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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.


“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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This Wednesday: Commemorate ’67 Rebellion at our kick-off event

This Wednesday: Commemorate ’67 Rebellion at our kick-off event

This Wednesday: Commemorate ’67 Rebellion at our kick-off event

Wednesday, June 7 | 5:30 to 8:30 PM

Detroit: On the Road to Reinvention 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.
Join us for a special kick-off event Wednesday, June 7 at the Detroit Historical Museum to 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. The program will include guided visioning exercises so that we, as a community, can reclaim our hope and vision for Detroit.
Speakers include: Peter J. Hammer of Wayne Law’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Asha Noor of CAIR Michigan, Linda Campbell of Detroit People’s Platform, Lacy Dawson of Michigan Voice and more.
Click here for the Facebook event page, and please share the flyer above!
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More About Community Land Trusts

Stop Foreclosure Evictions
Build Community Land Trust

Donate before the auction ends Oct. 22nd!

Thank you all again for the ongoing support of the #KeepOurHomesDetroit Campaign. We’re excited to share that, as of Saturday at 2pm you have helped us to raise $35,303 of our $100k goal!

We’ve been answering questions along the way and sharing more about our work and the campaign. Here’s more information about Community Land Trusts.

How will Keep Our Homes Detroit work?
There have been other charitable efforts to buffer the impact of the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction on Detroiters. #KeepOurHomesDetroit is different because our program will not only keep Detroiters facing evictions IN THEIR HOMES, but will also grow the Storehouse of Hope Community Land Trust and support the #HomesForAll Housing and Tenant Rights Campaign.

What is a Community Land Trust and how does it work?

KOHDCLTOneSheetSMMore about Community Land Trusts

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) have become a hot topic in communities across Detroit and in the halls of city government. In April, the Detroit Land Bank Authority passed a resolution stating that it would facilitate the transfer of land into CLTs if the City Council supports such a policy. Four community groups who have been researching and organizing around CLTs are now looking to start projects in their neighborhoods. It is a better time than ever to insist that the city and Land Bank Authority create policies to set aside land for community-owned and directed development that  will benefit new, existing and future residents.

As they help to stabilize neighborhoods CLTs can also own land in trust for permanently affordable rental housing, community owned and focused development.

What are they?
CLTs create supportive structures for the whole community.
CLTs prioritize community sustainability and stability over short-term growth and profits. People over profit.
CLTs are organized as non-profit or community groups that use money and resources for the common good.
CLTs are represented by boards and are governed in a manner that reflects the community and responds to local interest.
CLTs can be used to buffer the impact of gentrification and displacement on existing residents, preserve community identity and develop sustainably .

How do they work?
CLTs are structured depending on community needs and preferences.
CLT’s across the country facilitate affordable housing, open space/park preservation, and revenue generating cooperative enterprise. In Detroit, permanent affordability without major subsidy is made possible through low acquisition costs.
CLTs leverage community development dollars to make home-ownership affordable to low income residents by reducing the cost of living.
CLTs use a resale cap to keep equity, subsidies, and the value of improvements in the community,  which preserves affordability.

What is needed to start one?
CLTs are based on ‘Boots on the Ground’ organizing that leads to a strong community vision and business plan.
CLTs are based in strong relationships with existing block clubs, community organizations, local businesses and elected officials.
CLTs work from a shared set of values and principles.
CLTs exist as independent nonprofits, as programs, affiliates, or subsidiaries of existing nonprofits. Each model has its pros and cons, where there is an inverse relationship between risk/liability and control.

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Detroit People’s Platform

Stop Foreclosure Evictions
Build Community Land Trust

Donate before the auction ends Oct. 22nd!

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PhotoStory: #DataDiscoTech #DetroitPeoples

Saturday, September 19 2015 – Samaritan Center. Photos from the gathering on Open Data hosted by the Detroit People’s Platform, Allied Media Projects and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. Thanks to everyone who joined us.



Read the ‘Opening Data’ Zine:“data-discotech”-event-explore-impact-open-data-grassroots-communities

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Sustainability Summit September 10-13th at Marygrove

Emerging the Beloved Community of Detroit

Modeling the United Nations celebration of International Day of Peace, including a consciousness raising march and a three day summit. The UN celebration recognizes peace is integral for raising consciousness of human rights and social justice in communities and around the world. The issues of Detroit are globally recognized human rights issues. Detroit holds the potential to dialogue, envision and be a voice/platform for all of the world to hear – a fulcrum for a shift of paradigm. The Sustainability Summit aims to cocreate through vision, conscious dialogue and solutionary actions that alters our paradigm from surviving to prosperous collective interdependent sustainability.

