Duggan’s failure to make connections puts Majority Black Detroit at greater risk

Recently, Mayor Duggan seems to have taken offense with the media’s characterization of Detroit as a “hotspot” and the association of high rates of poverty, chronic illness, and lack of health care among Detroiters as contributing factors to the spread of the virus. While it is true that we may all be susceptible to infection with the virus, we are not all equally susceptible to the impacts of the virus in terms of related illness, social and economic impacts. For our elected officials and senior public health leadership to fail to articulate this important distinction is extremely problematic.

As we see it, the media are only repeating principles rooted in current public health practice and medical science that say, certain physical and social conditions contribute to the vulnerability of certain population groups to disease and illness. Those conditions include individual, family health history and genetics which contribute to underlying/pre-existing health conditions.

It is well known that Black Detroiters along with their counterparts across the nation, experience higher rates of asthma, heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. Medical experts generally agree that these pre-existing conditions make individuals more susceptible to the severity of the coronavirus. That may account for emerging data that suggesting death rates attributable to the coronavirus may be higher among African Americans. As of this writing in Michigan where African Americans account for 14% of the population as of this writing, they now account for 35% of coronavirus cases and 40% of coronavirus deaths in Michigan.

And then there are social and physical conditions that impact the overall health and well-being of our community. These conditions are referred to as determinants of health. Social and physical determinants of health include factors like access to quality health care, affordable and quality housing, reliable transportation, access for the disabled; clean air, access to fresh water and healthy green space to name a few. The interplay between our individual health status and determinants of health in our neighborhoods and communities ultimately defines the resilience of our neighborhoods and communities in the face of a pandemic such as the coronavirus.

The failure of our local administration to embrace this very basic principle of modern public health has resulted in bad public policy no doubt contributing to the current crisis.

Nowhere is this bad policymaking better illustrated than when, as recent as a month ago, public health officials at both the state and local level steadfastly refused to restore the water in thousands of homes in Detroit. They did this in the face of the growing pandemic and recommendations for frequent hand washing as a primary prevention strategy to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, the administration and their sympathizers tap-danced and split hairs around scientific study terms like causation vs association, debating the link of illness to lack of household water.

Seemingly beyond professional accountability these arguments were used to justify mass water shutoffs over the past five years and the decision to leave hundreds if not thousands of Detroiters vulnerable and at increased risk for coronavirus infection. Only in the face of yet another demand put forth by local water justice advocates making by then the obvious connection between access to running water in the household and the primary prevention strategy of hand washing did Mayor Duggan reconsider and allow the restoration of water to families in shutoff.

Yet even now, those of us who monitor the Mayor’s position on water shutoffs grow nervous as we hear the not so veiled threat to deal with household discovered to have so called “illegal water hookups” and the Mayor’s growing impatience with the “restore water to all” demands.

Detroiters now understand that the health and the fate of our city during this pandemic and those to come will be linked across neighborhoods and households. We can no longer go along with the tactics of pitting Detroiters who can pay against those who cannot pay, while letting the administration and policy makers off the hook for creating a just and equitable solution to the problem of water affordability.

Scientist and public health officials predict the coronavirus will be around for a while.  The virus may decrease and reappear in coming months. Access to household water will remain one of the front-line prevention strategies we will have to rely upon. We will all need access to fresh and affordable water. We risk the peril of all otherwise. A policy for water affordability put forth by our water justice colleagues must be adopted and implemented with a sense of urgency.

With the economic downturn and the devastating job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, right now and at least into the foreseeable future, an ever increasing number of Detroiters will struggle with the basics of putting food on the table, keeping a roof over their heads and paying water bills. It is the truth that this situation is like nothing we have experienced in our lives, and that means we as residents must demand our government enact extraordinary and bold public policy initiatives that address the unique economic and social needs of the nation’s largest Black majority city. 

When the Mayor and his senior health officials fail to make the connections between long standing health disparities and inequities fueled by neighborhood and household poverty and chronic illness now exacerbated by the coronavirus; we know we cannot count on them to make decisions rooted in racial justice and equity that produce benefits for all; and we cannot count on them to create policies that drive resources to transform and build the capacity of our neighborhoods to live thru and into a post coronavirus future. 

What the present and future moments call for is that Detroiters build on our collective strength, embrace our legacy as radical change makers, and demand better from our government and elected officials than a return to the status quo. Watch for and participate in the coming online organizing and calls to action from Detroit People’s Platform until we are able to join you in community again.

