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Transit Update Public Transit A Choice or Right?

Transit Update Public Transit A Choice or Right?

[bctt tweet=”As a new Regional Transit Plan is discussed it’s vital we consider ESSENTIAL Riders. Lack of equity in bus service and planning replicates the racism that has historically plagued our transit policy.” via=”no”]

Public transit is a hot topic. The lack of adequate transit has been cited for Amazon’s rejection. Many don’t connect this failure to the race-based policies of our region. There are many recent examples of the shift toward private service and choice options rather than equity for essential riders. [bctt tweet=”Quicken Loans, Wayne State and Henry Ford could use their influence to promote a robust DDOT system rather than use private shuttles.” via=”no”] Also, Quicken and others decided to use our public tax dollars – over $70 million from state, local, and federal funds to build the QLine.  The reliance on public services and the diversion of public funds contributes to inequality.

A modern public transit system responds to the needs of a diverse population. There are as many types of riders as there are people. Here we consider two particular types of bus riders – Essential & Choice Riders…

Essential riders ride the bus for their day-to-day economic and social survival.  They use transit to get to important institutions like schools, banks or credit unions, social services, healthcare, and jobs. They endure neighborhood service that is unreliable, slow, and unavailable when needed most. Essential bus riders have various personal circumstances that make car ownership impossible.

“Choice-rider” is an industry term used by public transit providers that refers to individuals that ride the bus as an option. Choice riders may have access and the means to afford and use a car, but instead “choose” to ride the bus. More often than not They also have the option to use smartphone app-based ride-hailing services like UBER and LYFT.

Public transit authorities cater to choice riders to lure them out of cars and into public transit.  They fit buses with amenities like Wi-Fi, app-based fare and boarding technology, and offer express/commuter routes from more affluent neighborhoods to business/employment districts

Some new services only get people from around the region in and around downtown. These services often give choice riders the option to bypass the very neighborhoods where services are inadequate for Essential riders. [bctt tweet=”This lack of equity in bus service and planning replicates the racism that has historically plagued our transit policy in #Detroit and the region.  ” via=”no”]

A just and equitable  public transit system serves all types of riders. 

Here are some signs that Essential Riders suffer from transit injustice

  • Nearly flat funding has been maintained for DDOT, at $135 million with little emphasis on improving the State Fair Transit Center & little improvement for bus stops & shelters.
  • The creation of routes  that serve areas targeted for investment  with express/commuter service.
  • The expansion of night and weekend service prioritizes main roads and neighborhoods where new population increases are planned.
  • The failure to improve service in all neighborhoods forces families & individuals to ride for hours on a disconnected, under-resourced & unreliable bus system.

Transit Justice is a Civil Rights Issue

The struggle for civil rights and racial equity in public transportation is rooted in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott which successfully challenged and ended bus segregation. This gave birth to the modern Civil Rights Movement and resulted in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title VI regulations that ensure bus riders are not discriminated on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, and ability/disability status.

It’s in the City Charter!

“The people have a right to expect city government to provide for its residents, decent housing; job opportunities; convenient and comfortable transportation; recreational facilities and activities; cultural enrichment, including libraries and art and historical museums; clean air and waterways, safe drinking water and a sanitary, environmentally sound city.”

“The people have a right to know the rules and regulations governing dealings between the City and the public and to a means for review of administrative decisions.”

Download an easy to print black and white version of this Transit Update to share with your neighbors. 
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Take Action! Make Some Calls! Share it Out!

City Council Members

Mayor Duggan

DDOT Leadership

[bctt tweet=”We demand participatory decision-making between riders/residents and DDOT for input on routes and changes in fares and scheduling. #Detroit” via=”no”]

Bus riders must have a say!

Join the Detroit People’s
Platform Transit Justice Team!
Contact Renard Monczunski
renard@detroitpeoplesplatform.org
(313) 338-9396

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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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Redistricting 101 Where You Live Matters

Redistricting 101 Where You Live Matters

Redistricting 101 shares important information about the way voting districts are created, what that looks like in Detroit and across the state of Michigan, their impact on you and your community, and how you can have your voice heard in the process!

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http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Redistricting101digital-3.pdf

[bctt tweet=”Redistricting 101 shares important information about the way voting districts are created, what that looks like in Detroit and across the state of Michigan, their impact on you and your community, and how you can have your voice heard in the process!” via=”no”]

 

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Amazon HQ2 drops Detroit

Amazon HQ2 drops Detroit
 
 
In Mayor Mike Duggan‘s widely circulated response to Detroit being dropped from Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist, he states “he’s going right back to work.” Since he’s going back to work, here’s OUR SHORTLIST of projects the city needs to get on right away:
  • Stop the Water Shutoffs NOW!
  • Build a Detroit-centric transit system that works for all.
  • Invest in neighborhoods in ways that support current residents and are welcoming to an economically diverse population.
  • Build truly affordable housing that answers real Detroiters needs.
  • Bring living wage jobs to the city.
  • Invest in the commons; schools, parks, libraries, and places of culture.
Now that we know Detroit didn’t make the cut for Amazon’s HQ2. We need to remember just how much of our resources those in power are willing to give away to attract projects. Based on their willingness to give it away, we know community must continue to organize to protect, maintain and empower #MajorityBlackDetroit.
 
