Good Friday Court Date for Nonviolent Water Justice Defendants
Last night’s State of the State Protest:
https://youtu.be/ejujdMGBlZA – Approaching the Capital – East Entrance
https://youtu.be/WaS_QPq-naY – West Entrance
https://youtu.be/vSEC1ld1Wv0 – North Entrance
https://youtu.be/l5wZnOIn1OE – #FlintLivesMatter
https://youtu.be/cX1eY-PP4po – #SnyderMustGoToJail
Democracy Now (clip) http://www.democracynow.org/
https://youtu.be/rpa5iFqPTYE – Thank you Kate Levy!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janeé L Ayers, At Large: 313.224.4248, email@example.com
James Tate, District 1: 313.224.1027, councilmembertate@detroitmi.
George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2: 313.224.4535, firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Benson, District 3: 313.224.1198, email@example.com
Andre Spivey, District 4 313.224.4841, CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov
Mary Sheffield, District 5: 313.224.4505, CouncilMemberSheffield@
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6: 313.224.2450, CouncilmemberRaquel@detroitmi.
Gabe Leland, District 7: 313.224.2151, firstname.lastname@example.org
July 2, 2015
On Tuesday, June Governor Snyder did in fact sign HB 4052.
Detroit Peoples Platform will continue to raise the issue of the value of the CBA ordinance in advancing both racial and economic justice here in Detroit, particularly as it relates to investment of public dollars in private development. We believe that we must centralize the issue of race and advance more coherent policy recommendations that address racial equity across all aspects of our lives as residents in this community. We believe that the CBA ordinance is one such policy.
Please NOTE that Mayor Duggan’s District 4 Community Meeting has been RESCHEDULED – The meeting will take place on July 9th at 7PM. The meeting will take place at the Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236
Detroit to Flint, Water Justice Journey July 3- 10, 2015
Join us as we walk from Detroit to Flint demanding clean, affordable water for all.
Friday July 3
8:00am: WATER CEREMONY @ Memorial to the Underground Railroad, Hart Plaza, Detroit
9:30am: MEET-UP @ Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams Ave, Detroit
10:00am: SEND-OFF RALLY @ Spirit of Detroit, Corner of Woodward & Jefferson, Detroit
11:00am: JOURNEY BEGINS!
2:30pm: CULTURAL CELEBRATION @ Nandi’s Knowledge Café, 12511 Woodward Ave, Highland Park
4:00pm: TOWN HALL & RALLY TO KEEP OUR WATER PUBLIC @ St. Luke’s AME, 363 Labelle St, Highland Park
9:00pm: DETROIT LIGHT BRIGADE @ Corner of 9 Mile & Woodward, Ferndale
Sunday July 5
7:00pm: CROSS-COUNTY SPEAK-OUT! @ Baldwin Center,
212 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac
Friday July 10
10:00am: RALLY FOR CLEAN & AFFORDABLE WATER @ City Hall, 1101 South Saginaw St, Flint
11:00am: DELEGATION TO LANSING post-rally, details TBA
People’s Water Board Coalition*
Highland Park Human Rights Coalition**
Flint Coalition for Clean Water***
*Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
For daily walk times and updates, go to
www.peopleswaterboard.org or call (313) 579-9071
District 2 People’s Platform members and supporters will come together to demand economic justice and racial equity in public supported development.
Ask the Mayor for an accounting of our public investment in private development – who is benefiting?
Join The Conversation:
Please Note: The District 4 Community Meeting has been RESCHEDULED – The meeting will take place on July 9th at 7PM. The meeting will take place at the Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236.
June 16, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ron Scott, 313 399 7345
We Must Fight for Freedom During the Freedom Festival
Today, the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality release the following statement as it prepares to testify before the Detroit City Council regarding the latest revision of the Detroit Police Department’s Emergency Ordinance proposal imposing a teen curfew during Freedom Festival Weekend:
“This new ordinance creates a Soweto-like, police controlled and monitored zone which restricts the movement of youth in the designated area. This draconian measure flies in the face of the City of Detroit’s anti-profiling ordinance. It is ironic that it is being proposed at a time when America and Canada are celebrating their democratic traditions. We urge those who support the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution to stand up and stop repression and the criminalization of a generation.
According to applicable case law around the country during the last two decades, the police department has to show a compelling interest in the changed ordinance based on public safety concerns. We wonder: what the department can say specifically regarding their fears and concerns? Internet chatter and specious intelligence reports are not enough to justify prior restraint of an entire generation and/or ethnic group.
That is what the First, Second and Third installments of the American Revolution, also known as the Revolutionary War, Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, fought to achieve: 1) to establish constitutionally mandate republic; 2) to maintain and extend the rights of citizens who had previously been enslaved; and 3) to restore the rights of formerly enslaved citizens and their descendants. All this work took great human effort and sacrifice. We must continue to do the same thing today. Youth must be brought into the process of building safe communities—just like we come together during Angels’ Night—and not criminalized and left outside of the process because of who they are, how they look, or where they live.
The world will be watching to see how Detroit handles this.
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
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.
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.
June 12, 2015
Advisory Alert – Yesterday the Michigan Senate approved a bill prohibiting local governments from having wage, benefits laws. HB 4052, the Anti-Worker, Anti Community bill goes back to the House for concurrence next week.
“The bill passed the Senate Competitiveness committee Thursday morning on a 4-1 vote and in the full Senate a few hours later by a 22-16 vote. Republican Sens. Tom Casperson of Escanaba, Mike Nofs of Battle Creek, Margaret O’Brien of Portage and Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights joined all Democrats in opposing the legislation.”
“The bill – HB 4052- moves to the House for concurrence in the changes made by the Senate. The bill was narrowly passed by the House last month.” Read More…
Please stay tuned for further updates and an Action Alert.
“LANSING, Michigan — Local governments would be prohibited from setting local minimum wages or other employer requirements under a House bill that moved quickly through the Senate on Thursday.”
“The Senate’s Michigan Competitiveness Committee approved the bill 4-1 Thursday morning along party lines after changing some of the language. Within a few hours, the full Senate passed the bill 22-16, with several Republicans joining Democrats in voting against it.”
“The legislation would prevent a patchwork of local ordinances that could deter economic development, according to bill sponsor Rep. Earl Poleski, a Republican from Jackson. He has pointed to new laws setting minimum wages in cities such as Los Angeles as an example of what he wants to prevent.” Read More…
HELP STOP DETROIT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL YOUTH CURFEWWhile the rest of the city will be celebrating American freedom, Detroit youth 17 and under will have to be on lockdown in their houses starting at 6 p.m. June 22 (Fireworks Night) and at 8 pm June 19-22 (River Days). In 2012-2014, similar ordinances allowed police to harass, handcuff, fine, and detain hundreds of youth just because they were outside on a long summer night.This year’s proposed ordinance:
- will last for four days (June 19-22). On Fireworks night, the curfew is citywide and will even apply to young people who live miles away from the riverfront
- makes it illegal for youth to leave their houses without a responsible adult, or detailed, written documentationWhat you can do to stop this:Attend the public hearing on Tuesday, June 16 at 2 p.m. to make a public comment or to help show your opposition to this unconstitutional ordinance. Location: 1340 Coleman Young Building (13th Floor), 2 Woodward Avenue, downtown Detroit.Call your Detroit City Council members and tell them not to enact this unprecedented, unconstitutional ordinance that stereotypes and criminalizes Detroit youth and turns the city into a police state. Updates and contact information available at: http://www.detroitmi.gov/Government/City-Council
313.224.1245 – email@example.comJaneé L Ayers, At Large
313.224.4248 – firstname.lastname@example.org