March with People’s Platform #Detroit4Justice

Platform Members and Supporters,

We will gather in Roosevelt Park from 10am under the People’s Platform banner.  Please wear your platform t-shirts and buttons.

12 Noon: March for Justice steps off
2:00 p.m.: Rally at Hart Plaza

These are a few of the banners created for the march tomorrow! Text @DET4Justice to 23559 for more info. More details are below. #Detroit4Justice


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Across the country and especially in Detroit, injustice has disproportionately exposed low income communities and communities of color to any manner of risk, whether it’s inadequate housing, racial injustice, dirty air and water, pollution, or the effects of climate disruption. On October 3, at the Detroit March 4 Justice, Michiganders from across the state are taking to the streets to fight back against injustice in all its forms.

Michiganders will be marching from Roosevelt Park to Hart Plaza to voice their disapproval of the many injustices plaguing the city. Following the march will be a rally at Hart Plaza with speakers from the diverse coalition organizing the march, petitions on a broad range of Detroit issues, and a voter registration drive.

The march will begin at Roosevelt Park, Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216, and continue down Michigan Avenue and Washington Boulevard, ending at Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226.


FAITH in DETROIT: Listen, Participate, Collaborate

A message from our allies Faith in Detroit on the date the Pope arrives in North America.

FAITH in DETROIT: Listen, Participate, Collaborate

Following the call and example of Jesus, we are Catholic women and men vowed religious and associates who live in and/or minister in Detroit. Called “Faith in Detroit,” we commit to listen, participate, and collaborate:

  • To listen to the concerns of Detroiters, especially those suffering from “serious unjust situations, instances of profound social inequality and conditions of poverty.” (Pope Francis*)
  • To participate in neighborhood and citywide actions to effect positive social and environmental change
  • To collaborate with other groups committed to the empowerment of people and to systemic change for the common good.

Through contemplative listening and dialogue, we desire to be a significant voice with the vulnerable, the poor, children and elders. We recognize that the basic needs for water, food, housing, education, jobs, health care, transportation and safety call us daily to serve the common good of all life.

As followers of Jesus, we seek a Detroit where all are one:

  • where racism is recognized, dismantled and healed,
  • where government is inclusive of and accountable to the people,
  • where public planning reflects the common good,
  • where quality education is the reality for everyone,
  • where opportunity is accessible to everyone,
  • where compassion for suffering people and our planet is never sacrificed to feasibility or profit,
  • where voices of mercy, peace and justice resound.

We believe in the gifts of others and welcome their perspectives. We are persons of a global community who embrace our interconnectedness with all creation.

* Pope Francis, Address to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, 16 June 2014

AFFIRMED and ACCEPTED on February 14, 2015

PhotoStory: #DataDiscoTech #DetroitPeoples

Saturday, September 19 2015 – Samaritan Center. Photos from the gathering on Open Data hosted by the Detroit People’s Platform, Allied Media Projects and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition. Thanks to everyone who joined us.



Read the ‘Opening Data’ Zine:“data-discotech”-event-explore-impact-open-data-grassroots-communities


Auto Wreck Survivor Resorts to Hunger Strike to Reclaim Home

Federal authorities sold the home despite owner’s good faith and judge’s request

DETROIT – Disabled teacher, Baxter Jones has jumped through “hoops of fire” with federal housing authorities to keep his home from foreclosure; but the quasi-governmental agency Fannie Mae sold the house out from under him despite a judge’s request. After 9 years of payments and 4 years of legal wrangling, he has resorted to a hunger strike to shine a light on the injustice of his home being taken from him.

“I feel disenfranchised, constantly jumping through hoops of fire and being burned. I paid all that money and I have nothing to show for it,” said Baxter Jones. Federal housing authorities have stonewalled me at every turn. I can no longer accept this injustice. I do not want this to happen to another American citizen, so despite my health issues, as a Godly man, I have decided to engage in a hunger strike for justice.”

