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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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Detroit People’s Platform Action Alert – WATER

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Detroit People’s Platform Action Alert – WATER
In response to the crisis of mass water shutoffs in the city of Detroit, the People’s Platform took the following actions:

People’s Platform sent a letter to the Detroit City Health Officer demanding a moratorium on the water shutoffs and an assessment on how shutoffs are impacting the physical and mental health of Detroiters living without water.  There has been no response.

Secondly, People’s Platform filed a petition with the city clerk calling for City Council to convene a public hearing on the water shut offs.  City Council has not responded.

The People’s Platform is issuing the following call to action:
Members and supporters of the Detroit People’s Platform are encouraged to attend the City Council Health and Welfare Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 29th at 10 am at the Coleman A Young Municipal Center and support the work of the broad-based coalitions.

Prepare public comments for the meeting that call for accountability on the part of our elected and appointed officials for the health and welfare of Detroiters by demanding that council support the following:

    •    Call for immediate restoration of water to the thousands of Detroiters who are without water service
    •    Beyond the 15 day moratorium call for the end to water shut offs for all Detroit residents
    •    Call for the Public Health Officer to assess the impact of mass shut offs on the health and mental health status of those impacted by the shut offs
    •    Support the water affordability plan  
    •    Stop the privatization of Detroit Water and Sewage Department

Please plan to arrive early so that you can get on line and have your say. Let them know you are with the People’s Platform. We need as many Platform members and allies there as possible to stand with our coalition partners and fellow residents.

We hope to see you there!

For more information on the water crisis:
Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition
http://peopleswaterboard.blogspot.com/

 

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BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADES APPRENTICESHIP READINESS TRAINING

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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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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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Transit Truth – Saturday, Dec 14th, 11:30am – 2:30pm, MSU Detroit Center

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The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to present the first of three public events that focus on Transit, Criminal Justice and Housing.

Every bus rider as a story

Transit Truth
To bring about or develop a high performing and accessible transit future for our city and region we must recognize both the history and the reality of transit in Detroit.

We are issuing a call to those who care about this transit future to join us as we share our Transit Truths. The event will feature testimony from a variety of perspectives including bus riders, transit advocates, and policy makers.

Our goal is to share and listen to ideas and possibilities that promote a just and equitable transit system for all. By telling our stories and listening we grow our power and will influence our transit future.

Please join with us Saturday December 14th from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm at the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward, just south of MLK/Mack.  A light lunch will be provided.

Presented by
The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion

Supported by
Detroit People’s Platform

MOSES – Metropolitain Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength

NEWCC – North End Woodward Community Coalition

Uprooting Racism Planting Justice