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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.”

 

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Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures- People’s Forum

Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures- People’s Forum

Event: Coalition to End Unconstitutional Tax Foreclosures- People’s Forum

Over 100,000 Detroit Working Families lost their homes from 2009-2015 due to foreclosures caused by the City of Detroit assessing properties at rates that violate the Michigan Constitution. If you have been subject to tax foreclosures, or know someone who has, join us to share your story and help determine the Coalition’s Restorative Justice Strategy. 

Date: June 17, 2017

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Place: Wayne State University Law School- Partrich Auditorium: 471 West Palmer, DetroitMI 48202

Parking: Free Parking Will Be Available in Lot 32, in front of the law school

More Information: For More information Visit http://illegalforeclosures.org/, or Email: illegalforeclosures.detroit@gmail.com.

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Development Watch: A busy week!

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Tonight! Monday March 20th, 5pm at Henry Ford Health System, Suite 1C00, please enter through the Third St. entrance.

The city is calling this meeting part of a “community benefits process.” These high-profile developments create the conditions for displacement of long term Detroiters.

 

  • Real Community Benefits are more than game tickets and basketball courts.
  • Real Community Benefits would address the conditions for displacement that this project will create.
  • Real Community Benefit Agreements are legally binding, NOT just meetings and more broken promises.


This meeting is what Community Benefits look like under the watered down wording of Proposal B that just barely passed over Proposal A. Nearly 100,000 people voted for Prop A, which would have created a legally binding agreement for this and other large scale development in Detroit. Proposal B was bogus last year at the ballot and now that it’s in place it’s still bad.

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Tuesday Evening, March 21st, 5:30pm at Henry Ford Health System, One Ford Place Room 3B25 (Parking available in the Third Street lot)

The City of Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (DBRA) is considering a proposed brownfield plan for the Detroit Pistons Corporate Headquarters and Practice Facility Campus Redevelopment. The eligible property consists of three (3) parcels located at 6201 Second Avenue and 690 Amsterdam, north of Amsterdam and between Second Avenue and Third Avenue in Detroit’s Midtown/New Center Area. All interested persons desiring to make public comments will be afforded an opportunity to be heard at the public hearing and are invited to provide written testimony or materials concerning the Brownfield Plan. Further information and a copy of the proposed Brownfield Plan may be obtained from the offices of the Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, 500 Griswold, Suite 2200, and Detroit, MI 48226, (313) 483-4150. The public hearing and this notice have been authorized by the City of Detroit Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

 

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Wednesday the Gilbert-backed Corporate Welfare Bill Package is on the agenda in the Tax Policy Committee of the House. We will share more details soon.

Tax Policy Committee:
Jim Tedder
(R) Committee Chair, 43rd District
David Maturen
(R) Majority Vice-Chair, 63rd District
Martin Howrylak
(R) 41st District
Klint Kesto
(R) 39th District
Peter Lucido
(R) 36th District
Hank Vaupel
(R) 47th District
Steven Johnson
(R) 72nd District
Bronna Kahle
(R) 57th District
James Lower
(R) 70th District
Wendell Byrd
(D) Minority Vice-Chair, 3rd District
Sheldon Neeley
(D) 34th District
Jim Ellison
(D) 26th District
Abdullah Hammoud
(D) 15th District

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20 Minute Neighborhoods and you!

20 Minute Neighborhoods and you!

In May of 2016 Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan introduced the concept of the 20-Minute neighborhood as part of revitalization and development plans for the future of Detroit. The objective of the 20-Minute neighborhood is to create pedestrian and cyclist friendly communities where residents are able to meet their basic needs within a 20 minute walk or bike ride from their front door.

While not a new concept, similar plans have been implemented nationally including in the cities of Portland and Baltimore.

Mayor Duggan’s plan has at least one very Detroit specific metric:
20 minutes from Blight! One should not encounter blighted buildings, derelict streetscapes, nor crumbling infrastructure within a 20 minute walking radius.

In theory the concept of 20 minute neighborhoods appears positive:

  • They create higher density neighborhoods.
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for a car.
  • Lead to better community health outcomes and the reduction of negative environmental impacts.

However, there are real concerns about how existing residents of the targeted areas are included or excluded from the planning process.

  • Historically, mass development of “blighted areas” especially when tagged with a revitalization label, has led to mass scale push out of existing neighborhood residents.
  • As areas become more desirable, the rising rates of property costs make the goal of homeownership less accessible for the existing and often low income residents, as seen in the former Cass Corridor area.
  • In the case of Downtown Detroit as rental housing stock has gone into high demand, outright displacement of existing residents, primarily seniors, has occurred.

The current neighborhoods in some form of the planning or implementation phase of the 20-Minute Neighborhood are:

  • West Village
  • Southwest
  • Live6/Fitzgerald
  • Jefferson/Chalmers
  • West Grand Blvd.
  • The North End
  • Russell Woods/Nardin Park

While these areas are all in need of resource development, revitalization should not mean the removal of long-time members of these communities.