Jones bought his home via a First Responder Program after 9/11. He paid his mortgage timely until a severe auto accident hospitalized him and left him with brain, spinal cord damage and using a wheelchair. After the accident, Jones managed to keep his mortgage current for 5 years, until he lost his job due to his disability. On August 28, 2015, Judge Joseph Filip noticed Jones’ heroic and good faith effort to pay for his home while working to overcome his injuries. He asked Trott & Trott, Fannie Mae’s lawyers to work with Jones over a 60-day period to keep him in his home. In 2013 Friends of Baxter Jones presented a letter and ability to pay $60,000 cash, which was $2,000 over market value. Trott & Trott responded demanding no less than $254,000.

“This hunger strike, like the hunger strikes of Caesar Chavez and Gandhi, places my spiritual discipline on the front lines, in hope that a higher power may compel hearts and minds to yield towards justice and humanity over greed,” says Baxter Jones.

Jones has experienced a string of bad experiences with Government authority.  State authority overtook citizens voting rights at Detroit schools, where he was working as a teacher. His teaching job was taken away while he was still on Family Medical Leave by State appointed Emergency Financial Manager, Robert Bobb.  Bobb would not agree to accommodate Jones’ disability. Jones feels the lack of democracy and teacher pay cuts in Michigan leaves many more DPS teachers in harm’s way.

“I hope to shine a light on all American families in my situation,” said Baxter Jones. There’s actually a buy-back program to give people the chance to repurchase their homes at market value. I made a good faith offer, but Fannie Mae chose greed over doing what’s right. Some say, ‘Baxter, we are worried about your health.’ I will let the power of God test my life, and pray fervently that He sees the goodness and worthiness in me, an American who has worked and paid taxes and only asked that I be allowed the simple fairness the Judge requested of Fannie Mae: to work with me in consideration of the $190,000 I’ve already paid. My home is all I have in this world.”

The buy-back program Jones referenced was designed to stem the tide of economic and social displacement that came with the foreclosure crisis of 2007.  It allows those in danger of having their homes taken to purchase the foreclosed home at market value. Fannie Mae was given a bail out by the Federal Government after the housing crash. There are several red flags with this sale:

  • ·         The sale was abnormally quick: The entire deal including closing took place between July 28 (date of the Judge’s request) and August 31.
  • ·         Trott & Trott lawyers for Fannie Mae declared the house was worth $58,000, but refused Jones’ cash offer of $60,000.
  • ·         Trott & Trott demanded Jones pay $254,000 for his home despite declaring in court, the home was only worth $58,000.
  • ·         Trott & Trott recently sold the house to someone else for $100,000 which is less than the $255,000 they demanded Jones pay.

Baxter spokeswoman, Madison Paige says, “This is a terrible situation, because no one who cares about Baxter wants him on this strike. Despite our pleas, his mind is made up, and he is putting it in God’s hands. Congressman Walberg’s staff has been attentive to concerns for Baxter’s health. We will do all we can to accommodate Baxter’s request to our office, in hopes to resolve this as swiftly and safely as possible. ”

Baxter Jones, a human rights activist says, “I have to rely on regular good folks, who believe in justice to call Fannie Mae, to hold them accountable to do the right thing. I should be able to buy back my house at market rate. I pray this happens to no one else.”

Jones’ home is on Rexford Road in Jackson, Michigan. He is asking friends and supporters to contact Katrina Jones, (not related) of Fannie Mae at 215-575-1400 or email and demand that he be allowed to reclaim his home at 8789. Please refer to FHFA file# H-15-1408.

For more information – Visit Baxter on Facebook:

 Advocates for Baxter

On YouTube:

Baxter Jones vs. Fannie Mae


‘A People’s Story of Detroit’ is now online! #DetroitPeoples

We are pleased to share that A People’s Story of Detroit is now available to view online!

