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HELP STOP DETROIT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL YOUTH CURFEW

ActionAlertHeaderJune 12th, 2015
Action in Solidarity with Detroit’s Youth!

HELP STOP DETROIT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL YOUTH CURFEW

 
While the rest of the city will be celebrating American freedom, Detroit youth 17 and under will have to be on lockdown in their houses starting at 6 p.m. June 22 (Fireworks Night) and at 8 pm June 19-22 (River Days). In 2012-2014, similar ordinances allowed police to harass, handcuff, fine, and detain hundreds of youth just because they were outside on a long summer night.
 
This year’s proposed ordinance:

  • will last for four days (June 19-22). On Fireworks night, the curfew is citywide and will even apply to young people who live miles away from the riverfront
  • makes it illegal for youth to leave their houses without a responsible adult, or detailed, written documentation
 
What you can do to stop this:
 
Attend the public hearing on Tuesday, June 16 at 2 p.m. to make a public comment or to help show your opposition to this unconstitutional ordinance. Location: 1340 Coleman Young Building (13th Floor), 2 Woodward Avenue, downtown Detroit.
 
Call your Detroit City Council members and tell them not to enact this unprecedented, unconstitutional ordinance that stereotypes and criminalizes Detroit youth and turns the city into a police state. Updates and contact information available at: http://www.detroitmi.gov/Government/City-Council
 2015 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO

Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
Janeé L Ayers, At Large
313.224.4248ayersj@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198bensons@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castañeda-López, District 6
313.224.2450councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151lelandg@detroitmi.gov

2015CouncilContact
 

 

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Transit Newsletter & EARNED PAID SICK DAYS

NEW! TRANSIT NEWSLETTER

We have compiled this newsletter to provide you with the latest updates in local transit. Included is a timeline of recent transit history and a breakdown of Proposal One, a bill that among many changes will raise additional funds for public transit.

-We at the People’s Platform, in partnership with North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC) seek a just transportation system that is respectful of and accessible to all transit riders; our current system does not reflect this commitment.

– Public transit is crucial piece of the public commons; it is a public good, paid for with public dollars. The benefits of transit investments must be broadly shared by the public.

-Since 2010, 30% of DDOT’s services have been cut. These cuts are hurting Detroit households and result in job loss and lack of access to medical facilities and schools. These cuts further isolate many Detroit neighborhoods, thus creating two Detroits.

-It is our duty to advocate for a just system and hold our leaders acountable to providing fair, accessible, and afford- able transit options for all Detroiters.

Are you are passionate about improving our public bus system, organizing your community in demanding accountability and changes, or just simply passionate about public transit and the wide benefits it provides?

We at Detroit People’s Platform, in partnership with NEWCC,
NEED YOU and YOUR VOICE! We need all community voices involved, as there are many changes heading our way. Keep Detroit in the conversation!

Contact
313.338.9396
transit@detroitpeoplesplatform.org
northendwoodward.org

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Breaking! Wayne County extends foreclosure deadline to May 12

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2015/03/31/wayne-county-property-tax-deadline/70722084/

Wayne County extends foreclosure deadline to May 12

Detroit — Wayne County Treasurer Raymond Wojtowicz announced Tuesday afternoon he’s extending the deadline to May 12 for homeowners to pay their delinquent taxes and avoid foreclosure.

The move comes the same day the Detroit City Council passed a resolution urging his office to enact a moratorium members said would create more time for legislative steps aimed at tax relief.

Hundreds of property owners packed the treasurer’s offices Tuesday, which officials had said was the deadline to pay and avoid losing their homes. Those living in homes they own now have until May 12 to pay. Foreclosed properties are auctioned in the fall.

“We continue to do all we can to help taxpayers avoid foreclosure,” Chief Deputy Treasurer David Szymanski wrote in an email Tuesday afternoon. “This is one step to make sure people can access the new programs granted by the legislature to reduce interest and save their homes.”

