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Action Alert: Demand a CBA for new Woodward Developement

ActionAlertHeaderMay 26, 2015 – Today Detroit City Council will vote on giving a tax break to Broader and Sachse for a new project as Woodward and Erskine, LLC. They would receive $2,113,173.00 in tax abatements over 10 years. Read the details of the deal: Woodward and Erskine, LLC PA 210

Given the developers recent history of displacing low-income elders from what is now ‘The Albert” please contact your Council Member and demand a Community Benefits Agreement around the deal.

Watch this VIDEO on ‘The Albert’ and the displacement of community.

Albert from Kate Levy on Vimeo.


Brenda Jones, President, 313.224.1245, bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov
Janeé L Ayers: (313) 224-4248, ayersj@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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Public Transit Meeting – May 12th, 5:30 in the North End

TransitMeetingtransitmeetingUpcoming public transit meeting!

Learn more about DDOT’s issues and how you can help improve bus service for Detroiters.

May 12, 2015
5:30 – 7:30pm
7700 Second Ave. 48202

A light meal will be served.

Hosted by Detroit People’s Platform and the North End Woodward Community Coalition.

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For fifteen years, the Building Movement Project (BMP) has been advancing the potential for nonprofit organizations to have an impact on building movements for progressive social change. Since 2003, BMP has supported work in Detroit that pioneered a national model for how organizations can integrate social change into their service work with clients. More recently, the Building Movement Detroit work has expanded to focus on directly organizing constituents in neighborhoods, with the Detroit People’s Platform growing out of these efforts in 2013 with a citywide meeting of residents who came together to establish a five-plank platform articulating the social justice priorities of Detroiters.


The Senior Organizer will work under the supervision of the leader of Building Movement/Detroit Peoples Platform work in Detroit, work as part of a fast-paced team of Detroiters and also work closely with a national staff team in New York City. The organizer will work to ensure that the advocacy and organizing needs of the Detroit People’s Platform (DPP) are met, by increasing civic engagement of Detroiters, raising the salience of issues identified in the platform in public debate, and advocating for policy changes with municipal and state policymakers. More specifically, the organizer will:

  • Assist with the development and implementation of the policy and advocacy work of the Detroit People’s Platform. The organizer will draft policy briefs and facilitate informational trainings to ensure that community members understand key issues being debated in the state legislature and city council. They will also work to influence public policy impacting the issues and concerns of residents by building relationships with policymakers and developing policy guidelines. The organizer will ensure that the policy demands are rooted in and informed by resident stakeholders and DPP leaders.
  • Coach and support other DPP organizers. The organizer will work with a team of field organizers and help them develop strategies for building relationships and power in key neighborhoods. They will also support organizers and residents by providing training support to build advocacy and organizing capacity.
  • Represent DPP’s interests with allies and coalitions. The organizer will be expected to attend community meetings, nurture relationships with allied organizations, and collaborate with other organizers and advocates to build successful coalitions for policy change. In particular, the consultant will lead the efforts to collaborate with other partner organizations in the Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, including: working with EJAM partner organizations’ organizers around collective campaigns including implementation of coordinated field plans; participating in regular leadership development opportunities through EJAM; integrating the People’s Platform’s cohort of Michigan Economic Justice Fellows into organizational activities, including but not limited to EJAM campaigns.


  • Minimum of five years of experience in community organizing, civic engagement, and advocacy. A mix of experiences in these areas is ideal;
  • Strong communication, writing and proof-reading skills, including social media and computer skills such as proficiency in MS Office – Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook;
  • Demonstrated experience developing strategic responses to challenging political dynamics and leading campaigns that win;
  • Strong commitment to social change, racial justice and democratic principles;
  • Openness to a variety of approaches to organizing and policy work;
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people and foster alignment between different interests;
  • Strong facilitation and coalition building skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills, capacity for prioritizing tasks, and ability to handle a wide range of tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to work independently, and follow through and meet deadlines;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work well with multiple work styles;
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience.


This is a part-time contract position. The work hours spent on this project will likely vary, but we anticipate the coordinator devoting an average of 30 hours a week to the project.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to hiring@buildingmovement.org

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People’s Platform NEWS Five – Democracy by Authority

The latest edition of the Detroit People’s Platform News hit the streets on January 26th. Proudly printed in a union shop, 5,000 copies will be distributed through Platform members in their neighborhoods and through community hubs city-wide.

This edition features:

  • Update: CBA Ordinance
  • Announcing WNUC 96.7 FM
  • Right to the City
  • Special Report: The Restructuring of Detroit, Democracy by Authority
    • Join the People’s Platform Authority Watch
    • Changes in City Governance
    • The Anatomy of an Authority
  • People’s Platform Report-Out 2014

Download the pdf!

