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Two New Videos, Two Detroits #AmazonDetroit #MoveTheWorld

Two New Videos, Two Detroits #AmazonDetroit #MoveTheWorld

On October 19th, two new videos about Detroit dropped. One was the city’s bid for Amazon to move to Detroit, the other lifting up the need for Community Benefit Agreements around large public funded projects.

These two videos demonstrate the vast difference in experience and opinion between those Detroiters who are benefiting from the changes underway and those who are being left behind or moved along.

From the Black Bottom Archives: “The Ilitches’ choice to open their brand new, highly subsidized sports and concert venue with a Kid Rock concert has generated a lot of anger and left many Detroiters feeling disrespected. But the Ilitches’ disrespect for Detroiters began long before the first shovel hit the ground to build the new arena. It began with Olympia Development’s refusal of a real community benefits agreement that would have made them truly accountable to Detroiters whose money the developers were using for private profit.” The video has been written about in the metrotimes: https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2017/10/19/new-video-explains-why-kid-rock-at-the-pizzarena-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg

As we continue to work for REAL Community Benefits around projects that use public funds like Little Caesars’ Arena, the city is making a bid for the Amazon HQ2.

Questions about the Amazon Deal:
How much in the way of tax incentives and other public resources are the current city leaders willing to sacrifice to bring Amazon to Detroit? Read More:

“Members of the Detroit region’s 60-member Amazon committee have been tight-lipped all week about what the city would specifically offer Amazon in terms of tax incentives, mass transportation options for employees and filling a talent pool that dwarfs the size of any existing Detroit company (Gilbert’s family of companies employ 17,000 in downtown Detroit).” Crain’s

Amazon’s red herring

 An Open Letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Detroit People’s Platform and many of our partners have signed on to the national campaign around Jobs, Tax Incentives, Accountability and Transparency and Amazon’s new headquarters, wherever they end up. Read More about the national campaign: https://ourhq2wishlist.org/#

 

 

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D5 Community Meetings on Racial Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability in our Neighborhoods.

D5 Community Meetings on Racial Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability in our Neighborhoods.

Join us for these important community meetings where we will discuss racial equity, inclusion and sustainability and create an agenda around accountability to share with the candidates for the District 5 City Council seat.

Incumbent City Council Member Mary Sheffield
Tuesday, October 17, 5:30-7:30pm
Gleaners Food Bank
2131 Beaufait St. 48207
free adjacent parking – light refreshments

Council Candidate Jewel Ware
Tuesday, October 24, 5:30-7:30pm
Wellness Plan Building
7700 2nd Ave. at Pallister
free adjacent parking – light refreshments

Presented by Detroit People’s Platform and Equitable Detroit Coalition

Upcoming Candidate Community Meetings:

Wednesday, October 18, 5:30 – 7:30pm
City Clerk Candidate Garlin Gilchrist
Wellness Plan Building Cafeteria, 7700 2nd Ave. at Pallister
free adjacent parking – light refreshments

Wednesday, October 25, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Incumbent City Clerk Janice Winfrey
Wellness Plan Building Cafeteria, 7700 2nd Ave. at Pallister
free adjacent parking – light refreshments

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Issue Update – Housing – Rental Registration Ordinance

Issue Update – Housing – Rental Registration Ordinance

Detroiters deserve a comprehensive plan that provides safe and affordable housing for all!

Issue Update – Housing, Rental Registration Ordinance

October 9th, 2017
“The City of Detroit has announced a tougher proposed rental ordinance as part of a sweeping citywide effort to demand that the owners of rental properties register them, get them into compliance and keep them that way.”
– City of Detroit press release.

What does this mean for Detroit renters?

  • The Rental Registration Ordinance as proposed potentially creates conflict between tenants and landlords while protecting neither.
  • The Rental Registration Ordinance mandates renters continue to pay rent into an escrow account without providing clarity around the liability of living in non-compliant buildings.
  • All landlords need to be held accountable, but the Rental Registration Ordinance has the potential to scapegoat landlords that have provided housing to low income Detroiters for decades.

Please read the proposed ordinance and share with friends family and neighbors. This is the most recent version as of today
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Rental-Registration-Ordinance-10-2-17-1.pdf

We will continue to monitor the progress of this legislation and provide updates.

Detroiters deserve a comprehensive housing plan that provides safe and affordable housing for all!

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Housing Trust Fund established, Housing Ordinance passed with amendments

Housing Trust Fund established, Housing Ordinance passed with amendments

Detroit – Tuesday September 19, 2017 –  Today, Detroit City Council unanimously passed Council Member Sheffield’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance with amendments. We are pleased the ordinance will establish a Housing Trust Fund, but are disappointed to share that council voted to include amendments from the administration.

The amendments that passed give developers the chance to more or less continue doing business as usual, including getting discounted public land without any requirement to build truly affordable housing.

Though the ordinance vote was unanimous, Council Members Sheffield, Ayers and Benson voted “No” while Spivey, Tate, Castañeda-López and Cushingberry Jr. voted in support of the amendments. Council President Jones left the chamber before the vote was called.

The establishment and funding of a housing trust fund is a significant victory. We are very happy for and proud of all of the Housing Trust Fund Coalition members, Detroit People’s Platform Staff and supporters, and community members who helped make this a reality.

It is NOT the end of this issue—we must continue to press, as it is clear that the interests of for-profit developers continue to be given greater weight than the needs of Detroiters today.

