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Gilbert’s Icarus Moment, Call for a City-Wide CBA

Gilbert’s Icarus Moment, Call for a City-Wide CBA

Call to Action: Gather against corporate welfare and call for a city-wide CBA.

Dan Gilbert & Bedrock are breaking ground on the “Q Scraper” this Thursday, December 14. The skyscraper will be the tallest building in Detroit. The project will extract hundreds of millions in public funds and resources.

Dan Gilbert has established a development monopoly downtown that is threatening to expand into the neighborhoods. He has done so by stripping public funds and resources, land and buildings, from our black and brown majority city and transferring them to his private projects, like the “Q Scraper”.

We have an obligation to speak out against the use of our public resources to build things that are not for us. We gather to express our lack of consent and our objection to Dan Gilbert’s family of companies monopoly.

Join with Detroit People’s Platform Thursday morning. We will meet at 8am for coffee and conversation at the Detroit People’s Platform office (7700 Second at Palliester, Free off street parking.) At 9:00am we will gather in Grand Circus Park (corner of Woodward and E. Adams.)

Thursday, December 14, 2017
8am Coffee and Conversation
7700 Second at Palliester, Free off street parking
9am Gathering at Grand Circus Park
Corner of Woodward and E. Adams

Bring signs and dress warm!
https://www.facebook.com/events/136226957050435/

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Detroit City Council approves $250M in taxpayer money for Dan Gilbert

https://www.metrotimes.com/table-and-bar/archives/2017/11/21/detroit-city-council-approves-250m-in-taxpayer-money-for-dan-gilbert

Detroit City Council approves $250M in taxpayer money for Dan Gilbert

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Michigan’s richest resident will take home $250 million in state taxpayer funds to help finance four new developments in downtown Detroit.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Detroit City Council approved the money for Bedrock, Dan Gilbert’s development company, over the objections of residents who questioned the need to provide a billionaire with taxpayer money. Gilbert’s net worth is estimated at $5.6 billion.

The proposal was held up in committee last week after residents expressed similar concerns to council’s planning and economic development committee. While some stakeholders once again voiced opposition to the proposal during public comment at Tuesday’s full council meeting, only council member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez questioned it at the council table. She said she believes a stronger community benefits ordinance needs to be in place.

“I believe the community benefits ordinance should also be transformational. [The current ordinance] doesn’t lead to systemic change for the community,” she said.

As she spoke, council member Scott Benson shut her down on a point of order.

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Gilbert Project Approval moves to full Council Today – Tues, Nov 21 10am CAYMC

Gilbert Project Approval moves to full Council Today – Tues, Nov 21 10am CAYMC

DevWatch Detroit – On Monday, November 20, 2017 the Planning and Economic Development Committee moved Bedrock/Dan Gilbert’s latest downtown development projects onto the full council for a vote this morning.

Detroit City Council Formal Session, Tuesday November 21, 10am Watch Live

Earlier this year state legislators passed, and the governor signed into law what they called the Transformational Brownfield Law. This law makes it possible for Dan Gilbert and other developers across the state access to up to $1 billion in tax incentives.

Now, in order for Gilbert to ask for the first $250 million from the State, Detroit City Council must first approve the project. Again, the vote will be this morning, Tuesday November 21, 10am on the 13th floor of CAYMC.

Yesterday’s Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting was nothing more than political theater, with council members making accolades and feigning strength while, in the end, just rolling over to the developers.

It appears many of these decisions and votes are premeditated and that our voices are lost to money and outside influence.

We also know that if we do not speak out they will move more quickly.

If we do not speak out we will get even less benefits than we’re getting now.

The reality is that the token concessions offered by local developers pales in comparison to what communities across the country are able to win when developers rely on public monies to help finance their private projects.

•Why is it okay that majority white developers are allowed to siphon off millions in public resources from Detroit’s majority African American population?

•Why is there is no outcry about the injustice?

•Why don’t our elected officials fight for us as hard as they fight for the developers?

The system is broken and we must find a way to fix it and make it more responsive to the residents of this city. In the meantime we continue to organize, fight for change and hold each and every council person accountable for their vote. We will continue to fight for racial and economic justice and a real CBA. Watch for details in January 2018.

While we encourage people to attend City Council and Mayoral meetings, Detroit People’s Platform has decided to stop asking members and supporters to take on the many risks and cost involved in going Downtown these days.

Please call, email or tweet your Council Members.

Detroit City Council Contact Info 2017

At Large – Council President Brenda Jones
@DetroitCouncilPres
(313) 224-1245
bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov.

