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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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Action Alert – Contact Governor Snyder #DontSignHB4052

ActionAlertHeaderDetroit People’s Platform Action Alert
Monday, June 15, 2015

Action: (1) Contact Governor Snyder, Urge him not to sign HB4052, the “Local Government Labor Regulatory Limitation Act” that the Senate passed last Thursday. (2) Contact friends and family throughout Michigan and ask them to call the Governor.

Governor Rick Snyder
PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 – Constituent Services
email: rick.snyder@michigan.gov
Facebook: http://facebook.com/GovernorRickSnyder
twitter: @onetoughnerd

Talking Points:
HB 4052 is anti-worker and anti-family.
HB 4052 is anti-local control and transfers all power over the economic lives of citizens to politicians in Lansing.

 

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Tweet: The state government should not take a one-size-fits-all approach to law-making. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052 The state government should not take a one-size-fits-all approach to law-making. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052

Tweet: Local control needs to be protected @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052 Local control needs to be protected @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052

Tweet: The needs of people living in urban areas are not always the same as the needs of people in small towns. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052 The needs of people living in urban areas are not always the same as the needs of people in small towns. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052

Tweet: When local communities get to decide what is best for them, it fosters  innovation. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052 When local communities get to decide what is best for them, it fosters innovation. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052

 

HB4052 Background:
State Rep. Poleski from Jackson County re-introduced this bill in May. HB4052 is a zombie version of the Anti-CBA bill that died on the House floor last year. The bill passed the full Senate last Thursday, June 11, by a 22-16 vote. The bill is currently going back to the House for concurrence in the changes made by the Senate. The bill was narrowly passed by the House last month.

If signed by the Governor, this bill would destroy local governments ability to make economic decisions on behalf of their citizens. This legislation would give Lansing politicians too much control over our local communities.

House Bill 4052 would prohibit local governments from enacting any ordinances or policies that would “Regulate the relationship between an employer and its employees or potential employees” exceeding those imposed by federal or state law.”

This bill would affect ban the box ordinances, paid sick leave ordinances, minimum wage ordinances, prevailing wage, apprenticeship/training requirements, etc.

This bill is an attack on community benefit agreements and the CBA Ordinance that has been and would have a tremendous impact on Detroit residents.

Local communities are best positioned to know and understand the needs of their communities. Local governments exist to make sure that laws and policies meet the needs and values of the people who live there. As long as local laws do not violate state laws, the state government shouldn’t punish localities by standing in their way.

It is wrong for the state government to take a one-size-fits-all approach to law-making. The needs of people living in urban areas are not always the same as the needs of people in small towns. This is why local governments exist – to make sure that laws and policies meet the needs and values of the people who live there. As long as local laws do not violate state laws, the state government shouldn’t punish localities by standing in their way.

Community Benefits Ordinance Background:
Over the past two years, Detroit People’s Platform members, partners, supporters and allies have come together around the importance of Community Benefit Agreements, CBAs, in Detroit. CBAs have been a part of successful development projects across the US and help to insure that everyone benefits from large development projects that use public funds or resources, like land. In the last year, continuing to support the work of the Equitable Detroit Coalition and the efforts of Council President Brenda Jones we have moved to organize around a city-wide Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance.

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Immediate Action: HB4052-S-1 in committee this morning!

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June 11th, 2015

We have received word that HB 4052 will be presented at the Michigan Competitiveness Committee this morning. Please continue to make calls to the senate and to other citizens across the state.

The Bill
We are told the only changes are on page 2 lines 25-27.  There are talking points included in the Sugar Law letter that can be downloaded here: HB 4052 S-1 There is also a copy of  the letter forwarded for today’s hearing from Sugar Law Center. HB4052.SugarLawCenter

On another note, a house bill passed yesterday, June 10, eliminating Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).

