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Election 2014 – District Maps and What’s on the Ballot?

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People’s Platform Election 2014

In the last four years, Detroiters and people throughout Michigan have been effected by decisions made, or not made, in Lansing and Washington D.C. This year’s General Election provides an opportunity to influence our representation in the U.S. Congress, the State Executive, Judicial and Legislative Branches, on School Board Members and to weigh in on State Proposals.

Know your District

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What is on the ballot in Detroit?

U.S. Congress
Michigan Voters will elect one member to the U.S. Senate. Detroiters from State Congressional Districts 13 and 14 will elect candidates to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

State Executive Branch
Four state executive positions are up for election, the Governor of Michigan, the Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, Michigan Attorney General, Michigan Secretary of State.

State Judicial Branch
Three seats are up for election in the Michigan Supreme Court, one of which is a partial two-year term. State Supreme Court Justices serve 8 year terms. Detroiters will also vote for Circuit and District Court Judges.

State Legislative Branch
Detroiters in State Senate Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 will elect representatives to the Michigan State Senate. Detroiters in State House Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 will elect representatives to the Michigan House of Representatives.

State Proposals
Proposal 1 overturns a law allowing the state to establish wolf hunting seasons in the Upper Peninsula. Proposal 2 overturns law allowing the Natural Resources Commission to directly designate game species.

School Boards
There are four seats on the Detroit Public School Board of Education and four seats on the Wayne-Westland Community School District Board of Education up for election as well.


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CBA Ordinance PDFs

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Call To Action: Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

Community Benefits Ordinance Update: Currently special interest groups and mainstream media are mounting a full court press to bury the proposed Community Benefit Agreement ordinance that is making its way through city council. The CBA ordinance is one way to ensure that the average Detroiter will benefit from the billions of dollars, including public tax benefits, will be included in the economic development plans for this city.

•    Corporate interests and the mainstream media are spreading fear about the death of economic development if a Community Benefit Agreement ordinance is passed by Detroit City Council. A ordinance that benefits community will not deter equitable progress or development, but will help to guide Detroit’s growth in a more humane and sustainable direction.

•    The Detroit News referred to the proposed ordinance as a “Shakedown tax” (http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/10/11/benefits-agreement-detroit-development/17056019/) but without an ordinance not only protecting but benefiting community is a means to stop billion dollar corporations and big businesses from bullying and shaking down Detroit citizens by using their tax dollars for personal profit without any accountability to the communities their projects effect.

•    The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) CEO Rodrick Miller, in a letter to City Council referred to the ordinance as a “damaging piece of legislation” sighting frustration with past deals that “went awry” but for the last 30 years in Detroit “trickle down” development deals have benefited only a few and negatively effected many.

•    The current way of doing development overlooks small, minority-owned business. The CBA ordinance will allow for a broader benefits which will support increased participation by small business owners, minority owned businesses, and Detroit-based businesses as well.

Take Action NOW!  Call your council member and let them know that you:

•    Support a strong, and legally enforceable community benefit agreement that promotes fair and just development here in Detroit.

•    That the CBA ordinance is a good first step in the restructuring of Detroit by ensuring  meaningful participation by Detroiters in rebuilding our neighborhoods – the CBA ordinance will make sure that we as residents have that opportunity.

Detroit People’s Platform members and allies please 1.) attend City Council’s Planning and Economic Development Committee meeting on Thursday, October 16 at CAYMC. Arrive at 10am for the meeting on the 13th floor. 2.) Call Detroit City Council members and demand they support and vote in favor of the ordinance.

COUNCIL CONTACTS
Brenda Jones, President: bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov
Saunteel Jenkins: (313) 224-4248, councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov
Gabe Leland: (313) 224-2151 lelandg@detroitmi.gov
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez: (313) 224-2450, councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov
Mary Sheffield: (313) 224-4505, councilmembersheffield@detroitmi.gov
Andre Spivey: (313) 224-4841, councilmanspivey@detroitmi.gov
James Tate: (313) 224-1027, councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

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NEW! People’s Platform News, Election 2014

5,000 copies of the special ‘Election 2014’ issue of the People’s Platform News are hitting the streets this week. In addition to ‘getting out the vote’ and providing a breakdown of what is on the ballot in Detroit November 4th, there are also updates from the Detroit Community Land Trust Coalition, on the Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance, Good Jobs and more.

