Community Development

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Petition to Home Depot, Cory A. Booker, Amazon, Bank Of America, World Bank,, David Cameron MP, Hillary Clinton, CBS, Donald J. Trump, McDonald's, Michelle Obama, NFL, NBC, FOX News, Crystal Quade, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Hon. Yvette D'Ath, Tim Nicholls, Samsung, Stephen Harper, Sadiq Khan, Target, President of the United States, Maxine Waters, Yasonna Laoly, Yvette D. Clarke, Zachary J. Cook

Crime & Violence rates goes down in Detroit because of Low-Income Dorms?

According to a report published July 24, 2017 by the Senior Reporter of the U.S News; Andrew Soergel, out of 62 of the largest cities; Detroit has been named the worst place to call home. Scoring was measured by affordability, safety of living, quality of life, education and health, and the flow and equality of the economy. The Motor City ended up bringing up the rear in terms of economics – a category that draws heavily on local unemployment rates, poverty statistics and debt per median earnings (among other data points). Detroit also ranked second-worst in terms of safety, with violent crime and property crime rates per capita the factors considered. Three (3) important points to emphasize here that was presented by Brookings Academy in a report Titled: “What colleges do for local economies”.   It was stated that: The average bachelor’s degree holder contributes $278,000 more to local economies than the average high school graduate through direct spending over the course of his or her lifetime; an associate degree holder contributes $81,000 more than a high school graduate. The quality of colleges greatly affects the size of these benefits. High value-added four-year colleges contribute $265,000 more per student to local economies than low-value added four-year colleges. The contribution is $184,000 for high value-added two-year colleges. Sixty-eight percent of alumni from two-year colleges remain in the area of their college after attending, compared to 42 percent of alumni from four-year colleges. High-value added colleges are no more or less likely to retain students in their metropolitan area. Simply put education brings greater opportunities, and these opportunities will be accentuated as alternatives found in unproductive and/or illegal Activities……attacking the problem head on.   The Motor City Coalition was formed October 2018, by Met Plus Incorporated, D.A.V.I.S (Detroit Ain’t Violent It’s Safe), The Seed Project, and The Cream Incorporated. These organizations felt that it was time for a collaboration that focused on the empowerment and support of underprivileged and less fortunate communities and individuals. We hold with strong conviction that by empowering and supporting those who want to become productive citizens and contribute to the economy by furthering their education (but may not have the resources or means to) will spark the economy here in Detroit. We hold an even stronger conviction that this spark will ignite the economy of Detroit…solving many of the problems that plague Detroit. It is the Direct mission of this coalition to acquire property and land that will sustain projects that will support low income individuals achieve Higher Educational Endeavors. Our purpose will be to identify individuals that are Low-Income and are currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning (Universities, Community Colleges, Trade Schools, ect) that require additional assistance in Housing & Transportation and additional Academic & Support Services and provide these services for them. The Motor City Coalition has acquired a 21-unit 12,797 square foot Commercial building located near the marina district on the southern East side of Detroit. This Commercial building is the only building on the block with nothing but land and opportunity, although It will need a complete rehab. It is located within walking distance to East Jefferson Avenue and within 2 blocks from the Detroit River. It's also 4.7 miles from COBO Hall and the heart of Downtown Detroit. It’s even closer to the new and improved Belle Isle Island. Since East Jefferson Ave., is a major transit route, this means it’s easier to access the heart of the city. New development is occurring in the area frequently even a new Meijer’s Supercenter on East Jefferson Ave. is under construction.  The Motor City Coalition will utilize this building as the First Low-Income Housing Dorm in the City of Detroit. This Dorm will House many of the low-income and underprivileged individuals within the City of Detroit. Each unit will be secure, and each resident will have the comfortability of feeling at home. Although no direct relationship has been established with specific institutions; the facility will have Security, Case Managers, Tutors, Counselors, A Health Market, A Day Care, and Academic Support Center.   The Coalition Met Plus Incorporated – MET|PLUS is an innovative workforce development, philanthropic & advocate human services 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to assist Michigan disadvantaged and/or distressed job seekers with invaluable training, support and job development that aims to put them on a career path to success.  Part of our mission is to partner with communities, employers, employees and job seekers to educate, employ, train and help build a solid Michigan working economy. While in the process of contributing to Michigan’s economy we will also provide focus to areas such as the rebuilding, improving and maintaining neglected and or damaged communities through various projects. Executive Director: Chet Pitts –     D.A.V.I.S (Detroit Ain’t Violent It’s Safe) – D.A.V.I.S is a 501c3 not for profit organization that provides charitable services and programs that will provide funding and resources that will develop and sustain the urban community. It is the direct visions of this organization to transform alleyways into creative bike trails and walkable paths, promoting healthy activities, while creating opportunities for homeowners to launch "backstreet businesses" within their family's garage. Executive Director: Korey L. Batey –   The CREAM Incorporated – The Cream Incorporated is a 501c3 not for profit organization geared towards the spiritual and moral edification of males that reside in areas that have been identified as Urban.  It is the direct mission of this organization to promote superior scholarship as basic and intellectual achievement and Cooperate and interact with other organizations and institutions in concern for maintenance of high moral and social standards. This mission is achieved by providing professional guidance, services, and resources free of charge for males seeking to assess their professional goals and ambitions directed towards a consciousness of their lifelong responsibility of serving others. This organization focuses directly on the Social Empowerment, Academic Excellence, and Financial Stability of males within Urban Communities. Executive Director: Tru Ajani-   The Seed The Seed Project is a 501c3 not for profit organization that is aimed towards the direct improvement of low-income families. It is the direct mission of this organization to provide services, programs, and a variety of resources that will allow these families the ability to obtain a higher social, economic, professional, and academic status in the community. Executive Director: Terrance Clanton –   Institutions of Higher Learning in Area   ·         Baker College     ·         Dorsey Business Schools-Dearborn          ·         Everest Institute-Detroit               ·         Focus-Hope Information Technologies Center     ·         P and A Scholars Beauty School  ·         College for Creative Studies         ·         Ecumenical Theological Seminary             ·         Marygrove College          ·         Sacred Heart Major Seminary     ·         University of Detroit Mercy         ·         Wayne State University ·         Wayne County Community College     Time Line for Upcoming Months   1st Month Roof Repair and Clean Out   2nd Month Hire an environmentalist, survey property lines and hire an architect for design blueprints.   3rd Month Acquire adjacent property to add on to construction project.   4th Month Hire security to watch the building while construction starts.     $13,000 for architect $3,000 survey of land $1,700 environmentalists $30,000 roof & gutters $70,000 to acquire adjacent 3 vacant lots for parking and new construction. $258,000 goes rehabbing 1st and second floor. This is just for the start of our project. We just want to get in the building first and we can continue building from there 25% goes to our fundraisers so $375,000 total comes directly to Met Plus for renovations. All Donations made are 100% Tax Deductible.  