Recent legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder allows the treasurer to lower interest on debt from 18 percent to 6 percent for many homeowners. In many instances, homeowners can have taxes capped at a quarter of the market value of the home.

Wojtowicz is pursuing a record number of foreclosures this year, but his staff has said halting the process would only allow people to get further behind.

In June, the office started the foreclosure process on nearly 75,000 properties, the vast majority in Detroit. But as of mid-March, half of those property owners had paid or were in payment plans or other programs.

Of the remaining 38,000 facing foreclosure, about 16,000 are estimated to be occupied, Szymanski said. He expected that number to dwindle further after Tuesday.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also announced Tuesday afternoon a new effort to give homeowners some relief on 2015 taxes.

The city will waive interest and penalties on 2015 taxes for homeowners in a county payment plan that reduced their interest rate, as long as they pay 2015 taxes by February 2016.

“It is my desire to encourage responsible home ownership in Detroit and to support taxpayers in remaining compliant with Treasurer Wojtowicz’s payment plans,” Duggan said in a release.

Nonprofits, the treasurer and other groups held numerous workshops over the past few months to get homeowners into payment plans to avoid foreclosure.

Around noon Tuesday outside the treasurer’s Greektown offices, a couple of dozen protesters held signs and chanted. Activists also picketed Wojtowicz’s home Monday night.

Surquetta Morgan, 38, showed up Tuesday in hopes of preventing her foreclosure. She said her husband recently died and she is worried about losing the home they shared for 17 years over her estimated $4,000 tax debt. She said if she’s homeless, she’s scared protective services will come for her two small children.

“I am worried my house is going to get taken. My kids are going to get taken,” Morgan said. “I am just praying.”

Housing advocates argued there wasn’t enough time to help everyone and pressed for a temporary halt on the foreclosures.

“This is a state of emergency,” Abayomi Azikiwe, of the Moratorium Now coalition of groups working to stop foreclosures, told the Wayne County Commission in March. “Ten thousand people could be removed from their homes if something isn’t done.”

Szymanski called that a “tremendous exaggeration.” The county doesn’t evict homeowners, he said, adding he’s “cautiously optimistic” most owner-occupants will be able to remain in their homes.

“We want people to stay in their homes,” he said. “If they can’t afford payments, go ahead and don’t pay taxes until the auction. You are living there rent-free. Hopefully, the new owner can say ‘Hey, do you want to rent from me’ and there will be an orderly transition.”

The foreclosures are a record. Last year, the county had 23,303, up from 18,771 in 2013 and 20,062 in 2012. Szymanski said most foreclosed properties are abandoned and there is no good argument to allow people who don’t pay taxes to avoid foreclosure.

“The property receives government services — streetlights, police and fire protection, local schools and trash,” he said. “If you don’t pay your taxes, your neighbor is subsidizing you.”

Advocates argue that foreclosure leads to blight, which costs residents millions to clean up. They also are concerned that poor, old people will lose their homes.

“You are never going to stop the blight until you stop the foreclosures,” said Dawn DeRose, a social worker who volunteers with Detroit Eviction Defense. “What kind of government are we having here in Detroit if you turn 80-year-olds out of their home?’

The council wanted time to advocate for changes in Lansing that would allow the city more time to grant poverty exemptions and review property tax appeals.

“The city’s prosperity in its post-bankruptcy world, and in fact, its survival, depends on population and community economic growth — the very opposite of the demise of existing neighborhoods,” the resolution passed Tuesday read.

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Photostory: Detroiters About to Lose Their Homes Visit the Home of the Wayne County Treasurer for Prayer Vigil

Photostory: Detroiters About to Lose Their Homes Visit the Home of the Wayne County Treasurer for Prayer Vigil

Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States. Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population. Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens. Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families. As of today, the Treasurer has not done that which is fully in his power, to stop the foreclosures.

