The People’s Platform is a broad network of Detroit-based social justice organizations, activists, and residents committed to bringing about just transformation in economics and social dynamics through popular education, celebration, and organizing. We use data, analysis, advocacy, media and organizing to protect and increase participation in the democratic process and to demand that state and local decision makers consider racial equity and economic justice in their planning, funding, and policymaking decisions.
We’re committed to working towards a fair and just Detroit. We believe that each and every Detroiter has a voice in deciding the future of the city. We support and organize with District Caucus Leaders who live and work in each of the Detroit council districts. Over the past 2 years we have grown a Network of over 3000 Detroiters, with 300 Members and about 20 active Caucus Leaders.
The Platform emerged from our 2013 Convention where residents and activists from across the city ratified our five platform issues as essential to a sustainable, high quality of life for all Detroiters. We address the issues of Land, Food, Transit, Good Jobs, Governance, Poverty and Inequality through our work. We respect and support existing organizations that have historically addressed fundamental issues like Detroit’s education crisis.
The People’s Platform have supported the work of numerous grassroots organizations to develop Community Land Trusts and other tools designed to empower community in the face gentrification and displacement. Our Transit Team have been worked closely with bus dependent Detroiters to advocate for reestablishing service, increasing safety and for the inclusion of Detroiters in decision making process.
The People’s Platform also worked in coalition with Economic Alliance of Michigan (EJAM) to increase the minimum wage in Michigan and are currently working for paid sick leave in the state. Though our participation in the Equitable Detroit Coalition (EDC) we promote the importance of Community Benefits Agreements state-wide and work toward a CBA Ordinance for the city of Detroit.
As part of our work on Poverty and Inequality we are active members of the People’s Water Board Coalition to address the water crisis, particularly focusing on pubic health issues and water shut-offs. We are also members of the national Right to the City Alliance and have been actively supporting residents through the tax-foreclosure crisis and organizing with tenants through our Homes4all campaign.
Detroit People’s Platform members also serve in the Authority Watch. Many aspects of our municipal government have been shifted to quasi-public private Authorities that have little or no accountability to citizens. The Authority Watch attend the Authorities’ meetings, monitor their activities and advocate on behalf of the Platform.
In order to inspire our neighbors and neighborhoods to speak with one united voice about the future of this city we love, we are committed to lifting up the following issues:
Land Justice: We need decisions about land use to respect current residents and our natural resources. Land use policy should seek to prioritize resident’s needs and wants and treat land as the binding around our collective history and the foundation of our community.
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.
Transit Justice: We seek a just transportation system that is respectful of and accessible to all transit users. The system should honor current DDOT users’ needs as much as it seeks to accommodate future riders.
Good Jobs: We seek investments by the public and private sectors that create quality jobs for Detroiters, not just low-wage jobs that relegate more and more Detroiters to poverty or devote the best jobs to new residents.
Good Governance: We are committed to working in good faith with public officials who will represent the will of our communities and understand that “inclusive” means valuing our participation as being key to shaping our collective future.
Update: At our annual meeting on June 9th 2014, delegates to the People’s Platform adopted a sixth issue area to include Poverty and Inequality with a focus on the water shutoffs occurring across the city of Detroit. We are particularly concerned about the impact of household water shutoffs on the most vulnerable of our community members – the elderly and minor children.
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