2 years in the making, this hour long documentary depicts the movement struggles and personal narratives of Detroiters as their city evolves from the once largest and most powerful black electorate in the country to bankruptcy and failed democracy. Within this inflicted turmoil, Detroiters speak with love, resilience and vision about the future they will create for their beloved community. Edited by Halima Cassells and Kate Levy, with a local-grown soundtrack featuring Ill, Sacramento Knoxx, Bryce, Will See and many others. #‎detroitpeoples‬

Featuring (In Order of Appearance)
Tawana ‘Honeycomb’ Petty, William Copeland, Invincible Ill Weaver, Malik Yakini, Lila Cabil, Bill Wylie-Kellerman, Carmen Mendoza-King, Curtis McGuire, Angie Reyes, Rhonda Anderson, Valerie Glenn, Joselyn Fitzpatrick-Harris, Vincent Martin, Sandra Hines, Jeannette Marble, Michael Wimberly, Wayne Curtis, Linda Campbell, Herbert Jones, Shane Bernardo, Michelle Martinez, Yusef Bunchy Shakur, Brother Jerry Smith, Charity Hicks, Tanisha Flowers, Kathleen Foster, Lottie Spady, Norman Bent, Patrick Crouch, Lee Gaddis, Sarah Coffey, Linda Bains, Rev. Joan Ross, Shea Howell, Dessa Cosma, Aaron Timlin, Elena Herrada, Miguel Pope, Marcia Lee, Soh Suzuki, Tova Perlmutter, Sarah Sidelko, Diana Copeland, and Alia Harvey-Quinn.

Shot over 2 years with handheld cameras
Conversations with over 50 Detroiters
This story emerged from the most frequently discussed topics and perspectives

Watch Now! ‘A People’s Story of Detroit’

Funding provided by the Antipode Foundation,
A Radical Geography Community

Sustainability Summit September 10-13th at Marygrove

Emerging the Beloved Community of Detroit

Modeling the United Nations celebration of International Day of Peace, including a consciousness raising march and a three day summit. The UN celebration recognizes peace is integral for raising consciousness of human rights and social justice in communities and around the world. The issues of Detroit are globally recognized human rights issues. Detroit holds the potential to dialogue, envision and be a voice/platform for all of the world to hear – a fulcrum for a shift of paradigm. The Sustainability Summit aims to cocreate through vision, conscious dialogue and solutionary actions that alters our paradigm from surviving to prosperous collective interdependent sustainability.

When and Where

The summit location is Marygrove College, 8425 McNichols, Detroit MI 48221, on the SE corner at Wyoming. The event will be held September 10 – 13, the weekend prior to International Day of Peace celebrated globally on September 21st.

Registration and More Info:

Sustainability Summit


DATA DiscoTech, Sept 19, 11a-3p, Samaritan Center

DataDiscoFinal DATA DiscoTech
Saturday, September 18, 11am-3pm
Samaritan Center
5555 Conner St.
Detroit 48213

The event is open to the public and free.

A “DiscoTech” is a term coined by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and is short for “Discovering Technology.” These public technology fairs, offer interactive, multimedia
workshops to demystify technology concepts.

The Data Discotech will include hands-on data literacy trainings, community surveying and discussions about the potential benefits and harms of the City of Detroit’s Open Data policy.

Some examples of workshops that will be presented at the DiscoTech include How to FOIA, Mapping with Data,and Policy for Data Justice Provisions. Other workshops are organized in partnership with grassroots organizers working around issues of housing, food, land, education, and community benefits ordinances, highlighting their intersections with digital justice.

Examples of questions we hope to explore at the Data DiscoTech include:

  • What open data can we use and how can we use it to prevent water shutoffs?
  • What information on blight is available and how can communities use it to reclaim their communities?
  • What personal data is public?
  • How does one go about ensuring their identity is secure?
  • What makes up my online identity?
  • How can we further help people understand what data is available to help solve problems in their communities?

