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Community Mapping Workshop: Let’s get on the map!

Community Mapping Workshop: Let’s get on the map!
The Block at Cass Park” 2727 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
5:30pm-8pm

maps shape the world. if we build the maps, we make the world.

please join the community land trust working group and the People’s Platform as we host a presentation of goal-oriented community mapping and organizing tools from NYC, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Los Angeles with Paula Z. Segal of 596 Acres (Brooklyn), followed by a collaborative exploration of existing technologies for and representations of Detroit.

Paula Segal is the founding director of 596 Acres, New York City’s community land access advocacy project and worldwide consultancy bringing understanding of municipal data to organizers in cities worldwide. an attorney, she received her law degree from City University of New York Law School, an institution founded on the principle of making the law accessible to regular people, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Human and Civil Rights. Paula is first an educator. before law school, she taught English to Speakers of Other Languages at CUNY and trained other teachers in creating decentralized and participatory classroom environments. she became an attorney to directly tackle disparity between people and institutions when it comes to the most basic question of access – access to land.

please contact shanebernardo@gmail.com to RSVP or for more info & follow People’s Platform on Facebook & Twitter/ 596Acres on Facebook & Twitter.
the hashtag for this event is #GetOnTheMap.

 

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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

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Rev. Ross: Let Detroiters rebuild the city

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March 3, 2014 at 1:00 am

Rev. Ross: Let Detroiters rebuild the city

LANDThe Detroit City Council recently granted Olympia Development of Michigan almost $3 million worth of public land and hundreds of millions of public dollars to erect a hockey arena and pursue other developments in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. The argument behind putting public money and resources into private sports complexes and the like is that municipalities will recoup the money from tax revenue and revitalization. But careful study of these deals reveals otherwise.

Research from 1984 by Forest College economist Robert Baade right up to 2012 by the investment bank UBS (Batter Up: Public Sector Support for Professional Sports Facilities) shows that cities generally don’t benefit from such deals. To quote the UBS study: “Unfortunately, independent academic research studies consistently conclude that new stadiums and arenas have no measurable effect on the level of real income or employment in the metropolitan areas in which they are located.”

In spite of UBS’s findings, there is one way such deals can benefit someone other than the developer. The only times taxpayers see tangible benefits from bankrolling billionaire sports franchise owners is when the community demands and gets community benefit agreements, which are contracts signed by developers. The Staples Center in Los Angeles and the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh are examples of such projects benefiting the cities involved through community benefit agreements. Both cities were in better financial shape than Detroit is today, and both still found it necessary to protect themselves financially.

Even though the City Council accepted Olympia’s handshake and promise to do right by Detroiters this time, there is an ordinance before the council that would guarantee community benefit agreements for such projects in the future. Just as Olympia would never sublet work to another firm without a contract, it is only fair that the city have an equally enforceable agreement for hundreds of millions of public dollars.

If Detroiters don’t value the city’s assets and integrity, developers never will. Indeed, the bankruptcy has created a fire sale mentality where everything is supposed to be had on the cheap. City Council must take steps make sure the city gets a fair deal with developers:

■ Developers sign legal contracts to abide by the terms of the community benefit agreement.

■ Community oversight boards to ensure transparency.

■ Developers hold public hearings on projects with adequate notice.

■ Rent control and other protections for residents in the case of rising property values.

■ Projects should train and employ city residents.

These are some of the broad outlines of how the city must conduct business to keep residents from getting the short end of the stick.

In a just world, billionaires would fund their own projects. It is particularly unjust that corporations come to an entity as short on resources as the city of Detroit and demand resources to fund privately owned development.

The least City Council can do is pass an ordinance to protect the city and its residents by leveling the playing field for Detroiters.

The Rev. Joan C. Ross is director of the North End Woodward Community Coalition and executive director of the Greater Woodward Community Development Corp.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140303/OPINION01/303030001#ixzz2uu7J9xLv

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VIDEO: WSU professor Peter Hammer on Detroit Future City plan

from: http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2014/02/wayne_state_professor_calls_de.html

DETROIT, MI — A Wayne State University professor sees Detroit’s long-term urban planning blueprint as destructive and plans a Feb. 25 presentation to explain why he views it as a “deathblow” to the the city.

