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:
@detroitpeoples
#CBAOrdinance
#DugganWatch

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.

We Must Fight for Freedom During the Freedom Festival

from the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality

June 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ron Scott, 313 399 7345

We Must Fight for Freedom During the Freedom Festival

Today, the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality release the following statement as it prepares to testify before the Detroit City Council regarding the latest revision of the Detroit Police Department’s Emergency Ordinance proposal imposing a teen curfew during Freedom Festival Weekend:

 

“This new ordinance creates a Soweto-like, police controlled and monitored zone which restricts the movement of youth in the designated area. This draconian measure flies in the face of the City of Detroit’s anti-profiling ordinance. It is ironic that it is being proposed at a time when America and Canada are celebrating their democratic traditions. We urge those who support the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution to stand up and stop repression and the criminalization of a generation.

 

According to applicable case law around the country during the last two decades, the police department has to show a compelling interest in the changed ordinance based on public safety concerns. We wonder: what the department can say specifically regarding their fears and concerns? Internet chatter and specious intelligence reports are not enough to justify prior restraint of an entire generation and/or ethnic group.

 

That is what the First, Second and Third installments of the American Revolution, also known as the Revolutionary War, Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement, fought to achieve: 1) to establish constitutionally mandate republic; 2) to maintain and extend the rights of citizens who had previously been enslaved; and 3) to restore the rights of formerly enslaved citizens and their descendants. All this work took great human effort and sacrifice. We must continue to do the same thing today. Youth must be brought into the process of building safe communities—just like we come together during Angels’ Night—and not criminalized and left outside of the process because of who they are, how they look, or where they live.

 

The world will be watching to see how Detroit handles this.

Action Alert – Contact Governor Snyder #DontSignHB4052

ActionAlertHeaderDetroit People’s Platform Action Alert
Monday, June 15, 2015

Action: (1) Contact Governor Snyder, Urge him not to sign HB4052, the “Local Government Labor Regulatory Limitation Act” that the Senate passed last Thursday. (2) Contact friends and family throughout Michigan and ask them to call the Governor.

Governor Rick Snyder
PHONE: (517) 373-3400
PHONE: (517) 335-7858 – Constituent Services
email: rick.snyder@michigan.gov
Facebook: http://facebook.com/GovernorRickSnyder
twitter: @onetoughnerd

Talking Points:
HB 4052 is anti-worker and anti-family.
HB 4052 is anti-local control and transfers all power over the economic lives of citizens to politicians in Lansing.

 

Click to Tweet to your followers
Tweet: Contact Governor Snyder #DontSignHB4052 its anti-worker anti-family and shifts power to Lansing http://ctt.ec/T59L3+Contact Governor Snyder #DontSignHB4052 its anti-worker anti-family and shifts power to Lansing http://ctt.ec/T59L3+

 

Click to Tweet Governor Rick Snyder
Tweet: The state government should not take a one-size-fits-all approach to law-making. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052 The state government should not take a one-size-fits-all approach to law-making. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052

Tweet: Local control needs to be protected @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052 Local control needs to be protected @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052

Tweet: The needs of people living in urban areas are not always the same as the needs of people in small towns. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052 The needs of people living in urban areas are not always the same as the needs of people in small towns. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052

Tweet: When local communities get to decide what is best for them, it fosters  innovation. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052 When local communities get to decide what is best for them, it fosters innovation. @onetoughnerd #DontSignHB4052

 

HB4052 Background:
State Rep. Poleski from Jackson County re-introduced this bill in May. HB4052 is a zombie version of the Anti-CBA bill that died on the House floor last year. The bill passed the full Senate last Thursday, June 11, by a 22-16 vote. The bill is currently going back to the House for concurrence in the changes made by the Senate. The bill was narrowly passed by the House last month.

If signed by the Governor, this bill would destroy local governments ability to make economic decisions on behalf of their citizens. This legislation would give Lansing politicians too much control over our local communities.

House Bill 4052 would prohibit local governments from enacting any ordinances or policies that would “Regulate the relationship between an employer and its employees or potential employees” exceeding those imposed by federal or state law.”

This bill would affect ban the box ordinances, paid sick leave ordinances, minimum wage ordinances, prevailing wage, apprenticeship/training requirements, etc.

This bill is an attack on community benefit agreements and the CBA Ordinance that has been and would have a tremendous impact on Detroit residents.

Local communities are best positioned to know and understand the needs of their communities. Local governments exist to make sure that laws and policies meet the needs and values of the people who live there. As long as local laws do not violate state laws, the state government shouldn’t punish localities by standing in their way.

It is wrong for the state government to take a one-size-fits-all approach to law-making. The needs of people living in urban areas are not always the same as the needs of people in small towns. This is why local governments exist – to make sure that laws and policies meet the needs and values of the people who live there. As long as local laws do not violate state laws, the state government shouldn’t punish localities by standing in their way.

