Advisory Update & Action Alert
Detroit People’s Platform Advisory Update & Action Alert
April 16, 2014
Please see the food justice and governance updates and information below. Note that some are time sensitive.
Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
This is short notice, but tonight, April 16th at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 6:30-8:00pm DBCFSN is hosting a film screening highlighting Historic Virginia Park Cooperative and a discussion about Detroit’s legacy of cooperatives. They will also share information about the forthcoming grocery store co-op in the North End. Refreshments will be served.
Additionally, the Ujamaa Buying Club is accepting orders. The club allows for members to save money money on healthy food items and other products. You can join their four-week cycle buying club. It is currently free to join! Visit the website and email them if you’d like to join.
Orders for this month are DUE THURSDAY, April 17, 2014.
Order pick-up will be the following Thursday at DBCFSN offices at 3800 Puritan in Detroit. The Ujamaa Ordering tutorial can be found here!
The Affects of the Emergency Manager in our Community!
There will be a Panel Discussions & Public Testimonial to discuss
Voting Rights & Other Legal Implications, education, unions/jobs, and community. This will take place on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Michigan AFSCME Council 25 Building
600 West Lafayette Blvd. (Corner of Third Street) from 4 – 10 p.m. in the Auditorium.
CAC (Community Advisory Council) Update
As some of you may already know, the CAC Ordinance has been passed and should be published in the legal news by Thursday, April 16th. After that it is up to local groups within the districts to collect signatures. The number of signatures have to amount to 10% of the number of voters in the last election.
After the petitions are signed Detroit City Council has to pass another ordinance, and then a second group of signatures must be gathered for candidates. July 22nd is the deadline for the November election. There are a number of timing issues involved in getting this done before 2016. Including City Council’s summer recess at some point when they may have to act on the initial petitions to create the districts.
Next steps would be to determine the interest in doing this at this time as well as the strategy. Additionally, if the Emergency Manager refuses to approve it and/or if it doesn’t get published this week in the legal news, a decision will have to be made as to the next steps. We will work to keep everyone updated.
Department of Neighborhoods District Team
As as FYI, the following information is from the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods. Below is the list of the Department of Neighborhoods District team. They have been charged with the task of eliminating blight in their district. They will do this by working closely with neighborhood and other community organizations, CDCs, faith based organizations and local businesses to identify and prioritize concerns, and then coordinate with the appropriate city department to deliver results. They are to help residents address all blight related issues, including dangerous building demolition, repurposing vacant lots and structurally sound vacant buildings, as well as non-structural blight. The image below contains contact information and the same may also be found by clicking here.