The 347-page Detroit Future City strategic framework was revealed in 2013 after years of planning spurred by former Mayor Dave Bing. And new Mayor Mike Duggan’s development chief has called the document his “Bible.”

The plan’s implementation office is scheduled to open a new location in a Feb. 20 announcement of top priorities and a new branding plan.

But law professor Peter Hammer a few days later plans to present his case against the framework, which he said will “re-organize Detroit out of existence.”

Hammer is director of the Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School.

 

Thanks to Shane Bernardo for the live stream!

MLIVE.com announcing the event:
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2014/02/wayne_state_professor_calls_de.html

Read and download the “Framework”
http://detroitfuturecity.com/framework/

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Update: Hockey Arena/Catalyst Project: City council approves land transfer

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City council approves land transfer for new arena without enforceable community benefits or oversight.


Detroit, February 5, 2014. People’s Platform Hockey Arena / Catalyst Project Update.
Many Detroiters are disgusted but not surprised that the transfer of city land to Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) was approved yesterday by the city council. The land transfer will make way for construction on the new $650 million dollar project that uses $450 million in public funds. Yesterday, the city council voted to give away the land for this project, 39 city lots, for one dollar.

The council members voting ‘yes’ on the land transfer were Jenkins, Sheffield, Benson, Cushingberry, Leland, and Spivey while ‘no’ votes came from Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate.

Some of the votes from the newly seated council were surprising, especially in the face of intense community dissent. Dissenters questioned the wisdom of giving away so many public dollars to build a second [or new] hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings as the city reels from bankruptcy, the foreclosure crisis, and deep cuts to social services that effect all Detroiters, and residents of the region.

Tate’s ‘no’ vote was unexpected but inconsequential. In his explanation, the council member went out of his way to define his dissent as being due to the lack of commitment to create post-construction jobs and not due to the call from community for oversight.

Council new-comer and Detroit’s first Latina council member, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, was very engaged, hosting multiple meetings, gathering community input and negotiating with OMD, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

The ongoing struggle over enforceable community benefits with oversight will carry beyond this decision on the arena. Last year, the Community Benefits Agreement Policy Group presented city council with a draft community benefits agreement ordinance that will benefit Detroiters city-wide and set a precedent for equitable development.

Platform Member Follow-up
People’s Platform members and allies are encouraged to call and thank council members Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate who voted ‘no’ for standing with their community. Members and allies are also encouraged to contact council members who voted to approve the deal yesterday, ask them to explain their vote and reiterate the need for community benefits that are enforceable and include community oversight.

2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
(updated Feb 5, 2014)

Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245 – bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248 – councilmemberjenkins@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 – sheffieldm@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450 – castaneda-lopezr@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151 – lelandg@detroitmi.gov

LEARN MORE, DOWNLOAD, PRINT & SHARE RESOURCES from http://unitingdetroiters.org

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Update: City council approves land transfer for new arena

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City council approves land transfer for new arena without enforceable community benefits or oversight.


Detroit, February 5, 2014. People’s Platform Hockey Arena / Catalyst Project Update.
Many Detroiters are disgusted but not surprised that the transfer of city land to Olympia Development of Michigan (ODM) was approved yesterday by the city council. The land transfer will make way for construction on the new $650 million dollar project that uses $450 million in public funds. Yesterday, the city council voted to give away the land for this project, 39 city lots, for one dollar.

The council members voting ‘yes’ on the land transfer were Jenkins, Sheffield, Benson, Cushingberry, Leland, and Spivey while ‘no’ votes came from Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate.

Some of the votes from the newly seated council were surprising, especially in the face of intense community dissent. Dissenters questioned the wisdom of giving away so many public dollars to build a second [or new] hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings as the city reels from bankruptcy, the foreclosure crisis, and deep cuts to social services that effect all Detroiters, and residents of the region.