Michigan Competitiveness Committee
http://www.senate.michigan.gov/committee/competitiveness.html

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Action Alert: Demand a CBA for new Woodward Developement

ActionAlertHeaderMay 26, 2015 – Today Detroit City Council will vote on giving a tax break to Broader and Sachse for a new project as Woodward and Erskine, LLC. They would receive $2,113,173.00 in tax abatements over 10 years. Read the details of the deal: Woodward and Erskine, LLC PA 210

Given the developers recent history of displacing low-income elders from what is now ‘The Albert” please contact your Council Member and demand a Community Benefits Agreement around the deal.

Watch this VIDEO on ‘The Albert’ and the displacement of community.

Albert from Kate Levy on Vimeo.

COUNCIL CONTACTS

Brenda Jones, President, 313.224.1245, bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov
Janeé L Ayers: (313) 224-4248, ayersj@detroitmi.gov
Gabe Leland: (313) 224-2151 lelandg@detroitmi.gov
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez: (313) 224-2450, councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov
Mary Sheffield: (313) 224-4505, councilmembersheffield@detroitmi.gov
Andre Spivey: (313) 224-4841, councilmanspivey@detroitmi.gov
James Tate: (313) 224-1027, councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

https://vimeo.com/89583583

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ACTION ALERT #StopHB4052

Action: Call your state representative this morning and tell them to vote NO on House Bill 4052. The bill was reported out of the committee on commerce and trade yesterday and could be fast-tracked to the full house for a vote TODAY.

Click here to find your state representative and their phone number: http://house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/frmFindARep.aspx

PLEASE CONTACT FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WHO RESIDE OUTSIDE OF DETROIT AND ASK THEM TO CALL THEIR LEGISLATORS AS WELL.

House Bill 4052 would prohibit local governments from enacting any ordinances or policies that would “Regulate the relationship between an employer and its employees or potential employees” exceeding those imposed by federal or state law.”

This bill would affect ban the box ordinances, paid sick leave ordinances, minimum wage ordinances, prevailing wage, apprenticeship/training requirements, etc.

This bill is an attack on community benefit agreements and the CBA Ordinance that has been and would have a tremendous impact on Detroit residents.

Local communities are best positioned to know and understand the needs of their communities. Local governments exist to make sure that laws and policies meet the needs and values of the people who live there. As long as local laws do not violate state laws, the state government shouldn’t punish localities by standing in their way.

Action: Call your state representative this morning and tell them to vote NO on House Bill 4052. The bill was reported out of the committee on commerce and trade yesterday and could be fast-tracked to the full house for a vote TODAY.

Click here to find your state representative and their phone number: http://house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/frmFindARep.aspx

PLEASE CONTACT FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WHO RESIDE OUTSIDE OF DETROIT AND ASK THEM TO CALL THEIR LEGISLATORS AS WELL.

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Action Alert: Anti-Community, Anti-Worker HB 4052, Call Today and Tmrw AM

ActionAlertHeaderMay 11, 2015
detroitpeoplesplatform.org
equitabledetroit.org

State Rep. Poleski’s HB4052 is going to the Committee on Commerce and Trade tomorrow at 10:30am. HB4052 is a zombie version of the Anti-CBA bill that died on the House floor last year. If passed this bill would destroy local governments ability to make economic decisions on behalf of their citizens. This legislation would give Lansing politicians too much control over our local communities.

This bill is anti-worker and anti community!

Contact Representatives on the House Commerce and Trade Committee and tell them that you support the CBA ordinance and that they should as well. This action against community and workers needs to stop. HB 4052 needs to die in committee.

HB4052: “A bill to limit the powers of units of local government to adopt, enforce, or administer certain local mandates for employers; to prohibit local minimum wage, benefit, or leave requirements; to prohibit certain ordinances regulating the development of real property within units of local government; and to void local requirements that are adopted in violation of this act.”

READ THE BILL: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2015-2016/billintroduced/House/htm/2015-HIB-4052.htm

TAKE ACTION
ANTI-COMMUNITY, ANTI-WORKER BILL DUE BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE TOMORROW.

MAKE CALLS, SEND EMAILS THIS EVENING AND TOMORROW MORNING. (contact info below)

PLEASE CALL FRIENDS AND RELATIVE WHO RESIDE OUTSIDE OF DETROIT AND ASK THEM TO CALL THEIR LEGISLATORS AS WELL.