Community Benefits Ordinance Background:
Over the past two years, Detroit People’s Platform members, partners, supporters and allies have come together around the importance of Community Benefit Agreements, CBAs, in Detroit. CBAs have been a part of successful development projects across the US and help to insure that everyone benefits from large development projects that use public funds or resources, like land. In the last year, continuing to support the work of the Equitable Detroit Coalition and the efforts of Council President Brenda Jones we have moved to organize around a city-wide Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance.

Michigan Senate approves HB 4052, the Anti-Worker, Anti-Community bill

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June 12, 2015

Advisory Alert – Yesterday the Michigan Senate approved a bill prohibiting local governments from having wage, benefits laws.  HB 4052, the Anti-Worker, Anti Community bill goes back to the House for concurrence next week.

“The bill passed the Senate Competitiveness committee Thursday morning on a 4-1 vote and in the full Senate a few hours later by a 22-16 vote. Republican Sens. Tom Casperson of Escanaba, Mike Nofs of Battle Creek, Margaret O’Brien of Portage and Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights joined all Democrats in opposing the legislation.”

“The bill – HB 4052- moves to the House for concurrence in the changes made by the Senate. The bill was narrowly passed by the House last month.” Read More…

Please stay tuned for further updates and an Action Alert.

 

“LANSING, Michigan — Local governments would be prohibited from setting local minimum wages or other employer requirements under a House bill that moved quickly through the Senate on Thursday.”

“The Senate’s Michigan Competitiveness Committee approved the bill 4-1 Thursday morning along party lines after changing some of the language. Within a few hours, the full Senate passed the bill 22-16, with several Republicans joining Democrats in voting against it.”

“The legislation would prevent a patchwork of local ordinances that could deter economic development, according to bill sponsor Rep. Earl Poleski, a Republican from Jackson. He has pointed to new laws setting minimum wages in cities such as Los Angeles as an example of what he wants to prevent.” Read More…

HELP STOP DETROIT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL YOUTH CURFEW

ActionAlertHeaderJune 12th, 2015
Action in Solidarity with Detroit’s Youth!

HELP STOP DETROIT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL YOUTH CURFEW

 
While the rest of the city will be celebrating American freedom, Detroit youth 17 and under will have to be on lockdown in their houses starting at 6 p.m. June 22 (Fireworks Night) and at 8 pm June 19-22 (River Days). In 2012-2014, similar ordinances allowed police to harass, handcuff, fine, and detain hundreds of youth just because they were outside on a long summer night.
 
This year’s proposed ordinance:

  • will last for four days (June 19-22). On Fireworks night, the curfew is citywide and will even apply to young people who live miles away from the riverfront
  • makes it illegal for youth to leave their houses without a responsible adult, or detailed, written documentation
 
What you can do to stop this:
 
Attend the public hearing on Tuesday, June 16 at 2 p.m. to make a public comment or to help show your opposition to this unconstitutional ordinance. Location: 1340 Coleman Young Building (13th Floor), 2 Woodward Avenue, downtown Detroit.
 
Call your Detroit City Council members and tell them not to enact this unprecedented, unconstitutional ordinance that stereotypes and criminalizes Detroit youth and turns the city into a police state. Updates and contact information available at: http://www.detroitmi.gov/Government/City-Council
 2015 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO

Brenda Jones, Council President, At Large
313.224.1245bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
Janeé L Ayers, At Large
313.224.4248ayersj@detroitmi.gov

James Tate, District 1
313.224.1027councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2
313.224.4535cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov

Scott Benson, District 3
313.224.1198bensons@detroitmi.gov

Andre Spivey, District 4
313.224.4841CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov

Mary Sheffield, District 5
313.224.4505CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov

Raquel Castañeda-López, District 6
313.224.2450councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov

Gabe Leland, District 7
313.224.2151lelandg@detroitmi.gov

2015CouncilContact
 

 

Immediate Action: HB4052-S-1 in committee this morning!

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June 11th, 2015

We have received word that HB 4052 will be presented at the Michigan Competitiveness Committee this morning. Please continue to make calls to the senate and to other citizens across the state.

The Bill
We are told the only changes are on page 2 lines 25-27.  There are talking points included in the Sugar Law letter that can be downloaded here: HB 4052 S-1 There is also a copy of  the letter forwarded for today’s hearing from Sugar Law Center. HB4052.SugarLawCenter

On another note, a house bill passed yesterday, June 10, eliminating Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).

Michigan Competitiveness Committee
http://www.senate.michigan.gov/committee/competitiveness.html

Action Alert: Demand a CBA for new Woodward Developement

ActionAlertHeaderMay 26, 2015 – Today Detroit City Council will vote on giving a tax break to Broader and Sachse for a new project as Woodward and Erskine, LLC. They would receive $2,113,173.00 in tax abatements over 10 years. Read the details of the deal: Woodward and Erskine, LLC PA 210

Given the developers recent history of displacing low-income elders from what is now ‘The Albert” please contact your Council Member and demand a Community Benefits Agreement around the deal.