 

Make homes safe to live in with COVID-19 Relief Funds

In the last week we have been bombarded with local and national media citing how Black Americans are being more impacted by the coronavirus than others. This reflects our ongoing analysis of the impact of poverty and bad public policy on Majority Black Detroit. As we move through and beyond this crisis we will continue to center race and racial equity and the need to address root cause and effect systemic change. To this end we must advocate for meaningful and intentional relief for Detroiters who are most vulnerable and most impacted.

We must use COVID-19 relief funds to make homes safe to live in for Detroiters who are more at risk due to PM2.5* exposure and other environmental and social conditions.

For the last year residents in the “impact area” of the publicly funded Fiat Chrysler expansion project have been fighting for environmental and economic protections and have not been heard. Now, in the face of the coronavirus, these very residents have been identified as some of the most vulnerable in our city. We must demand that our elected officials advocate for COVID-19 relief funds be brought down to the block level and be used to protect their constituents. Please check the resources below and get ready to support our upcoming campaigns.

*What the #%& is PM2.5?

PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair.

Since they are so small and light, fine particles tend to stay longer in the air than heavier particles. This increases the chances of humans and animals inhaling them into the bodies. Owing to their minute size, particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers are able to bypass the nose and throat and penetrate deep into the lungs and some may even enter the circulatory system.

Studies have found a close link between exposure to fine particles and premature death from heart and lung disease. Fine particles are also known to trigger or worsen chronic disease such as asthma, heart attack, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.

From: https://blissair.com/what-is-pm-2-5.htm

Supporting Documents:

How vulnerable is your community to coronavirus? These new maps reveal a familiar pattern.

Jvion, a healthcare data firm, has collaborated with Microsoft to launch a new COVID-19 community vulnerability map to identify the populations most vulnerable to severe complications following a coronavirus outbreak. The interactive map aggregates socioeconomic and environmental factors, such as lack of access to transportation, exposure to toxins, unemployment, and mortality rate. According to the map, these factors make certain “cancer alley” communities particularly vulnerable.

“Our most heavily weighted and frequent determining risk factor was air quality, though that doesn’t mean that it’s the most predictive factor,” said John Showalter, chief product officer for Jvion. “There’s definitely a biologic rationale that environmental health hazards that lead to pulmonary and cardiovascular conditions would then lead people with those conditions to do poorly during a COVID-19 outbreak.”

COVID Community Vulnerability Map

https://covid19.jvion.com/#

This map allows you to search and drill down into communities to view populations most vulnerable for severe outcomes if infected with a COVID-like virus and the socioeconomic factors driving that risk.

What are some of the benefits that can be realized by leveraging the COVID Community Vulnerability Map?

Quick identification of those communities where individuals are at risk for experiencing severe outcomes once infected

Ability to plan allocation of resources to those communities predicted to require hospitalization and significant medical intervention

Reduction in bed utilization by the most at-risk population for morbidity/mortality as a result of proactive outreach

 Understanding of top social determinants of health factors driving risk for those communities

COVID-19 PM2.5
A national study on long-term exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 mortality in the United States

https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/covid-pm?fbclid=IwAR3YQe380-ka6wj-THy2UXtENHXCjOIDUwnemFT9XpKkxIMgOwufh9j93LI

Background: United States government scientists estimate that COVID-19 may kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans. The majority of the pre-existing conditions that increase the risk of death for COVID-19 are the same diseases that are affected by long-term exposure to air pollution. We investigate whether long-term average exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) increases the risk of COVID-19 deaths in the United States.

Methods: Data was collected for approximately 3,000 counties in the United States (98% of the population) up to April 04, 2020. We fit zero-inflated negative binomial mixed models using county level COVID-19 deaths as the outcome and county level long-term average of PM2.5 as the exposure. We adjust by population size, hospital beds, number of individuals tested, weather, and socioeconomic and behavioral variables including, but not limited to obesity and smoking. We include a random intercept by state to account for potential correlation in counties within the same state.

Results: We found that an increase of only 1 μg/m3 in PM2.5 is associated with a 15% increase in the COVID-19 death rate, 95% confidence interval (CI) (5%, 25%). Results are statistically significant and robust to secondary and sensitivity analyses.