Copies of the People’s Platform News are distributed by People’s Platform Members and Allies in Detroit’s 7 Districts. If you would like to distribute papers please get in touch.

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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
5:30pm-8pm

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

 

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Community Benefits Agreement: Mobilization-Call Detroit City Council!

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Members of the CBA Ordinance coalition of which Peoples Platform is a member have reviewed the September 17th revised ordinance and find that it does not represent the best interest of Detroiters.  The CBA coalition has notified city council of our concerns.

We need Detroiters to call each of the council members including their District Council person and voice concerns.  Below are suggested points to include:

  • Nearly 2000 Detroiters have signed the petition calling for a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance and the number of signatures is growing.
  • Detroiters deserve the type of economic development where all Detroiters benefit not just a few wealthy individuals and big corporations.
  • When our tax dollars and public lands are used to benefit private investments, Detroiters deserve a strong and enforceable Community Benefit Agreement ordinance on the books to protect our interest.

 
The September 17th draft CBA ordinance is not strong enough and does not represent the best interest of Detroiters.
 
We call on each city council member to support a strong and enforceable community benefit agreement ordinance!
 
Council Member Name and phone by district:
 
At large:  Brenda Jones Council President  313.224.1245
At Large: Saunteel Jenkins  313.224.4248
 
District 1 James Tate  313.224.1027
District 2 George Cushingberry  313.224.4535
District 3 Scott Benson  313.224.1198
District 4 Andre Spivey  313.224.4841
District 5 Mary Sheffield  313.224.4505
District 6 Raquel Castaneda -Lopez  313.224.2450
District 7 Gabe Leland  313.224.2151
 
Let them know that we are holding them accountable for how our public resources are being used

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Action Alert: CALL TODAY to Guarantee Community Benefits for the Bridge/ Delray Community

Detroit Peoples Platform Action Alert: CALL TODAY to Guarantee Community Benefits for the Bridge/ Delray Community
Community Benefits Are At Stake for Everyone.
City Council is voting Monday on transferring its Delray land to the state for building the bridge, but there are still No Guarantees Protecting the Community. Delray residents have suffered 10 years waiting for this bridge.

Please Call to Protect Residents facing Big Developments & Urge City Leaders to Stand Strong for Doing Development Right.
CALL City Council President Brenda Jones: (313) 224-1245
CALL Mayor Duggan: (313) 224-3400
And your Council Rep – See numbers below.

Tell City Council and Mayor Duggan any of these:

*Guarantee Protections for the Delray community with a Community Benefits Agreement, not just a gentlemen’s agreement
*Make sure the host community of Delray/Southwest Detroit is guaranteed a seat At the table (not on it!) in negotiating community benefits.
*Put the resources from the land sale back into Delray where it is needed most. (Currently, Delray residents get no funding to tear down dangerous homes, even though they are harder hit than many areas in Detroit.)

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MONDAY @ 2pm – Council Hearing to Vote on Deal. Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 13th Floor. Come to support the community & CBAs!
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COUNCIL CONTACTS – Call or Email FRIDAY (or Monday by Noon)

Brenda Jones, President: bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins: (313) 224-4248, councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland: (313) 224-2151 lelandg@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez: (313) 224-2450, councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield: (313) 224-4505, councilmembersheffield@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey: (313) 224-4841, councilmanspivey@detroitmi.gov

James Tate: (313) 224-1027, councilmembertate@detroitmi.govDetroit Peoples Platform Action Alert: CALL TODAY to Guarantee Community Benefits for the Bridge/ Delray Community
Community Benefits Are At Stake for Everyone.
City Council is voting Monday on transferring its Delray land to the state for building the bridge, but there are still No Guarantees Protecting the Community. Delray residents have suffered 10 years waiting for this bridge.

Please Call to Protect Residents facing Big Developments & Urge City Leaders to Stand Strong for Doing Development Right.
CALL City Council President Brenda Jones: (313) 224-1245
CALL Mayor Duggan: (313) 224-3400
And your Council Rep – See numbers below.

Tell City Council and Mayor Duggan any of these:

*Guarantee Protections for the Delray community with a Community Benefits Agreement, not just a gentlemen’s agreement
*Make sure the host community of Delray/Southwest Detroit is guaranteed a seat At the table (not on it!) in negotiating community benefits.
*Put the resources from the land sale back into Delray where it is needed most. (Currently, Delray residents get no funding to tear down dangerous homes, even though they are harder hit than many areas in Detroit.)

