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Reminder TONIGHT! A Chance to Speak on Community Benefits and NEW VIDEO!

CITY WIDE MEETING

Reminder TONIGHT! A Chance to Speak on Community Benefits!

Citywide Community Meeting

Mayor Duggan will be hosting a Citywide Community Meeting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, Aug. 4. The meeting will be held in the Erma Henderson Auditorium on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave.

NEW VIDEO Community Benefits Ordinance, Development in Detroit, Who benefits?

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 Development in Detroit.  Who benefits?

  • For too long, the city has given our tax money and public resources to large developers who often harm our communities and leave us in worse condition than before they arrived.  Marathon Oil is a great example
  • For too long, corporate interest have superseded community interests and often displaced, disrupted, or caused harm to those existing communities.   Marathon Oil is a great example of this.
  • The old way of thinking got us the deal from Marathon, less than 25 jobs for Detroiters after a $175 million tax abatement.
  • The old way of development allowed the Ilitch deal to happen before most people knew it was happening. The deal included public investment ($250 million dollars) and virtually free public land granted to the Ilitch family for the new hockey complex. (35 parcels of downtown land for $1 dollar )
  • Now we hear that Dan Gilbert is demanding that the state provide similar public benefits to support his proposed downtown development with at least $500 million of public investment.
  • In the meantime, 60% of our children 5 years or younger live in poverty; record numbers of Detroiters have lost their homes to foreclosure; and the real unemployment rate among Detroiters is unknown since so many have given up the hope of ever finding work.

 No more business as usual

  • Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) puts community at the table with developers; if we invest in your project, you should invest in our communities – development should be a WIN-WIN for everyone. Thus our coalition name – Rise Together Detroit!
  • CBAs can expand education, economic development, incentives for small business opportunities; affordable housing, and health and environmental protections for many Detroiters that are not presently benefiting from the new wave of investment in the city. CBAs bring us into a new way of thinking about the benefits of development.
  • For more than two years, community groups worked with City Council in the hope that Council would pass a meaningful CBA ordinance that would ensure that Detroiters had a seat at the table when big developers got big public resources. Development projects of 15 million dollars or more and $300, 000 in public investment. Public investment can include resources like tax abatements; free land or land below market rates.  If a developer does not accept public investment, there is no need for a community benefit agreement.
  • The CBA Ordinance ballot initiative allows Detroiters to tell our local government that we deserve a seat at the table and want community benefit agreements with all large-scale developments that receive public investment.
  • The CBA Ordinance engages residents in the decision-making process, and includes a legally binding contract that holds the developer accountable to the agreement negotiated between the developer and the community.  City council has the power of review and approval of the agreement that is negotiated. Failure on the part of community and the developer to reach an agreement means the developer may seek a waiver from council. There is every incentive for community and the developer to work together in good faith and produce a worthwhile agreement.

Council CBA Ballot competes with Community CBA Ballot

  • With the failure of city council to act on the proposed ordinance, In June, Rise Together Detroit, the city-wide CBA coalition representing over 100 community groups, collected over 5400 signatures of Detroit voters to get the Community Benefits Ordinance proposal on the November ballot therefore putting the question to Detroiters to decide.
  • Detroit City Councilmember Scott Benson created an “Anti-Community” Benefits Ordinance proposal to compete with the community-led proposal. The Benson ballot proposal is said to be favored by the city administration.
  • In July, Council voted 6-3 to move Scott Benson’s “Anti-Community” Benefit Ordinance toward the ballot in November to compete with the People’s Community Benefits Ordinance.
  • We call Scott Benson’s Ordinance “Anti-Community” The purpose of a CBA is to hold large-scale developers legally accountable to the local residents. Benson’s proposal forbids legally binding contracts between the developer and community.  It’s not a CBA if there is no legally binding contract between Community and the developers. Benson’s ballot proposal forbids a legally binding agreement. Community participation is reduced to the role of a Neighborhood Advisory Council only.
  • Scott Benson’s “Anti-Community” Benefit Ordinance raises the total investment limit of new projects within the city. In the Citizens-led proposal, community establishes CBAs with developments over $15 million. This is a reasonable number based on the average of the most recent large scale development deals.
  • Under Benson’s proposal, the project development level would be raised to $75 million dollars. Detroit has seen only ONE development exceed $75 million in the last decade. Under Benson’s proposal, CBAs will occur once every 10 years.
  • Scott Benson’s “Anti-Community” Benefit Ordinance takes away the true community voice. City council and the Administration will hand-pick residents to represent the community to engage in the CBA negotiation process in six weeks.
  • The community driven CBA relies on the skills and experience of a broad based community coalition to negotiate with the developers. The ordinance allows the developer and community to define the timeline for getting the negotiations done.

