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

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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.

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DEGC cannot be trusted to negotiate on behalf of Detroiters #DetroitCBA

March 10, 2015

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TAKE ACTION
Call Rodrick Miller at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (313) 963-2940

  • Remind him that Detroiters want a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance that guarantees community inclusion and developer accountability.
  • Let him know that DEGC cannot be trusted to negotiate on behalf of Detroiters.

On March 5th 2015 Rodrick Miller, the CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation was a guest on WDET’s Detroit Today. (Listen)

DEGC intends to undermine the proposed Community Benefit Agreement Ordinance by denying Detroiters a seat at the negotiating table. Instead DECG is positioning itself to negotiate on behalf of Detroiters and relegate Detroiters to only having a “community conversation.”

We do not trust DEGC to negotiate on behalf of Detroiters. Historically DEGC has failed to hold developers accountable to their promises to deliver jobs and benefits in exchange for the millions of dollars in public subsidies.

We reject the notion that Detroiters cannot speak on their own behalf for the much needed benefits for their community and support the current draft CBA ordinance which calls for community representation at the negotiation table as well as a CBA that is a negotiated agreement that is enforceable and legally binding.

  • Community Conversations are not the same as involving community in negotiations.
  • Based on DEGC’s history of negotiating away public funds and resources without holding developers to their promises they should not be trusted to look out for the interests of everyday Detroiters.
  • Claw Backs are not the same as a legally binding agreement negotiated between the community and the developer.
  • The mayor speaks consistently of economic inclusion but his number one man at the city’s economic growth corporation speaks for community exclusion.

TAKE ACTION
Call Rodrick Miller at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (313) 963-2940

  • Remind him that Detroiters want a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance that guarantees community inclusion and developer accountability.
  • Let him know that DEGC cannot be trusted to negotiate on behalf of Detroiters.

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Advisory Alert: EJAM Council Candidate Survey, Right To The City, EDC Call to Action.

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Advisory Alert, January 12, 2014

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EJAM Prospective Candidate Survey presented to Council Members

The Detroit People’s Platform is an active member of the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, EJAM. As part of the alliance we have supported the development and distribution of a survey to support Detroit City Council Members as they consider candidates for the open seat. There is no election to fill the council seat for the At-large position vacated by Saunteel Jenkins in early November. The appointment will be made by council.
Detroit City Council has received 135 applications and 17 have been selected for final interview. The appointment of the seat will go to the candidate who receives the support of city council. (Breaking link: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/01/09/detroit-council-narrows-vacancy/21525273/)
We are distributing the survey to as many potential candidates as we can contact and will publish responses from all who complete the survey.  The nine question ‘survey’ is being presented to Council with a request to use them in their evaluation process and  has been made available online so candidates can easily respond. The survey included questions about the candidates priorities, their position on the CBA Ordinance, the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) and education, their strategies for improving public transportation and other issues that are important to Detroiters.Update: THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION!
HB5977, the Anti-CBA bill died on the house floor.

Equitable Detroit Coalition partners and Detroit People’s Platform members engaged strategically to help stop the bill. By visiting Lansing to speak to lawmakers, working closely with with elected officials in both Detroit and Lansing, reaching out to statewide allies, contacting legislators and the governor’s office we were able to stop the egregious assault on home rule that it was. We will  continue to closely monitor Lansing.

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Detroit People’s Platform joins the Right To The City Alliance.

The Detroit People’s Platform is honored to have been accepted as a member organization of Right To The City Alliance. RTTC is a national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations.

RTTC seeks to create regional and national impacts in the fields of housing, human rights, urban land, community development, civic engagement, criminal justice, environmental justice, and more. Look for more about Right To The City throughout 2015.

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EDC Call to ACTION!
January 12, 2015

Please read the Free Press article, the response from EDC member William Hickey sent to the editor and contact the Governor 517.335.7858 to demand an apology from Mr. Finney. We need to let them know that we will respond to these unwarranted attacks on Detroiters as it relates to our right to be included in the economic resurgence in this community.