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To build community trust and unity of expression and intent, vigil agreements we proposed and accepted when those participating staged the action at Eastern Market. The location of the vigil, the Wayne County Treasurers home, was not announced publicly until the participants began to get on the bus.

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Denise Kennedy, of the Princeton Street Block Club and Rev Joan Ross of the Equitable Detroit Coalition attempt to deliver thousands of petitions to Raymond Wojtowicz, the Wayne County Treasurer who has the power to stop the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history. The woman who answered the door refused to accept the petitions and told Mrs Kennedy and Rev Ross to get off the porch.

IMG_1540Last night 50 Detroiters and Wayne County residents visited the home of Raymond Wojtowicz, the Wayne County Treasurer who has the power to stop the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history.

IMG_1566Today, Tuesday March 31st, Join Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters in our Call for National Outrage!

People from around the country are flooding Detroit Mayor Duggan’s office with calls, messages and on social media demand he remove all tax liens for past-due water bills. They are also be calling, messaging and addressing Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz (Voy Toe Vich) on social media to demand that he stop the displacement of families in the largest tax foreclosure in one city, at one time, in US history.

Mayor Duggan
(313) 224-3400
emailmayorduggan@detroitmi.gov
@MayorMikeDuggan

Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz
(313) 224-5990
taxinfo@waynecounty.com
@waynecountymi

#PeoplesPlatform #OurCity

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Action Alert: Monday 6pm Prayer Vigil for Those About to Lose Their Homes

Tax Foreclosure Action Alert

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Monday, 6pm Prayer Vigil for those about to lose their homes.
The details of the vigil’s location will be released Monday at noon through social media and the People’s Platform Hotline, 313.338.9396.

Tuesday, National Action to contact Mayor Duggan (313) 224-3400 to demand he remove all tax liens for past-due water bills and Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz (313) 224-5990 to demand that he stop the displacement of families in the largest tax foreclosure in one city, at one time, in US history.

#PeoplesVigil #ForeclosureStop #OurCity

Detroit families, housing advocates, are taking back our city on Monday, demanding Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Raymond J. Wojtowicz halt the tax foreclosure on 37,000 families

People’s Platform Members and Supporters,

On Monday, March 30th at 6pm Detroit and Wayne County residents affected by tax foreclosure, along with Detroit People’s Platform members and supporters will hold a prayer vigil for those facing eviction and displacement from their homes. We call on all people of faith and of compassion to join together with us in solidarity to lift up those who face foreclosure and for our elected officials to find the wisdom in and take action on our demands. The details of the action will be shared the morning of the vigil through social media and the People’s Platform Hotline, 313.338.9396.

On Tuesday, March 31st, in addition to actions on the streets of Detroit, People’s Platform Members and supporters with lead a campaign with national partners Right To The City to call Mayor Duggan and demand that he remove all tax liens for past-due water bills and Wayne County Treasurer-Elect Wojtowicz demanding that he stop the largest tax foreclosure in one city, at one time, in US history.

Detroit, the largest majority African-American major city in the country now faces the largest forced housing eviction, possibly in the history of the United States. Wayne County Treasurer Wojtowicz is preparing to foreclose on 37,000 occupied homes affecting nearly 100,000 people, the equivalent of 1/6 of the city’s population. Many Detroiters and Wayne County Residents are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens. Persistent and high rates of unemployment, government cuts to services Detroiters rely on and increased displacement and forced relocation will result in enormous physical and mental stress and trauma on children and families.

Updates:

Last Thursday, March 25th, residents being foreclosed on, members of the Detroit People’s Platform and other housing advocates met with Chief Deputy Treasurer Dave Szymanski in an effort to keep Detro­iters in their homes.  The group delivered thousands of petitions generated both nationally by the Right to the City Alliance and locally by the Detroit People’s Platform and allied organizations. The delegation delivered a set of demands that include a halt to tax foreclosures.