Watch this VIDEO on ‘The Albert’ and the displacement of community.

Albert from Kate Levy on Vimeo.

COUNCIL CONTACTS

Brenda Jones, President, 313.224.1245, bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
George Cushingberry, Pro Tem: (313) 224-4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson: (313) 224-1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov
Janeé L Ayers: (313) 224-4248, ayersj@detroitmi.gov
Gabe Leland: (313) 224-2151 lelandg@detroitmi.gov
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez: (313) 224-2450, councilmemberraquel@detroitmi.gov
Mary Sheffield: (313) 224-4505, councilmembersheffield@detroitmi.gov
Andre Spivey: (313) 224-4841, councilmanspivey@detroitmi.gov
James Tate: (313) 224-1027, councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov

https://vimeo.com/89583583

ACTION ALERT #StopHB4052

Action: Call your state representative this morning and tell them to vote NO on House Bill 4052. The bill was reported out of the committee on commerce and trade yesterday and could be fast-tracked to the full house for a vote TODAY.

Click here to find your state representative and their phone number: http://house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/frmFindARep.aspx

PLEASE CONTACT FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WHO RESIDE OUTSIDE OF DETROIT AND ASK THEM TO CALL THEIR LEGISLATORS AS WELL.

House Bill 4052 would prohibit local governments from enacting any ordinances or policies that would “Regulate the relationship between an employer and its employees or potential employees” exceeding those imposed by federal or state law.”

This bill would affect ban the box ordinances, paid sick leave ordinances, minimum wage ordinances, prevailing wage, apprenticeship/training requirements, etc.

This bill is an attack on community benefit agreements and the CBA Ordinance that has been and would have a tremendous impact on Detroit residents.

Local communities are best positioned to know and understand the needs of their communities. Local governments exist to make sure that laws and policies meet the needs and values of the people who live there. As long as local laws do not violate state laws, the state government shouldn’t punish localities by standing in their way.

Action: Call your state representative this morning and tell them to vote NO on House Bill 4052. The bill was reported out of the committee on commerce and trade yesterday and could be fast-tracked to the full house for a vote TODAY.

Click here to find your state representative and their phone number: http://house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/frmFindARep.aspx

PLEASE CONTACT FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WHO RESIDE OUTSIDE OF DETROIT AND ASK THEM TO CALL THEIR LEGISLATORS AS WELL.

Make Water Affordability Plan Available for Detroit Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from the Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition: http://www.peopleswaterboard.org/
Monday, May 18, 2015
Contact: Sylvia Orduño 734.846.9465 smorduno@gmail.com
Make Water Affordability Plan Available for Detroit Families 
Keep the water flowing and Water Department working
DETROIT – Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López joined the Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition today for a press conference aimed at stopping water shut offs for thousands of Detroit families. The statewide group and the Council Member want residents to be allowed to use the Water Affordability Plan to keep their water on and keep the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) operating.
“When many families try in good faith to pay but find it nearly impossible, when those who later enter into payment assistance plans again find themselves falling behind, it’s clear the issue is not residents’ refusal to pay; the problem lies in our rate system,” said Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López. “We need an approach that helps prevent residents from falling behind, rather than waiting to react until they’re in danger of shut-off. A true water-affordability plan would consider an individual’s income and their ability to pay, not just rates.”
Until last Wednesday, members of the Coalition had been working for several weeks with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP) working group. Their goal was to get the regional water authority to understand the reality of families facing shut offs and the household and public health consequences that result from this. But they left the GLWA frustrated with the Authority’s staunch refusal to implement a long-term solution through the Water Affordability Plan instead of another meager assistance program. Nor would the WRAP working group allow Coalition members to remain active participants unless they signed the assistance agreement along with the direct service provider organizations.
“What the GLWA and the Mayor propose is more short-term assistance to families in danger of having their water shutoff. If assistance worked the DWSD wouldn’t be handing out water shut off notices to tens of thousands across Detroit,” said Sylvia Orduño of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition. “The solution to the crisis can’t be to once again start cutting tens of thousands of families off from the water they need to live. The solution can’t be to increase the water shutoff contract to Homrich Wrecking by $1 million so they can shut off more than 800 families per day. People with low incomes need to be able to pay based on income. They could use the Water Affordability Plan to do that. It’s a win-win. Families have the water they need to survive, and revenue continues to flow to the water system.”
People’s Water Board members distributed a one-page summary of the Water Affordability Plan approved by Detroit City Council in 2006. The People’s Water Board also announced at the press conference that State Representatives Stephanie Chang, Detroit and Sheldon Neely, Flint, are sponsoring a legislative hearing on water affordability and safety. The hearing is scheduled for June 3, 10:00 a.m. in Lansing at the Capitol.