What comes next

In the next couple of weeks, both the Benson Anti Community benefit agreement and the community driven CBA proposal will go before the Detroit Election Commission.

The Election Commission will decide if one or both of the proposed CBA ballot ordinances is lawful and will appear on the November ballot.

Follow the Rise Together Detroit Campaign on our website at http://risetogetherdetroit.com

“If we have to pay, we get a say!”
#RiseTogetherDetroit

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This week! Vote in the Primary Tuesday, Thursday Duggan Community Meeting

This week! Vote in the Primary Tuesday, Thursday Duggan Community Meeting
Community Benefits on Mildred Gaddis today.
This morning, Mildred Gaddis will host Council President Brenda Jones on her radio talk show at 11 am. President Jones has been asked to speak on the Community Benefits Agreement issue. If you are near a radio tune into WCHB 1200 AM and, if you can, please call in and show support for the council president and the People’s Community Benefits Ordinance.
Citywide Community Meeting
Mayor Duggan will be hosting a Citywide Community Meeting at 6:30 PM on Thursday, Aug. 4. The meeting will be held in the Erma Henderson Auditorium on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave.
Vote in the Primary Tomorrow!
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
You can view a sample ballot here: https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC/
Find your polling place: http://www.vote411.org/

Detroiters will be voting for:

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE LEGISLATURE
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE
WAYNE COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
WAYNE COUNTY SHERIFF
WAYNE COUNTY CLERK
WAYNE COUNTY TREASURER
WAYNE COUNTY REGISTER OF DEEDS
WAYNE COUNTY COMMISSIONER
CITY COUNCIL MEMBER AT LARGE
DELEGATES TO COUNTY CONVENTION
DPS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

Tuesday! – Night Out for Safety and Liberation Detroit
Detroit Public Library – Main Branch from 5pm – 8pm
What is safety to you? Freedom from harm, illness, violence, poverty? #SafetyIs more than a conversation about crime and policing. Let’s redefine what #SafetyIs and how we can build equity, power, opportunity, and prosperity in our communities. Join us for Night Out for Safety and Liberation on August 2 from 5-8pm at the Detroit Public Library – Main Branch and help change the conversation. Light refreshments and child care services will be available.

To kick off the event, the the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights will host a 1 hour TweetChat on Tuesday, August 2nd at 2pm EST. The TweetChat is an online conversation that will take place on Twitter. Participants can tweet their questions to @EllaBakerCenter using the hashtag #SafetyIs and or #NOSL16. Organizations can register for the TweetChat in advance here.

Thursday! Constitutional challenge to Michigan’s Emergency Manager law
Oral argument will be held in the constitutional challenge to Michigan’s Emergency Manager law (PA 436). The argument will take place at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The court is located at (100 E 5th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202).

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Thinking for ourselves By Shea Howell: Community wisdom #CBO #RiseTogetherDetroit

Thinking for ourselves
By Shea Howell

Community wisdom

July 26, 2016
 
Last week a majority of the Detroit City Council voted to place an anti-community proposal on the November ballot.  The intent of this proposal is to confuse voters and protect the interests of big business. Council members Benson, Leland, Tate, Spivey, Cushingberry, and Ayers voted to support the proposal. It was developed hastily by Scott Benson in an effort to destroy a people’s initiative to legally mandate a community voice in major, publicly supported developments.
 
With this decision, Detroit voters are likely to have two competing proposals with the same name on the ballot. One, supported by the people, would use the force of law to ensure that communities have a voice and receive agreed upon benefits from developments that use public money or get tax breaks.  The other, sponsored by Benson, only mandates a public meeting, where developers get to tell citizens what they plan to do.
 