    “It’s hard to be shocked by anything that comes out of Governor Snyder’s administration regarding Detroit, but it’s the only word I can think of after reading comments made by Michael Finney, his economic growth adviser, to a recent meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. John Gallagher reported that Mr. Finney dismissed community benefits agreements (the subject of an ordinance proposed by Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones) by asserting, “We need to be capitalists.  Entitlements hurt us.”  Really?  Have the tax credits, zoning changes, real estate fire sales, access to power, set asides, and other development tools that I’m sure Mr. Finney would say big business is “entitled” to hurt the capitalists he refers to?  Not at all.  It’s only when those citizen-neighbors who have been trying to hold together their communities in Detroit for decades have the nerve to think they might be entitled to a say in what kind of development comes into their neighborhoods, and to negotiate (not demand or impose) some tangible benefits from developers (jobs for the community, no damage to the environment, mitigation of negative impact on local small businesses, etc.), that “entitlement” becomes a dirty word.  There is more than irony here.  There is also an ugly attempt to divide our city and state along racial and economic lines with code words like “entitlements.””

Excerpts from ‘Finney, Miller call for economic reforms’
http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2015/01/08/finney-miller-snyder/21456641/
By John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, January 8, 2015
Both men said they opposed a proposal to require community benefits agreements in Detroit.

“Michael Finney, senior adviser on economic growth for Gov. Rick Snyder, and Rodrick Miller, president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., kicked off the 2015 season of the Detroit Economic Club with remarks before a crowd of several hundred at MotorCity Casino.

Both men opposed a proposal, now being studied by Detroit City Council, to require developers who receive incentives for projects to negotiate community benefits agreements with residential groups. Miller said it would add a layer of bureaucracy to an already complex development process, requiring developers to deal with “autonomous groups not responsible to anybody.”

Finney agreed, saying it would be more productive to look for ways to generate economic development in the neighborhoods rather than forcing developers to deliver “entitlements.”

“We need to be capitalists,” he said. “Entitlements hurt us.”

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Action Alert – CBA Ordinance and the Anti-Community Benefits Bill, HB5977

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Action 1: Attend Special Council Meeting Monday, Dec 8th, 11am CAYMC
Action 2: Contact Detroit Legislative Delegation
Action 3: Contact Mayor Duggan’s Office
(details below)

Update/Summary
On Tuesday Dec 2, 2014 State Representative Earl Poleski (R) from Jackson County introduced HB 5977 as the “Local Government Employer Mandate Prohibition Act”. Testimony about the bill was heard in the Michigan Competitiveness Committee on Dec 4, 2014. The bill is on the committee’s agenda again, this coming Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM, Room 326, House Office Building in Lansing. People’s Platform and Equitable Detroit Coalition members will be in attendance. We will post updates through social media and summarize the results through email.

It is anticipated the committee will vote on the legislation at that time. 

At the Dec 4th committee meeting, a Detroit Regional Chamber representative spoke in support of the bill (see and please share video) and more pointedly against the CBA Ordinance that thousands of Detroiters have expressed their support for.

Read the Bill for yourself: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28vhvm0n55vf0diwj2vfpturzo%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=BillStatus&objectname=2014-HB-5977

This Anti-Community Benefit Bill would prohibit municipalities from COMMUNITY BENEFIT AGREEMENT ordinances/policies. House Bill 5977 would also prevent municipalities in Michigan from enacting their own specific minimum wage increases and from establishing “any requirement related to employee wages, or benefits, such as a minimum wage, particular benefits, a specified amount of paid or unpaid leave time, or the payment of a prevailing wage except as provided by law,”

This bill is a state violation of local control that has been introduced in direct opposition to Detroiters efforts around a CBA Ordinance that also augments and seams up “Right to Work” legislation passed in 2012.

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.

TAKE ACTION!