Last Tuesday, March 23rd, residents packed Detroit City Council meeting with testimony from families threatened with foreclosure as well as some who had already lost their homes. Council Member Castañeda-López requested a Detroit City Council Resolution on the Foreclosure Crisis on Monday.  Only days before the March 31st deadline, the Council is expected to pass their resolution.

Sign the Petition!

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens.

Long-time residents are the heart and soul of Detroit. Ongoing displacement of our families from mortgage and tax foreclosures has been devastating. Public services are being cut and privatized, and Detroiters are being pushed out of their generational homes. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

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EMERGENCY PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY, Sat. March 14th 1-4pm

Sat., March 14, 1 PM – Detroit

HELL NO, DETROITERS WON’T GO!
EMERGENCY PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY
Saturday, March 14, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Christ Church
960 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit (at I-75, just east of downtown)

We will be planning direct action to save our communities!

Demand a moratorium (halt) on all tax foreclosures and evictions
from occupied homes.
End water shut-offs.
Save homes with OUR tax $…don’t destroy them!!
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This is a State of Emergency! Under Michigan law, the Mayor, County
Executive and Treasurer, and especially the Governor, have the
authority to stop all foreclosures and water shut-offs to stop this
disaster from taking place.

62,000 homes are scheduled for tax foreclosure on March 31, 2015.
37,000 are occupied homes.

In the meantime, Lansing is sitting on $220 Million of Hardest Hit
Homeowners funds, enough to pay all the delinquent property tax bills
of occupied homes, stop the foreclosures, and provide funds to restore
county and city services.

Instead these funds are being given to Dan Gilbert to tear down
homes, while the banks are completely left off the hook for the
destruction they caused.

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If your organization would like to endorse the Emergency People’s
Assembly, please email moratorium@moratorium-mi.org
<mailto:moratorium@moratorium-mi.org>
or call 248-470-0296.

To download leaflet, click here: Emergency People’s Assembly
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For more information contact: Moratorium Now Coalition –
http://moratorium-mi.org

Email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org
<mailto:moratorium@moratorium-mi.org>
– Phone 313-680-5508

Detroit Eviction Defense – detroitevictiondefense.org
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– Phone 740-1073

Endorsed by: Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Eviction Defense,
Detroit People’s Platform

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Petition Alert! Stop 100,000 from Losing Their Homes in Detroit

ActionAlertHeaderMarch 13, 2015

100,000 Face Displacement in Detroit: Organize to Stop the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure

Take ActionWayne County Treasurer-elect Wojtowicz is in charge of foreclosing on 37,000 occupied homes for overdue property taxes on March 31st, affecting nearly 100,000 people. This represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Treasurer Wojtowicz has the power to stop it.

Detroiters are being foreclosed upon due to incorrect tax bills with exaggerated property assessments and disputed water bill liens.

Long-time residents are the heart and soul of Detroit. Ongoing displacement of our families from mortgage and tax foreclosures has been devastating. Public services are being cut and privatized, and Detroiters are being pushed out of their generational homes. To now lose another 100,000 residents would cut the city’s total population by 1/6 and tear a hole in the city’s cultural and economic fabric that can never be replaced.

Sign the petition to let the Wayne County Treasurer know that 100,000 Detroit residents need a place to call home!

Detroit is facing a crisis of foreclosure on 37,000 occupied homes affecting close to 100,000 residents at serious risk of eviction. This decision will be made by March 31st, unless there is a massive outcry from both Detroit residents and the nation. This historic crisis represents the largest mass tax foreclosure in US history in one city at one time. Local Detroit organizations and activists, the Detroit People’s Platform and Right to the City Alliance, are launching a nationwide petition to seek support and show how blight is only growing in deindustrialized cities like Detroit in order to prepare for development plans that do not serve local residents, and instead, displace them.

* Supporting organizations include Detroit People’s Platform, Moratorium NOW!, Detroit Eviction Defense, Historic Russell Woods Association, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.

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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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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.

UN Special Rapporteurs

“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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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/