“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~ Frederick Douglass

Current Focus: Fiat Chrysler America (FCA)

In March of 2019, Fiat Chrysler, the City of Detroit, and State of Michigan announced the constriction of the first new auto assembly line and paint plant in Detroit in over 30 years. While many residents welcome the emphasized promise of JOBS, many are also concerned about the environmental impacts of the plant in our neighborhoods. Our current focus is advocating for meaningful Environmental Community Benefits from FCA.

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Recommended Environmental Actions presented to FCA

These recommendations were presented to FCA at a meeting at their Auburn Hills Headquarters on August 2, 2019. This meeting was initiated by Senator Stephanie Chang. Representatives from Detroit People’s Platform and the Eastside Resident Environmental Health Working Group were uninvited to the meeting by FCA. Even though FCA uninvited our representatives, these recommendations and others were presented in the meeting by representatives from other groups that support them. Air quality monitoring at settings with […]

CBA Resource Guide

What is the community benefits approach? Major energy development and infrastructure projects provide significant opportunities, as well as challenges, for local communities. Although they often create new jobs and economic growth, they do not automatically result in sustained, local economic benefits. Increasingly, state and local governments and communities are looking for tools that help build sustained benefits to host communities. The DOE Office of Minority Business and Economic Development (MBED) supports the nation’s energy goals […]

Crains: Duggan: ‘We gotta clear’ more land for new factories

Read the full article: https://www.crainsdetroit.com/detroit-homecoming/duggan-we-gotta-clear-more-land-new-factories Speaking at the opening night of Detroit Homecoming, Duggan touted the city’s success in assembling more than 200 acres for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to get the automaker to invest $2.5 billion in two auto plants that will bring nearly 5,000 new jobs to the east side. The fast-tracked project has spurred interest from FCA suppliers to locate in Detroit. Dakkota Integrated Systems plans to build a 600,000-square-foot parts plant that will employ […]

Environmental ‘Public Health Fund’

September 16, 2019 The Fiat Chrysler expansion presents a new opportunity to consider community benefits that respond to Environmental Health issues around development projects that use public funds.  This is due to the environmental impacts of the project, the existing respiratory health crisis in the neighborhoods surrounding the plant and the “additional monitoring and community benefits” included in EGLE’s approval of FCAs “permits to install”. “The permittee shall work with the City of Detroit, through the […]

FCA Land Swaps Map

“Morouns, speculators look like winners in Detroit land swap to ensure FCA factory jobs” FROM: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2019/05/20/speculators-moroun-detroit-land-swap-fca-jobs/3664661002/ TOTAL Properties 881Hantz Woodlands 367Soave Enterprises 210Michael Kelly 15DTE Energy 28Crown Enterprises 261TOTAL Properties 881 https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1zh6Hi8tlpD7PuIUgdNPwjx9ilHWU4JW8&hl=en_US&ll=42.356444913493675%2C-83.03124552817383&z=13

Environmental Health Survey Summary of Findings

Eastside Resident Environmental Health Working Grouphttp://eastsideenvironmental.org Eastside Environmental Health Survey Summary of FindingsJuly 26, 2019  Based on community concerns about environmental health in our community, and in particular concerns about air pollution and health impacts of increased emissions from the expansion of the Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA), a community survey was conducted to gather information about community concerns and conditions regarding environmental health.  Surveys were completed using a combination of methods, including door to door canvassing, phone […]

FCA Public Incentive Updates

This week the news reported on increased in public investments for the FCA expansion in our neighborhood and other FCA projects in Southeastern Michigan. Crain’s: Tax incentives for FCA plants in Southeast Michigan may top $400 million FCA’s tax incentives now total $384.5 million and could climb to as high as $422 million if the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy approves an additional $37.83 million in tax increment financing. The automaker submitted […]

Make Detroit the Engine of the Green New Deal

The Democratic Presidential Debate is Next Week!  We’ve been participating in a coalition of local groups working to bring issues that impact Detroiters and other frontline communities to the forefront of the discussion at the Presidential Candidate debate at the Fox Theater on July 30 and 31. There will be a rally and march Tuesday July 30th.  More Media – Detroit Is the Engine of the Green New Deal Video Sanaa is featured in a […]

July 26 Update – More public money? Better Environmental Health Protections?

There are many things to share. Please make a note to join us, and if you live in the Impact Area, to bring a neighbor or 4, for the next gathering Wednesday August 7, 6 – 8 pm. We’ll meet again in the Cooper Room at WCCC East.  Eastside Resident Environmental Health Working GroupMapping and Strategy SessionWednesday, August 7, 6-8 pmWayne County Community College – East Campus5901 Conner St, Detroit, MI 48213Cooper Room, Free and […]

The Fiat Chrysler Expansion, Industrial Development and Environmental Health 

In March, thanks to the efforts of generations of activists in a long struggle, the closing of Detroit’s infamous incinerator was announced. Also in March, the city of Detroit revealed negotiations with Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) that paved the way for what will be the first new auto assembly plant in Detroit in decades. This project will bring more industrial development as suppliers move in to support FCA.  During the process mandated by the Community […]