Action: Attend Special Council Meeting Monday, Dec 8th, 11am CAYMC

Council President Brenda Jones has called a special meeting of Detroit City Council at 11 am on Monday, December 8th in response to the HB 5977. Join City Council President in support of the Community Benefit Agreement Ordinance and the right of local residents to participate in democracy and work for fair and just economic development for all Detroiters.

Action: Contact Detroit Legislative Delegation

Educate them about why House Bill 5977 undermines economic opportunity for Detroiters by denying access to jobs and business opportunities.  Let them know that we want to benefit directly from the investment of our tax dollars and public resources in economic development. State House Representatives– Detroit:
Alberta Talabi (District2), albertatalabi@house.mi.gov517-373-1776
John Olumba (District 3), JohnOlumba@house.mi.gov, – 517-373-0144
Fred Durhal (District 5), freddurhal@house.mi.gov517-373-0844
Rashida Tlaib (District 6), rashidatlaib@house.mi.gov517-373-0823
David Nathan (District 8), davidnathan@house.mi.gov517-373-3815
Harvey Santana (District 9), harveysantana@house.mi.gov517-373-6990

Action: Contact Mayor Duggan’s Office: 313.224.3400
We are aware that Mayor Duggan’s does not support the CBA ordinance for Detroiters. Where does the Mayor stand on HB 5977?

Media Round-Up

Video
http://youtu.be/WamEFXKM–w
1. Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams speaking in support of the bill and against the CBA Ordinance that is gaining momentum in Detroit.
2. Rep Santana calling the bill out as a block to community negotiating with developers. The CBA Ordinance will only apply to large-scale projects that use public funds (our tax $$) or resources, like land.

Metrotimes
House bill would ban Detroit from enacting Community Benefits Agreement ordinance

“Detroit City Councilmember Raquel Castañeda-López, an avid proponent of the ordinance who could not be immediately reached for comment, wrote on Facebook that the bill would “restrict cities from having a community benefits ordinance.” “Whether you supported the Community Benefits Agreement ordinance or not, what the state govt is trying to run thru today during lame duck continues to strip power & the ability to self-govern from local municipalities,” she wrote.”

http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/archives/2014/12/04/house-bill-would-ban-detroit-from-enacting-community-benefits-agreement-ordinance

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NEW! Lansing to dictate how cities do their business?

http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/nancy-kaffer/2014/12/07/community-benefits-lansing/19976917/

Lame duck? More like lame lawmakers
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/12/04/lame-duck-roads-lgbt/19916707/

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Crain’s Detroit Business
READ! – Community Benefits Agreements would boost neighborhoods, small businesses
“While Detroit is witnessing a paradoxical resurgence between downtown and Midtown (commercial corridor), amounting to billions of dollars in investment, the city’s neighborhoods (urban corridor), which comprise more than 82.7 percent African-Americans and 32,490 black-owned businesses, have largely been ignored for any economic opportunities, resources and benefits.”
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20141109/BLOG200/311099999/community-benefits-agreements-would-boost-neighborhoods-small

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Flashpoint 10/19/14: What’s best for Detroit post-bankruptcy?

10/19/14: We ask City Council members James Tate and Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, development leaders Rodrick Miller and Arthur Jemison, and business writers Tom Walsh and Daniel Howes.
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/politics/flashpoint/flashpoint-101914-whats-best-for-detroit-postbankruptcy/29222324

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Action Alert, Call Council: Select a candidate that will fight for a CBA Ordinance

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There are numerous reasons why the Community Benefit Agreement Ordinance should be approved by Detroit City Council. This week we encourage Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters to Contact Council (again, if you’ve already done so) to share these and your own points about the CBA Ordinance.

Select a new Council Member
that will fight for a CBA Ordinance.

Contact ALL Council Members and demand that they consider candidates position on the CBA Ordinance when selecting the Council Member who will replace Saunteel Jenkins. The new council member will serve “at large”  and along with Council President Brenda Jones will represent community city-wide. Council’s selection of a candidate that prioritizes the needs of the community alongside that of private interests will help create a equitable future for all Detroiters.