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MONDAY @ 2pm – Council Hearing to Vote on Deal. Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 13th Floor. Come to support the community & CBAs!
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COUNCIL CONTACTS – Call or Email FRIDAY (or Monday by Noon)

Brenda Jones, President: bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov

Saunteel Jenkins: (313) 224-4248, councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland: (313) 224-2151 lelandg@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castaneda-Lopez: (313) 224-2450, councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield: (313) 224-4505, councilmembersheffield@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey: (313) 224-4841, councilmanspivey@detroitmi.gov

James Tate: (313) 224-1027, councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

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People’s Platform Action Alert August 11, 2014

Detroit People’s Platform Action Alert
August 11, 2014
This action alert brings you…
  • The Mayor’s proposed response to the water shutoff crisis
  • An update on the Community Benefits Agreement
  • Community Land Trust update
  • New community radio station based in the North End
  • People’s Platform Voter Education/Engagement

Update: Water Shutoffs

On Thursday of last week, the Detroit Water Dept. shared the next phase of how to better manage the mass water shutoffs they have been executing for several months.  The following is excerpted from a statement form Michigan Welfare Rights.

The 10 point plan unveiled by the Mayor describes several components that represent a first step, but misses the mark relative to the genesis from which these cuts started.  Detroit is a City in crisis because the economic foundation has shifted so dramatically away from large scale manufacturing, an objective factor that continues to be ignored.  The difference between what was the profile of our beloved City and the profile today is stark. Surely, the Mayor and his staff are capable of researching and finding a way to make water accessible to every Detroit resident and to share that strategy with every suburban community that Detroit services.  To resort to mass shutoffs after we are all clear what the consequences are of such a draconian step, smacks of attempts to paint the problem in a way that privatizing of our public trust would be a credible option.

The Detroit People’s Platform will continue to closely monitor the situation and will bring you the latest updates.

Community Benefit Agreement Update

There was a meeting this past Thursday between EDC representatives, City law department and council members regarding the CBA ordinance. The purpose of the meeting was to allow the community to review and respond to the most recent CBA ordinance revisions by law department in consultation with other city staff and council members. For the record there was the following council representation:  Council member Lopez leading the meeting; Council President Brenda Jones policy staff; Council member Mary Sheffield policy staff; James Tate policy staff member; and Council member Leland staff member.
We are hearing that the Mayor and EDC are voicing opposition to the CBA ordinance.  We did in fact leave with the mayor a book including all the various signatures of Detroiters ( roughly 1300 ) who have signed the petition calling for the enactment of the CBA ordinance.  There may be a need for further action as we near the final hearing on the ordinance in September. We will let the mayor know what it is that community wants by way of fair and equitable development.  We will keep you informed.
On Aug 14th the business community representatives will meet with City Council and law to offer their input to the audience.  Then on Aug 21st both community and business community will meet to review the ordinance and hopefully arrive at some consensus. Barring major impediments, it is intended that the ordinance will go back to council planning and development committee in early September and if passed we hope for a public hearing sometime by late September and vote perhaps by October.
Thanks to EDC negotiating team for an outstanding first round of negotiations.  The team included:  John Philo, Rev Ross; Michelle Martinez; Gloria Rivera; Simone Sagovac; Mildred Hunt; Latoya Morgan; Myra Lee and Linda Campbell.
Other Platform Community Updates

People’s Platform Community Coalition- Aaron Handelsman Peoples Platform team leader for our Land Justice and Community Land Trust citywide coalition visited with the Durham North Carolina community land trust staff and members this week.  Durham CLT is featured in the Street of Dreams CLT video.

Community Radio Station in the North End– People’s Platform member North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC), a transit justice group, will lead a delegation of residents from District 5 including North End residents will attend the national conference for community radio in Ames, Iowa.  NEWCC was recently awarded a limited power license to operate a low powered FM radio station based in the North End.  The call letters are WNUC 96.7.  The target for station start up in late Fall 2014.

Voter Education/Engagement Outreach-The People’s Platform will begin our Voter Education/Voter Engagement work in early September.  Please let us know if you would like to participate in our voter outreach effort by emailing Sheila Hawkins at SheilaHawk3@gmail.com