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People’s Platform Advisory Alert #2

LAND JUSTICE: Community Land Trust Gathering, Tues, Nov 19, 6-8pm – 736 Lothrop

The next Community Land Trust Gathering will take place this Tuesday November 19 from 6-8pm at 736 Lothrop. The meeting will include a presentation on the land portion of Detroit Future City by Professor Peter Hammer, Director of Wayne State University’s Law School’s Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights. The presentation will serve and an overview and share how it will affect different neighborhoods.

 

DEMOS Briefing on What Caused the Detroit Bankruptcy, Wed, Nov 20, 8:30am – MSU Detroit Center

Detroit has filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the United States but there has been a remarkable lack of in depth analysis of Detroit’s financial data by those with expertise in municipal finance.

On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 8:30 am, Demos is sponsoring a briefing on their new report about the Detroit Bankruptcy. The report, which is being released on the same day, was researched by Wallace Turbeville, a senior fellow at Demos and an expert in municipal finance. Mr. Turbeville, reviewed several years of Detroit financial data in his effort to determine the contributing causes of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

The briefing will feature Mr. Turbeville and Saqib Bhatti, a fellow at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. They will discuss key findings of the research. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers. A report summary will be made available to attendees.

Community groups, clergy, activists, elected officials, civil rights groups and labor unions are invited to attend. You are free to pass this invite on to others.

CLOSED TO PRESS

Michigan State University, Detroit Center
3408 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48201
8:30-10:00 am.
To RSVP email thedetroitbankruptcy@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE: State of Emergency – Nov 30th

People’s Forum II: Next Generation
State of Emergency!

*EXPOSING the roots and effects of Emergency Management
*FIGHTING displacement and colonization in our communities

*ILLUMINATING the path to dignity and self-determination of all generations

DID YOU KNOW?
Over half of Michigan’s African-American population is under is under dictator rule by Governor appointed Emergency Management?

Emergency Management does NOT increase revenue, does NOT improve quality of life, does NOT reduce debt?

There is no accountability for decisions made about our communities by Emergency Managers?

Learn more about these pressing injustices and be part of creating community solutions.

Saturday November 30th 10am-2pm
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers Rd #1  Detroit, MI 48235
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People’s Platform Advisory Alert #1

People’s Platform Advisory Alert #1

Thank You for Voting! – Tools for a New Democracy

November 6, 2013
http://unitingdetroiters.org

THANK YOU for voting yesterday and taking an active role in the ongoing struggle over democratic governance in Detroit.

We Made a Difference
The local media is reporting that voter turnout was around 25%. Whether or not that is accurate can and will be debated. Of import and note is the fact that voter turnout in Oakland and Macomb County was just under 19%, so Detroiters, while being portrayed by that same media as disenfranchised and disconnected are reportedly more engaged than our regional neighbors. Thanks to our collective and cooperative work city-wide the Platform and your participation directly impacted the numbers yesterday.

Election Results
Detroit News
Detroit Free Press

Since the People’s Platform Convention on June 1st, we have worked with the Platform District Caucus Leaders and allied organizations to provide communications, outreach and educational support as requested around the issues of LAND, FOOD, TRANSIT, GOOD JOBS, and GOVERNANCE.

As Detroit moves beyond the election and prepares for the new council and mayor to be seated, the People’s Platform, under the direction of our caucus leaders will continue to engage and take action around these Platform issues. We will continue to share tools that support our continued engagement with each other and with our newly elected officials and that build power and promote participation in the face of emergency management and bankruptcy.

The Platform’s Tools for a New Democracy will support communities in their holding elected officials accountable around their commitments to:

•    Pass an ordinance to create the Detroit City Charter-mandated Community Advisory Councils.
•    Support a Community Benefits Agreement ordinance that normalizes fair and equitable development in Detroit.
•    Implement strategies that promote participatory budgeting as a means to community engagement and benefit in development projects.
•    Challenge the legitimacy of Emergency Management and the City Bankruptcy.
•    To stand with workers, homeowners and those who have been and will be impacted by the decisions, orders and threats made by the Emergency Manager.
•    To engender a commitment to bringing down the walls between the two Detroits being strategically developed without engagement, transparency or accountability.

How Can You Support the People’s Platform 5 Key Issues
Learn the Facts – Research, ask questions, asks for others opinions and make your own.
Speak Truth to Power – Become an active voice in the conversation, speak your mind into the public record at meetings and community gatherings.
Visit unitingdetroiters.org – Download and print tools, resources and maps to share with your family, friends and neighbors offline.
Take Action – Protests and demonstrations are happening daily. On October 23rd over a thousand Detroiters gathered in front of the federal courthouse. Make a commitment to grow that number with your participation and outreach.
Join the People’s Platform December 1st! – Beginning December 1st watch for membership information.