Dispel the “Shake Down” Myth.

The Detroit News called the CBA Ordinance a “Shake Down” that would hinder development. Equitable Detroit Coalition Member and West Grand Boulevard Collaborative President Mildred Hunt Robbins corrected them in a printed letter:

“If the word “shakedown” is to be used, it is more appropriate to describe the millions of taxpayer dollars given to developers in the form of grants, exemptions, tax abatements, land transfers and low interest loans. A CBA, on the other hand, is an efficient means to facilitate what developers say they want, which is to be good community partners who give back to the communities whose taxpayer dollars support their investments.” read the full letter

Support small, Black and minority-owned businesses.

The current way of doing development overlooks small, minority-owned business. The CBA ordinance will allow for broader benefits which will support increased participation by small business owners, minority-owned businesses, and Detroit-based businesses as well.  Last week, in a press release Ken Harris, President and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce called on Mayor Duggan, the Detroit City Council, Detroit-based Businesses and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) to support the adoption of a CBA ordinance into the City Charter.

“It’s time to move away from personality-driven leadership by adopting policy-driven benefits that help to foster economic development and job growth for Detroit’s local residents and small business owners,” said Harris. Read the full press release

#DetroitCBA

The Detroit People’s Platform is a member organization in the Equitable Detroit Coalition. Visit the EDC site for more information on the CBA Ordinance.

Update: There is a revised ordinance that the Equitable Detroit Coalition is in the process of reviewing. We will issue an opinion on this revision next week. 

Reasons to Support the Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

  •     Nearly 2000 Detroiters have signed the petition calling for a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance and the number of signatures is growing.
  •     Detroiters deserve the type of economic development where all Detroiters benefit not just a few wealthy individuals and big corporations.
  •     When our tax dollars and public lands are used to benefit private investments, Detroiters deserve a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance on the books to protect our interest.
  •     We call on each city council member to support a strong and enforceable community benefit agreement ordinance!

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
Resigned – Saunteel Jenkins: (313) 224-4248, councilmemberjenkins@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

 

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Action Alert! Call Council, CBA Ordinance: Development that will benefit ALL Detroiters

CBAbuttonsSM NEWPeoplesPlatformLogoAction: Call your City Council Member and Council President Brenda Jones to express your support of a strong, and legally enforceable community benefit agreement ordinance that promotes fair and just development in Detroit. (See ‘Reasons to Support’ below.)

Platform Members and Supporters,

On Friday, October 24th, the Detroit News published an article that expressed concern from Mayor Duggan’s office over the Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance that is currently being discussed and vetted by Detroit City Council. “The local law, they (Mayor Duggan’s Team) say, would be negative for Detroit if passed, creating too many hurdles that could discourage development.” These statements from the executive office reflect a recent letter to City Council sent by Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s CEO Rodrick Miller expressing that an ordinance would “undermine progress”.

This push-back and the dismissal of the need for accountability to community around development projects by the Mayor and DEGC is an attempt to keep doing development the way we have been, business as usual, where only a few benefit. With awareness of Detroit’s long history of failed urban renewal programs and the recent outpouring of tax dollars, subsidies, public land and resources to private development projects it is challenging to witness our political and business leaders push back against both their constituents and economic reality.

Last week, Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez was on Flashpoint (Video) and addressed these and other concerns over a CBA ordinance. From a October 15th Metro Times article:

“As Castaneda-Lopez puts it, cities going through a financial crisis tend to think about development in the short-term “to address the immediate crisis.” The Urban Development Agreements ordinance would change that, she says. “It creates a framework,” she says. “It’s not just a one-size fits all,” meaning it wouldn’t be all-encompassing for every project. “There are exemptions built in for different scenarios, and ultimately council can also weigh in to whether there’s a needed urban development agreement or not.”