When and Where

The summit location is Marygrove College, 8425 McNichols, Detroit MI 48221, on the SE corner at Wyoming. The event will be held September 10 – 13, the weekend prior to International Day of Peace celebrated globally on September 21st.

Registration and More Info:

Sustainability Summit


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DATA DiscoTech, Sept 19, 11a-3p, Samaritan Center

DataDiscoFinal DATA DiscoTech
Saturday, September 18, 11am-3pm
Samaritan Center
5555 Conner St.
Detroit 48213

The event is open to the public and free.

A “DiscoTech” is a term coined by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and is short for “Discovering Technology.” These public technology fairs, offer interactive, multimedia
workshops to demystify technology concepts.

The Data Discotech will include hands-on data literacy trainings, community surveying and discussions about the potential benefits and harms of the City of Detroit’s Open Data policy.

Some examples of workshops that will be presented at the DiscoTech include How to FOIA, Mapping with Data,and Policy for Data Justice Provisions. Other workshops are organized in partnership with grassroots organizers working around issues of housing, food, land, education, and community benefits ordinances, highlighting their intersections with digital justice.

Examples of questions we hope to explore at the Data DiscoTech include:

  • What open data can we use and how can we use it to prevent water shutoffs?
  • What information on blight is available and how can communities use it to reclaim their communities?
  • What personal data is public?
  • How does one go about ensuring their identity is secure?
  • What makes up my online identity?
  • How can we further help people understand what data is available to help solve problems in their communities?
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‘A People’s Story of Detroit’ FREE Premier, Feb 27 MSU Detroit Center


Shot over 2 years with handheld cameras
Conversations with over 50 Detroiters
This story emerged from the most frequently discussed topics and perspectives

Building Movement Project
Building Movement Detroit
& Detroit People’s Platform

‘A People’s Story of Detroit’

a new feature-length documentary
edited by Halima Cassells and Kate Levy

Join us for the FREE premier
Friday, February 27th, 2015
MSU Detroit Center
3408 Woodward Ave. 48201
5:30 Reception – 6pm Screening

Featuring (In Order of Appearance)

Tawana ‘Honeycomb’ Petty
William Copeland
Invincible Ill Weaver
Malik Yakini
Lila Cabil
Bill Wylie-Kellerman
Carmen Mendoza-King
Curtis McGuire
Angie Reyes
Rhonda Anderson
Valerie Glenn
Joselyn Fitzpatrick-Harris
Vincent Martin
Sandra Hines
Jeannette Marble
Michael Wimberly
Wayne Curtis
Linda Campbell
Herbert Jones
Shane Bernardo
Michelle Martinez
Yusef Bunchy Shakur
Brother Jerry Smith
Charity Hicks
Tanisha Flowers
Kathleen Foster
Lottie Spady
Norman Bent
Patrick Crouch
Lee Gaddis
Sarah Coffey
Linda Bains
Rev. Joan Ross
Shea Howell
Dessa Cosma
Aaron Timlin
Elena Herrada
Miguel Pope
Marcia Lee
Soh Suzuki
Tova Perlmutter
Sarah Sidelko
Diana Copeland
Alia Harvey-Quinn

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Community Mapping Workshop: Let’s get on the map!

Community Mapping Workshop: Let’s get on the map!
The Block at Cass Park” 2727 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

maps shape the world. if we build the maps, we make the world.

please join the community land trust working group and the People’s Platform as we host a presentation of goal-oriented community mapping and organizing tools from NYC, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Los Angeles with Paula Z. Segal of 596 Acres (Brooklyn), followed by a collaborative exploration of existing technologies for and representations of Detroit.

Paula Segal is the founding director of 596 Acres, New York City’s community land access advocacy project and worldwide consultancy bringing understanding of municipal data to organizers in cities worldwide. an attorney, she received her law degree from City University of New York Law School, an institution founded on the principle of making the law accessible to regular people, where she was a Haywood Burns Fellow in Human and Civil Rights. Paula is first an educator. before law school, she taught English to Speakers of Other Languages at CUNY and trained other teachers in creating decentralized and participatory classroom environments. she became an attorney to directly tackle disparity between people and institutions when it comes to the most basic question of access – access to land.

please contact to RSVP or for more info & follow People’s Platform on Facebook & Twitter/ 596Acres on Facebook & Twitter.
the hashtag for this event is #GetOnTheMap.