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November 15 is America Recycles Day. Like me, you might wonder what recycling is really about. Is it just making sure to use the right bin? Is it just taking personal responsibility for our planet’s health? That’s part of it: we all discard or recycle something we no longer need every day. Americans throw out about 7 lbs of garbage a day. Recycling reduces waste, but there’s also the potential to transform trash into justice.
Regardless of how you feel about this week's election results overall, there’s no doubt that when voters got a chance to decide on working family issues, we won big. We won on minimum wage, paid sick days, mass transit, and democracy. We also achieved important gains in criminal justice reform and healthcare reform. Across our network, our affiliates organized hundreds of thousands of voters around key issues that concretely impact our lives.
- Detroiters seek benefits as development booms in city, The Detroit News
- Kingsbridge Armory ice center nets $30M infusion, Crain’s New York Business
- Developer, city finalize lease to turn vacant Kingsbridge Armory into ice center, New York Daily News
- Letter: Find the win-win in community benefits, Detroit News
- DEGC chief to council: Don't derail Detroit's recovery, Detroit Free Press
Last week, the City of Mountain View became the latest city in Silicon Valley to raise its minimum wage.
Mountain View will now join San Jose at $10.30/hour, indexed to the Consumer Price Index, and has set a goal to raise the wage to $15.00 by 2018. Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga championed the effort, saying “Why not try to give folks a bit more in order to live…I know this (raise) means another meal, a better meal, pair of shoes to go to school in…this matters.”
The Board of Directors of FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities recently announced that Felicia Griffin will be taking the helm as the organization’s new Executive Director. Felicia has been with FRESC for almost two years and most recently has been serving as Interim Executive Director. Felicia has led and served in the social justice movement for the last fifteen years in Colorado and in New Mexico.
- New Bridge Presents Challenges, Opportunities In Delray, WDET Detroit
- How to Meet the Needs of Soccer Stadium Neighbors? A Community Benefits Agreement, DC Fiscal Policy Institute Blog
- Long-rumored International Bridge finally appears to be gaining traction in Delray, Detroit Metro Times
- Politicians and Penguins craft deal for lower Hill development, New Pittsburgh Courier
The Detroit City Council recently convened a special hearing to deliberate a proposed land sale of 301 city-owned parcels to the State of Michigan for $1.4 million. The properties are within the footprint of the plaza for the planned New International Trade Crossing (NITC), the new bridge between Canada and the US. During the hearing, city council members and community advocates pressed for a community benefits agreement to be attached to the land sale. Gary Brown from the Emergency Manager’s office agreed to withdraw the agreement while negotiations for a CBA move forward.