Detroit Declaration


Policy & Advocacy

We need your help to turn the words of the Declaration into action. Here are some ways you can help move this movement forward:

VOTE

If you live in the City of Detroit, please register and VOTE. For voting information in your district, visit http://www.publius.org.

ATTEND A COMMUNITY FORUM

Citizen engagement is essential to the process of planning our city’s future, and the Detroit Declaration offers a framework for what Detroit must do to thrive. Declare Detroit encourages all Declaration signers and Detroit residents to participate in the community forums for the Detroit Works Project (DWP) and other neighborhood visioning and planning efforts. Thanks to all who participate in moving Detroit forward.

JOIN A TASKFORCE

In April 2010, Declare Detroit convened taskforces around Advocacy and Political Action.  These taskforces are ongoing and open to all.  We ask all participants to start by reviewing the Declaration’s principles, policy proposals, and Guide to Engagement.

Advocacy Taskforce

  • Objective: Advocating for important issues
  • Current Focus: Land Use Policy Proposal
  • Contact: Please email sandra.yu@gmail.com for updates & announcements.

Political Action Taskforce

  • Objective: Electing political leaders & holding them accountable
  • Current Focus: Supporting candidates who support the Declaration
  • Contact: Please email bradford.frost@gmail.com for updates & announcements.

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POLICY PROPOSALS

(Published: Spring 2010)

The fundamental hope of the Detroit Declaration is to inspire positive change in our community around the Declaration’s core principles. We also know that any sound principle must be practicable — it must work well on the ground if it is to be accepted and taken seriously by policymakers.

As a start, we chose to research and develop three pragmatic policy proposals that specifically relate to discreet principles of the Declaration:

1. CULTIVATE CREATIVITY:

Develop a Sustainable Source of Funding for the Arts (PDF)

2. ENHANCE QUALITY OF PLACE:

Develop a Land Use Strategy for Detroit (PDF)

3. DEMAND TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES:

Cost-Effective Methods to Bring Detroit’s Transit System into the 21st Century (PDF)

These policies were discussed and debated at length by Detroiters, many of whom have a professional background and experience in these areas. They were developed with the entire list of principles in mind and have implications that reverberate across the four corners of the Declaration.

Finally, these policies are designed for turnkey implementation by leaders who endorse the Declaration’s premise. They serve as examples of future policy recommendations that may grow out of the Declaration as it gains a foothold and momentum in the community.

To help us move these proposals forward, join our Advocacy Taskforce.








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