Detroit People’s Food Co-op Community Engagement Meeting

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Part of our Food Justice series!

Detroit People’s Food Co-op Community Engagement Meeting
Thursday January 28, 2016
People’s Platform
7700 Second Ave
Detroit, MI
6:00pm-8:00pm

Detroit People’s Platform Members and supporters please join us to learn more about the plans for the Detroit People’s Food Co-op and how you can become a member/owner.

In keeping with the principle of Ujamaa (cooperative economics) and the definition of a co-op provided by the International Co-operative Alliance, the Detroit People’s Food Co-op will be a community institution that has the following general goals:

To provide access to high-quality, healthy food options for Detroiters, particularly for African-Americans most impacted by
poor access.

To model community-ownership and generate and circulate wealth in Detroit’s African-American community.

To model community-based food sovereignty and food justice strategies.

To serve as an incubator for start-up community-based food businesses.

To provide jobs for members of our community.

To serve as a community education center for information on health, well-being, justice and resilience.

The member/owner fee is $200. It can be paid in one lump sum, or in six installments ($30 for the first and last month and four $35 payments). We have limited Empowered Assistant Scholarships made available for those who live in the North End neighborhood. You can begin your membership at the community engagement meeting or do so in person at the DBCFSN office. Become an owner today!

For more information and updates on other community engagement meetings, please contact us at:

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
3800 Puritan
Detroit, MI 48238
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/detroitpeoplesfoodcoop
Website: www.detroitblackfoodsecurity.org
Phone: (313) 345-3663

Video #FlintWaterCrisis Protesting Gov. Snyder’s State of the State

Video from the Building Movement YouTube Channel:

Last night’s State of the State Protest:
https://youtu.be/ejujdMGBlZA – Approaching the Capital – East Entrance
https://youtu.be/WaS_QPq-naY – West Entrance
https://youtu.be/vSEC1ld1Wv0 – North Entrance
https://youtu.be/l5wZnOIn1OE – #FlintLivesMatter
https://youtu.be/cX1eY-PP4po – #SnyderMustGoToJail

Democracy Now (clip) http://www.democracynow.org/
https://youtu.be/rpa5iFqPTYE – Thank you Kate Levy!

Disrupting Denial by Shea Howell

Thinking for ourselves
By Shea Howell
 
Disrupting Denial
December 12, 2015
 
This week the corporate elite celebration of the Detroit bankruptcy was brought to an abrupt halt. Gathered on the campus of Wayne State University, the Governor, Mayor, bankruptcy judge, and members of the mainstream media left the stage in the face of protests. Governor Snyder, who was greeted by boos from the audience, left in a huff. Judge Rhodes was drowned out. Mayor Duggan never appeared. Host Stephen Henderson admonished the audience saying, “This is not Detroit behavior.”
 
The Detroit Journalism Cooperative, a media collaborative that provided coverage of the bankruptcy and its aftermath, sponsored the event.  The gathering was billed as a public meeting to assess the city in the wake of bankruptcy.  
 
“Detroit Bankruptcy: One Year Later,” however, was put together without any consideration of those who objected to the process or who are being harmed by it. Only one viewpoint was allowed from the stage. If you weren’t willing to say the bankruptcy was a success and everything in the city is better than ever, you were not invited to speak.
 
That is not a true assessment of the state of our city, which is becoming increasingly divided by race and class, and increasingly impoverished in most neighborhoods.
 
This event was little more than a public relations stunt, marked by soft questioning from interviewers, canned responses by politicians, and efforts to reduce citizen perspectives to twitter feeds. No one should be surprised that the audience decided to challenge these constraints.
The organizers did not invite anyone who has challenged the bankruptcy, emergency management, the decisions to pursue aggressive water shut offs, the give away of revenue streams and assets, and the decision to use federal money to tear down houses rather than fix up homes.
Henderson defended this decision by resorting to name-calling. In a twitter exchange he said, “Protesters were not on program cuz it’s not the Springer show. They don’t want to discuss; they want to shout down.”
Of course, when people are not on the program, when the destruction of lives are rendered invisible, there is little left to do but to shout. In fact, our humanity requires it.
 
This defensive response by Henderson and the corporate elite to the disruption of their little show reflects how out of touch they are with the most of the people in the city.
 
The reality is that the direction set by this bankruptcy has resulted in a boom for a few neighborhoods. It has increased the number of young whites in midtown at the expense of elder African Americans and opened a kind of land rush in neighborhoods as foreclosures force out long-term residents. These contradictions of race and class are increasing tensions all over the city. The Mayor, Governor, and the Judge refuse to talk about them. But they are real.
 
According to U.S. Census Bureau between 2009 and 2014, median household income in Detroit fell by 20 percent from $32,493 to $26,095. The poverty rate increased from 33.2 percent to 39.8 percent. On any given day almost half the city is behind on water bills that are not affordable. Nearly 3,000 customers were threatened with water shutoffs last month alone.
 