 Mayor Duggan and the business elite oppose a meaningful Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). They argue that a real CBA would limit development and jeopardize job growth. These claims are nonsense. And they are not the core of the objections. The sad truth is that the Mayor, Councilman Benson, the majority of the Council and the business elite fear democracy. They distrust the wisdom of people. They see a CBA only as something that takes away from profits and control. They cannot imagine that a real CBA, with a true collaborative process, would result in better decisions and better development.
 
This anti democratic thrust and fear of the people is actually written into the ordinance proposed by Benson. The one public meeting in the ordinance is orchestrated and designed to tell residents what will happen to them. These “impacts” are universally described in negative terms throughout the ordinance. Citizens are allowed to suggest ways to soften the blows. Nothing is binding.  The philosophy reflected in the Benson Ordinance cast people as complainers. Once we get a chance to grip a little, developers go ahead as planned. This is the track record of development, especially under emergency management and Mayor Duggan. Developers don’t live up to even minimal agreements.
 
In measured support for the Benson Ordinance, Crains says that a real CBA “opens the door to project management by people who may or may not have the subject matter expertise to give guidance and set the rules of play for developers.” The power of the community to “micro-manage specific investments may bring growth to a screeching halt,” they warn.
 
It does not occur to these folks that there is wisdom and creativity in the community. Community knowledge means better development. Community engagement need not be antagonistic.
 
The reality is that communities are complex and multi layered. Developers see only one small slice of that reality.  For example, last March, a Detroit icon, Faygo, faced a community picket over a closed road. The leadership of Faygo was stunned at being picketed, but wisely decided to engage with the community. They learned that in an effort to make their truck deliveries more efficient they had blocked off essential community pathways for children to get to buses and for emergency vehicles to enter the neighborhood quickly.  Before long a compromise was reached so kids could pass safely and emergency vehicles could reach distant streets.
 
Community Development is about more than jobs or limiting “negative impacts.” A true CBA rests on the belief that community wisdom makes for better decisions for everyone.
We owe thanks to Council President Jones and members Castaneda-Lopez and Sheffield for upholding the democratic wisdom of a CBA. Now we need to organize to win the November vote. Detroiters are not so easily fooled.
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Update: Six Detroit City Council Members vote to move forward ordinance to compete with the People’s CBO

Council votes 6-3 to move Scott Benson’s Anti-Community Ordinance toward the ballot in November to compete with the People’s Community Benefits Ordinance.

On July 22, 2016, in a special session at 8am, Detroit City Council Members Benson, Leland, Tate, Spivey, Ayers and Council President Pro-Tempore Cushingberry Jr. voted move Benson’s ‘enhanced’ ordinance to the Elections Commission for placement on the ballot in November.

Council President Jones and Council Members Castañeda-Lopez and Sheffield voted against the move. Council President Jones withdrew her version of the ordinance after the passage of Council Member Benson’s.

Member Sheffield spoke to the fact that without a legally binding agreement Benson’s ordinance wasn’t actually a Community Benefit Ordinance. Member Leland clearly demonstrated his lack of understanding of Emergency Management and Community Benefits by connecting them in his statement. Council President Jones redressed him for comparing an effort organized by Detroiters on behalf of Detroiters and State imposed suspension of democracy.

On July 12, Member Benson introduced his ordinance, which has been recognized by many in the community as not being a Community Benefit Ordinance at all. Benson’s anti-community ordinance is merely an orchestrated engagement process that will keep all the development deals under control of Planning & Development. It expressly states that community cannot sign any deals and actually legislates ‘business as usual’ for development deals that use public funds and resources in Detroit.

Moving the People’s CBO toward the ballot has been a tremendous effort and an important act of citizen-led democracy on display. In the face of voter suppression and suspension of democracy, the right of community to organize around an issue and move it to the ballot has become one of the last vestiges of the democratic process accessible to everyday Detroiters. The fact that 6 Detroit Council Members have organized to block a community-led ballot initiative, one that over 5000 their constituents signed onto, by moving forward a competing ‘business as usual’ ordinance sends a strong message to Detroiters.

