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Former EM compares Detroit Bankruptcy to Civil Rights #ReclaimMLK

Former EM compares Detroit Bankruptcy to Civil Rights #ReclaimMLK

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Former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr compares Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit’s bankruptcy to Rev. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. #ReclaimMLK

 

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Excerpts from the MLive.com article on Kevyn Orr’s speech at the Grand Rapids Economic Clubs gathering on January 26th:

“While his plan to restructure the city’s pension obligations and its debts was greeted with almost universal hostility, Orr said it was a call from his mother that was among the most difficult. She called after hearing from an elderly friend whose pension was threatened by the bankruptcy petition.

“When your momma calls you crying about the job you’re doing, it’s a little disconcerting,” said Orr.

Orr compared Snyder’s decision to “bet the farm” and seek bankruptcy in his first term in office as a great act of political courage on par with Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s D-Day Invasion and the Rev. Martin Luther King’s civil rights crusade.”

Read the full article: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/01/kevyn_orr_thanks_outstate_legi.html

 

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Comparing Snyder’s actions to those of MLK’s during the Civil Rights Movement is an offensive attempt to recast the horrendous impact of Gov. Snyder’s legislation and policy on the state’s black population. It is a mockery of Rev. Martin Luther King’s legacy.

During Snyder’s tenure as Governor residents have experienced:

 

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Action Alert: Foreclosure Emergency – Help keep people in their homes

Correction: The wrong dates for the Show Cause Hearings were shared in the earlier Action Update. Please take a moment to forward these correct dates. The Tax Foreclosure Show Cause Hearings will be held at Cobo Hall, 9am-5pm, Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th and Monday, February 2nd through Thursday, February 5th. The last day of Show Cause hearings for Detroiters is Thursday, Feb 5th and it is the 9 am session only. There is no afternoon hearing on that day for Detroit property owners. Wayne County’s notice posted in the Legal News states that they will see any tax payer at any time during these specific days.

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1 in 7 Detroiters could lose their homes in the fall 2015 Tax Foreclosure Auction if they do not take action by March 31st!

Detroit People’s Platform
HOMES FOR ALL DETROITERS!

Action Alert Update: January 26th, 2015“Nearly one is seven Detroit homeowners could see their homes auctioned off in the fall… 80,000 PROPERTIES IN FORECLOSURES, 45,000 OF THEM OCCUPIED HOMES” http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/new-help-for-avoiding-foreclosure-in- detroit/30504228

HOMEOWNERS:
The Tax Foreclosure Show Cause Hearings will be held at Cobo Hall, 9am-5pm, Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th and Monday, February 2nd through Thursday, February 5th. The last day of Show Cause hearings for Detroiters is Thursday, Feb 5th and it is the 9 am session only. There is no afternoon hearing on that day for Detroit property owners. Wayne County’s notice posted in the Legal News states that they will see any tax payer at any time during those specific days. For further information, please send an email to taxinfo@waynecounty.com or call the Wayne County Taxpayer Assistance Department at (313) 224-6105

CONCERNED NEIGHBORS & People’s Platform Members
Take Action!
– ATTEND TRAINING WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28th – 5:30 – 8:30pm
Attend this training to support the Show Cause events above and future Tax Foreclosure Information Sessions with People’s Platform partner organizations throughout the city.

About the Training
Those attending the training with Ted Phillips and United Community Housing Coalition will learn more about the recent state legislation that made changes to the tax law, how to read a tax bill, how to screen folks to determine what kind of assistance they qualify for and also how to help somebody with a simple tax delinquency fill out the forms needed to enter into a payment agreement. 
5:30 – 8:30pm, food at 5 with the training at 6pm 
at Repair the World Workshop, 2701 Bagley Ave in Southwest Detroit, 48216
Please RSVP to homesforall@detroitpeoplesplatform.org

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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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District 6: Land Forum event

Land Forum event in District 6 Tmrw Night.

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We hope you will join us for the third Land Forum workshop tomorrowNovember 18th at Repair the World on 2701 Bagley Ave., Detroit, MI 48216 from 5:30 – 8PM. The agenda will start at 6PM with light refreshments provided at 5:30PM. Please feel free to share our flyer with your networks.

Land Forum III offers attendees to learn about and get answers to questions about how to plan for, purchase and develop vacant land in Detroit, including working with City entities to move land reuse projects forward.  To RSVP or learn more, please contact Samira Guyot at (313) 969 7204 or sguyot@mi-community.com. A more detailed overview of the program and its goals is provided below. Event flyer attached.

What Is Land Forum?

The Land Forum Workshop is an educational platform designed to de-mystify the process of buying vacant property in Detroit for residents in Detroit with the end goal of building a cohort of informed buyers from communities engaged in revitalization efforts. The workshop is offered at a public location every other month to allow time for attendees to follow up on process steps identified at the prior land forum or to conduct their own research. The Land Forum workshop is structured to guide attendees through the process of acquiring and using vacant land step by step over time.

The major steps in buying property or reusing vacant land are divided into topic areas for the attendee. Expert speakers staff resource tables focused on each major step including planning (land use and business), location scouting, acquisition (+ due diligence), and development. LF is an initiative that leverages the resources of many organizations to address vacant property reuse.  Land Forum is a partnership between the Greening of Detroit, Michigan Community Resources, the Damon J. Keith Center at Wayne State University, and the Wayne State Law School’s Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law.

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UN experts condemn Detroit water shutoffs

Posted date: October 22, 2014

Mayor’s office says UN is wrong, ‘everybody’s gotta pay’

By Curt Guyette
Special to the Michigan Citizen

During the three days she spent in Detroit investigating the water shutoff crisis, there were a number of times when Catarina de Albuquerque’s jaw literally dropped.

A United Nations human rights expert on issues involving water and sanitation, Albuquerque would sit, mouth agape, astonished by what she was hearing from residents and their advocates.

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“I heard testimonies from poor, African American residents of Detroit who were forced to make impossible choices — to pay the water bills or to pay their rent,” Albuquerque said Oct. 20 during a press conference to announce what she and fellow U.N. Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha had learned while in Detroit.

“A woman whose water had been cut off explained that her teenage daughters had to wash themselves with a bottle of water during menstruation, and had to refrain from flushing the toilet to save water,” Albuquerque said.

From the woman who said she stopped cooking rice because of the amount of water it takes, to the parents who expressed fear the state would take custody of their children if it was discovered they lived in a home with no running water, Albuquerque and Farha heard testimony and, during a tour, saw firsthand the effects water shutoffs are having on Detroit’s poorest residents and their neighborhoods.

But what struck her most, Albuquerque said, is the sheer scope of the problem. Through September, according to the Detroit’s Department of Water and Sewerage, service has been cut to more than 27,000 households so far this year. Of that number, about 12,000 remain without water. READ MORE AT THE MICHIGAN CITIZEN

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CBA Ordinance PDFs

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NEW! People’s Platform News, Election 2014

5,000 copies of the special ‘Election 2014’ issue of the People’s Platform News are hitting the streets this week. In addition to ‘getting out the vote’ and providing a breakdown of what is on the ballot in Detroit November 4th, there are also updates from the Detroit Community Land Trust Coalition, on the Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance, Good Jobs and more.

Copies of the People’s Platform News are distributed by People’s Platform Members and Allies in Detroit’s 7 Districts. If you would like to distribute papers please get in touch.

Download, print and share:[wpfilebase tag=fileurl id=16 linktext=’People’s Platform News, Election 2014′ /]

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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