Conclusions: A small increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 leads to a large increase in COVID-19 death rate, with the magnitude of increase 20 times that observed for PM2.5 and all-cause mortality. The study results underscore the importance of continuing to enforce existing air pollution regulations to protect human health both during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The data and code are publicly available.

Read More: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/climate/air-pollution-coronavirus-covid.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Detroit is now a Hot Spot because it’s been a HOT MESS since Emergency Management

Ancestor Charity Hicks 🖤 referred to Emergency Management in Detroit as a Hot Mess. 7 years ago this month Democracy was suspended in our city. It was done against the will and the vote of the people and the policies that have been put into place since have hurt everyday Detroiters.

Detroit is now a COVID-19 Hot Spot because it’s been a HOT MESS since Emergency Management.

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, we pause to give thanks and honor to the front line workers and neighborhood volunteers who are sacrificing their lives and the lives of their families by providing food, water, counseling, housing and direct medical care and mental health support to those in need.

Although it is conventional wisdom that during a crisis we avoid the blame game,the pointing of fingers and suspend judgement about misguided public policies of the past, Detroiters must remain vigilant about how our government is showing up for us and how our democracy is responding on our behalf. Failed economic and social public policies of the recent past have no doubt contributed to the rapid rise of Detroit as one of the coronavirus hot spots. Those policies range from mass water shutoffs and home foreclosures; over investment of public resources in the downtown/midtown sports and entertainment and disinvestment in our neighborhood social and economic infrastructure.

Detroiters must demand accountability from those elected and in power who continue to make decisions everyday in the midst of the epidemic – decisions that will have life and death consequences right now and for years to come.

The aftermath of this pandemic will have far reaching consequences and shape the future of the nation’s largest majority Black city. We need to make sure that the long standing needs of our neighborhoods and communities are positioned first to receive resources that are allocated for the local corona virus recovery.

Finally, as we hold each other in care and solidarity, we invite you to join with the Detroit People’s Platform to build and exercise power in creating a sustainable and vibrant future Detroit rooted in racial and economic justice.

 

We must center RACE and RACIAL EQUITY during the COVID-19 crisis

A recent article in Bridge Magazine identifies Detroit as having one of the highest per capita coronavirus infection rates in the nation. Just in this past week, news statements have labeled Detroit as one of the coronavirus hot spots, a distinction shared by New York City as well. The article correctly points to the unique vulnerability of Detroiters to CODVID19 based on high rates of chronic and debilitating illness. We would also add exposure to environmental hazards that produce high rates of asthma and respiratory disease as major risk factors for the virus 

These conditions do not randomly occur and are not solely based on individual health behavior. Rather, these health disparities and health inequities are rooted in long standing structural and systemic racism that produces unhealthy outcomes for African Americans. Therefore, it stands to reason that Detroit, the nation’s largest majority Black city and other majority Black communities across Michigan and the nation will disproportionately bear the brunt of the coronavirus epidemic. And while we know that the virus doesn’t discriminate, many of the current systems that impact the daily lives of Black Detroiters do discriminate and produce uneven and unhealthy life circumstances.      

As leaders in Detroit and Lansing struggle to respond to this unprecedented health and economic upheaval, it is critical that our elected officials and policy makers center race and racial equity in the decision-making process.

Detroiters must demand that mitigation and containment strategies take into account the social and economic realities for majority Black Detroit including how and where we earn a living; how we feed and care for our familieshow we share our housing and living spaces across generations; how cultural and spiritual connections are essential and how our very survival historically is rooted in our togetherness in community.   

In addition to much needed and immediate material relief for individuals and families required at this time, Detroiters must also demand that our local government and elected officials be more responsive to the REAL priorities that help mitigate illness and risk to health, and promote the long term health and well being of Detroiters. We must demand an end to the inhumane policies that increase the vulnerability of Detroiters not just to the coronavirus but the sure to come future upheavals.  

We speak specifically about local policies that result in water shutoffs to thousands, loss of secure housing thru unjust foreclosures and eviction; diversion of public assets into the hands of wealthy one percenters and household poverty rates that are some of the highest in the nation.  

Many agree there will be a new normal on the other side of this epidemic. Detroiters must therefore demand a new normal where these unjust policies are not simply put on temporary pause in this moment of crisis but instead are permanently bannedWe WIN this demand by organizing and advocating for a local government that prioritizes investment in our families and neighborhoods as the pathway to a revitalized, resilient and sustainable Detroit

Media

Bridge Magazine: Coronavirus spreading faster in Detroit than nearly anywhere in United States

DETROIT — The coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the poorest big city in the nation, prompting concerns about whether a municipality still recovering from bankruptcy can provide services to its most vulnerable residents.