The current way of doing development overlooks small, minority-owned business. The CBA ordinance will allow for a broader benefits which will support increased participation by small business owners, minority owned businesses, and Detroit-based businesses as well. The CBA ordinance is a good first step in the restructuring of Detroit by ensuring  meaningful participation by Detroiters in rebuilding our neighborhoods. The CBA ordinance will make sure that we as residents have that opportunity.

Corporate interests, the mainstream media, and now the Mayor, are spreading fear about the death of economic development in Detroit if a CBA Ordinance is passed. But an ordinance that benefits community will not deter equitable progress or development.  It will help to guide Detroit’s growth in a way that benefits both community and developers in the long-term rather than quick fix, trickle down, business-as-usual, development projects. Call your City Council Member and Council President Brenda Jones to express your support of a strong, and legally enforceable community benefit agreement ordinance that promotes fair and just development in Detroit. (See ‘Reasons to Support’ below.)

Reasons to Support the Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

  •     Nearly 2000 Detroiters have signed the petition calling for a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance and the number of signatures is growing.
  •     Detroiters deserve the type of economic development where all Detroiters benefit not just a few wealthy individuals and big corporations.
  •     When our tax dollars and public lands are used to benefit private investments, Detroiters deserve a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance on the books to protect our interest.
  •     We call on each city council member to support a strong and enforceable community benefit agreement ordinance!

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
Resigned Saunteel Jenkins: (313) 224-4248, councilmemberjenkins@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

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Call To Action: Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

Community Benefits Ordinance Update: Currently special interest groups and mainstream media are mounting a full court press to bury the proposed Community Benefit Agreement ordinance that is making its way through city council. The CBA ordinance is one way to ensure that the average Detroiter will benefit from the billions of dollars, including public tax benefits, will be included in the economic development plans for this city.

•    Corporate interests and the mainstream media are spreading fear about the death of economic development if a Community Benefit Agreement ordinance is passed by Detroit City Council. A ordinance that benefits community will not deter equitable progress or development, but will help to guide Detroit’s growth in a more humane and sustainable direction.

•    The Detroit News referred to the proposed ordinance as a “Shakedown tax” (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/10/11/benefits-agreement-detroit-development/17056019/) but without an ordinance not only protecting but benefiting community is a means to stop billion dollar corporations and big businesses from bullying and shaking down Detroit citizens by using their tax dollars for personal profit without any accountability to the communities their projects effect.

•    The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) CEO Rodrick Miller, in a letter to City Council referred to the ordinance as a “damaging piece of legislation” sighting frustration with past deals that “went awry” but for the last 30 years in Detroit “trickle down” development deals have benefited only a few and negatively effected many.

•    The current way of doing development overlooks small, minority-owned business. The CBA ordinance will allow for a broader benefits which will support increased participation by small business owners, minority owned businesses, and Detroit-based businesses as well.

Take Action NOW!  Call your council member and let them know that you:

•    Support a strong, and legally enforceable community benefit agreement that promotes fair and just development here in Detroit.

•    That the CBA ordinance is a good first step in the restructuring of Detroit by ensuring  meaningful participation by Detroiters in rebuilding our neighborhoods – the CBA ordinance will make sure that we as residents have that opportunity.

Detroit People’s Platform members and allies please 1.) attend City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting on Thursday, October 16 at CAYMC. Arrive at 10am for the meeting on the 13th floor. 2.) Call Detroit City Council members and demand they support and vote in favor of the ordinance.

COUNCIL CONTACTS
Brenda Jones, President: bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov
Saunteel Jenkins: (313) 224-4248, councilmemberjenkins@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

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Community Benefits Agreement: Mobilization-Call Detroit City Council!

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Members of the CBA Ordinance coalition of which Peoples Platform is a member have reviewed the September 17th revised ordinance and find that it does not represent the best interest of Detroiters.  The CBA coalition has notified city council of our concerns.