At Large – Janee Ayers
@Ayers4Detroit
(313) 224-4248
ayersj@detroitmi.gov

District 2 – Council President Pro Tempore George Cushingberry Jr.
@gcush
(313) 224-4535
cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

District 1 – James Tate
@CouncilmanTate
(313) 224-1027
councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

District 3 – Scott Benson
@Scottinthe3rd
(313) 224-1198
BensonS@detroitmi.gov

District 4 – Andre L. Spivey
@CouncilmnSpivey
(313) 224-4841
CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

District 5 – Mary Sheffield
@MsMarySheffield
(313) 224-4505
CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov

District 6 – Raquel Castaneda-Lopez
@Raquel4Detroit
(313) 224-2450
councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

District 7 – Gabe Leland
@gabeleland
(313) 224-2151
LelandG@detroitmi.gov

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Call to Action: Gilbert’s New Downtown Development Project Approval

Call to Action: Gilbert’s New Downtown Development Project Approval

November 17, 2017
Detroit People’s Platform
DevWatch Action Alert

Gilbert’s New Downtown Development Project Approval – Action: Video Public Comments to Council

Artist Rendering of the Hudson’s site. Source: Metrotimes https://media2.fdncms.com/metrotimes/imager/u/original/7060072/hudsons-site-render-full.jpg

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On Monday, November 20, 2017 the Planning and Economic Development Committee will meet and decide whether or not to pass Dan Gilbert’s latest downtown development projects onto the full council for a vote.

The Projects: a skyscraper on the former Hudson’s site; the Monroe Block; the Book Tower and Building; and an expansion of the Campus Martius building.

The Failure of the Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) Process

Both the Hudson’s site and the Monroe Block projects have been part of the Community Benefits process laid out by the Community Benefits Ordinance formally known as Proposal B. This process creates a Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) that meet with developers. Multiple NAC members have expressed that at the end of the CBO process under Prop B, they feel the community benefits that are presented have already been decided upon before the NAC was ever created.

What they are building isn’t for everyday Detroiters to live, work or play in. Why are they using and diverting OUR tax dollars for these projects?

Dan Gilbert has an estimated net worth of $5.6 billion.

Earlier this year state legislators passed, and the governor signed into law what they called the Transformational Brownfield Law. This law makes it possible for Dan Gilbert and other developers across the state access to up to $1 billion in tax incentives. Now, in order for Gilbert to ask for the first $250 million from the State, Detroit City Council must first approve the project.

Next Tuesday will be the last regular City Council meeting before they break for the year. We assume that Gilbert wants to get this project approved before the break so that he can shift his focus to getting approval in Lansing.

Call to Action:

While we encourage people to attend City Council and Mayoral meetings, Detroit People’s Platform has decided to stop asking members and supporters to take on the many risk and costs involved in going Downtown these days. Due to this, this is a ‘virtual’ call.

We are requesting support in getting 100 messages to Council by next Tuesday morning.

In addition to calling and emailing, if possible, we are asking members and supporters to use their phone or another device to record a public comment. In your video please ask other Detroiters to make their own video to share with council and other Detroiters.

Please post your public comment videos to your social media pages, tag Detroit People’s Platform @detroitpeoples, send them to Planning and Economic Development members Benson, Sheffield and Leland, your District Council Member and both ‘At Large’ Council Members. Contact Info below.

News/Media – Learn More:

Dan Gilbert requested $250M more in public money and Detroit City Council is hesitating to hand it over

https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2017/11/13/dan-gilbert-requested-250m-more-in-public-money-and-detroit-city-council-is-hesitating-to-hand-it-over

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

Detroit City Council Contact Info – 2017

Who is your city councilperson? Check the map to find your district.

At Large – Council President Brenda Jones
@DetroitCouncilPres
(313) 224-1245
bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov.

At Large – Janee Ayers
@Ayers4Detroit
(313) 224-4248
ayersj@detroitmi.gov

District 2 – Council President Pro Tempore George Cushingberry Jr.
@gcush
(313) 224-4535
cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

District 1 – James Tate
@CouncilmanTate
(313) 224-1027
councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

District 3 – Scott Benson
@Scottinthe3rd
(313) 224-1198
BensonS@detroitmi.gov

District 4 – André L. Spivey
@CouncilmnSpivey
(313) 224-4841
CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

District 5 – Mary Sheffield
@MsMarySheffield
(313) 224-4505
CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov

District 6 – Raquel Castaneda-Lopez
@Raquel4Detroit
(313) 224-2450
councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

District 7 – Gabe Leland
@gabeleland
(313) 224-2151
LelandG@detroitmi.gov

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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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New Video: I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future

New Video: I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future

Rev. Roslyn Bouier and Monica Lewis Patrick on Black American Journal

Women of color say they feel left out of Detroit’s resurgence. In a report titled “I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future.” Nearly 500 Black, Latina, Arab, American Indian, and Asian women were surveyed and 71% felt left out of the city’s revival. Stephen talks to Ed Egnatios, Reverend Roslyn Bouier, and Monica Lewis Patrick about this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detroit News: “Women of color absent in Detroit‘s recovery”

 
Michigan Chronicle: ” ‘I Dream Detroit‘ brings women of color into Detroit‘s economic dialogue”
https://michronicleonline.com/2017/10/10/idreamdetroit-brings-women-of-color-into-detroits-economic-dialogue/
I Dream Detroit website

 

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Action Alert! Affordable Housing City Council Tuesday 9.19 9am

Action Alert! Affordable Housing City Council Tuesday 9.19 9am

Action Alert: Affordable Housing

September 16, 2017

To: Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters of Racial and Economic Justice

The Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance which will create a Housing Trust Fund for the city of Detroit, passed out of committee yesterday. This ordinance goes before Council as a Whole Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10am at 2 Woodward (CAYMC) on the 13th floor. The ordinance will not solve the affordability crisis by itself, but it is surely a step in the right direction toward housing justice in Detroit, and creates momentum for us to push for even more going forward.
Last Thursday, the room was packed with developers who argued that the bill places “undue burden” on corporate developers and their ability to maximize profit and minimize risk off the backs of working Detroiters. We expect those who want to block this ordinance will be out in full force on Tuesday. We need your support.
1) Come to the press conference at 9am at the Spirit of Detroit statue at 2 Woodward (Woodward side)—Detroit People’s Platform and other members of the HTF Coalition, including Lisa Franklin of Warriors on Wheels, will be explaining why this is a step in the right direction. We will also provide information about what still needs to be done, and how the ordinance can be improved.
2) You have the opportunity to give public comment about affordable housing. The hearing starts at 10am and may last a few hours. We  encourage all to arrive by 9:30 to get a comment card.
Detroit People’s Platform will be gathering to review the ordinance, share  talking points and prepare to speak at council on Monday from 12-2pm at Detroit People’s Platform HQ at 7700 2nd (5th Floor). All who support truly affordable housing are invited to attend.

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Tonight’s Arena Protest – Real Detroiters Demand Real Community Benefits

Tonight’s Arena Protest – Real Detroiters Demand Real Community Benefits

Tonight, Tuesday, September 12 the Detroit National Action Network and others have called a protest of the Little Caesars Arena and Kid Rock. More details on the protest can be found on this facebook page. 

The decision by Olympia Entertainment to open a publicly funded arena with 6 shows by a performer who has been at the center of racial conflict for the majority of his career is more than tone deaf. It is an example of the disconnect between developers, the administration and community. The arena development has also failed Detroiters in a more profound way – the absence of a legally binding community benefit agreement (CBA) attached to the multi million dollar public investment. It is another reason why we need REAL CBAs in Detroit. REAL CBAs are tools for Racial and Economic Justice.

Nothing prohibits Olympia Entertainment, The Pistons or any other developer from entering voluntarily into legally binding CBAs with community.

In solidarity with tonight’s protests we are calling for Detroiters and those who support racial and economic justice to contact Olympia Entertainment (313) 471-3200 @LCA_Detroit and the Detroit Pistons (248) 377-0100, ext #1 @DetroitPistons to DEMAND A CBA.

Demand that they engage with community and enter into a legally binding Community Benefits Agreement. Please make calls to those headquarters and share on social media as part of our week long action around Little Caesars Arena.

Click to Tweet:

Tweet: Detroiters demand that @LCA_Detroit voluntarily enter into a legally biding Community Benefit Agreement with community. #Detroit https://ctt.ec/BqcMd+Detroiters demand that @LCA_Detroit voluntarily enter into a legally biding Community Benefit Agreement with community. #Detroit https://ctt.ec/BqcMd+

Tweet: Detroiters demand that @DetroitPistons voluntarily enter into a legally biding Community Benefit Agreement with community. #Detroit https://ctt.ec/bzEb1+Detroiters demand that @DetroitPistons voluntarily enter into a legally biding Community Benefit Agreement with community. #Detroit https://ctt.ec/bzEb1+

Tweet: We need REAL CBAs in #Detroit. REAL CBAs are tools for Racial and Economic Justice. https://ctt.ec/B2abd+We need REAL CBAs in #Detroit. REAL CBAs are tools for Racial and Economic Justice. https://ctt.ec/B2abd+

 

“The $324-million public contribution to the arena’s construction represents the bulk of taxpayers’ commitment to the project. The only other public support for the District Detroit — the 50-block section of the city including the arena and other new office, retail and residential spaces — is a $74-million payment the Ilitches’ development firm receives if it causes at least $200 million in new development near the arena.” http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2017/09/06/little-caesars-arena-detroit-cost/616890001/

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Read More:

Stephen Henderson: Kid Rock opener at Little Caesars Arena is middle finger to Detroiters
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/stephen-henderson/2017/09/02/kid-rock-caesars-ilitch-arena/623154001/
When the Ilitch family’s Olympia Entertainment division chose divisive performer Kid Rock to christen Little Caesars Arena with six shows and a new restaurant, it sent a message to the Detroiters who made the project possible and who have yet to see the benefits promised.

What Detroit Stadiums Cost
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170910/news/638651/what-detroits-stadiums-cost

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2017 EJAM Fellowship Application

2017 EJAM Fellowship Application

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2017 EJAM Fellowship Application

This intensive training is designed for individuals who are interested in making an impact in their community through organizing around economic justice issues, including: raising wages and increasing benefits for workers. This fellowship provides the opportunity to gain valuable community organizing skills and experience working with social justice organizations in metro-Detroit. This on-the-ground experience not only helps you make change within your community, but also, can help you gain meaningful and higher-paying employment in the future. Application Deadline: Nov 25, 2016

2017 Fellowship Application