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

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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,

Reminder Tonight! Mayor Duggan’s District 4 Community Meeting

July 9, 2015

D4Tonight! Mayor Duggan’s District 4 Community Meeting
July 9th at 7PM. The meeting will take place at the Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236. 

District 4 People’s Platform members and supporters will come together to demand economic justice and racial equity in public supported development.

Ask the Mayor for an accounting of our public investment in private development – who is benefiting?

Join The Conversation:

The Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago posted that in 2011 71.7% of jobs in Detroit were held by people who DO NOT LIVE IN DETROIT. These numbers show that Detroiters, who are majority African-American are locked out of local employment opportunities.

Detroit People’s Platform District 4 members and supporters have 500 signatures from residents on a petition in support of the Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance. We are gathering more. Those 500 District 4 signatures were registered with Council President Brenda Jones who is strong in support of the Ordinance.

Those 500 signatures are D4’s part of strong and growing CITY-WIDE support for the CBA Ordinance.

Water Vote this Morning! Immediate Calls to Council

July 7th, 2015


Council Member George Cushingberry, Jr has entered a motion to reconsider the Water Rate increase that Council voted down 6-2 last week. This motion will be voted on at THIS MORNING’S 10am Council Meeting.

Immediate Action: Please take a moment to call your District Council Member, and at large Council President Jones and Council Member Ayers. Contact info below. Please attend the meeting on the 13th floor of CAYMC if possible.


Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
Janeé L Ayers, At Large
George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
Scott Benson, District 3
Andre Spivey, District 4
Mary Sheffield, District 5
Raquel Castañeda-López, District 6
Gabe Leland, District 7

Please NOTE that Mayor Duggan will host the District 4 Community Meeting on July 9th at 7PM. The meeting will take place at the Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236

Update: Gov. Snyder signs HB4052, Water Detroit to Flint, Duggan D4 Meeting Next Week


July 2, 2015
HB4052 Update

On Tuesday, June Governor Snyder did in fact sign HB 4052.

Detroit Peoples Platform will continue to raise the issue of the value of the CBA ordinance in advancing both racial and economic justice here in Detroit, particularly as it relates to investment of public dollars in private development. We believe that we must centralize the issue of race and advance more coherent policy recommendations that address racial equity across all aspects of our lives as residents in this community.  We believe that the CBA ordinance is one such policy.

Please NOTE that Mayor Duggan’s District 4 Community Meeting has been RESCHEDULED – The meeting will take place on July 9th at 7PM. The meeting will take place at the Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236

Detroit to Flint, Water Justice Journey July 3- 10, 2015

Join us as we walk from Detroit to Flint demanding clean, affordable water for all.

Friday July 3
8:00am: WATER CEREMONY @ Memorial to the Underground Railroad, Hart Plaza, Detroit
9:30am: MEET-UP @ Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams Ave, Detroit
10:00am: SEND-OFF RALLY @ Spirit of Detroit, Corner of Woodward & Jefferson, Detroit
2:30pm: CULTURAL CELEBRATION @ Nandi’s Knowledge Café, 12511 Woodward Ave, Highland Park
4:00pm: TOWN HALL & RALLY TO KEEP OUR WATER PUBLIC @ St. Luke’s AME, 363 Labelle St, Highland Park
9:00pm: DETROIT LIGHT BRIGADE @ Corner of 9 Mile & Woodward, Ferndale

Sunday July 5
7:00pm: CROSS-COUNTY SPEAK-OUT! @ Baldwin Center,
212 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac

Friday July 10  
10:00am: RALLY FOR CLEAN & AFFORDABLE WATER @ City Hall, 1101 South Saginaw St, Flint
11:00am: DELEGATION TO LANSING post-rally, details TBA

Sponsored by:
People’s Water Board Coalition*
Highland Park Human Rights Coalition**
Flint Coalition for Clean Water***
*Michigan Coalition for Human Rights

For daily walk times and updates, go to or call (313) 579-9071

Mayor Duggan’s D2 Meeting – Tuesday, June 30th

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D2Tomorrow! Mayor Duggan’s District 2 Community Meeting – June 30th at 7PM. Will take place at the Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road, Detroit, MI 48235

District 2 People’s Platform members and supporters will come together to demand economic justice and racial equity in public supported development.

Ask the Mayor for an accounting of our public investment in private development – who is benefiting?

Join The Conversation:

Please Note: The District 4 Community Meeting has been RESCHEDULED – The meeting will take place on July 9th at 7PM. The meeting will take place at the Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236. 

TONIGHT! International Dialog on Housing and Water and Riverside Park Public Hearing

Just Announced! International Dialog on Housing and Water. We the People of Detroit and Detroit People’s Platform are honored to receive Ambassador Carlos Ron from the Venezuelan Embassy on behalf of the People of Detroit. Please come and be a part of a discussion of the best practices regarding Detroit’s housing and water issues and those of our friends and neighbors in Venezuela.

Reception at 5PM, discussion 6pm.
Tonight! Monday June 29, 2015 at
St. Peters Episcopal Church
1950 Trumbull at Michigan Ave.

venezuela housing and water

Also TONIGHT, the Detroit City Council Planning and Economic Development Committee will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed Riverside Park Land Exchange Agreement. This deal will have a significant impact on our community, District 6 and our city.

TONIGHT! Monday, June 29, 6 p.m.
Western International High School
1500 Scotten Ave.