THANK YOU!

Contact the Committee Chair
State Rep. Joseph Graves
517-373-1780
JosephGraves@house.mi.gov

Contact the Committee Vice Chair
State Rep. Jason Sheppard
517-373-2617
JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov

Repub Members:
Rep. Mike Callton – 517-373-0842
Rep. Nancy Jenkins – 517-373-1706
Rep. Joel Johnson – 517-373-8962
Rep. Bruce Rendon – 517-373-3817
Rep. Patrick Somerville – 517-373-0855
Rep. Holly Hughes – 517-373-3436
Rep. Tom Barrett – 517-373-0853
Rep. Daniela Garcia – 517-373-0830
Rep. Gary Glenn – 517-373-1791
Rep. Eric Leutheuser –517-373-1794

Minority Vice Chair:
Rep. Andy Schor –  517-373-0826

Dem Members:
Rep. Jim Townsend – 517-373-3818
Rep. Wendell Byrd – 517-373-0144
Rep. LaTanya Garrett – 517-373-2276
Rep. Erika Geiss – 517-373-0852
Rep. Leslie Love – 517-373-0857
Rep. Jeremy Moss – 517-373-1788

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Photostory: Detroiters About to Lose Their Homes Visit the Home of the Wayne County Treasurer for Prayer Vigil

Photostory: Detroiters About to Lose Their Homes Visit the Home of the Wayne County Treasurer for Prayer Vigil

Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States. Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population. Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens. Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families. As of today, the Treasurer has not done that which is fully in his power, to stop the foreclosures.

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To build community trust and unity of expression and intent, vigil agreements we proposed and accepted when those participating staged the action at Eastern Market. The location of the vigil, the Wayne County Treasurers home, was not announced publicly until the participants began to get on the bus.

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Denise Kennedy, of the Princeton Street Block Club and Rev Joan Ross of the Equitable Detroit Coalition attempt to deliver thousands of petitions to Raymond Wojtowicz, the Wayne County Treasurer who has the power to stop the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history. The woman who answered the door refused to accept the petitions and told Mrs Kennedy and Rev Ross to get off the porch.

IMG_1540Last night 50 Detroiters and Wayne County residents visited the home of Raymond Wojtowicz, the Wayne County Treasurer who has the power to stop the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history.

IMG_1566Today, Tuesday March 31st, Join Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters in our Call for National Outrage!

People from around the country are flooding Detroit Mayor Duggan’s office with calls, messages and on social media demand he remove all tax liens for past-due water bills. They are also be calling, messaging and addressing Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz (Voy Toe Vich) on social media to demand that he stop the displacement of families in the largest tax foreclosure in one city, at one time, in US history.

Mayor Duggan
(313) 224-3400
emailmayorduggan@detroitmi.gov
@MayorMikeDuggan

Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz
(313) 224-5990
taxinfo@waynecounty.com
@waynecountymi

#PeoplesPlatform #OurCity

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Action Alert: Monday 6pm Prayer Vigil for Those About to Lose Their Homes

Tax Foreclosure Action Alert

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Monday, 6pm Prayer Vigil for those about to lose their homes.
The details of the vigil’s location will be released Monday at noon through social media and the People’s Platform Hotline, 313.338.9396.

Tuesday, National Action to contact Mayor Duggan (313) 224-3400 to demand he remove all tax liens for past-due water bills and Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz (313) 224-5990 to demand that he stop the displacement of families in the largest tax foreclosure in one city, at one time, in US history.

#PeoplesVigil #ForeclosureStop #OurCity

Detroit families, housing advocates, are taking back our city on Monday, demanding Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Raymond J. Wojtowicz halt the tax foreclosure on 37,000 families

People’s Platform Members and Supporters,

On Monday, March 30th at 6pm Detroit and Wayne County residents affected by tax foreclosure, along with Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters will hold a prayer vigil for those facing eviction and displacement from their homes. We call on all people of faith and of compassion to join together with us in solidarity to lift up those who face foreclosure and for our elected officials to find the wisdom in and take action on our demands. The details of the action will be shared the morning of the vigil through social media and the People’s Platform Hotline, 313.338.9396.