Next Steps: Both the People’s CBO and Benson’s Anti-Community Ordinance will be voted on by the Election Commission sometime in August.

Media Hits

Detroit Free Press
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/07/22/council-oks-taking-2nd-community-benefits-plan-voters/87440756/
“The Detroit City Council today approved sending to the November ballot an alternative version of a proposal to give neighborhood residents a voice when developers seek tax breaks from the city, setting up a battle between competing versions of a community benefits ordinance this fall.”

Detroit News
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/07/22/council-oks-putting-community-benefits-nov-ballot/87435978/
“On Friday, the City Council approved putting a community benefits agreement measure before voters. Another proposal, backed by a grassroots petition with more than 5,400 signatures, will also be on the ballot.”

Please visit http://risetogetherdetroit.com/ for more information and updates on the efforts to gain a Community Benefits Ordinance for all Detroiters.

Recent Timeline:

On July 12, 2016 Detroit City Council voted unanimously NOT to vote on the People’s Community Benefits Ordinance and to send it to the Election Committee. The Council also heard public comments on a counter ordinance brought forward by District 3 Council Member Scott Benson. Benson’s ordinance, referred to as the anti-community benefits ordinance by many residents was moved to Council Member Gabe Leland’s Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee that meets on Thursday. In a surprise move, Council President Brenda Jones re-introduced a revised version of her Community Benefits Ordinance that was also moved to Leland’s committee.

On July 7, 2016 Rise Together Detroit received word from the Department of Elections. After a review by their office, the challenge to the Community Benefit ballot initiative  signatures has been denied. The petition certification STANDS! This means enough signatures have been gathered and certified to move the Community Benefits Ordinance forward toward placement on the November ballot.

On July 5, 2016 Detroit City Council members heard public comments about the Community Benefits Ordinance. Though the Community Benefit Ordinance was not on the agenda of the meeting, many came out to speak in support of the ordinance due to a challenge to the ballot initiative petition signatures. Videos below.

On Monday June 27, 2016, the City of Detroit Department of Elections certified the Community benefits Agreement Coalition had collected enough signatures to place the long-sought Community Benefits Ordinance on the ballot in November. As required by law, a letter was sent to City Council thereby giving them 60 days to pass the ordinance as written or refer it to the Election Commission for placement on the ballot in November. Within 48 hours efforts to challenge the Community Benefit Ordinance were underway.  On Wednesday June 29, 2016 CBA Coalition members learned of a legal challenge filed against the ballot initiative. One of Detroit’s leading corporate law firms, working on behalf of an unidentified, anonymous client, has challenged the validity of signatures collected.

Please visit http://risetogetherdetroit.com/ for more information and updates on the efforts to gain a Community Benefits Ordinance for all Detroiters.

“If we have to pay, we get a say!”

Join the conversation: #RiseTogetherDetroit #CBO
Learn more and help spread the word!

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Angy Webb “People want this. They wouldn’t have filled out petitions if they didn’t” https://youtu.be/tBmWt-_YAqo

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Lila Cabil “we’ve given a lot, but we’ve lost a lot” https://youtu.be/bMbwt6472sA

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Ron Turner: “Detroiters are capable of working with developers for a win/win situation.” https://youtu.be/itIQ3kl6Tuw

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Bro J Smith @CapSoupKitchen “people served by the kitchen don’t benefit from development” https://youtu.be/mea29FE-uiI

Detroiters deserve a seat at the table when large projects use public $$$ #RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO https://youtu.be/15PGJ1xljQE

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Update: The People’s Community Benefit Ordinance moves to Election Commission for vote on ballot placement

Detroit City Council votes to NOT VOTE on People’s Community Benefits Ordinance as two other CBOs move to committee.

On July 12, 2016 Detroit City Council voted unanimously NOT to vote on the People’s Community Benefits Ordinance and to send it to the Election Committee. The Council also heard public comments on a counter ordinance brought forward by District 3 Council Member Scott Benson. Benson’s ordinance, referred to as the anti-community benefits ordinance by many residents was moved to Council Member Gabe Leland’s Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee that meets on Thursday. In a surprise move, Council President Brenda Jones re-introduced a revised version of her Community Benefits Ordinance that was also moved to Leland’s committee.

