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Tonight’s Arena Protest – Real Detroiters Demand Real Community Benefits

Tonight’s Arena Protest – Real Detroiters Demand Real Community Benefits

Tonight, Tuesday, September 12 the Detroit National Action Network and others have called a protest of the Little Caesars Arena and Kid Rock. More details on the protest can be found on this facebook page. 

The decision by Olympia Entertainment to open a publicly funded arena with 6 shows by a performer who has been at the center of racial conflict for the majority of his career is more than tone deaf. It is an example of the disconnect between developers, the administration and community. The arena development has also failed Detroiters in a more profound way – the absence of a legally binding community benefit agreement (CBA) attached to the multi million dollar public investment. It is another reason why we need REAL CBAs in Detroit. REAL CBAs are tools for Racial and Economic Justice.

Nothing prohibits Olympia Entertainment, The Pistons or any other developer from entering voluntarily into legally binding CBAs with community.

In solidarity with tonight’s protests we are calling for Detroiters and those who support racial and economic justice to contact Olympia Entertainment (313) 471-3200 @LCA_Detroit and the Detroit Pistons (248) 377-0100, ext #1 @DetroitPistons to DEMAND A CBA.

Demand that they engage with community and enter into a legally binding Community Benefits Agreement. Please make calls to those headquarters and share on social media as part of our week long action around Little Caesars Arena.

Click to Tweet:

Tweet: Detroiters demand that @LCA_Detroit voluntarily enter into a legally biding Community Benefit Agreement with community. #Detroit https://ctt.ec/BqcMd+Detroiters demand that @LCA_Detroit voluntarily enter into a legally biding Community Benefit Agreement with community. #Detroit https://ctt.ec/BqcMd+

Tweet: Detroiters demand that @DetroitPistons voluntarily enter into a legally biding Community Benefit Agreement with community. #Detroit https://ctt.ec/bzEb1+Detroiters demand that @DetroitPistons voluntarily enter into a legally biding Community Benefit Agreement with community. #Detroit https://ctt.ec/bzEb1+

Tweet: We need REAL CBAs in #Detroit. REAL CBAs are tools for Racial and Economic Justice. https://ctt.ec/B2abd+We need REAL CBAs in #Detroit. REAL CBAs are tools for Racial and Economic Justice. https://ctt.ec/B2abd+

 

“The $324-million public contribution to the arena’s construction represents the bulk of taxpayers’ commitment to the project. The only other public support for the District Detroit — the 50-block section of the city including the arena and other new office, retail and residential spaces — is a $74-million payment the Ilitches’ development firm receives if it causes at least $200 million in new development near the arena.” http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2017/09/06/little-caesars-arena-detroit-cost/616890001/

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Stephen Henderson: Kid Rock opener at Little Caesars Arena is middle finger to Detroiters
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/stephen-henderson/2017/09/02/kid-rock-caesars-ilitch-arena/623154001/
When the Ilitch family’s Olympia Entertainment division chose divisive performer Kid Rock to christen Little Caesars Arena with six shows and a new restaurant, it sent a message to the Detroiters who made the project possible and who have yet to see the benefits promised.

What Detroit Stadiums Cost
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170910/news/638651/what-detroits-stadiums-cost

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Racial Equity, a missing strategy from Detroit’s revitalization effort

Racial Equity, a missing strategy from Detroit’s revitalization effort

Racial Equity, a missing strategy from Detroit’s revitalization effort

There ARE 2 Detroits!

The new Detroit People’s Platform NEWS (v.11) documents our work in Affordable Housing, Transit and Equitable Development. While each of these issue areas present unique challenges, structural racism are foundational to all three. The disparity between the neighborhoods and the 7.2 mile Downtown/Midtown area, branded as “Greater Downtown”, is largely based upon creating opportunity for some while blocking access to basic needs for others. While the media spins myths of “One Detroit” our work intends to spin it back around to reality; there ARE 2 Detroits.

Until we create, empower and enforce policies that intentionally address the harsh lines of difference that plague Detroit’s redevelopment the divide will continue to increase.

The 7.2 mile “Greater Downtown” area is sucking up all of the resources and pouring what they don’t use down the drain. During 2017 it is estimated 18,000+ households will have their water shut off. (27,000 in 2016) The United Nations has recognized this humanitarian/public health crisis.

Why do the majority of Detroiters have to put up with bus stops with no shelter or seating while the QLine stations in the 7.2 mile “Greater Downtown/Midtown” area have real-time wait displays, seating, protection from the elements, lighting, and security? All bus riders deserve the same access to shelters with schedule information, seating, and protection from the elements!

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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)

WHAT WE WILL DISCUSS
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

#DetroitVotes4Equity

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/364181087329820
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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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-forum-and-trainingdetroits-housing-crisis-tickets-35093672118

Please contact Aaron at homesforall@detroitpeoplesplatform.org 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: http://www.yesmagazine.org/commonomics/kingsbridge-armory-community-benefits-agreement

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 – bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov – @DetCouncilPres

Mary Sheffield, District 5 Council Member
313.224.4505 – CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov – @MsMarySheffield

“Sheffield said… she’s planning to vote in favor of the project after receiving clarifications.” from http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/06/05/detroit-pistons-move-downtown-nears-but-done-deal/368136001/

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

More:
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/06/05/detroit-pistons-move-downtown-nears-but-done-deal/368136001/