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Action Alert: Foreclosure Emergency – Help keep people in their homes

Correction: The wrong dates for the Show Cause Hearings were shared in the earlier Action Update. Please take a moment to forward these correct dates. The Tax Foreclosure Show Cause Hearings will be held at Cobo Hall, 9am-5pm, Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th and Monday, February 2nd through Thursday, February 5th. The last day of Show Cause hearings for Detroiters is Thursday, Feb 5th and it is the 9 am session only. There is no afternoon hearing on that day for Detroit property owners. Wayne County’s notice posted in the Legal News states that they will see any tax payer at any time during these specific days.


1 in 7 Detroiters could lose their homes in the fall 2015 Tax Foreclosure Auction if they do not take action by March 31st!

Detroit People’s Platform

Action Alert Update: January 26th, 2015“Nearly one is seven Detroit homeowners could see their homes auctioned off in the fall… 80,000 PROPERTIES IN FORECLOSURES, 45,000 OF THEM OCCUPIED HOMES” http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/new-help-for-avoiding-foreclosure-in- detroit/30504228

The Tax Foreclosure Show Cause Hearings will be held at Cobo Hall, 9am-5pm, Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th and Monday, February 2nd through Thursday, February 5th. The last day of Show Cause hearings for Detroiters is Thursday, Feb 5th and it is the 9 am session only. There is no afternoon hearing on that day for Detroit property owners. Wayne County’s notice posted in the Legal News states that they will see any tax payer at any time during those specific days. For further information, please send an email to taxinfo@waynecounty.com or call the Wayne County Taxpayer Assistance Department at (313) 224-6105

CONCERNED NEIGHBORS & People’s Platform Members
Take Action!
Attend this training to support the Show Cause events above and future Tax Foreclosure Information Sessions with People’s Platform partner organizations throughout the city.

About the Training
Those attending the training with Ted Phillips and United Community Housing Coalition will learn more about the recent state legislation that made changes to the tax law, how to read a tax bill, how to screen folks to determine what kind of assistance they qualify for and also how to help somebody with a simple tax delinquency fill out the forms needed to enter into a payment agreement. 
5:30 – 8:30pm, food at 5 with the training at 6pm 
at Repair the World Workshop, 2701 Bagley Ave in Southwest Detroit, 48216
Please RSVP to homesforall@detroitpeoplesplatform.org

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Action Alert – CBA Ordinance and the Anti-Community Benefits Bill, HB5977


Action 1: Attend Special Council Meeting Monday, Dec 8th, 11am CAYMC
Action 2: Contact Detroit Legislative Delegation
Action 3: Contact Mayor Duggan’s Office
(details below)

On Tuesday Dec 2, 2014 State Representative Earl Poleski (R) from Jackson County introduced HB 5977 as the “Local Government Employer Mandate Prohibition Act”. Testimony about the bill was heard in the Michigan Competitiveness Committee on Dec 4, 2014. The bill is on the committee’s agenda again, this coming Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM, Room 326, House Office Building in Lansing. People’s Platform and Equitable Detroit Coalition members will be in attendance. We will post updates through social media and summarize the results through email.

It is anticipated the committee will vote on the legislation at that time. 

At the Dec 4th committee meeting, a Detroit Regional Chamber representative spoke in support of the bill (see and please share video) and more pointedly against the CBA Ordinance that thousands of Detroiters have expressed their support for.

Read the Bill for yourself: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28vhvm0n55vf0diwj2vfpturzo%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=BillStatus&objectname=2014-HB-5977

This Anti-Community Benefit Bill would prohibit municipalities from COMMUNITY BENEFIT AGREEMENT ordinances/policies. House Bill 5977 would also prevent municipalities in Michigan from enacting their own specific minimum wage increases and from establishing “any requirement related to employee wages, or benefits, such as a minimum wage, particular benefits, a specified amount of paid or unpaid leave time, or the payment of a prevailing wage except as provided by law,”

This bill is a state violation of local control that has been introduced in direct opposition to Detroiters efforts around a CBA Ordinance that also augments and seams up “Right to Work” legislation passed in 2012.

Over the past two years, Detroit People’s Platform members, partners, supporters and allies have come together around the importance of Community Benefit Agreements, CBAs, in Detroit. CBAs have been a part of successful development projects across the US and help to insure that everyone benefits from large development projects that use public funds or resources, like land. In the last year, continuing to support the work of the Equitable Detroit Coalition and the efforts of Council President Brenda Jones we have moved to organize around a city-wide Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance.