Tate’s ‘no’ vote was unexpected but inconsequential. In his explanation, the council member went out of his way to define his dissent as being due to the lack of commitment to create post-construction jobs and not due to the call from community for oversight.

Council new-comer and Detroit’s first Latina council member, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, was very engaged, hosting multiple meetings, gathering community input and negotiating with OMD, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

The ongoing struggle over enforceable community benefits with oversight will carry beyond this decision on the arena. Last year, the Community Benefits Agreement Policy Group presented city council with a draft community benefits agreement ordinance that will benefit Detroiters city-wide and set a precedent for equitable development.

Platform Member Follow-up
People’s Platform members and allies are encouraged to call and thank council members Jones, Castaneda-Lopez and Tate who voted ‘no’ for standing with their community. Members and allies are also encouraged to contact council members who voted to approve the deal yesterday, ask them to explain their vote and reiterate the need for community benefits that are enforceable and include community oversight.

2014 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
(updated Feb 5, 2014)

Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245 – bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins, At Large
313.224.4248 – councilmemberjenkins@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 – sheffieldm@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6
313.224.2450 – castaneda-lopezr@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151 – lelandg@detroitmi.gov

LEARN MORE, DOWNLOAD, PRINT & SHARE RESOURCES from http://unitingdetroiters.org

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People’s Platform Action Alert: Council Hearing on a NEW ARENA and Detroit Development Authority expansion

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People’s Platform Call to Action

Thursday, December 19th 2013

 

Tomorrow, Friday December 20th at 9am Detroit City Council will meet to hear public comments and vote on the expansion of the Downtown Development Authority.

The expansion of the DDA, across I-75 and into the long contested land between Downtown and “Midtown”, will facilitate, authorize and make way for the construction of a new hockey arena and, according to recent reports, the state supported demolition of Joe Louis Arena.

City Council has delayed their vote until the last business day of the calendar year waiting for the DDA and the developer, Olympia Development, to present the Concession Agreement (executive summary attached) which they agreed upon and presented to Council last Friday, December 13th.

We encourage citizen participation in this decision and request that Detroiters contact City Council members, attend the public hearing if possible, and

1.) demand that Council oppose the expansion of the DDA, and

2.) that if it is approved, they amend the Concession Management Agreement between the DDA and Olympia Development to include a Community Steering Committee that truly reflects community. NOT the committee structure recommended by the Corridor Alliance group.

Members and supporters of the People’s Platform will be meeting at 8:30 AM in the hallway outside of Council chambers on the 13th Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to organize before the hearing starts at 9:00 AM. If you are unable to join us in person we encourage you to contact council by email or phone to express your opinion. Council Member contact info is below.

Suggested Talking Points:

  • In the same month that a federal judge has determined that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy, the proposal for this development, which uses $300 million in public funding encourages separate and unequal development that benefits only the developer and not the community and flies in the face of pensioners and others impacted by the bankruptcy.
  • This project will negatively impact current residents and businesses by making the downtown and midtown areas more difficult to navigate for the vast majority of Detroiters, cutting off access needed services, like the DMC for example.
  • The Ilitches already own acres of blighted property WITHIN the existing DDA that could be utilized and put to use for this project.
If Council Members vote in support of the DDA expansion:
If council elects to approve the expansion of the DDA, we ask that they amend the Concession Management Agreement to include and empower a Community Steering Committee with an alternate structure to the one proposed by the Corridor Alliance. While the work of the Corridor Alliance strives to address the concerns of the community and brings many resources through its partnerships it does not represent the voice of many Detroiters who refuse to accept this project as a “done deal”. The Corridor Alliance’s letter to Council President Jenkins is attached. CA_Council_December 12
The proposed Corridor Alliance Community Steering Committee does not truly reflect the residents and businesses in and around the catalyst area, only serves to authorize and condone this project, only benefits a few well organized and well intentioned individuals and continues to set a precedent for community benefit that does not benefit those directly impacted by development.
If the proposal for a Community Steering Committee is included in the Concession Management Agreement by City Council we encourage an alternate structure for the committee, This alternate proposal will more adequately reflect a greater diversity of input and will include community members from District 6 and District 5, both areas that will be impacted by this development.Proposed Alternate Community Steering Committee Membership
The Community Steering Committee shall consist of ten members to be selected as follows:
2 members designated by City Council Member Raquel Castaneda-Lopez for District 6
2 members designated by City Council Member Mary Sheffield for District 5
2 members designated by existing and active community groups, WRD6 and the Detroit People’s Platform Leadership Caucus
2 members designated by the Corridors Alliance
1 member designated by Doing Development Differently in Detroit
1 member designated by the Developer