Michigan Public Radio: Detroit is a COVID-19 hotspot. What the data do, and don’t, tell us

Metro Detroit has become one of the nation’s COVID-19 hotspots. And experts predict the situation will get even more dire in the next several weeks. The city of Detroit is a hotspot within the hotspot. As of Thursday, the city reported 888 COVID-19 cases, with 19 deaths so far.

Suspend the rent! Suspend mortgage payments – Take Action Today.

ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT BEING ABLE TO PAY YOUR RENT OR MORTGAGE ON APRIL 1ST? 

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Millions of us have already lost our income and are trying to figure out how we’ll stay healthy and housed. The coronavirus has swept the U.S. leaving no one’s life untouched. In a widespread act of solidarity, we are exercising physical distancing and, for those of us who have housing, our homes have become sanctuaries protecting us from illness. Yet in the next week, many of us will be unable to pay our rent, utilities or mortgages. Somehow we are still expected to pay rent as if it’s business as usual. It’s not.

That’s why on April 1st people across the country will withhold their rent, utility payments, and mortgages. Not because they want to but because they have to. That’s why NOW is the time for Universal Rent Suspension and to guarantee safe, healthy homes for all people now! 

If you’re wondering how to make ends meet or have legal or financial questions about withholding your rent: Sign up here to learn more about the movement to #CancelTheRent.

Join renters, homeowners, small businesses and more, to demand that our federal and state governments enact an immediate universal rent & mortgage suspension

#CancelTheRent with your co-workers, friends and family – share on social media!

 Detroit People’s Platform demonstrating solidarity during Covid-19

Here at Detroit People’s Platform (DPP) we are demonstrating solidarity by working with our front line social service providers to ensure access to water, housing, expanded food and paid leave for vulnerable families in our neighborhoods.

We continue to hold public officials and those in power accountable for the lack of a social contract that protects and fosters the well being of Majority Black Detroiters. We did so long before the appearance of COVID-19 and will continue to carry this vital work through this crisis and forward.

DPP continues to advance our issue campaigns under the current work circumstances imposed by the State. Please remain connected to us. And yes, we will get on the other side of this.

Peace,
The Detroit People’s Platform Team

Water Shut Off Moratorium and Restoration

Breaking – Last week, Breaking – Last week water activists and advocates penned a letter to Governor Whitmer demanding a moratorium on water shut offs and restoration of service for Detroiters. The letter cited the spread of Covid-19 and the lack of access to water needed to wash hands by thousands of Detroiters.

Today, March 9, 2020, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) announced a moratorium on water shut offs and the restoration of water service to Detroiters who have been cut off.
 
No credit or accolades should be given to Mayor Mike Duggan or DWSD Director Garry Brown as this water crisis happened on their watch and in spite of consistent and fierce advocacy.
 
We the People of Detroit, Detroit People’s Platform and Roslyn Murray Bouier of Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry want to thank everyone for signing on and standing strong in the face of this inhumane threat to low and no income Detroiters.
 
We lift up this interim win for families living under the burden of water shut offs and high water rates and carry forward the fight for the long term win of water affordability for all Detroit households.
 

“FCA “Chrysler” build a wall on the east side of Detroit” Dexter Gentry, The Wall

Thank you to Mr. Dexter Gentry for permission to publish the full statement referenced in last week’s Detroit Free Press Article.

Detroit’s hulking sound barrier prompts Berlin Wall comparisons

 

Dexter Gentry – The Wall

Dec 28, 2019

I speak these words with no love, no happiness, and much sadness, and with regret.  That they build a wall in Detroit, and build it with no respect.  A wall to keep us separate, a wall of the haves and have-nots, and Detroiters I say again, they builded it with no respect. Closing streets and destroying homes, displacing people living in houses that there families already own. Shutting down bus routes that people depend on and need. Closing their eyes and covering their ears so they  don’t see or hear our pleas. This is just blatant of corporate America, it’s all about money and greed. 

And what about safety and the emergency routes. With the police the fire department and EMS, you are putting people in doubt. 

The president Donald Trump said let’s make America great again. He said build a wall to keep them out, and America will be back again. 