Action: Attend Special Council Meeting Monday, Dec 8th, 11am CAYMC

Council President Brenda Jones has called a special meeting of Detroit City Council at 11 am on Monday, December 8th in response to the HB 5977. Join City Council President in support of the Community Benefit Agreement Ordinance and the right of local residents to participate in democracy and work for fair and just economic development for all Detroiters.

Action: Contact Detroit Legislative Delegation

Educate them about why House Bill 5977 undermines economic opportunity for Detroiters by denying access to jobs and business opportunities.  Let them know that we want to benefit directly from the investment of our tax dollars and public resources in economic development. State House Representatives– Detroit:
Alberta Talabi (District2), albertatalabi@house.mi.gov517-373-1776
John Olumba (District 3), JohnOlumba@house.mi.gov, – 517-373-0144
Fred Durhal (District 5), freddurhal@house.mi.gov517-373-0844
Rashida Tlaib (District 6), rashidatlaib@house.mi.gov517-373-0823
David Nathan (District 8), davidnathan@house.mi.gov517-373-3815
Harvey Santana (District 9), harveysantana@house.mi.gov517-373-6990

Action: Contact Mayor Duggan’s Office: 313.224.3400
We are aware that Mayor Duggan’s does not support the CBA ordinance for Detroiters. Where does the Mayor stand on HB 5977?

Media Round-Up

1. Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams speaking in support of the bill and against the CBA Ordinance that is gaining momentum in Detroit.
2. Rep Santana calling the bill out as a block to community negotiating with developers. The CBA Ordinance will only apply to large-scale projects that use public funds (our tax $$) or resources, like land.

House bill would ban Detroit from enacting Community Benefits Agreement ordinance

“Detroit City Councilmember Raquel Castañeda-López, an avid proponent of the ordinance who could not be immediately reached for comment, wrote on Facebook that the bill would “restrict cities from having a community benefits ordinance.” “Whether you supported the Community Benefits Agreement ordinance or not, what the state govt is trying to run thru today during lame duck continues to strip power & the ability to self-govern from local municipalities,” she wrote.”


NEW! Lansing to dictate how cities do their business?


Lame duck? More like lame lawmakers


Crain’s Detroit Business
READ! – Community Benefits Agreements would boost neighborhoods, small businesses
“While Detroit is witnessing a paradoxical resurgence between downtown and Midtown (commercial corridor), amounting to billions of dollars in investment, the city’s neighborhoods (urban corridor), which comprise more than 82.7 percent African-Americans and 32,490 black-owned businesses, have largely been ignored for any economic opportunities, resources and benefits.”


Flashpoint 10/19/14: What’s best for Detroit post-bankruptcy?

10/19/14: We ask City Council members James Tate and Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, development leaders Rodrick Miller and Arthur Jemison, and business writers Tom Walsh and Daniel Howes.

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District 5: Arena Neighborhood Advisory Council

We just received this announcement about this meeting in District 5.

Dear Arena District Community –

The Neighborhood Advisory Council will be hosting its first Community Meeting to discuss the arena and garner community input:

THIS FRIDAY, November 21, from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Wayne State University Law School – Spencer Partrich Auditorium
471 W. Palmer (on the Wayne State Campus)
We Look Forward to Seeing You!
Please contact nacdetroit@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.
Thank You,
Corridors Alliance
NAC_Community Meeting
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Action Alert: THIS FRIDAY!
 Council Meets on CBA Ordinance Nov 14th, 9am CAYMC


More Info: http://equitabledetroit.org – http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org

Detroit People’s Platform Action Alert


People’s Platform Members and supporters,


Attend Council’s Committee
of the whole meeting on the

9am for a comment card
 13th Floor, CAYMC

If you cannot join us Friday please

District contact info below

More Info: http://equitabledetroit.org – http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org

YES! CBA Ordinance!
The Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance will benefit Developers, Investors and life-long, returning and new residents by streamlining a community engagement process and increasing transparency and consistency.

The CBA Ordinance will amend the City Charter and will support meaningful community engagement and benefit into post-bankruptcy Detroit’s future.

READ: This recent Crain’s Business Detroit article by Ken Harris, president and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, supporting the CBA Ordinance:

“Community Benefits Agreements would boost neighborhoods, small businesses. More than 82.7 percent African-Americans and 32,490 black-owned businesses, have largely been ignored for any economic opportunities, resources and benefits.”

 Reasons to Support the Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance

  •     3000 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.


Brenda Jones, President, 313.224.1245, bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov
Resigned – 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

More Info: http://equitabledetroit.org – http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org

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Community Development Hearings

We apologize for the short notice on these meetings. We did not receive the information until Monday of this week.

Community Development Hearings

The City of Detroit needs your input regarding federal funds received for four programs administered by the Planning and Development Department. During November, residents are encouraged to attend one of the seven district hearings to provide comments on how these funds should be spent in your community.

