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In Detroit, the Fight for Community Benefits Begins Anew

"On Nov. 8, 2016, Detroit residents voted into law the nation’s first Community Benefits Ordinance (CBO). The law requires any developer receiving over a certain threshold of local public subsidies or tax breaks to engage with a local advisory council to address community concerns. As with traditional Community Benefits Agreements ... more

Fighting for Equity in Development

One year ago Detroiters voted on two versions of a Community Benefits Ordinance. To commemorate this anniversary, Equitable Detroit Coalition and Detroit People’s Platform (with support from the Building Movement Project) have produced a new report; “Fighting for Equity in Development, The Story of Detroit&rsquo... more

Movements, Funders, and Making Change

Last week, Sean and I participated in the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conference on supporting movements. We did an introductory session for funders on the basics of movement building, and were joined by Laura McCargar from the Perrin Family Foundation and Peter Bloch Garcia from the Marguerite Casey Foundation who... more

BMP Detroit Uniting Detroiters Project Wins Scholar-Activist Grant

We’re pleased to share that BMP's Uniting Detroiters team has received a Scholar-Activist Award Grant from the Antipode Foundation. They were one of five projects who were selected out of 105 applications. more

Really Talking About Taxes

Can we shed a positive light on Tax Day? Yes, says project team member Kim Klein in her most recent blog post from Kim Klein and the Commons. She argues that we should use Tax Day as an opportunity to discuss all the great things that our tax dollars pay for, as well as the common good they serve to protect. She highlights the work of many other organizations who are working towards highlighting the positive aspects of taxes, and discusses how the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to play a role in this conversation.

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Part of the 99%

Here at BMP, we’re excited to be in New York at the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. We’ve been watching for two weeks now as protestors continue to camp in Zuccotti Park to demonstrate their frustration with the current American economic system. While some are critical about the lack of a specific set of demands, what’s most important is that within the multitude of voices coming from downtown, people are standing together and speaking out for social change. more

Background and Media Coverage of Detroit

According to most of the articles and reports published about Detroit since the census, the city is a wasteland that people are flocking from, but if you visit Detroit or read articles written by local organizers and residents of the city, Detroit is alive with hope and ripe for change.

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USSF 2010: Another Detroit is Happening!

We've just returned from the US Social Forum in Detroit, where over 15,000 grassroots community organizers, activists, social service nonprofits, and individuals envisioned another US! We will be sharing more pictures and report-backs from the Forum, and our two sessions, but for more information on what took place at the Forum, check out their website at www.ussf2010.org.

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USSF 2010: Register and Get Involved

Don't forget to register for the US Social Forum (USSF)! The national event, which will take place June 22-26 in Detroit, MI has opened registration for individuals and organizations and there are many opportunities to be involved in activities leading up to Forum. Find out how you can participate, help organize, and promote this important gathering meant to build unity around common goals of social justice, strengthen ties between organizations, and help build a broader social justice movement. more

Kim Klein and the Commons: Foreclosures

What is a commons solution to helping people keep their private property, particularly when the scale of foreclosure is so large? There are many creative solutions being proposed, but any solution must begin with the person affected at the center and not the bank. “What will help this woman and her dog stay in her home?” is a very different question from “What should a bank do with a person who can’t pay her mortgage?” The first step in transforming this economy is to ask entirely different questions.

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