The Corridor Alliance proposed membership:
(from their letter to Council President Jenkins)

The Community Steering Committee shall consist of ten (10) individual members to be selected as follows: the Council Member for District 6 shall have the right to designate three (3) members, the Corridors Alliance shall have the right to designate four (4) members, the board of Directors of Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit (D4) shall have the right to designate two (2) members, and the Developer shall have the right to designate one (1) member.  ref: CA_Council_December 12

 

Call/email City Council
Council President Saunteel Jenkins, (313) 224-4248 (office), E-mail: councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov
Council President Pro Tem André L. Spivey, (313) 224-4841 (office), E-mail: CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov
Council Member Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr, (313) 224-4505 (office), E-mail: Kenneth.Cockrel@detroitmi.gov
Council Member Brenda Jones, (313) 224-1245 (office), E-mail: bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
Council Member James Tate, (313) 224-1027 (office), E-mail: councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov
Council Member JoAnn Watson, (313) 224-4535 (office), E-mail: WatsonJ@detroitmi.gov

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People’s Platform Advisory Alert #2

LAND JUSTICE: Community Land Trust Gathering, Tues, Nov 19, 6-8pm – 736 Lothrop

The next Community Land Trust Gathering will take place this Tuesday November 19 from 6-8pm at 736 Lothrop. The meeting will include a presentation on the land portion of Detroit Future City by Professor Peter Hammer, Director of Wayne State University’s Law School’s Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights. The presentation will serve and an overview and share how it will affect different neighborhoods.

 

DEMOS Briefing on What Caused the Detroit Bankruptcy, Wed, Nov 20, 8:30am – MSU Detroit Center

Detroit has filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the United States but there has been a remarkable lack of in depth analysis of Detroit’s financial data by those with expertise in municipal finance.

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:30 am, Demos is sponsoring a briefing on their new report about the Detroit Bankruptcy. The report, which is being released on the same day, was researched by Wallace Turbeville, a senior fellow at Demos and an expert in municipal finance. Mr. Turbeville, reviewed several years of Detroit financial data in his effort to determine the contributing causes of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

The briefing will feature Mr. Turbeville and Saqib Bhatti, a fellow at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. They will discuss key findings of the research. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers. A report summary will be made available to attendees.

Community groups, clergy, activists, elected officials, civil rights groups and labor unions are invited to attend. You are free to pass this invite on to others.

CLOSED TO PRESS

Michigan State University, Detroit Center
3408 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48201
8:30-10:00 am.
To RSVP email thedetroitbankruptcy@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE: State of Emergency – Nov 30th

People’s Forum II: Next Generation
State of Emergency!

*EXPOSING the roots and effects of Emergency Management
*FIGHTING displacement and colonization in our communities

*ILLUMINATING the path to dignity and self-determination of all generations

DID YOU KNOW?
Over half of Michigan’s African-American population is under is under dictator rule by Governor appointed Emergency Management?

Emergency Management does NOT increase revenue, does NOT improve quality of life, does NOT reduce debt?

There is no accountability for decisions made about our communities by Emergency Managers?

Learn more about these pressing injustices and be part of creating community solutions.

Saturday November 30th 10am-2pm
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers Rd #1  Detroit, MI 48235