emboldened knowing that more than 96,000 people said ‘yes’ to real community benefits and by the fact that we made community benefits part of the public conversation,” said Linda Campbell of Rise Together Detroit. “By definition, real community benefits means the community that is affected by a development project and that helps subsidize the developers has right to be at the table to negotiate a legal agreement for community benefits, a fair exchange.”

With few resources, the coalition relied on volunteers going door-to-door, social media and Election Day poll work to spread the message: “If we have to pay, we get a say. Vote yes on Proposal ‘A’.” There was no Proposal ‘B’ opposition ballot measure until the community gathered more than 5,000 signatures to an authentic community benefits measure on the ballot. It was then that Councilmember Scott Benson drafted an opposition proposal which required no vetting by Detroit voters. What Benson’s proposal did attract was corporate dark money.

“Our corporate opposition had deep pockets and used dark money to a fund signature challenges and expensive TV ads. But, we have deep and serious support in the community,” said Nicole Small of Rise Together Detroit. “Even though Prop A didn’t receive the majority votes to pass, our 46% share of the vote still represents a win. Our win was voter engagement and mobilization which is at the heart of the issue of community benefits. We look forward to working with Detroit City Council and our allies at UAW Region 1 and 1A and AFSCME Council 25 on supporting the needs of Detroiters and we will engage developers more determined to ensure that there is accountability and access.”