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Call to Action – Today Oct 21 and Wed Oct 23

October 21 Announcements and Calls for Action

Events today requests your immediate attention. Please make a commitment to call or email council and demand they reject Emergency Manager Order #17, details below, and to join in the mass action at the federal courthouse this Wed Oct 23rd.

1. IMMEDIATE ACTION:

Call/Email City Council, Attend 2p Council Meeting TODAY!
Demand Council Reject Emergency Manager Order #17!

PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY THIS MORNING
City Council is meeting on this issue Monday, October 21 at 2pm at the CAYMC.
There are press conferences scheduled for 11am (Michigan Forward) and 1pm (Moratorium Now!) outside of the Spirit of Detroit (see below)

$350 million Emergency Manager ORDER puts Banks before People
Monday Detroit City Council is meeting to accept or reject and counter the proposed $350 million Debtor in Possession (DIP) deal with Barclays Capital put forth by Emergency Manager Order #17

Summary of EmergencyManager Order No. 17
The ORDER is 18 pages of state-of-the-art municipal finance legalese that documents 3 transactions.
Dependent upon the Bankruptcy Courts approval:
1) The big British finance bank Barclays will loan Detroit $350 million
2) Detroit will immediately pay the even bigger (Jones Day client) Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and the other Wall Street ‘counterparties’ on interest rate ‘swaps’ to the tune of $250 million; and
3) Barclays will then move to the head of the bankruptcy line, with a “senior secured superpriority Chapter 9 debtor financing” … “Quality of Life Note” secured by a first-priority lien on every asset Detroit (i.e., Jones Day) sells that is worth more than $10 million.In other words, the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, and any other asset they can sell at that level.

Call, Email or Attend Monday to Urge council members to reject the deal for the following reasons:

1. This agreement would set a dangerous precedent.

Essentially allowing wealthy big banks to jump to the front of the creditors line while retired seniors are facing drastic cuts in the retirement income they depend on.


2. Wall Street’s Swaps have already cost the city unnecessary millions.

This deal is giveaway to the same banks that helped get Detroit into this mess in the first place.


3. This is a clear effort to help the banks get around bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes’ August 2013 ruling on secured debt.

When the bankruptcy judge recently ruled that these banks had wait in line just like the rest of the people in Detroit, the bankers worked out a special deal with Kevyn Orr.


4. This deal puts Detroit in a very vulnerable position, with terms that leave Barclays far too much control and power.

If the city ceases to be under the control of an emergency manager for 30 days, for example, it would be considered a default unless Barclays determines that a transition advisory board or consent agreement ensure continued financial responsibility.


5. Elected officials are morally, ethically and legally responsible for protecting the rights and needs of the residents of Detroit.

It’s time to stand up for the people of Detroit against bullying banks. We should be negotiating with the banks to release Detroit from the bad swap deals without termination fees, not taking out expensive loans to pay them off.


Links


Call/email City Council
Council President Saunteel Jenkins, (313) 224-4248 (office), E-mail: councilmemberjenkins@detroitmi.gov
Council President Pro Tem André L. Spivey
, (313) 224-4841 (office), E-mail: CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov
Council Member Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr, (313) 224-4505 (office), E-mail: Kenneth.Cockrel@detroitmi.gov
Council Member Brenda Jones, (313) 224-1245 (office)
, E-mail: bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
Council Member James Tate, (313) 224-1027 (office), E-mail: councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov
Council Member JoAnn Watson, (313) 224-4535 (office),  E-mail: WatsonJ@detroitmi.gov


2. 10AM Rally – ATU Bus Drivers – possible “sick-day” today.
10 am Rally at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center called by bus driver’s Amalgamated Transportation Union Local 26 also a threat of sick-day mass call in today.
Concerns bus drivers could participate in a “Sick-Out” on Monday

DETROIT (WXYZ) – The union that represents Detroit Department of Transportation [DDOT] drivers says they will hold a news conference on Monday morning. The union wants to make the public aware of the concerns they have for the personal security of their drivers, especially in the overnight hours.There are also concerns the drivers could participate in a “Sick-Out” on Monday. This could cause some major transportation issues for riders. DDOT advises riders to have an alternative form of transportation on Monday.