We should applaud all those who raised their voices to disrupt the denial and evasion of the real questions facing our city. Pretending that our future is measured by bond ratings and buildings, rather than the quality of life of all our people and the care we show for one another, will lead to disruptions far beyond those of a simple meeting.

The State of Transit in Detroit

 

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The Detroit People’s Platform have been working on transit justice issues for 5 years with our partner, the North End Woodward Community Coalition.

– Our work was focused primarily on DDOT (Detroit Dept. of Transportation).

– 2012 service cuts and the re-envisioning of the M1-project from a commuter rail line, scaled down to a 3.3-mile streetcar that only serves the downtown and midtown areas, while leaving out neighborhoods like the North End without adequate transit options.

– We recognize that Detroiters face transit injustice, especially with the 2012 service cuts that eliminated 24-hour service, cut late night bus service, routes, layoff of drivers, and transfer of 40 DDOT coaches to SMART, causing delays from 1-3hours on routes that were previously reliable.

– Two transit systems now exist in Detroit: If you live south of the ‘Boulevard, the options for transit are plenty: SMART and eventually the M1-streetcar, and the soon to be proposed Bus Rapid Transit line for Woodward, in addition to private shuttle services provided by downtown employers.

– However, the rest of Detroiters, especially north of the ‘Boulevard face an inadequate bus system, waiting hours just to traverse within the city. While new systems are being developed to shuttle people in and out the city at a faster place than a working individual trying to maintain a job in the city, having to spend more of their time waiting, in other words — no one should have to give themselves 3 hours just to make it to their job on time.

Download the full State of Transit in Detroit!

Earth Charter Dinner

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You’re invited for dinner and conversation….

Wednesday, December 2, 1015
5 to 8 PM $25 per person

Colors-ROC
311 E Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Earth Charter as an ethical foundation to help us continue to build the beloved community in Detroit. Reserve your tickets by November 29th

www.EarthCharterDinner.eventbrite.com

$10 non-refundable deposit per ticket or Make check payable to Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit on memo line: Earth Charter Dinner. Mail to 4750 Woodward Ave. #306 Detroit MI 48201 by Nov. 25th For more info: river1143@comcast.net or call (313 717-6151)

Earth Charter Dinner

Be a part of the conversation for Restaurant Workers and Earned Sick Time issues.

RESTAURANT WORKERS! COLORS-Detroit Restaurant
EJAM, Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan
GLBD,  Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit

The State of Transit in Detroit, Celebration and Report Out, Friday, Nov 13th

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The State of Transit in Detroit

Celebration and Report Out


Our Transit Team gathered 404 surveys in June and August.
Join us as we celebrate and share ‘The State of Transit in Detroit’ report.

FREE!
FOOD, MUSIC & DOOR PRIZES

Friday, November 13th
5:30 – 8pm
7700 2nd Avenue at Pallister
in the first floor cafeteria

The Detroit People’s Platform have been working on transit justice issues for 5 years with our partner, the North End Woodward Community Coalition.

– Our work was focused primarily on DDOT (Detroit Dept. of Transportation).

– 2012 service cuts and the re-envisioning of the M1-project from a commuter rail line, scaled down to a 3.3-mile streetcar that only serves the downtown and midtown areas, while leaving out neighborhoods like the North End without adequate transit options.

– We recognize that Detroiters face transit injustice, especially with the 2012 service cuts that eliminated 24-hour service, cut late night bus service, routes, layoff of drivers, and transfer of 40 DDOT coaches to SMART, causing delays from 1-3hours on routes that were previously reliable.

– Two transit systems now exist in Detroit: If you live south of the ‘Boulevard, the options for transit are plenty: SMART and eventually the M1-streetcar, and the soon to be proposed Bus Rapid Transit line for Woodward, in addition to private shuttle services provided by downtown employers.

– However, the rest of Detroiters, especially north of the ‘Boulevard face an inadequate bus system, waiting hours just to traverse within the city. While new systems are being developed to shuttle people in and out the city at a faster place than a working individual trying to maintain a job in the city, having to spend more of their time waiting, in other words — no one should have to give themselves 3 hours just to make it to their job on time.

Join us Friday, November 13th to learn more about the State of Transit in Detroit.

We believe that each and every Detroiter has a voice in deciding the future of the city. Join us, visit http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org or call 313.338.9396

http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/raw-data/2015/10/31/why-community-benefits-ordinance-would-help-detroit/74882136/

CBA Ordinance Push – Call Today, Attend Committee Tmrw

When corporations and big business ask for public resources to make private profit it is only fair and just that residents be part of the process.

We can’t sustain giving away millions upon millions in public resources without fair exchange and direct benefits for residents. To become more equitable and fair to the community we must change the way we operate.