We need Detroiters to call each of the council members including their District Council person and voice concerns.  Below are suggested points to include:

  • Nearly 2000 Detroiters have signed the petition calling for a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance and the number of signatures is growing.
  • Detroiters deserve the type of economic development where all Detroiters benefit not just a few wealthy individuals and big corporations.
  • When our tax dollars and public lands are used to benefit private investments, Detroiters deserve a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance on the books to protect our interest.

 
The September 17th draft CBA ordinance is not strong enough and does not represent the best interest of Detroiters.
 
We call on each city council member to support a strong and enforceable community benefit agreement ordinance!
 
Council Member Name and phone by district:
 
At large:  Brenda Jones Council President  313.224.1245
At Large: Saunteel Jenkins  313.224.4248
 
District 1 James Tate  313.224.1027
District 2 George Cushingberry  313.224.4535
District 3 Scott Benson  313.224.1198
District 4 Andre Spivey  313.224.4841
District 5 Mary Sheffield  313.224.4505
District 6 Raquel Castaneda -Lopez  313.224.2450
District 7 Gabe Leland  313.224.2151
 
Let them know that we are holding them accountable for how our public resources are being used

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Action Alert: CALL TODAY to Guarantee Community Benefits for the Bridge/ Delray Community

Detroit Peoples Platform Action Alert: CALL TODAY to Guarantee Community Benefits for the Bridge/ Delray Community
Community Benefits Are At Stake for Everyone.
City Council is voting Monday on transferring its Delray land to the state for building the bridge, but there are still No Guarantees Protecting the Community. Delray residents have suffered 10 years waiting for this bridge.

Please Call to Protect Residents facing Big Developments & Urge City Leaders to Stand Strong for Doing Development Right.
CALL City Council President Brenda Jones: (313) 224-1245
CALL Mayor Duggan: (313) 224-3400
And your Council Rep – See numbers below.

Tell City Council and Mayor Duggan any of these:

*Guarantee Protections for the Delray community with a Community Benefits Agreement, not just a gentlemen’s agreement
*Make sure the host community of Delray/Southwest Detroit is guaranteed a seat At the table (not on it!) in negotiating community benefits.
*Put the resources from the land sale back into Delray where it is needed most. (Currently, Delray residents get no funding to tear down dangerous homes, even though they are harder hit than many areas in Detroit.)

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MONDAY @ 2pm – Council Hearing to Vote on Deal. Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 13th Floor. Come to support the community & CBAs!
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COUNCIL CONTACTS – Call or Email FRIDAY (or Monday by Noon)

Brenda Jones, President: bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins: (313) 224-4248, councilmemberjenkins@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.govDetroit Peoples Platform Action Alert: CALL TODAY to Guarantee Community Benefits for the Bridge/ Delray Community
Community Benefits Are At Stake for Everyone.
City Council is voting Monday on transferring its Delray land to the state for building the bridge, but there are still No Guarantees Protecting the Community. Delray residents have suffered 10 years waiting for this bridge.

Please Call to Protect Residents facing Big Developments & Urge City Leaders to Stand Strong for Doing Development Right.
CALL City Council President Brenda Jones: (313) 224-1245
CALL Mayor Duggan: (313) 224-3400
And your Council Rep – See numbers below.

Tell City Council and Mayor Duggan any of these:

*Guarantee Protections for the Delray community with a Community Benefits Agreement, not just a gentlemen’s agreement
*Make sure the host community of Delray/Southwest Detroit is guaranteed a seat At the table (not on it!) in negotiating community benefits.
*Put the resources from the land sale back into Delray where it is needed most. (Currently, Delray residents get no funding to tear down dangerous homes, even though they are harder hit than many areas in Detroit.)

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MONDAY @ 2pm – Council Hearing to Vote on Deal. Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 13th Floor. Come to support the community & CBAs!
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COUNCIL CONTACTS – Call or Email FRIDAY (or Monday by Noon)

Brenda Jones, President: bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins: (313) 224-4248, councilmemberjenkins@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