MEDIA HITS! For more details visit:
Detroit News http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/07/12/detroit-community-benefits-initiative-moves-forward/87006218/

Free Press
http://www.freep.com/story/news/2016/07/12/detroit-official-eyes-alternative-development-ordinance/87001626/

VIDEO POSTS to SHARE:
#RiseTogetherDetroit #CBO VIDEO Benson’s Anti-Community Benefits Ordinance – Lila Cabil, Pub Comment July 12, 2016 https://youtu.be/2e9bQCZydpM

#RiseTogetherDetroit #CBO Benson’s Anti-Community Benefits Ordinance – @RashidaTlaib, Pub Comment July 12, 2016 https://youtu.be/QW4-Z9ypDyI

Detroiters deserve a seat at the table when large projects use public $$$ #RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO https://youtu.be/15PGJ1xljQE

NEXT STEPS: The People’s Community Benefit Ordinance, the one with 5400 certified signatures from voters city-wide, moves to the Elections Committee next. The three person committee of Corporation Counsel Butch Hallowell, City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Council President Brenda Jones will vote as to whether the ordinance will be on the ballot in November. We anticipate that Council Member Benson’s Anti-Community Benefit Ordinance and Council President Jones’ revised ordinance will be discussed and possibly acted upon in this Thursday’s 10am Planning and Economic Development Committee.

Know your CBO History: The original Community Benefit Ordinance presented by Council President Brenda Jones was held in Council Member Gabe Leland’s Planning and Economic Development Committee for nearly 2 years. This delay along with other obstructions lead community members to organize around a Community Benefits ballot initiative. What To Watch: It will be informative to witness how quickly committee members Leeland, Sheffield and Benson act on the two ordinances introduced yesterday.

Again, this has been a tremendous effort and an important act of citizen-led democracy on display. The CBA Coalition partners want to thank the members who have supported and made this all-volunteer grassroots effort possible. Detroiters from every corner of the city have stepped up to help move the CBA Ordinance to a vote by the people.

Please visit http://risetogetherdetroit.com/ for more information and updates on the efforts to gain a Community Benefits Ordinance for all Detroiters.

Recent Timeline

On July 7, 2016 Rise Together Detroit received word from the Department of Elections. After a review by their office, the challenge to the Community Benefit ballot initiative  signatures has been denied. The petition certification STANDS! This means enough signatures have been gathered and certified to move the Community Benefits Ordinance forward toward placement on the November ballot.

On July 5, 2016 Detroit City Council members heard public comments about the Community Benefits Ordinance. Though the Community Benefit Ordinance was not on the agenda of the meeting, many came out to speak in support of the ordinance due to a challenge to the ballot initiative petition signatures. Videos below.

On Monday June 27, 2016, the City of Detroit Department of Elections certified the Community benefits Agreement Coalition had collected enough signatures to place the long-sought Community Benefits Ordinance on the ballot in November. As required by law, a letter was sent to City Council thereby giving them 60 days to pass the ordinance as written or refer it to the Election Commission for placement on the ballot in November.

Within 48 hours efforts to challenge the Community Benefit Ordinance were underway.  On Wednesday June 29, 2016 CBA Coalition members learned of a legal challenge filed against the ballot initiative. One of Detroit’s leading corporate law firms, working on behalf of an unidentified, anonymous client, has challenged the validity of signatures collected.

Please visit http://risetogetherdetroit.com/ for more information and updates on the efforts to gain a Community Benefits Ordinance for all Detroiters.

“If we have to pay, we get a say!”
Join the conversation: #RiseTogetherDetroit #CBO

Learn more, spread the word!

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Angy Webb “People want this. They wouldn’t have filled out petitions if they didn’t” https://youtu.be/tBmWt-_YAqo

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Lila Cabil “we’ve given a lot, but we’ve lost a lot” https://youtu.be/bMbwt6472sA

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Ron Turner: “Detroiters are capable of working with developers for a win/win situation.” https://youtu.be/itIQ3kl6Tu

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Bro J Smith @CapSoupKitchen “people served by the kitchen don’t benefit from development” https://youtu.be/mea29FE-uiI

#RiseTogetherDetroit 7 VIDEOS of Public Comments on Community Benefits from #DetroitCityCouncil’s July 5th Meeting
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy5aqxoFbwK1t5-eMBGFeQ7cD0PaxuLxC

Detroiters deserve a seat at the table when large projects use public $$$ #RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO https://youtu.be/15PGJ1xljQE

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Update: Community Benefits Ordinance petition certification will stand!