More:
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/2018/01/dear-amazon/
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#Detroit needs a #RealCBO Press Conference and Media

#Detroit needs a #RealCBO Press Conference and Media

November 10, 2017 – Equitable Detroit Coalition and Detroit People’s Platform hosted a press conference Thursday morning 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.

More: http://www.facebook.com/equitabledetr…

http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org

Media:
Shelterforce – In Detroit, the Fight for Community Benefits Begins Anew –
https://shelterforce.org/2017/11/09/in-detroit-the-fight-for-community-benefits-begins-anew/

Metrotimes – Detroit activists seek changes to ‘toothless’ community benefits law –
https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2017/11/09/detroit-law-asking-developers-to-provide-community-benefits-amounts-to-lip-service-activists-say

Michigan Radio – Push for stronger community benefits process in Detroit as big projects move forward –
http://michiganradio.org/post/push-stronger-community-benefits-process-detroit-big-projects-move-forward

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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.

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Two New Videos, Two Detroits #AmazonDetroit #MoveTheWorld

Two New Videos, Two Detroits #AmazonDetroit #MoveTheWorld

On October 19th, two new videos about Detroit dropped. One was the city’s bid for Amazon to move to Detroit, the other lifting up the need for Community Benefit Agreements around large public funded projects.

These two videos demonstrate the vast difference in experience and opinion between those Detroiters who are benefiting from the changes underway and those who are being left behind or moved along.

From the Black Bottom Archives: “The Ilitches’ choice to open their brand new, highly subsidized sports and concert venue with a Kid Rock concert has generated a lot of anger and left many Detroiters feeling disrespected. But the Ilitches’ disrespect for Detroiters began long before the first shovel hit the ground to build the new arena. It began with Olympia Development’s refusal of a real community benefits agreement that would have made them truly accountable to Detroiters whose money the developers were using for private profit.” The video has been written about in the metrotimes: https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2017/10/19/new-video-explains-why-kid-rock-at-the-pizzarena-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg

As we continue to work for REAL Community Benefits around projects that use public funds like Little Caesars’ Arena, the city is making a bid for the Amazon HQ2.

Questions about the Amazon Deal:
How much in the way of tax incentives and other public resources are the current city leaders willing to sacrifice to bring Amazon to Detroit? Read More:

“Members of the Detroit region’s 60-member Amazon committee have been tight-lipped all week about what the city would specifically offer Amazon in terms of tax incentives, mass transportation options for employees and filling a talent pool that dwarfs the size of any existing Detroit company (Gilbert’s family of companies employ 17,000 in downtown Detroit).” Crain’s

Amazon’s red herring

 An Open Letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Detroit People’s Platform and many of our partners have signed on to the national campaign around Jobs, Tax Incentives, Accountability and Transparency and Amazon’s new headquarters, wherever they end up. Read More about the national campaign: https://ourhq2wishlist.org/#

 

 

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Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference, October 27-29, 2017

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference, October 27-29, 2017

Join us for the 13th Annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference, October 27-29 @ Marygrove College. Conference program enclosed. Registration: www.glbd.org or call (313) 717-6151.

GLBD CONFERENCE, October 27-29, 2017

Bioneers (biological pioneers) is an annual conference, a movement and a way of life! National BIONEERS is in its 28th year and Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit in its 13th year! We are grateful for the ongoing growth of our relationships as Bioneers, inspired by your commitment and deeply appreciate the support of all who make this conference possible. Each year we welcome you to a weekend together celebrating and affirming the transformative work of so many in Detroit and SE Michigan.

When people come together as a learning community that contributes to discover new sustainable ways of being and share transformative ideas for the sake of the Commons, everyone benefits. Sharing your values, vision and actions to the new story can indeed change our future. The Thirteenth Annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit Conference will be a Bioneers Resilient Communities Network Event in which you can connect with engaged individuals making a real difference.

Register Today! http://www.glbd.org/conference.html

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A Responsive and Open City Government, Community Meeting

A Responsive and Open City Government, Community Meeting

Join us for these important community meetings where we will discuss how the City Clerk can contribute to a more responsive and open city government through voter education and by increasing participation.

Presented by Detroit People’s Platform and Equitable Detroit Coalition

Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 – 7:30pm
We will be joined by City Clerk Candidate Garlin Gilchrist
Wellness Plan Building 1st floor cafeteria
7700 2nd Ave. at Pallister
free adjacent parking – light refreshments

Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 – 7:30pm
We will be joined by incumbent City Clerk Janice Winfrey
Wellness Plan Building 1st floor cafeteria
7700 2nd Ave. at Pallister
free adjacent parking – light refreshments

Upcoming Candidate Community Meetings:

Tuesday, October 17, 5:30-7:30pm
Incumbent Council Member Mary Sheffield
Gleaners Food Bank, 2131 Beaufait St. 48207

Tuesday, October 24, 5:30 – 7:30pm
D5 Council Candidate Jewel Ware
Wellness Plan Building Cafeteria, 7700 2nd Ave. at Pallister