Detroit March for Justice, October 3rd #Detroit4Justice

DetroitMarchSTDDetroit March for Justice, October 3rd, Noon.
Roosevelt Park, Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216

Detroit didn’t just put the world on wheels.

The Motor City created a living wage and made social justice a reality for workers across America. And in a Wall Street economy where justice too often takes a back seat to profit, Detroit is still fighting for a living wage — and for clean air, access to drinking water, and freedom from pollution that is disrupting our climate and threatening our lives.

It’s a fight that touches all of us, every day, but it’s a fight some of our leaders want to ignore.

Here’s something our leaders can’t ignore: thousands of workers, families, doctors, children, teachers, faith leaders, and activists from all walks of life — all marching in the streets of Detroit.

Join the March for Justice and bring the fight for justice to the streets. Sign up now!

WHAT: March for Justice
WHERE: Roosevelt Park, Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216
WHEN: October 3, 2015 12:00PM

Join us on October 3 to march in Detroit and tell the world that we need real leadership to help move us forward. We need complete justice. That means housing justice, water justice, environmental justice, worker justice, food justice, social justice, and much more.

To become a partner, receive updates, or organize a group to attend the march, contact or

Transit Justice Meeting – Tuesday, August 18th

TRANSITThis coming Tuesday, August 18th we will be hosting another transit meeting to further conversations. During this meeting we’ll nail down our top priorities and visions for improving transit in Southeast Michigan.

Your input is greatly needed and appreciated! It will be included in a report on transit to ensure the new regional transit plan for SE Michigan reflects your needs.

Meeting details:
Tuesday, August 18th, from 6:30 – 8 pm
7700 Second Ave, Detroit
Dinner will be provided

PS. Please reach out if transit is an concern for you as we might be able arrange a carpool to the meeting. You can reach out to 313.338.9396 or email

If you can’t attend the meeting, we have an online survey we are using to collect feedback from transit riders. We’d greatly appreciate your feedback and intend to share the results with Dan Dirks (the head of DDOT) and the Regional Transit Authority of SE Michigan.

Other upcoming transit events:

DDOT Public Hearing Follow-up meeting regarding service changes

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 10-11am
Where: DDOT Administration Building, 1301 E. Warren Ave, Detroit

RTA Citizens’ Advisory Council Meeting

When: Monday, August 24, 2015,  4:30- 6:30pm
Where: RTA Offices, 1001 Woodward Ave, Suite 1400, Detroit

M-1 Rail September Community Advisory Council Meeting

When: Thursday, September 10, 20156 – 7pm
Where: MSU Detroit Center – 3408 Woodward Ave, Detroit


The Detroit People’s Platform Transit Justice Team


From Friends of Riverside Park –

The proposed Riverside Park land deal (between the City of Detroit and the Detroit International Bridge Company) was reported out of the Planning and Economic Development Committee on Thursday. This means that council as a whole may be voting on it on Tuesday, July 14 at 10 AM. We are asking that you show up Tuesday, July 14 at 10AM, Coleman A Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave, 13th Floor! In addition please email and call councilmembers between now and Tuesday expressing your concerns. Please see the contact numbers and emails of all 9 city council members. Below is a sample script for your phone call or email:

“I am very concerned about the Riverside Park proposal and urge you to take more time for deliberation before city council votes on the deal. There are too many unanswered questions and the original deal was drafted without community input. My neighbors and I deserve better especially with regard to the amount of money being given up front to the city by the bridge company, environmental and public health concerns, clearance with regard to the use of outdoor park space, and the lack of legally binding community benefits.”

City Councilmembers’ contact information:
Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large: 313.224.1245,
Janeé L Ayers, At Large: 313.224.4248,
James Tate, District 1: 313.224.1027,
George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2: 313.224.4535,
Scott Benson, District 3: 313.224.1198,
Andre Spivey, District 4 313.224.4841,
Mary Sheffield, District 5: 313.224.4505,
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6: 313.224.2450,
Gabe Leland, District 7: 313.224.2151,