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Earth Charter Dinner

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You’re invited for dinner and conversation….

Wednesday, December 2, 1015
5 to 8 PM $25 per person

Colors-ROC
311 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Earth Charter as an ethical foundation to help us continue to build the beloved community in Detroit. Reserve your tickets by November 29th

www.EarthCharterDinner.eventbrite.com

$10 non-refundable deposit per ticket or Make check payable to Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit on memo line: Earth Charter Dinner. Mail to 4750 Woodward Ave. #306 Detroit MI 48201 by Nov. 25th For more info: river1143@comcast.net or call (313 717-6151)

Earth Charter Dinner

Be a part of the conversation for Restaurant Workers and Earned Sick Time issues.

RESTAURANT WORKERS! COLORS-Detroit Restaurant
EJAM, Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan
GLBD,  Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit

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RIVERSIDE PARK UPDATE / ACTION ALERT

From Friends of Riverside Park – Riversideparkdetroit@gmail.com

The proposed Riverside Park land deal (between the City of Detroit and the Detroit International Bridge Company) was reported out of the Planning and Economic Development Committee on Thursday. This means that council as a whole may be voting on it on Tuesday, July 14 at 10 AM. We are asking that you show up Tuesday, July 14 at 10AM, Coleman A Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave, 13th Floor! In addition please email and call councilmembers between now and Tuesday expressing your concerns. Please see the contact numbers and emails of all 9 city council members. Below is a sample script for your phone call or email:

“I am very concerned about the Riverside Park proposal and urge you to take more time for deliberation before city council votes on the deal. There are too many unanswered questions and the original deal was drafted without community input. My neighbors and I deserve better especially with regard to the amount of money being given up front to the city by the bridge company, environmental and public health concerns, clearance with regard to the use of outdoor park space, and the lack of legally binding community benefits.”

City Councilmembers’ contact information:
Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large: 313.224.1245, bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
Janeé L Ayers, At Large: 313.224.4248, ayersj@detroitmi.gov
James Tate, District 1: 313.224.1027, councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov
George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2: 313.224.4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson, District 3: 313.224.1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov
Andre Spivey, District 4 313.224.4841, CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov
Mary Sheffield, District 5: 313.224.4505, CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6: 313.224.2450, CouncilmemberRaquel@detroitmi.gov
Gabe Leland, District 7: 313.224.2151, lelandg@detroitmi.gov

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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: 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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Support: Petition for paid sick days.

Just in from Mothering Justice, one of our Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan allies. Detroit People’s Platform supports this petition drive. Please share through your networks.

“In a distressing repeat of past lame duck shenanigans, Michigan lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit local governments from establishing mandatory wages, benefits, or leave time requirements (such as paid sick leave or family leave).  The bill’s sponsor has admitted that he introduced the legislation to preempt attempts by activist organizations (such as this one, made up of moms from around the state) to introduce paid sick leave legislation at the state level.  We need your help to push back!  Please join us in signing a petition for paid sick days.  Let’s show this lame duck session that we’re still paying attention, and that we won’t be silenced by their tactics.  Every worker deserves the right to take time off when they or a loved one is sick.  So sign our petition, and let Lansing know we’re here.”
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CBA Ordinance PDFs

CBAbuttonsSMHere are the documents shared at today’s PED Committee Meeting:

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BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES APPRENTICESHIP READINESS TRAINING

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ACCESS for ALL
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES APPRENTICESHIP READINESS TRAINING
Now Enrolling for Classes

Starting May 2014
Contact an Access for All Representative Today!
(313) 945-5200 Ext. 4317

“START YOUR CAREER IN THE BUILDING TRADES NOW”
Classroom/Worksite Training – 294 HOURS Minimum Program Requirements

■ Unemployed or Underemployed
■ Detroit Resident
■ High School Diploma or GED
■ 18 Years Old or Older
■ Valid Michigan Drivers License
■ Ability to Pass Drug Screen
■ Subject to a Criminal Background Check
■ Experience in the Building Trades a plus
■ Minimum 10th grade Reading & Math required (determined by assessment)

UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ACCESS FOR ALL TRAINING, POTENTIAL UNION APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:

■ Electrician
■ Carpenter
■ Operating Engineer
■ Laborer
■ Cement Mason
■ Ironworker

“This project was privately funded by a grant from the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund. The DRWF is operated by United Way for Southeastern Michigan and includes public and private investors: the Knight Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Jobs for the Future and the U.S. Department of Labor, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, JP Morgan Chase Global Philanthropy, and the Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives.”

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