RIVERSIDE PARK UPDATE / ACTION ALERT

From Friends of Riverside Park – Riversideparkdetroit@gmail.com

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, bjones_mb@detroitmi.gov
Janeé L Ayers, At Large: 313.224.4248, ayersj@detroitmi.gov
James Tate, District 1: 313.224.1027, councilmembertate@detroitmi.gov
George Cushingberry, Jr., District 2: 313.224.4535, cushingberryg@detroitmi.gov
Scott Benson, District 3: 313.224.1198, bensons@detroitmi.gov
Andre Spivey, District 4 313.224.4841, CouncilmanSpivey@detroitmi.gov
Mary Sheffield, District 5: 313.224.4505, CouncilMemberSheffield@detroitmi.gov
Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, District 6: 313.224.2450, CouncilmemberRaquel@detroitmi.gov
Gabe Leland, District 7: 313.224.2151, lelandg@detroitmi.gov

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:
@detroitpeoples
#CBAOrdinance
#DugganWatch

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

Breaking.

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.

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
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
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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

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July 2, 2015
HB4052 Update

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

http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-signs-local-wage-preemption-law#stream/0
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/michigans-snyder-targets-local-control-minimum-wage

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.

NEXT WEEK:
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
11:00am: JOURNEY BEGINS!
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
www.peopleswaterboard.org 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:
@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

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