On Tuesday, March 31st, in addition to actions on the streets of Detroit, People’s Platform Members and supporters with lead a campaign with national partners Right To The City to call Mayor Duggan and demand that he remove all tax liens for past-due water bills and Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz demanding that he stop the largest tax foreclosure in one city, at one time, in US history.

Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States. Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population. Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens. Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families.

Updates:

Last Thursday, March 25th, residents being foreclosed on, members of the Detroit People’s Platform and other housing advocates met with Chief Deputy Treasurer Dave Szymanski in an effort to keep Detro­iters in their homes.  The group delivered thousands of petitions generated both nationally by the Right to the City Alliance and locally by the Detroit People’s Platform and allied organizations. The delegation delivered a set of demands that include a halt to tax foreclosures.

Last Tuesday, March 23rd, residents packed Detroit City Council meeting with testimony from families threatened with foreclosure as well as some who had already lost their homes. Council Member Castañeda-López requested a Detroit City Council Resolution on the Foreclosure Crisis on Monday.  Only days before the March 31st deadline, the Council is expected to pass their resolution.

Sign the Petition!

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens.

Long-time residents are the heart and soul of Detroit. Ongoing displacement of our families from mortgage and tax foreclosures has been devastating. Public services are being cut and privatized, and Detroiters are being pushed out of their generational homes. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

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Urgent Residents Meeting, Mon. 5pm – City Council Action: Tues, 9am CAYMC

Urgent Residents Meeting, Mon. 5pm – City Council Action: Tues, 9am CAYMC

ActionAlertHeaderMarch 20th, 2015

Are you facing Tax Foreclosure? Please join with us next Monday!
Residents Meeting
Monday, March 23rd
— 5-7pm Hannan House
4750 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
The purpose of the event is bring together people who are most directly impacted by the Wayne County tax foreclosures to tell their stories and to give them an opportunity to participate in collective actions designed to halt the tax foreclosure crisis so that we can all stay in our homes. We will prepare testimonies for City Council, discuss the broader movement, gather stories of and about our homes and neighborhoods, make signs and art for the week’s actions. Homeowners please bring photos of your house!

Action: Share public comment at City Council
TUESDAY MARCH 24th CAYMC

Tuesday, March 24th – Join us early at 9am on the 13th floor of the CAYMC for public comments at the 10am City Council meeting. Residents will present personal stories, Detroit People’s Platform’s Resolution along with others will be read into the public record, and elected leaders will demand that the Wayne County Treasurer halt tax foreclosures.

Sign the Petition!

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens.

Long-time residents are the heart and soul of Detroit. Ongoing displacement of our families from mortgage and tax foreclosures has been devastating. Public services are being cut and privatized, and Detroiters are being pushed out of their generational homes. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

 

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Petition Alert! Stop 100,000 from Losing Their Homes in Detroit

ActionAlertHeaderMarch 13, 2015

100,000 Face Displacement in Detroit: Organize to Stop the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens.

Long-time residents are the heart and soul of Detroit. Ongoing displacement of our families from mortgage and tax foreclosures has been devastating. Public services are being cut and privatized, and Detroiters are being pushed out of their generational homes. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

Detroit is facing a crisis of foreclosure on 37,000 occupied homes affecting close to 100,000 residents at serious risk of eviction. This decision will be made by March 31st, unless there is a massive outcry from both Detroit residents and the nation. This historic crisis represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Local Detroit organizations and activists, the Detroit People’s Platform and Right to the City Alliance, are launching a nationwide petition to seek support and show how blight is only growing in deindustrialized cities like Detroit in order to prepare for development plans that do not serve local residents, and instead, displace them.

* Supporting organizations include Detroit People’s Platform, Moratorium NOW!, Detroit Eviction Defense, Historic Russell Woods Association, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.