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/detroit/possible-ddot-sick-out-could-cause-major-issues-for-riders-monday-morning#ixzz2i6VT7aIP

3. Wed 10.23 Bankruptcy Eligibility Mass Action
One Wed October 23rd A federal judge will decide on whether or not city of Detroit retirees, who served their city for years, will have to take cuts or eliminate pensions that average only $19,000 a year. Demonstrate at the Eligibility Hearing on Snyder & Orr’s Bankruptcy Filing for the City of Detroit. Weds., Oct. 23, 2013, 8:00 a.m. Federal Courthouse 231 W. Lafayette, Detroit. 

It is time to take a stand! Come out and make your voice heard. Demand:

  • Cancel the debt payments to the BANKS which have destroyed our communities – Make the banks pay for the rebuilding of Detroit!
  • Stop all attacks on City workers’ pensions, benefits and union contracts
  • Stop the privatization of City jobs, services and assets
  • Restore federal grant funds to serve Detroiters – under control of City workers, not private corporations
  • Stop the $62 million looting of Detroit by Jones Day and other Wall Street consultants
  • End unconstitutional, anti-democratic, racist Emergency Management

8AM ACTION! PROTESTS ALL DAY AND THROUGH THE WEEK
Wednesday is the first day of the Eligibility Hearing on Snyder & Orr’s Bankruptcy Filing for the City of Detroit. Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, Michigan Forward, many Unions, National Action Network, The Boggs Center, Moratorium NOW Coalition and many other groups are moving together to STAND UP for DEMOCRACY on October 23 at the federal courthouse.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Detroit Bankruptcy?
Emergency Management?
Unfair and Unequal Development?

IT IS NOT JUST ONE THING
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RACE AND THE DISPLACEMENT OF POWER AND PEOPLE  ARE  CENTRAL TO THE STRATEGY BEING EMPLOYED


5 WAYS THE STATE, CORPORATIONS AND BANKS ARE  RECREATING THE CITY IN THEIR OWN IMAGE, FOR THEIR OWN BENEFIT:


1. OUR SCHOOLS
– DPS have been under Emergency Management since 2009. The State-created separate and unequal EAA is funded by $ that are supposed to go to our children.
2. OUR LAND – DETROIT IS BUILT ON STOLEN LAND – A small group of individuals and institutions are grabbing land with private plans for development (new arenas, streetcars) supported with public funds that benefit a few and not ALL Detroiters.

3. OUR HOUSES and PENSIONS – The foreclosure crisis caused tens of thousands to loose their homes. Now the same banks that benefited from the bailout are benefiting from bankruptcy while Detroiters pensions are threatened.
4. OUR RESOURCES – The lease of Belle Isle, the battle over Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Dept. and the shift of public resources and assets, our commons, to private ownership.

5. OUR DEMOCRACY – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT is ILLEGITIMATE and is being used along with other legislation, like Right to Work, to eliminate our rights and make money off the restructuring of Detroit.

5 WAYS TO RESIST

1. LEARN THE FACTS – Major media is broken. Research, ask questions, Ask for others opinion.
2. TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS
– Network, build relationships. Things are happening quickly and the media is broken.
3. SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER
– The media is broken. Speak your mind into the public record and at the grocery store
4. VOTE ON NOV. 5th
– If we don’t vote, the candidates that support the State’s agenda will win.
5. JOIN THE RESISTANCE OCT 23rd!!!

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District 5 Candidate Forum – Monday, Oct 7th, 5:30pm

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Please join with us for an ISSUE FOCUSED
Detroit People’s Platform
District 5 Candidate Forum

Candidates for District 5 City Council and Board of Police Commissioners will participate.

Monday, October 7th – 5:30 pm
Plymouth United Church of Christ
600 E Warren Ave 48201
just off the Chrysler Freeway
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Also, please support the
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District 6 Candidate Forum

TUESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2013, 5:30-8pm
Southwest Detroit Lighthouse Charter Academy
4001 29th Street Detroit MI 48210 USA
And Save the Date!
City-Wide Candidate Forum
Thursday, October 17th 5:30 pm
St. Matthew and St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church
8850 Woodward Ave at King 48202
We will be joined by the ‘at Large‘ candidates for City Council and the office of City Clerk
please join and share the Facebook Event


The People’s Platform…

  • is committed to working towards a fair and just Detroit
  • believes that each and every Detroiter has a voice in deciding the future of the city.
  • is neighborhood and community-based and adds to the strength of Detroit block clubs, neighborhood organizations and residents to help transform neighborhoods
  • is organizing with and supporting district caucus leaders who live and work in each of the seven new city council districts.