This is not Mexico , China or West Berlin, this is Detroit the “MOTOR CITY”, we do not need a wall to begin. 

To the politicians and the clergyman, black, Hispanic, or white, to all ethnic groups, sisters and my brothers we must unite. FCA “Chrysler”  build a wall on the east side of Detroit and this is our stand and we must fight. Detroit is not a prison, we do not need walls to keep us right. This is our land and we must stay together and unite.  They always gave us promises but maybe it was just a dream, but when you go to the Eastside of Detroit you will see a wall standing big and strong, gray or dull white.  This is a eyesore, in my sight. Brothers and sisters this is “REALITY” this is not just a dream. Corporate America came to our homes, our land, our communities, and build a wall on the east side of Detroit and divided us, what does it really mean ???

Learn More/Media:

Detroit’s hulking sound barrier prompts Berlin Wall comparisons

#Detroit Beniteau Street homes are in line for $15K grants for repairs as part of a community benefits agreement negotiated with the company, but some residents say that falls short when many homes are so damaged. #JusticeForBeniteau #DetroitArtistPower

Detroit mural project outside FCA plant sparks concerns about ‘artwashing’

Over 150 Detroit artists have signed a petition in protest of the mural, saying it would “cover up” injustices

#Detroit Many residents feel the $15,000 grant allocated per household for home repairs is insufficient. “It’s fluff, it does nothing to fix deeper issues in this community. It’s like a bandaid over a bullet wound.” #JusticeForBeniteau #DetroitArtistPower

Just Beniteau Resident demands:  https://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/2020/02/13/just-beniteau-residents-statement-and-demands/
Artist Statement:
https://forms.gle/AX8dJnjMyw8LSNti8
Artists Stand With Residents:
https://detroitpeoplesplatform.org/2020/02/18/fiat-chrysler-and-the-city-announce-detroits-largest-art-project/
Just Beniteau Residents Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/justbeniteauresidents

The State of the City 2020: UNJUST

People’s Response to the State of the City

On February 25, 2020, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan presented his yearly State of the City address. This year he presented to a select, invite only crowd at Flex N Gate. Many in attendance work for the administration. The speech was broadcast live on local news and streamed on the city’s website.

Those who gathered for Detroit People’s Platform’s People’s Response to the State of the City event played Bingo ‘called’ by the Mayor himself. Akin to some drinking games, Bingo Cards were marked when the Mayor said certain words. Close attention was paid to what the Mayor said. The mayor talked about some things but failed to mention others.

The Mayor has historically left out issues and concerns that greatly impact Black Detroiters. In addition to his failure to adequately answer concerns and demands about the $600 million over-taxation or address water shutoffs he failed to mention these important issues: 

The Mayor talked about Community Benefits but failed to mention the need for Amendments to the Community Benefits Ordinance because they would shift power from corporations and developers to neighborhoods and people and he would have to recognize that many of the projects receiving millions of dollars in public tax abatements have been downsized, stalled or scrapped.

The Mayor talked about Affordable Housing failed to mention the Housing Trust Fund because the majority of the money in the fund supports housing options for families that earn $24,000 or less who are threatened by displacement.

The Mayor talked about the need for Regional Transit but didn’t mention our need for a Low-Income Fare because it would force him to recognize the disparity in transportation outside of midtown and downtown.

The Mayor talked about how much Family Matters in Detroit but didn’t talk about funding Head Start because doing so would mean all low income and working black families in Detroit would have access to quality early education.

The Mayor did reveal what we consider a “win” by actually mentioning Black/African American People more than he has ever done in the last 7 years. Typically, the Mayor will talk about One Detroit and opportunity and all but won’t mention race because he would have to address racial equity and economic justice. It’s unfortunate and insulting that in the process of learning how to say the word BLACK, Duggan has also expanded his effort to tokenize black leaders and entrepreneurs while implementing policies that damage the majority of people in the largest Black city in the nation. 

Due to these and other issues that demand justice one again this year the state of the city is UNJUST.

The State of the City 2020: UNJUST

 

 

 

Fiat Chrysler and the City Announce Detroit’s “Largest Art Project”

Fiat Chrysler and the City Announce Detroit’s “Largest Art Project”

Local artists have released a strong statement in response to today’s launch of the City of Detroit and Fiat Chrysler’s (FCA) global call for artists to paint “the largest municipal art installation in the city’s history.” The statement, which has quickly gained supporting signatures from prominent Detroit artists, charges that the city and FCA are using art to cover up the negative impacts of Fiat Chrysler’s Eastside expansion.

