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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.

 

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Tonight! The Public Health Crisis of Detroit’s Mass Water Shutoffs

Tonight! The Public Health Crisis of Detroit’s Mass Water Shutoffs

Wednesday, July 26, 6 PM – 8 PM
Wayne State University Law School Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium
471 Palmer St W, Detroit, Michigan 48202

Long, Hot Summer Without Water: The Public Health Crisis of Detroit’s Mass Water Shutoffs

What happens when a city shuts off water to a resident’s house? What happens when a city shuts off water to tens of thousands of residents? This is what we are witnessing in Detroit: an ensuing public health catastrophe from water shutoffs in a city unwilling to address the needs of its people.

We invite you to join us in this community conversation with medical professionals and organizers coming together to call out the disastrous health impacts of Detroit’s mass water shutoffs.

This is event is free to attend and open to the public. FREE PARKING is available (tell attendant you’re here for this event):
– Lot 31 (in front of Law School)
– Structure 1 – Gate 3 (across from Law School)

WHAT WE WILL DISCUSS
In the 1960s, the notion of a long, hot summer became synonymous with discussions of the structural injustices underlying urban unrest. In the week we observe the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Rebellion, we gather to examine the public health impacts of living with massive water shutoffs. Fifty years later, we are facing a public health emergency of historic proportion.

Researchers have found a significant connection between Detroit’s water shutoffs and water-related illnesses, according to a recent study by researchers from Henry Ford Health System’s Global Health Initiative and Division of Infectious Disease in collaboration with We the People of Detroit.

The study showed:
1. Patients admitted to Henry Ford Hospital with water-related illnesses were significantly more likely to live on a block that has experienced water shutoffs. Patients diagnosed with skin and soft tissue diseases were 1.48 times more likely to live on a block that has experienced water shutoffs.

2. Living on a block that has experienced water shutoffs increases the likelihood that the patient will be diagnosed with a water-related illness.

3. Patients who are most likely to experience water-related illnesses resulting from water shutoffs are also the most socially vulnerable, according to the Center for Disease Control’s “Social Vulnerability Index.”