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Sustainability Summit September 10-13th at Marygrove

Emerging the Beloved Community of Detroit

Modeling the United Nations celebration of International Day of Peace, including a consciousness raising march and a three day summit. The UN celebration recognizes peace is integral for raising consciousness of human rights and social justice in communities and around the world. The issues of Detroit are globally recognized human rights issues. Detroit holds the potential to dialogue, envision and be a voice/platform for all of the world to hear – a fulcrum for a shift of paradigm. The Sustainability Summit aims to cocreate through vision, conscious dialogue and solutionary actions that alters our paradigm from surviving to prosperous collective interdependent sustainability.

When and Where

The summit location is Marygrove College, 8425 McNichols, Detroit MI 48221, on the SE corner at Wyoming. The event will be held September 10 – 13, the weekend prior to International Day of Peace celebrated globally on September 21st.

Registration and More Info:

Sustainability Summit


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DATA DiscoTech, Sept 19, 11a-3p, Samaritan Center

DataDiscoFinal DATA DiscoTech
Saturday, September 18, 11am-3pm
Samaritan Center
5555 Conner St.
Detroit 48213

The event is open to the public and free.

A “DiscoTech” is a term coined by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and is short for “Discovering Technology.” These public technology fairs, offer interactive, multimedia
workshops to demystify technology concepts.

The Data Discotech will include hands-on data literacy trainings, community surveying and discussions about the potential benefits and harms of the City of Detroit’s Open Data policy.

Some examples of workshops that will be presented at the DiscoTech include How to FOIA, Mapping with Data,and Policy for Data Justice Provisions. Other workshops are organized in partnership with grassroots organizers working around issues of housing, food, land, education, and community benefits ordinances, highlighting their intersections with digital justice.

Examples of questions we hope to explore at the Data DiscoTech include:

  • What open data can we use and how can we use it to prevent water shutoffs?
  • What information on blight is available and how can communities use it to reclaim their communities?
  • What personal data is public?
  • How does one go about ensuring their identity is secure?
  • What makes up my online identity?
  • How can we further help people understand what data is available to help solve problems in their communities?
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Update: Gov. Snyder signs HB4052, Water Detroit to Flint, Duggan D4 Meeting Next Week


July 2, 2015
HB4052 Update

On Tuesday, June Governor Snyder did in fact sign HB 4052.

Detroit Peoples Platform will continue to raise the issue of the value of the CBA ordinance in advancing both racial and economic justice here in Detroit, particularly as it relates to investment of public dollars in private development. We believe that we must centralize the issue of race and advance more coherent policy recommendations that address racial equity across all aspects of our lives as residents in this community.  We believe that the CBA ordinance is one such policy.

Please NOTE that Mayor Duggan’s District 4 Community Meeting has been RESCHEDULED – The meeting will take place on July 9th at 7PM. The meeting will take place at the Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236

Detroit to Flint, Water Justice Journey July 3- 10, 2015

Join us as we walk from Detroit to Flint demanding clean, affordable water for all.

Friday July 3
8:00am: WATER CEREMONY @ Memorial to the Underground Railroad, Hart Plaza, Detroit
9:30am: MEET-UP @ Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams Ave, Detroit
10:00am: SEND-OFF RALLY @ Spirit of Detroit, Corner of Woodward & Jefferson, Detroit
2:30pm: CULTURAL CELEBRATION @ Nandi’s Knowledge Café, 12511 Woodward Ave, Highland Park
4:00pm: TOWN HALL & RALLY TO KEEP OUR WATER PUBLIC @ St. Luke’s AME, 363 Labelle St, Highland Park
9:00pm: DETROIT LIGHT BRIGADE @ Corner of 9 Mile & Woodward, Ferndale

Sunday July 5
7:00pm: CROSS-COUNTY SPEAK-OUT! @ Baldwin Center,
212 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac

Friday July 10  
10:00am: RALLY FOR CLEAN & AFFORDABLE WATER @ City Hall, 1101 South Saginaw St, Flint
11:00am: DELEGATION TO LANSING post-rally, details TBA

Sponsored by:
People’s Water Board Coalition*
Highland Park Human Rights Coalition**
Flint Coalition for Clean Water***
*Michigan Coalition for Human Rights

For daily walk times and updates, go to or call (313) 579-9071

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TONIGHT! International Dialog on Housing and Water and Riverside Park Public Hearing

Just Announced! International Dialog on Housing and Water. We the People of Detroit and Detroit People’s Platform are honored to receive Ambassador Carlos Ron from the Venezuelan Embassy on behalf of the People of Detroit. Please come and be a part of a discussion of the best practices regarding Detroit’s housing and water issues and those of our friends and neighbors in Venezuela.

Reception at 5PM, discussion 6pm.
Tonight! Monday June 29, 2015 at
St. Peters Episcopal Church
1950 Trumbull at Michigan Ave.

venezuela housing and water

Also TONIGHT, the Detroit City Council Planning and Economic Development Committee will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed Riverside Park Land Exchange Agreement. This deal will have a significant impact on our community, District 6 and our city.

TONIGHT! Monday, June 29, 6 p.m.
Western International High School
1500 Scotten Ave.

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Public Transit Meeting – May 12th, 5:30 in the North End

TransitMeetingtransitmeetingUpcoming public transit meeting!

Learn more about DDOT’s issues and how you can help improve bus service for Detroiters.

May 12, 2015
5:30 – 7:30pm
7700 Second Ave. 48202

A light meal will be served.

Hosted by Detroit People’s Platform and the North End Woodward Community Coalition.

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Community Mapping Workshop: Let’s get on the map!

Community Mapping Workshop: Let’s get on the map!
The Block at Cass Park” 2727 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

maps shape the world. if we build the maps, we make the world.

please join the community land trust working group and the People’s Platform as we host a presentation of goal-oriented community mapping and organizing tools from NYC, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Los Angeles with Paula Z. Segal of 596 Acres (Brooklyn), followed by a collaborative exploration of existing technologies for and representations of Detroit.

Paula Segal is the founding director of 596 Acres, New York City’s community land access advocacy project and worldwide consultancy bringing understanding of municipal data to organizers in cities worldwide. an attorney, she received her law degree from City University of New York Law School, an institution founded on the principle of making the law accessible to regular people, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Human and Civil Rights. Paula is first an educator. before law school, she taught English to Speakers of Other Languages at CUNY and trained other teachers in creating decentralized and participatory classroom environments. she became an attorney to directly tackle disparity between people and institutions when it comes to the most basic question of access – access to land.

please contact to RSVP or for more info & follow People’s Platform on Facebook & Twitter/ 596Acres on Facebook & Twitter.
the hashtag for this event is #GetOnTheMap.