The artist statement reads; “Fiat Chrysler and The City of Detroit (City Walls and Arts and Culture Office) are attempting to use murals and artists to artwash and cover up the destruction of a neighborhood on the Eastside by the expansion of the Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) Facility.”

What is there to cover-up? The FCA Community Benefits Agreement is a monumental failure that is NOT benefiting many neighbors. 

Economic Injustice

This is a public funded project The most recent dollar amount of public funding and tax incentives requested by FCA are now up to $400 million.  $8.8 Million IN Community benefits is not enough from a global corporation that earned $4.1 billion in 2018.

Land Swaps The FCA project’s associated land “swaps”, like the full extent of public investment, were not revealed until after the NAC signed off on the deal.

Tax Capture/School Funds After completion of the project FCA will pay themselves back for the cost of redeveloping the site by pocketing $93 Million from their employees’ paychecks over 30 years. $34 Million of that would have gone to school funding*.
* https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2019/07/23/fiat-chrysler-mack-avenue-plant-detroit/1803696001/ 

Environmental Injustice

Environmental Racism We are in what the Environmental Protection Agency calls a “non-attainment” area for certain pollutants. That means our air is so toxic that FCA has to reduce emissions elsewhere to increase them here. FCA will be increasing emissions in our 94% black community with high poverty and asthma rates while reducing emissions at a suburban plant in Warren.

Volatile Organic Compounds: The new assembly plant would have the potential to emit 382.5 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) per year. VOCs are a class of chemicals, and are one of the ingredients for the formation of ozone, or “smog.” The VOC emissions from

the new assembly plant would be caused by the new paint shop proposed by Fiat Chrysler.

State Regulator Says Fiat Chrysler Air Quality Plans ‘Fall Short,’ Are ‘Not Acceptable’

WDET – “Fiat Chrysler needed to submit two plans for the upgrades at its Mack Avenue and Jefferson North plants to state regulators by November 30. The plans concern what projects the automaker will initiate to address community concerns related to air quality and air monitoring around the Mack Avenue Assembly Plant. The company’s proposals were deemed “lacking” and “not acceptable,” respectively.”

https://wdet.org/posts/2020/01/28/89149-state-regulator-says-fiat-chrysler-air-quality-plans-fall-short-are-not-acceptable/?fbclid=IwAR2bgK_qAVhyof1kQ2tAGRw2AeanyZaq2ipbrWwGWzGbEKs9aJflIH63LIw

‘Just Beniteau Residents’ fight
for real community benefits

Detroit People’s Platform supports and recognizes the hard work of ‘Just Beniteau Residents’. The group has been meeting frequently since last year to address their unanswered concerns and demands around the public funded Fiat Chrysler expansion.

Many of the residents in the group have lived there since the 1960s. Some are third generation residents. Some have lived there their whole life. They all have a real love for their homes and incredible love for their community. They have been disrespected and dismissed by Mayor Duggan and Fiat Chrysler. 

Just Beniteau Residents have:

  • Held five meetings and meet frequently.
  • Supported Press Conferences on the street with US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Senator Stephanie Chang.
  • Supported surveys and petitions on air quality sent to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)
  • Met with Mayor Duggan on Jan 6, 2020. The Mayor was dismissive and disrespectful. 
  • Created a Statement and Demands. 
  • Presented Demands to the Legislative Policy Division on Jan 30, 2020.

The Just Beniteau Residents group represents the majority of people who live on our street. We believe that Beniteau Residents have been violated by the City and Fiat Chrysler through the Community Benefits process.

  • The Neighborhood Advisory Council did not represent us or respond to our needs.
  • The projects impact on our health and quality of life were not given priority.
  • It’s worse than they said it would be and getting even worse every day.
  • We need More Money. 
  • We want the program expanded to reflect number of units in multifamily buildings.
  • We want to be treated with respect.
  • We want the city and FCA to Fix Beniteau First!

For Beniteau residents this process has been nothing but legal trickery used by people who think we can be walked over and dismissed. The Fiat Chrysler Community Benefits ­not benefiting in any way. Just Beniteau Residents demand that Detroit City Council work to change this for us and to stop this from happening to other Detroiters.

Read the full list of demands with details.

 

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