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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.”


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Separate and Unequal, Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves
By Shea Howell

Separate and Unequal

August 14, 2016
This week the New York Times published yet another story about the reality of two separate and unequal Detroits. With the title “In Detroit’s 2-Speed Recovery, Downtown Roars and Neighborhoods Sputter,” Peter Applebome points to critical questions the Mayor and his administration would like to avoid.
After a brief sketch of downtown, Midtown and Corktown development, Applebome raises the question of what development means to neighborhoods. He says, “But what that means for the rest of the city and who is benefiting have set in motion a layered conversation about development, equity, race and class. It is playing out with particular force here in what was once the nation’s fourth-largest city and is now a place at once grappling with poverty, crime and failing schools, but also still animated by the bones of its former glory.”
This is a conversation the Mayor avoids. Yet even a transient observer like Applebome concludes, “The lack of progress is just as noticeable in the sprawl of often dilapidated neighborhoods, baking in the summer heat.”
Many are baking in that heat without water. Nowhere is the lack of progress and the denial by the Mayor and his administration clearer than in the water shut off crisis. The day before the New York Times article appeared, a group of community based researchers issued an important report. Mapping the Water Crisis: The Dismantling of African American Neighborhoods in Detroit: Volume 1 is the result of an 18 month study documenting water shut offs in the city.  The report demonstrates in clear and specific detail that neighborhoods are suffering from a combination of foreclosures and shut offs, diminishing the quality of life for everyone in the community. Last year 23,000 homes were shut off from water. Over the last decade the city has endured 110,000 foreclosures.
Underscoring the growing divide in our city, Monica Lewis-Patrick, a guiding force in the research collaborative, said, “There is a renaissance downtown full of newcomers, while they are shutting off water for those who stayed and paid” their bills for years.
The impact of these shut offs in a city where 40% of the people live in poverty and many are paying more than 10% of their income for water is to actively drive people out of their homes. Dr. Gloria House, Professor Emerita of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University explained that the mapping documents that  “The incidents of shutoffs, foreclosures and school closures are not random, but intentional and specific… We believe it’s about the dismantling of neighborhoods.”
The Mayor continues to deny this reality. He refuses to consider the consequences of his policies in the lives of people in neighborhoods. Instead he chooses to pretend his water assistance plan (WRAP) is solving the problem.  No one but the Mayor and his administration believes this. No one who sees the shut off trucks moving through neighborhoods on a daily basis believes this.
The objective statistics do not support this. The WRAP is a failure.  It has a waiting list of 3,000 customers and the majority of people who have been signed up simply cannot keep up with the monthly payments.
The work of the We the People Detroit Community Research Collective documents in stark terms that our city is devolving into two separate, unequal, and unhealthy realities.
It does not have to be this way. Community activists and researchers have consistently advocated plans to make water available to all at affordable prices. They have developed programs to keep people in their homes and to stop foreclosures.  The real choice we face is about whose lives matter in our city.
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June Meeting Notes, Detroit Community Land Trust Coalition

Detroit Community Land Trust Coalition Meeting Notes
June 1, 2016

Agenda Overview

  1. Agreements (10 min)
  2. Introductions (5 min)
  3. Checkins w/ commitments from last meeting (10-15 mins)
  4. Google group, studies related to CLT policies (Jason), CLT folder w/ 101 Docs, CLT library (Aaron), clean-up good doc site (Naim), DLBA group, CLT funding (Melanie), person who got 6 adjacent lots (Miguel), Strategies for outreach to communities (Gaby)
  5. Main Discussion—selection of policies that help move projects forward and involvement/commitment to getting policies implemented (10-15 min)
  6. Work Group Updates/Check In (15 mins)
  7. Updates/Announcements (10 min)

Download the full DCLTC Meeting Notes June 1 2016

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Detroit People’s Food Co-op Community Engagement Meeting


Part of our Food Justice series!

Detroit People’s Food Co-op Community Engagement Meeting
Thursday January 28, 2016
People’s Platform
7700 Second Ave
Detroit, MI

Detroit People’s Platform Members and supporters please join us to learn more about the plans for the Detroit People’s Food Co-op and how you can become a member/owner.

In keeping with the principle of Ujamaa (cooperative economics) and the definition of a co-op provided by the International Co-operative Alliance, the Detroit People’s Food Co-op will be a community institution that has the following general goals:

To provide access to high-quality, healthy food options for Detroiters, particularly for African-Americans most impacted by
poor access.

To model community-ownership and generate and circulate wealth in Detroit’s African-American community.

To model community-based food sovereignty and food justice strategies.

To serve as an incubator for start-up community-based food businesses.

To provide jobs for members of our community.

To serve as a community education center for information on health, well-being, justice and resilience.

The member/owner fee is $200. It can be paid in one lump sum, or in six installments ($30 for the first and last month and four $35 payments). We have limited Empowered Assistant Scholarships made available for those who live in the North End neighborhood. You can begin your membership at the community engagement meeting or do so in person at the DBCFSN office. Become an owner today!

For more information and updates on other community engagement meetings, please contact us at:

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
3800 Puritan
Detroit, MI 48238
Phone: (313) 345-3663