Motor City Coalition (Met Plus)
112 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to U.S National Park Services

Don't Ban Sports & Recreation on the National Mall

There are few things more American or uniquely DC than playing a recreational sport in the shadow of the Washington Monument or the National Capitol Building. Unfortunately, the National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a ban on all sporting and recreational activity along the National Mall from 3rd to 17th Streets.  The ban includes eliminating currently permitted softball fields around the Washington Monument grounds and the first-come, first-served policy on the plots from 3rd-14th Streets.  The proposed policy is an extreme position and massive change from long standing practice. Among the NPS-cited concerns, their primary reason offered thus far for the total ban is the perceived impact sports and recreation might have on the recently installed grass turf.   Context:The total ban is antithetical to the purpose of the Mall.  Through the inception of the National Mall dating back to the L'Enfant plan of 1791 and the redesign by the McMillan Commission of 1901, a main intention of the Mall is to serve area citizens and the city by providing open recreation space. The National Mall represents the vast majority of open grass space in the city and is often cited as a contributing factor to the city’s frequent ranking as a best place to live or fittest communities.  The NPS over the past 2 years has already successfully managed preservation of the newly installed turf along the Mall by resting sections when necessary and working with local stakeholders.  At its peak recreational sports typically use portions of the Mall merely 4 workdays a week during a 3-4-hour early evening time frame and light use of some weekends.  This small time frame represents, at most, a moderate use of the Mall but has an over-sized impact on creating a foundation of well being for the city. Even those who do not regularly participate in the games, tourist and local residents alike, will often stop to watch the activity and reflect positively on the games and at times, join in themselves.  The NPS ban would dampen the vibrancy of the City by directly restricting access of tens of thousands of area residents and touching a much larger number of people through its negative impact on health and wellness and the local economy.  Exacerbated by an existing shortage of available play space throughout the city, the NPS ban would further stress the existing limited resources of the city and restrict groups like Congressional Softball, Senate Softball, House Softball, Flag Football, Soccer, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Bocce, Kickball and others that have become a DC institution and part of the fabric of the city.  While maintenance of the turf is certainly a worthy priority we do not believe it should be put above the recreational, health and economic needs and interests of area citizens.  This uniquely Washington DC, and indeed American, Institution must preserved. Our Position:Access to 3rd to 17th streets should remain open for sports and recreation as it is vital to the vibrancy and health of the city. We seek a dialogue with the National Park Service and other stakeholders to solve this impasse of access to the open space between 3rd-17th Streets.  We are ready to collaborate with the NPS to establish best practices that balance the need for recreation and the integrity of the Mall turf. Please help us maintain access and recreation on the National Mall by signing this petition and spreading the word.  You can get more information and learn about ways you can help at - A Coalition of stakeholders, concerned citizens and players on the National MallSUPPORTERS: Congressional Softball, DC Chamber of Commerce, United Fray, Social Sports Foundation

Robert Kinsler
14,477 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to City of Detroit, Michigan, State of Michigan

Citizens Against the Grand Prix on Belle Isle

We believe that it's time to pull the plug on the Detroit Grand Prix event on Belle Isle.  Before bankruptcy, the City could not afford to properly maintain the Island, so offers by the Grand Prix to run the race there in exchange for making "improvements" might have made some sense.  Now that the State of Michigan has taken over and has made Belle Isle a State Park, the time has come to allow the Island to be used as it was intended - as a nature and recreational park to be used by all people, year round.  This current year, the Grand Prix began setting up 8 weeks before the race.  That means concrete barriers inhibiting access to the riverfront, blocking bike lanes, etc.  When you include the weeks afterward to dismantile it and clean up, this means the island is essentially monopolized by the race people for the better part of three months.  This is prime park season, with public access impeded to the river, and most public gathering places in the half of the Island where the race course exists.  The fact that an immense portion of the island near the Fountain and Casino has been encased in concrete - creating a gigantic parking lot - to serve the purposes of the race organizers, is a permanent blot and eyesore on the face of the island.  It's time to say no to the rich and powerful who have taken over the island, and return it back to the people.  Move the Grand Prix somewhere else - get it off Belle Isle.

David Martin
1,047 supporters