On average, the City of Detroit applies for and receives $40 million per year in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding for four programs. The four HUD programs are:

•    Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
•    HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
•    Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
•    Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

In addition, the City of Detroit is also developing Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs). Communities with approved NRSAs are offered en- hanced flexibility in undertaking economic development, housing, and public service activities with CDBG funds.

These programs require citizen participation. That’s You!

Make your voice heard regarding how these funds can be used each year in your community by coming out to a District meeting. All relevant comments and opinions will become part of a report submitted to HUD. Your comments will also be presented to the Mayor and City Council. District meeting information is shown on the back of this page.


District 2
November 3 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers, Detroit, MI 48235

District 1
November 5 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Crowell Recreation Center, 16630 Lahser, Detroit, MI 48219

District 5
November 6 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Butzel Family Center, 7737 Kercheval, Detroit, MI 48214

District 6
November 8 • Noon – 2 p.m. • Patton Recreation Center, 2301 Woodmere, Detroit, MI 48209

District 7
November 13 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Adams Butzel, 10500 Lyndon, Detroit, MI 48238

District 3
November 14 • 5 – 7 p.m. • Farwell Recreation Center, 2781 E. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48234

District 4
November 22 • Noon – 2 p.m. • Samaritan Center, 5555 E. Conner, Detroit, MI 48213

City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
For meeting information, call (313) 628-0044



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Detroit-based Businesses Call on City Leadership to Support Community Benefits Agreement

Detroit-based Businesses Call on City Leadership to Support Community Benefits Agreement

(Detroit, MI- October 30, 2014) — The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (MBCC), with access to more than 72,561 African American businesses in Michigan and 32,490 in the city of Detroit, endorses the adoption of a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) ordinance into the Detroit City Charter to establish trust, reduce economic disparities and increase government and private sector accountability to Detroiters and local entrepreneurs.

Although an increase in the number of development projects in Detroit shows promise for the city’s future,it is crucial to make sure local residents and community stakeholders share in the economic benefits of these large-scale projects. CBAs are designed to do just that, according to the American Planning Association.

“CBAs ensure that large scale development provides for local hiring, procurement opportunities, neighborhood services and a qualified community voice in the development process itself,” said Ken Harris, President and CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce.

Detroit’s proposed CBA ordinance seeks to ensure that communities affected by large, often government-subsidized developments or public-private partnerships would be guaranteed benefits in the form of contracts with local developers; these contracts would provide specific procurement goals, services or hiring obligations in the footprint or general area of the proposed development.

Despite negative opinion-driven reactions to the proposed CBAs from some of Detroit’s leadership, CBAs are not just effective in providing economic protection to local communities, but also in energizing the local economy. Detroit’s proposed CBA is designed to stimulate job growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, but most importantly, minority, under served and economically disadvantaged communities and neighborhoods. Detroit is a majority minority city with more than 80% African Americans in population and 90% ethnic minorities and women.

The MBCC believes Detroit’s proposed community benefits ordinance would also benefit developers by establishing a clear framework and expected outcomes for businesses and residents to interact.

Across the country,CBAs have proven effective in both ensuring local employment and boosting local economies that are experiencing major or large developments with a clear oversight and monitoring policy.

There are already clear models for successful CBAs in city centers nationwide. One notable success comes from Los Angeles, when major airport renovations, with the implementation of local hiring requirements, increased the local employment rate in 2006. Since then, numerous instances in the CBA movement have demonstrated that economic development works better with community members at the table. CBA models have been implemented in many other urban centers,including Baltimore, Portland and Milwaukee.

“Without a CBA, large-scale development projects do not guarantee jobs to local residents and contract opportunities for Detroit-based businesses,” Harris said.

Marathon Oil, for example, received tax abatement worth $175 million in exchange for producing only 11 jobs for Detroiters in 2012. In the future, several large-scale development projects – which will utilize public subsidies, tax abatements and the acquisition of public land– are going to take place in Detroit’s under served and impoverished communities.

“It’s time to move away from personality-driven leadership by adopting policy-driven benefits that help to foster economic development and job growth for Detroit’s local residents and small business owners,” said Harris.

Today, the MBCC calls on Mayor Duggan, the Detroit City Council,Detroit-based Businesses and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) to support the adoption of a CBA ordinance into the City Charter.

For more information please contact kharris@michiganblackchamber.com

The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce(MBCC) is Michigan’s first statewide Black chamber of commerce with access to more than 79,000 black-owned businesses in Michigan; the MBCC has become one of the largest and most influential chambers of commerce in the country with local Black chambers in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Pontiac, Southfield, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Flint, MI. For more information visit http://www.michiganblackchamber.com/