Real Community Benefits Agreements are negotiated by the community and the developer and are legally binding; just saying ‘I support community benefits’ will not change the current inequitable practices. The CBA Ordinance will guarantee all Detroiters access to opportunities. 

ACTION: Have you made calls yet?, Call TODAY, Nov 4th
Call Council Members on the Planning and Economic Committee. Tell Council Members Sheffield, Benson and Leland we want a council vote on the CBA Ordinance.

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198bensons@detroitmi.gov
Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151lelandg@detroitmi.gov

ACTION: Attend the Planning and Economic Committee on Thursday at 9:30am. TMRW! Thursday, November 5th, 9:30am CAYMC
We need 50 people to attend the Planning and Economic Committee on Thursday at 9:30am. Join us on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to tell the committee that we want a council vote on the CBA Ordinance.

NEW! Read “Why a community benefits ordinance would help Detroit” by Bill Hickey a  member of the Northwest Neighborhood Community Benefit Consortium and Equitable Detroit Coalition. THANK YOU BILL!

http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/raw-data/2015/10/31/why-community-benefits-ordinance-would-help-detroit/74882136/
Read the full article: http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/raw-data/2015/10/31/why-community-benefits-ordinance-would-help-detroit/74882136/

 

Reminder, This Saturday: Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Support Community Radio!
November 7, 2015

6 pm – 10 pm
2701 Bagley

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Click here to buy your tickets online now!
Join us for an evening of fun & all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner
Come together with old neighbors or meet new friends to craft a show with.  All funds will go directly to the construction of WNUC’s public recording & broadcast studios. Now is the time for movement-powered radio!

– With live DJs & dancing and an outdoor bonfire
– Meaty, vegetarian, and gluten-free dinners available
– BYOB or enjoy the donation wine bar
– Tin can raffle & silent auction
*If you’d like to donate to the raffle, please contact us
– All donations are tax-deductible
This is a family-friendly and wheelchair accessible event, located near the Michigan Welcome Center in Southwest Detroit.

— Tickets will be $15 at the door, so buy yours NOW!

Action Alert: Bring the CBA Ordinance to a Vote!

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Join the CBA Ordinance Push for a Vote!

ACTION: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 2nd – 4th
Call Council Members on the Planning and Economic Committee. Tell Council Members Sheffield, Benson and Leland we want a council vote on the CBA Ordinance.

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198bensons@detroitmi.gov
Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151lelandg@detroitmi.gov

ACTION Thursday, November 5th, 9:30am CAYMC
We need 50 people to attend the Planning and Economic Committee on Thursday at 9:30am. Join us on the 13th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to tell the committee that we want a council vote on the CBA Ordinance.

Why Push for a Vote on the CBA Ordinance?

When corporations and big business ask for public resources to make private profit it is only fair and just that residents be part of the process.

Too often Detroiters have been promised that our public investment will result in opportunities; yet the data tells a different story. People who live outside of the city hold Seventy percent of jobs in Detroit. The unemployment rate among Detroiters is said to be more than 30 percent.

The status quo, business as usual got us the deal from Marathon, with only 15 jobs for Detroiters after a $175 million dollar tax abatement.The status quo gave away $450 million for the Ilitch family’s new hockey arena. These giveaways of public resources without legally binding agreements and no guarantees on any of the promises made will stop with the Community Benefit Agreement Ordinance.

We can’t sustain giving away millions upon millions in public resources without fair exchange and direct benefits for residents. To become more equitable and fair to the community we must change the way we operate.

1000s of Detroiters signed petitions in support of a CBA Ordinance and that this message is coming from the community, their constituency.

Real Community Benefits Agreements are negotiated by the community and the developer and are legally binding; just saying ‘I support community benefits’ will not change the current inequitable practices. The CBA Ordinance will guarantee all Detroiters access to opportunities.  

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

November 7, 2015
6 pm – 10 pm
2701 Bagley

 

WNUCflyer

Click here to buy your tickets online now!
Join us for an evening of fun & all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner
Come together with old neighbors or meet new friends to craft a show with.  All funds will go directly to the construction of WNUC’s public recording & broadcast studios. Now is the time for movement-powered radio!

– With live DJs & dancing and an outdoor bonfire
– Meaty, vegetarian, and gluten-free dinners available
– BYOB or enjoy the donation wine bar
– Tin can raffle & silent auction
*If you’d like to donate to the raffle, please contact us
– All donations are tax-deductible
This is a family-friendly and wheelchair accessible event, located near the Michigan Welcome Center in Southwest Detroit.

— Tickets will be $15 at the door, so buy yours NOW!