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Detroit ’67, Remembering the Rebellion – “The police were the riot, the people were rebelling.” George Gaines

Detroit ’67, Remembering the Rebellion – “The police were the riot, the people were rebelling.” George Gaines

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Detroit ’67, Remembering the Rebellion – “The police were the riot, the people were rebelling.” George Gaines

1967 – “The police were the riot, the people were rebelling against a long tortured history of racial segregation in our neighborhoods, against Mayor Cavanagh, who we helped elect, because he didn’t address housing and police violence; and against de-industrialization as manufacturing plants moved to the suburbs without the transit needed for Detroiters to get to jobs. Those were the undercurrents.”

2017 – “Now we have massive water shut offs. In addition to the foreclosure crisis and the impact of emergency management and bankruptcy, the undercurrents in 2017 include hostility within the black community over water shut offs and the inequity in water rates between the city and suburbs with a 40% rate increase in Detroit over 4 years. These are some of the undercurrents not being addressed today.“

by George Gaines
Lifelong Detroiter, Former Deputy Director, Detroit Health Department, Founding Member of the Detroit People’s Platform Action Council.

#Remember67
#DetroitPeoples

Remembering the Rebellion – “The police were the riot, the people were rebelling.” George Gaines

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2017 EJAM Fellowship Application

2017 EJAM Fellowship Application

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2017 EJAM Fellowship Application

This intensive training is designed for individuals who are interested in making an impact in their community through organizing around economic justice issues, including: raising wages and increasing benefits for workers. This fellowship provides the opportunity to gain valuable community organizing skills and experience working with social justice organizations in metro-Detroit. This on-the-ground experience not only helps you make change within your community, but also, can help you gain meaningful and higher-paying employment in the future. Application Deadline: Nov 25, 2016

2017 Fellowship Application

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Detroit WITHOUT REAL Community Benefits – Loss of Economic Opportunity

Detroit WITHOUT REAL Community Benefits – Loss of Economic Opportunity

What Detroit looks like WITHOUT REAL Community Benefit Agreements:
Loss of Economic Opportunity

The North End and the M-1 Light Rail/Q-Line

Public Funds for transportation used for private real estate development. Proposal A, the People’s Community Benefits Ordinance came out of the struggle for benefits around the M1 Light Rail.

This is just one of the many reasons why we need REAL Community Benefit Agreements. Vote YES on A and NO on B! Vote on Both for your vote to count! In order for the People’s CBO to become adopted Proposal A must win and Proposal B must be defeated.

#YESonA #NOonB #Detroit
#RiseTogetherDetroit #DetroitPeoples

Learn More – Volunteer – Donate
http://risetogetherdetroit.com/

Taken from the Detroit People’s Platform NEWS, #9, September 2016
http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/

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Update: We’ve raised over $75,000 to Stop Evictions and Build a Land Trust

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We are overwhelmed with the amount of support from the local, national, and international community of allies who have shown up to help #KeepOurHomesDetroit, whether by making financial contributions, sharing the message and vision with friends and family, or both. Your help is what has made this possible, and has us feeling confident we will hit our fundraising goal.

Today is the sixth full day of #KeepOurHomesDetroit and we’re heartened by the great amount of support! As of noon today we have raised over $75,000 of our $100K goal and will be increasing our efforts as we encourage people to donate on or before this Wednesday, October 21st, when auction bidding ends.

While we will be accepting donations to support the payment of back taxes and repair beyond the auction, funds donated before October 21st will help us increase the number of homes we are able to ‘win back’ over the next 3 days at auction.

This morning, our partners at the United Community Housing Coalition ‘won back’ the first home from the list we’ve identified with our partners and members! We will continue bidding over the next 4 days and continue to share our progress.

VIDEO: Tiffany
Please watch this video that documents the important work of UCHC and shares Tiffany’s and how she was about to save her grandmother’s house with their help.

Video Credit: Kate Levy, Thank You

A note about NEXT STEPS:

As the next few days unfold and we are able to follow up with families to share the results of the auction—hopefully all success stories—we will begin to schedule a series of workshops with several purposes. The workshops will be designed to:

·       Build relationships amongst those most directly impacted by housing insecurity across Detroit using story, peer support, and popular education.
·       Increase education about what tools and resources are currently available for those most directly impacted by housing insecurity and the threat of displacement.
·       Build the base of a growing housing justice movement for homeowners and renters that is led by those most directly impacted by housing insecurity.

Detroit People’s Platform has already laid the foundation for such work in the Brightmoor, which most recently culminated in a Homes For All Renter’s Assembly on October 10th.  Along with our allies at the Right to the City Alliance, People’s Platform uses a broad definition of “renter” knowing as we do that even homeowners with mortgages, and homeowners with over-assessed property taxes are ultimately only in their homes at the pleasure of the banks or the county, who can take away owners’ homes for nonpayment of taxes or mortgages, even in the case of sudden but temporary financial hardship, such as illness or family emergencies. Thus, we see our fates as intertwined and believe in the importance of fighting for decent, affordable housing as a basic human right and building a strong movement from the ground up to secure policy changes and representation that will make it so.

Again, thank you all for your support. Please continue to share and look for updates on our work as the auction comes to close on Thursday.

https://www.gofundme.com/ourhomesdetroit