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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

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Issue Update – Housing – Rental Registration Ordinance

Issue Update – Housing – Rental Registration Ordinance

Detroiters deserve a comprehensive plan that provides safe and affordable housing for all!

Issue Update – Housing, Rental Registration Ordinance

October 9th, 2017
“The City of Detroit has announced a tougher proposed rental ordinance as part of a sweeping citywide effort to demand that the owners of rental properties register them, get them into compliance and keep them that way.”
– City of Detroit press release.

What does this mean for Detroit renters?

  • The Rental Registration Ordinance as proposed potentially creates conflict between tenants and landlords while protecting neither.
  • The Rental Registration Ordinance mandates renters continue to pay rent into an escrow account without providing clarity around the liability of living in non-compliant buildings.
  • All landlords need to be held accountable, but the Rental Registration Ordinance has the potential to scapegoat landlords that have provided housing to low income Detroiters for decades.

Please read the proposed ordinance and share with friends family and neighbors. This is the most recent version as of today
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Rental-Registration-Ordinance-10-2-17-1.pdf

We will continue to monitor the progress of this legislation and provide updates.

Detroiters deserve a comprehensive housing plan that provides safe and affordable housing for all!

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We Are Renters! Outreach Gathering #RentersWeekofAction

We Are Renters! Outreach Gathering #RentersWeekofAction

Detroit People’s Platform has joined the national campaign, Rise Up for Renter Power, to call all renters to action for the second year. Nationally there are 38 cities and 23 states that work toward achieving renter’s rights.

In Detroit, 49% of individuals are renters and majority of them pay more than half of their income to rent. Eviction barriers, humiliating court procedures, increasing rental costs and displacement, aggressive development practices and our public money are reasons why renters must join this fight against the violence harming our people. Entire communities and cultures are being erased one section at a time and our current policies don’t protect or provide solutions.

We are requesting your help as we Rise Up for Renter Power and recruitment event outside the 36st district court Wednesday morning.

As renters, we can work to stop unjust evictions, build a community land trust, or organize a tenant union. These can serve as solutions that meet the needs of Detroit renters.

Join us Tomorrow, September 20th from 9 AM – 11 AM at the 36th District Court.

This is a call to those who want to see Detroit renters get a fair chance to gather on Grand Circus Park, near 36th district court. We will walk 4 minutes to the public space in front of 36st district court.

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Affordable Housing Ordinance moved out of committee! See you next Tuesday

Detroit, September 14, 2017 – Today is a good for affordable housing in Detroit. The affordable housing crisis is real in Detroit, as it all cities around the country. So today is a good day for the housing movement.

Today, the Planning and Economic Development Committee of Detroit City Council voted out of committee an affordable housing ordinance that the Detroit Housing Trust Fund Coalition, anchored by Detroit Peoples Platform, heavily influenced and powerfully advocated for over the past 12 months.

While the affordable housing crisis is not going to be solved by this victory, and so much work remains to be done to get truly affordable housing built and preserved in Detroit, it is most certainly a victory and a strong step in the right direction.

Now, we have momentum with which to build a larger and more powerful platform for housing justice in Detroit. To educate the public and elected officials and capitalize on growing interest in this critical human rights issue.

The public hearing for this bill will take place on Tuesday, September 19th at 10 a.m. on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building (2 Woodward). We invite all members of the public who support affordable housing to attend and share your comments and concerns.

Stay tuned for more info on what changes and additions would make the ordinance even more powerful!

Public Comments from today’s committee meeting:

 

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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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Detroit City Council approve Gilbert/Bedrock affordable housing scheme

Detroit City Council approve Gilbert/Bedrock affordable housing scheme

July 25, 2017 - Detroit City Council voted 7-1, Sheffield voting 'no' and Cushingberry Jr. absent, to approve the Gilbert/Bedrock affordable housing scheme for the Hudson's site/Downtown Development. This is a classic example of how development goes in Detroit. Billionaires demand public hand-outs and then give Detroiters the boot. We see how Dan Gilbert and Bedrock see Detroit. We aren't in it.

July 25, 2017 – Detroit City Council voted 7-1, Sheffield voting ‘no’ and Cushingberry Jr. absent, to approve the Gilbert/Bedrock affordable housing scheme for the Hudson’s site/Downtown Development.
This is a classic example of how development goes in Detroit. Billionaires demand public hand-outs and then give Detroiters the boot.
We see how Dan Gilbert and Bedrock see Detroit. We aren’t in it.

 

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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.”