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Please support the work of Detroit People’s Platform’s long time and important allies:

Storehouse of Hope Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 5
5pm Annual Meeting
6pm Dinner
Tickets are $15
email rossjoan@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Sugar Law Center Fundraiser
Thursday, November 12
5pm Memorial Lecture
6-8pm ReceptionMOCAD 4454 Woodward 48201
Tickets: http://www.sugarlaw.org/join-us-on-september-29/

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ONGOING: #ShowMeTheDeed Stop Illegal Evictions

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If your home has been sold in the recent Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction
YOU STILL HAVE RIGHTS!
You DO NOT have to leave
 your home immediately.
Law requires the buyer has to receive the Deed from the County and must have a Court Order to Evict from the 36th District Court.

To report illegal evictions or threats call (313)224-7337 or (313)224-2615
If an illegal eviction is in progress CALL 911

Take action on your behalf immediately! Here are 3 resources:

1. Contact the Wayne County Treasurer to VERIFY the sale
Wayne County Treasurer
International Center
400 Monroe, 5th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
www.waynecounty.com/treasurer/index.htm
(313) 224-5990
taxinfo@waynecounty.com

2. Gather notices and info about the house and call UCHC
United Community Housing Coalition
220 Bagley, Suite 224
Detroit, MI 48226
www.uchcdetroit.org
(313) 963-3310
uchc123@sbcglobal.net

3. Contact MWRO for support and to learn about other resources
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO)
23 E. Adams St., 4th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
www.mwro.org
(313) 964-0618
info@
mwro.org

Stop Illegal Evictions

Prepared by Detroit People’s Platform detroitpeoplesplatform.org @detroitpeoples 313.338.9396

Thank You for helping raise $108,000 to win 14 homes!

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Thank you all so much!
We are pleased to share Keep Our Homes Detroit
EXCEEDED OUR GOAL of $100,000!

On Thursday, when we closed the donations for the campaign the final number was $108,463! We are pleased to share that we successfully bid on 14 homes!

Over the last 10 days 390 people contributed to help us exceed our goal. Others supported by sharing Keep Our Homes Detroit through their networks and personally reaching out to friends and family for support. We want to sincerely thank you all for taking the time to share and promote this effort. We were heartened and often overwhelmed by the extra efforts many made to get the word out.

On Wednesday, we successfully bid on Shavone’s house! We met Shavone through UCHC and visited with her last week when she shared her story. With your support we have been able to help families stay in their homes. VIDEO: https://youtu.be/dT4Aa0I2w5I Video Credit: Kate Levy

We also want to thank the many organizations, local, national and international that supported with contributions and flooding social media with details about the housing crisis in Detroit. With your support we were able to help shift the narrative that Detroit is a blank slate and share the reality of the mass foreclosure/eviction crisis with the world.

We also cannot express enough gratitude for our partners at United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) and the Storehouse of Hope. While we were focused on raising funds, the behind the scenes coordination required to participate in the auction, from assessing properties to engaging in often emotional bidding, was intense. This effort would not have been possible without the wisdom, skill, and passion of our partners and their trust in the vision of Keep Our Homes Detroit.

As we move forward we will continue to share updates and more details about the work of Detroit People’s Platform and the growth of the Storehouse of Hope Community Land Trust. To learn more please visit http://detroitpeoplesplatform.org

Also, please continue to share the concurrent ‪#‎ShowMeTheDeed‬ information to prevent the illegal evictions of those who lost their homes in the auction. New buyers must receive the deed from the county and get a ‘court order to evict’ to start the eviction process. Check the image and link for details and resources. THANK YOU!

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#ShowMeTheDeed Stop Illegal Evictions!

ShowMeTheDeedSmall#ShowMeTheDeed

If your home has been sold in the recent Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction
YOU STILL HAVE RIGHTS!
You DO NOT have to leave
 your home immediately.
Law requires the buyer has to receive the Deed from the County and must have a Court Order to Evict from the 36th District Court.

To report illegal evictions or threats call (313)224-7337 or (313)224-2615
If an illegal eviction is in progress CALL 911

Take action on your behalf immediately! Here are 3 resources:

1. Contact the Wayne County Treasurer to VERIFY the sale
Wayne County Treasurer
International Center
400 Monroe, 5th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
www.waynecounty.com/treasurer/index.htm
(313) 224-5990
taxinfo@waynecounty.com

2. Gather notices and info about the house and call UCHC
United Community Housing Coalition
220 Bagley, Suite 224
Detroit, MI 48226
www.uchcdetroit.org
(313) 963-3310
uchc123@sbcglobal.net

3. Contact MWRO for support and to learn about other resources
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO)
23 E. Adams St., 4th Floor
Detroit, MI 48226
www.mwro.org
(313) 964-0618
info@
mwro.org

Stop Illegal Evictions

Prepared by Detroit People’s Platform detroitpeoplesplatform.org @detroitpeoples 313.338.9396