Challenge to ballot initiative signatures denied by Detroit Department of Elections.

On July 7, 2016 Rise Together Detroit received word from the Department of Elections. After a review by their office, the challenge to the Community Benefit ballot initiative  signatures has been denied. The petition certification STANDS! This means enough signatures have been gathered and certified to move the Community Benefits Ordinance forward toward placement on the November ballot.

This has been a tremendous effort and an important act of citizen-led democracy on display. The CBA Coalition partners want to thank the members who have supported and made this all-volunteer grassroots effort possible. Detroiters from every corner of the city have stepped up to help move the CBA Ordinance to a vote by the people.

Please visit http://risetogetherdetroit.com/ for more information and updates on the efforts to gain a Community Benefits Ordinance for all Detroiters.

Recent Timeline:

On July 5, 2016 Detroit City Council members heard public comments about the Community Benefits Ordinance. Though the Community Benefit Ordinance was not on the agenda of the meeting, many came out to speak in support of the ordinance due to a challenge to the ballot initiative petition signatures. Videos below.

On Monday June 27, 2016, the City of Detroit Department of Elections certified the Community benefits Agreement Coalition had collected enough signatures to place the long-sought Community Benefits Ordinance on the ballot in November. As required by law, a letter was sent to City Council thereby giving them 60 days to pass the ordinance as written or refer it to the Election Commission for placement on the ballot in November.

Within 48 hours efforts to challenge the Community Benefit Ordinance were underway.  On Wednesday June 29, 2016 CBA Coalition members learned of a legal challenge filed against the ballot initiative. One of Detroit’s leading corporate law firms, working on behalf of an unidentified, anonymous client, has challenged the validity of signatures collected.

Please visit http://risetogetherdetroit.com/ for more information and updates on the efforts to gain a Community Benefits Ordinance for all Detroiters.

“If we have to pay, we get a say!”
Join the conversation: #RiseTogetherDetroit #CBO

Learn more and help spread the word!

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Angy Webb “People want this. They wouldn’t have filled out petitions if they didn’t” https://youtu.be/tBmWt-_YAqo

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Lila Cabil “we’ve given a lot, but we’ve lost a lot” https://youtu.be/bMbwt6472sA

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Ron Turner: “Detroiters are capable of working with developers for a win/win situation.” https://youtu.be/itIQ3kl6Tuw

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Bro J Smith @CapSoupKitchen “people served by the kitchen don’t benefit from development” https://youtu.be/mea29FE-uiI

#RiseTogetherDetroit 7 VIDEOS of Public Comments on Community Benefits from #DetroitCityCouncil’s July 5th Meeting
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy5aqxoFbwK1t5-eMBGFeQ7cD0PaxuLxC

Detroiters deserve a seat at the table when large projects use public $$$ #RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO https://youtu.be/15PGJ1xljQE

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Update: Detroit City Council hears public comments from Community Benefits Ordinance supporters

Update: Detroit City Council hears public comments from Community Benefits Ordinance supporters

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On July 5, 2016 Detroit City Council members heard public comments about the Community Benefits Ordinance. Though the Community Benefit Ordinance was not on the agenda of the meeting, many came out to speak in support of the ordinance due to a recent challenge to the ballot initiative petition signatures last week. Please check and share the videos and media links below.

On Monday June 27, 2016, the City of Detroit Department of Elections certified the Community benefits Agreement Coalition had collected enough signatures to place the long-sought Community Benefits Ordinance on the ballot in November. As required by law, a letter was sent to City Council thereby giving them 60 days to pass the ordinance as written or refer it to the Election Commission for placement on the ballot in November.

CBA Coalition partners expect to hear more from the Department of Elections regarding the challenge in the next few days and will share more information as it becomes available.

