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Fighting for Equity in Development Report

Fighting for Equity in Development Report

#RealCBA One year ago Detroiters voted on two versions of a Community Benefits Ordinance. To commemorate this anniversary Equitable Detroit Coalition and Detroit People’s Platform with support from our national partners Building Movement Project have produced a new report “Fighting for Equity in Development, The Story of Detroit’s Community Benefits Ordinance“.

As communities across the country organize around Community Benefits Agreements and consider ordinances and ballot proposals as a means to hold developers accountable, this deep dive into the CBA movement in Detroit is timely.

Download and print “Fighting for Equity” to share with your community.

FROM THE REPORT

“In recent decades, city leaders have spent or conceded more and more public resources for ambitious projects to fulfill their economic agendas. In response, community groups across the nation have turned to CBAs to prevent such projects from benefiting new high-income residents at the expense of services and amenities for high-poverty communities that remain, often just blocks away.”

“By relying on tireless grassroots organizing and community outreach, Equitable Detroit planted seeds for a broader movement for equitable development—one that they hope will extend beyond one policy and one city. “If we are as successful as we want to be,” says Angy Webb, an Equitable Detroit member and leader of Joy Community Association, “we will be a model for everyone.””

“This report documents the national model on which Equitable Detroit is building, the inequalities that it aims to address, and the way in which the CBO can further propel the community benefits model. It details Equitable Detroit’s campaign and strategies to date and offers some lessons that its members have learned or reinforced in the process, which they will use to move forward and which community leaders in other cities may find useful in pursuing their own CBO campaigns.”

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Wealth Stripping and Race

Wealth Stripping and Race

‘Wealth Stripping and Race’ outlines how big corporations and developers transfer wealth from black and brown communities to themselves.

Friday, November 10th, 2017 at 5-7:30pm.
The Wellness Plan Building
7700 2nd Ave, Detroit Mi 48216.

Presented by Maurice Weeks. Maurice is the Co-Executive Director of ACRE. He works with community organizations and labor unions on campaigns to go on offense against Wall Street to beat back their destruction of communities of color. He was previously the Campaign Director of the ReFund America Project and worked as the Wall Street Accountability and Housing Justice campaigner at the Center for Popular Democracy before that. Maurice serves on the Advisory Council of Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD). He graduated from Swarthmore College.

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New Video: I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future

New Video: I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future

Rev. Roslyn Bouier and Monica Lewis Patrick on Black American Journal

Women of color say they feel left out of Detroit’s resurgence. In a report titled “I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future.” Nearly 500 Black, Latina, Arab, American Indian, and Asian women were surveyed and 71% felt left out of the city’s revival. Stephen talks to Ed Egnatios, Reverend Roslyn Bouier, and Monica Lewis Patrick about this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detroit News: “Women of color absent in Detroit‘s recovery”

 
Michigan Chronicle: ” ‘I Dream Detroit‘ brings women of color into Detroit‘s economic dialogue”
https://michronicleonline.com/2017/10/10/idreamdetroit-brings-women-of-color-into-detroits-economic-dialogue/
I Dream Detroit website

 

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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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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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LCA/Kid Rock Protest – 2, 4, 7 media round-up

LCA/Kid Rock Protest – 2, 4, 7 media round-up

Detroit – September 13, 2017 – On Tuesday evening about 500 Detroiters answered the National Action Network’s Detroit Chapters call to protest the public funded Little Caesar’s Arena and Kid Rock. Detroit People’s Platform asked members and supporters of Racial and Economic Justice to demand Olympia Entertainment and The Detroit Pistons voluntarily enter into a REAL Community Benefits Agreement. Detroit People’s Platform had a great presence at the protest and we know that many made calls into Olympia and the Pistons, Thank you! Here is the local TV media coverage of the protest. Please continue to make calls throughout the week and stay in touch with us for more information and further actions around racial and economic justice in Detroit.

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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.