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We Are Renters! Outreach Gathering #RentersWeekofAction

We Are Renters! Outreach Gathering #RentersWeekofAction

Detroit People’s Platform has joined the national campaign, Rise Up for Renter Power, to call all renters to action for the second year. Nationally there are 38 cities and 23 states that work toward achieving renter’s rights.

In Detroit, 49% of individuals are renters and majority of them pay more than half of their income to rent. Eviction barriers, humiliating court procedures, increasing rental costs and displacement, aggressive development practices and our public money are reasons why renters must join this fight against the violence harming our people. Entire communities and cultures are being erased one section at a time and our current policies don’t protect or provide solutions.

We are requesting your help as we Rise Up for Renter Power and recruitment event outside the 36st district court Wednesday morning.

As renters, we can work to stop unjust evictions, build a community land trust, or organize a tenant union. These can serve as solutions that meet the needs of Detroit renters.

Join us Tomorrow, September 20th from 9 AM – 11 AM at the 36th District Court.

This is a call to those who want to see Detroit renters get a fair chance to gather on Grand Circus Park, near 36th district court. We will walk 4 minutes to the public space in front of 36st district court.

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Affordable Housing Ordinance moved out of committee! See you next Tuesday

Detroit, September 14, 2017 – Today is a good for affordable housing in Detroit. The affordable housing crisis is real in Detroit, as it all cities around the country. So today is a good day for the housing movement.

Today, the Planning and Economic Development Committee of Detroit City Council voted out of committee an affordable housing ordinance that the Detroit Housing Trust Fund Coalition, anchored by Detroit Peoples Platform, heavily influenced and powerfully advocated for over the past 12 months.

While the affordable housing crisis is not going to be solved by this victory, and so much work remains to be done to get truly affordable housing built and preserved in Detroit, it is most certainly a victory and a strong step in the right direction.

Now, we have momentum with which to build a larger and more powerful platform for housing justice in Detroit. To educate the public and elected officials and capitalize on growing interest in this critical human rights issue.

The public hearing for this bill will take place on Tuesday, September 19th at 10 a.m. on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building (2 Woodward). We invite all members of the public who support affordable housing to attend and share your comments and concerns.

Stay tuned for more info on what changes and additions would make the ordinance even more powerful!

Public Comments from today’s committee meeting:

 

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1967 Rebellion Commemoration: State of the People Address

1967 Rebellion Commemoration: State of the People Address

 

1967 Detroit Rebellion Celebration: State of the People Address​Saturday, August 5, 12 – 3 PM
Team Wellness Center – East
6309 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI 48207-2302

“1967 Detroit Rebellion Celebration: State of the People Address” examines the critical issues confronting Detroit voters in the 2017 elections through the lens of the 1967 Rebellion. These issues include: 1) anti-blackness and othering; 2) displacement of long-term Detroiters due to school closures, water shutoffs and illegal tax foreclosures; 3) regional injustice; and 4) the need for equitable forms of development. We must explore these issues’ deep, historical roots to fully understand the challenges facing Detroit today.

 

Learn from some of Detroit’s best organizers on the historical context of the 1967 Rebellion and our continued fight today against the issues facing our city. #DetroitVotes4Equity

This community event has been organized and supported by:
Detroit Equity Action Lab, Michigan Voice, Detroit People’s Platform, MOSES, Cair Michigan, We the People of Detroit, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit 67 Project

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Detroit City Council approve Gilbert/Bedrock affordable housing scheme

Detroit City Council approve Gilbert/Bedrock affordable housing scheme

July 25, 2017 - Detroit City Council voted 7-1, Sheffield voting 'no' and Cushingberry Jr. absent, to approve the Gilbert/Bedrock affordable housing scheme for the Hudson's site/Downtown Development. This is a classic example of how development goes in Detroit. Billionaires demand public hand-outs and then give Detroiters the boot. We see how Dan Gilbert and Bedrock see Detroit. We aren't in it.

July 25, 2017 – Detroit City Council voted 7-1, Sheffield voting ‘no’ and Cushingberry Jr. absent, to approve the Gilbert/Bedrock affordable housing scheme for the Hudson’s site/Downtown Development.
This is a classic example of how development goes in Detroit. Billionaires demand public hand-outs and then give Detroiters the boot.
We see how Dan Gilbert and Bedrock see Detroit. We aren’t in it.

 

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Community Forum and Training—Detroit’s Housing Crisis

The Detroit Housing Trust Fund Coalition (DHTFC) would like to invite you to an interactive learning session on Wednesday, June 14th from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

We will be joined by our ally, national expert Michael Anderson from the Housing Trust Fund Project, who will co-facilitate.

Dinner will be provided and we will spend the evening learning from one another and growing together in our understanding of Detroit’s housing crisis, how it is impacting us and our communities, and what we can do about it.

The meeting is open to endorsers of the DHTFC’s housing trust fund ordinance and allies committed to solving Detroit’s affordable housing crisis and in a way that prioritizes existing residents and especially low-income residents.

We will use this opportunity to:

  • Asses the State of Housing in Detroit—Share with one another what we are seeing and experiencing around housing, then report out
  • Update the community about the work of the Housing Trust Fund coalition and our next steps
  • Solicit feedback from participants about needs and visions related to housing and housing funding
  • Train participants in effectively communicating key talking points to local organizations, your clients or customers, community members, and representatives to advocate for affordable housing
  • Focus on Solutions
  • Take next steps, together, and invite allies to join the coalition

Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-forum-and-trainingdetroits-housing-crisis-tickets-35093672118

Please contact Aaron at homesforall@detroitpeoplesplatform.org with any questions.