Please visit http://risetogetherdetroit.com/ for more information and updates on the efforts to gain a Community Benefits Ordinance for all Detroiters.

“If we have to pay, we get a say!”
#RiseTogetherDetroit #DetroitCBA

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Media Round-Up

Michigan Radio
http://michiganradio.org/post/would-proposed-community-benefits-ordinance-give-voice-detroit-residents-or-slow-development#stream/0
Would proposed community benefits ordinance give voice to Detroit residents, or slow development?
Stateside Staff

A petition drive to get a proposed Detroit city ordinance on the ballot has hit opposition. The ordinance would require that new, large developments that use public money or land return some benefits to the local community. Benefits could include things such as employment preference for neighborhood residents, or health and safety measures.

Detroit Free Press
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/07/01/tax-credits-land-benefits-detroit/86559318/
Plans with tax credits, land should include benefits
Brenda Jones, Free Press guest writer

“Time and time again, we urge our neighborhoods in Detroit to do their part, to be engaged. The fact that Detroiters collected over 5,000 signatures to support this effort speaks volumes. This proposed ordinance, along with executive orders that direct local hiring and contracting goals, gives our neighbors a chance to partner with developers to bring true benefit to their neighborhoods.”

Crain’s Business Detroit
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160705/NEWS01/160709933/detroit-tax-break-requirement-sought-to-involve-residents
Oakland Press
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20160705/detroit-tax-break-requirement-sought-to-involve-residents
Detroit tax break requirement sought to involve residents
Associated Press Syndication

Efforts are taking place to pass an ordinance that would require some developers seeking tax breaks from Detroit to negotiate with residents about the impact of their project on the environment, affordable housing and other issues.

A group, called Rise Together Detroit, collected 5,460 signatures to put the measure on the November ballot, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The petition has been certified by the city clerk, but a newly formed group called the Committee for Detroit Jobs challenged the petition’s certification, saying that nearly 2,000 of the signatures are invalid. A decision on the challenge is pending.

Detroit News
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/07/05/community-benefits-group-targets-november-ballot/86717232/
Detroit community benefits group targets Nov. ballot
Christine Ferretti

The ordinance, submitted by Rise Together Detroit under the name Committee for Community Benefits, would require developers who get tax breaks in Detroit to guarantee jobs for local residents, and commit to other forms of community investments. The plan mirrors a draft ordinance previously introduced by Council President Brenda Jones.

A week ago, a group called the Committee for Detroit Jobs filed a challenge to the validity of some of the signatures. The clerk’s office is reviewing the objections, officials say.

Detroit Free Press
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/07/04/detroit-developers-tax-breaks-residents/86598784/
Detroit neighborhoods want say in development deals, tax breaks
Joe Guillen

With the proposed ordinance stalled, a coalition of community organizations and other groups began collecting signatures to put the law on the ballot. Rise Together Detroit lists the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce as one of its partners.

The Detroit city clerk’s office late last month certified that the petition contained 4,583 valid signatures out of 5,460 submitted — exceeding the required 4,054 signatures needed, or 3% of votes cast in the most recent mayoral election.

Michigan Radio
http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-ballot-proposal-faces-anonymous-challenge#stream/0
Detroit ballot proposal faces anonymous challenge
Sarah Cwiek

Mark Brewer, attorney for the coalition supporting the ordinance, says the challenge, which “alleges all kinds of defects” with the petitions, should not be anonymous.

“The law in Michigan is very clear that a group which supports or opposes a ballot proposal is supposed to file a ballot question committee with the local authorities,” said Brewer. “They’re supposed to disclose the source of their funding, what they’re spending their money on.