The People’s Platform believes in the necessity of a strong social safety net that protects and promotes the lives of all Detroiters. In order to create a just and sustainable Detroit we feel that the following issues of Land, Food, Transit, Good Jobs and Governance must be addressed.

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People’s Platform Update – July 10, 2013

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Welcome to the first People’s Platform Update. Twice a month we will post to the blog and send out an email with events, announcements and tools to assist in sharing the People’s Platform with your neighbors.

Keeping in Touch

The People’s Platform website is being updated frequently http://unitingdetroiters.org and will soon include an events calendar and District-specific pages that share information and resources on District-specific issues. Events are also posted through the People’s Platform facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/DetroitPeoplesPlatform

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Each People’s Platform Update will focus on one of the ‘planks’ or issues that were ratified at the Convention on June 1st; Land, Food, Transit, Good Jobs, Governance and, the Environment. Please visit the Food Justice page for links and other resources.

FOOD JUSTICE: We seek a food system that ensures access to healthy, quality food for all Detroiters. We believe in the importance of creating our own food networks to support the health and power of our community and our natural environment.

New Tool!
Video: Food and Healthy, Vibrant Communities presented by Shane Bernardo
http://vimeo.com/68550743
Recorded April 29, 2013
St. Matthew’s and St. Joseph’s Church in Detroit’s North End

 

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The People’s Platform District Caucus Leaders have requested that we share these upcoming opportunities to participate.

Thursday, July 11, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Gratiot Ave Business Assn Mayoral Forum 
1000 Eliot St.

Friday, July 12, 10am – 4pm
Tri-County Political Information Awareness Forum
First Baptist World Changers
22575 W. 8 Mile Road
Detroit, MI 48221

Friday, July 12, 2pm
Solidarity with AFSCME Rally
AFSCME International Next Wave Conference (members 35 and younger) and there will be a demonstration at 2 PM in Hart Plaza – Press Conference.  Following the Press Conference, the group will walk to CAYMC for a demonstration on the 1st floor against the Emergency Manager.

Thursday, July 18, 6-8 pm
Creating Good Governance for People and the Planet
Carolyn Raffensperger, Director, Science & environmental Health NetworkDenk Chapman Hall, Madame Cadillac Bldg, Marygrove College, Free open to public, light refreshments
Info sscribner@marygrove.edu  313-927-1321

Tuesday, July 30, 6-8pm
DHDC Candidate Forum
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation
1211 Trumbull (near 12th)

Saturday, August 3rd, 1-3pm
Uprooting Racism Planting Justice gathers monthly on the first Saturday from 1-3p at the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward, 48201. This gathering is a monthly convening (since 2009) of individuals desiring to participate as change agents in addressing the injustice of racism in the Detroit Food System.

Public Lighting Authority Public Meetings
The state-created Public Lighting Authority is holding public meetings to gather community input as it develops a three-year improvement plan for the city’s lighting system. Each two-hour session will include a presentation by the authority about its role and an an overview of Detroit’s lighting system. The sessions will also offer residents an opportunity to offer feedback and their own ideas. Meeting locations will be held in each of the city’s new voting districts.

July 15, 6-8 pm Coleman A. Young Community Center, 2451 Robert Bradby Dr.
July 17, 6-8 pm Perfecting Church Cathedral, 7616 E. Nevada Street

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The People’s Platform is a broad network of Detroit-based social justice organizations, activists, and residents committed to bringing about just transformation in politics, economics and social dynamics through popular education, celebration, and political activism. We use data, analysis, advocacy and community organizing to protect and increase participation in the democratic process and to demand that state and local decision makers consider race and economic justice in their planning, funding, and policymaking decisions.

We believe:
Detroit is not a blank slate. It is not abandoned. It is full of vibrant, resilient people who look out for each other and are committed to protecting the public assets and resources we share as a community. As neighbors and residents, both new and long-term, we know what our districts need and we are working together to ensure that all of us—regardless of race, class, or neighborhood—have a meaningful say in re-building our city.

Detroit People’s Platform
http://unitingdetroiters.org
http://www.facebook.com/DetroitPeoplesPlatform

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Welcome to Uniting Detroiters!

Uniting Detroiters is an online and offline (DVD and Print Media) resource that expresses the views of Detroit residents, community organizations, neighborhood groups, and other local stakeholders. Uniting Detroiters Community Media Channel is intended to help inform public conversations about strengthening the civic engagement and community organizing work in Detroit.

Uniting Detroiters is supported by Building Movement Detroit