 

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Social Media YouTube Round-Up

Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750526946660929536

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Angy Webb “People want this. They wouldn’t have filled out petitions if they didn’t” https://youtu.be/tBmWt-_YAqo

Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750526707312914432

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Lila Cabil “we’ve given a lot, but we’ve lost a lot” https://youtu.be/bMbwt6472sA

Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750526184924934144

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Ron Turner: “Detroiters are capable of working with developers for a win/win situation.” https://youtu.be/itIQ3kl6Tuw

Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750525680589299712

#RiseTogetherDetroit VIDEO Bro J Smith @CapSoupKitchen “people served by the kitchen don’t benefit from development” https://youtu.be/mea29FE-uiI

Tweet Link: https://twitter.com/DetroitPeoples/status/750527734200369152

#RiseTogetherDetroit 7 VIDEOS of Public Comments on Community Benefits from #DetroitCityCouncil’s Tuesday Meeting
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLy5aqxoFbwK1t5-eMBGFeQ7cD0PaxuLxC

 

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Update: Community Benefits Ordinance Signatures Qualified for November Ballot and Immediately Challenged

Update: Community Benefits Ordinance Signatures Qualified for November Ballot and Immediately Challenged

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Successful grassroots Community Benefits Movement in Detroit threatened by anonymous legal challenge.

On Monday June 27, 2016, the City of Detroit Department of Elections certified the Community benefits Agreement Coalition had collected enough signatures to place the long-sought Community Benefits Ordinance on the ballot in November. As required by law, a letter was sent to City Council thereby giving them 60 days to pass the ordinance as written or refer it to the Election Commission for placement on the ballot in November.

Within 48 hours efforts to challenge the Community Benefit Ordinance were underway.  On Wednesday, CBA Coalition members learned of a legal challenge filed against the ballot initiative. One of Detroit’s leading corporate law firms, working on behalf of an unidentified, anonymous client, has challenged the validity of signatures collected.

CBA Coalition partners will be working today to confirm the details of this challenge and will share more information as it becomes available.

This has been a tremendous effort and an important act of citizen-led democracy on display. The CBA Coalition partners want to thank the members who have supported and made this all-volunteer grassroots effort possible. Detroiters from every corner of the city have stepped up to help move the CBA Ordinance to a vote by the people, and we will continue the fight.

Please visit http://risetogetherdetroit.com/ for more information and updates on the efforts to gain a Community Benefits Ordinance for all Detroiters.

More: http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/cba-ordinance-signatures-qualified-for-nov-ballot/

“If we have to pay, we get a say!”

#RiseTogether #DetroitCBA

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CBA Ordinance Signatures Qualified for Nov Ballot

CBA Ordinance Signatures Qualified for Nov Ballot
The CBA Coalition learned yesterday that they met the required number of signatures for qualifying the CBA ordinance to be placed on the November 2016 ballot.  This was a tremendous effort and an important act of citizen led democracy on display!

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L to R – Bill Hickey, Brightmoor Community CBA Coalition, Tommy Robbins, West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, Linda Campbell, Equitable Detroit Coalition, Mildred Robbins, West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, Angy Webb, Revive CDC.

Thanks to all of the Detroit Peoples Platform network members and supporters who supported this volunteer grassroots effort – and citizens stepped up and met the challenge.   The election department will notify the City Council that the petitions have been certified and council will have 60 days to vote on the ordinance or to decide to put it on the ballot.  
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L to R – Bill Hickey, Brightmoor Community CBA Coalition, Tommy and Mildred Robbins, West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, Angy Webb, Revive CDC.

We will provide regular updates as the campaign moves into the second phase along with  information how you can become a volunteer for the next phase of the campaign.
#RiseTogether
#DetroitCBA

 

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Volunteers Needed – Community Benefits Ordinance Ballot Initiative

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Volunteer Meeting
Thursday, May 5th 5:30pm
Equitable Detroit Coalition includes 20 community groups that are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that will bring the Community Benefits Ordinance to a vote in the November 16th election. EDC are requesting community support to collect 5,000 notarized signatures before June 1st. This is an all volunteer campaign. If you would like to volunteer for the campaign please attend this Volunteer Meeting Thursday, May 5th at 5:30pm, 7700 Second Avenue at Pallister. Please RSVP to Linda Campbell at detroitpeoplespac@gmail.com or call (313) 444-9482 and leave a voicemail.

Support the fight for Earned Paid Sick Time
The Time to Care Coalition is calling for volunteers to gather petition signatures for it’s Earned Paid Sick Time campaign.  You can join the Time to Care Campaign efforts and share your story here. Learn More: http://www.mieconomicjustice.org/portfolio/paid-sick-days/