Detroit Declaration

Declare a New Era at Detroit City Hall
May 6, 2013, 4:27 pm
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The election filing deadline is Tuesday, May 14. Who will be the most promising City Council candidates on the ballot this November? Join us to build support for the best & brightest future leaders. Click here for event info.



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Declare Detroit, Vote Detroit
March 16, 2013, 7:56 pm
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Register to Vote

“It strikes me that the best way to protest the state’s intervention (and to make a strong point about city government’s dysfunction, to boot) is to do things that make the need for state help less dire. Show how dedicated Detroiters, working together, can actually make things better. Take control of the city’s trajectory. Make a difference.” -Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press

On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder introduced Kevyn Orr as Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager. For the next 18 months, he is charged with getting Detroit’s finances in order.

During this time, it is vital that Detroit citizens remain engaged to move Detroit forward. It’s an election year, and we have a great responsibility and opportunity to ensure our future leaders have the vision and will to forge a brighter future.

If you care about defending democracy, here are 5 proactive things you can do:

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1. Register to Vote in Detroit: If you live in the city, we need you to vote in the city. If you live here but have been voting elsewhere, today is a good day to make the switch. Click here to learn how.

2. Get Out the Vote in Detroit: As Rochelle Riley reminded us in her March 15 Free Press column, we can preach and protest about democracy, but when it comes time to vote in Detroit, only one out of four of us actually does. We need YOU and all your friends & neighbors to be at the polls on August 6 & November 5. Go ahead and mark those dates on your calendar now.

3. Help Us Identify Candidates: Showing up on Election Day is only half the battle; we need to make sure we have strong leaders on the ballot from which to choose. If you know someone running for City Council in your district who supports the principles of the Detroit Declaration and needs support, let us know.

4. Volunteer for Candidates: Getting good leaders elected doesn’t happen magically. Candidates need our help to knock doors, make calls and raise dollars to win. Commit to offering your time to a promising City Council candidate in your district.

5. Donate to our PAC: We’re raising funds to support promising, solution-oriented future leaders who will represent the best interests of the people of Detroit. Whether you can give $13 or $313, we need your help. Donate today.

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“Detroit is struggling, but what are we doing? Fighting about a democracy that some of us care about only when it’s convenient — or when the cameras are rolling. Oh, we can make speeches about it. We can preach about it. But when it’s time to vote, one out of four people actually does. And when an entire city is in dire straits, do you pull out civics guides and a history of American democracy? Or do you solve the problem?” -Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press

Now more than ever, you can help us solve the problem by declaring Detroit through continued civic engagement and political action. Together, we can make a difference.

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Declaring 2013 as a year of civic engagement in Detroit
January 22, 2013, 5:35 am
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Declare Detroit leader Bradford Frost calls us to action — not just on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but every day — in today’s Model D:

Lots of us now call MLK Day “a day on” instead of “a day off.” We volunteer. We dialogue together. We celebrate our progress towards justice, equality and equal opportunity. It’s a day when we put our best civic muscles to work.

But, in a way, I fear we have lost some of the potency behind Dr. King’s example. In the feel good hangover from doing civic deeds this past weekend far too many of us will fade into civic atrophy. (Not you of course, but everyone else!)

My pitch to you is this: make 2013 a year on in Detroit’s public square.

Click here for the full article.

Read, share & join us in declaring Detroit’s future!

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Detroit Declaration
November 14, 2012, 12:49 am
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Do you have a copy of the Detroit Declaration hanging in your home, office or school? If so, we wanna know! Post a photo on our Facebook page and tag it #declaredetroit.

ImageSandra with the framed copy hanging in the Mayor’s Office

To download a PDF of the Declaration, click here.


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Model D Speaker Series: Making Government Work
November 1, 2012, 3:09 am
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On October 29, Declare Detroit teamed with Model D, Detroit Free Press, Urban Innovation Exchange, Publius, D:hive and friends to present a two-part public forum at the U-M Detroit Center with voter information & a panel discussion about civic engagement & innovation. Enjoy this recap from Model D.

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Making Government Work
October 9, 2012, 6:52 am
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Spirit of Detroit statue at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit

Join Declare Detroit & partners on Mon, Oct. 29, 2012 for a conversation about civic engagement and innovation in Detroit before the Nov. 6 election. The program begins at 6 p.m. at the University of Michigan Detroit Center. For information & registration, click here.

Are you registered to vote? The deadline is Oct. 9. Visit for info.

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Vote your principles on August 7!
July 12, 2012, 1:52 pm
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To fully realize the principles set forth in the Detroit Declaration, we need leaders in Detroit and Lansing who are committed to creating a stronger, healthier city.

To that end, we encourage all signers to not just VOTE in the primary on August 7, but to support candidates in your community who share these values by volunteering and donating to their campaigns.

In Detroit, we encourage you to support two people who have demonstrated their commitment to our principles:

We ask all signers to commit a minimum of 3 volunteer hours and $10 contribution to each campaign. Follow our Facebook page for events and opportunities to meet the candidates and get involved.

Adam Hollier, Candidate for State Rep in the 4th District (

Steve Tobocman, Kirsten Ussery & Scott Benson (

We also encourage you to support ballot initiatives aligned with the Declaration:

  • Vote YES for your county’s Arts Authority to keep the Detroit Institute of Arts open. For more information, visit their website, “Art is for Everyone.”


On behalf of the over 15,000 signers and fans of the Declaration, thank you for declaring Detroit on August 7 and November 6. Change begins with YOU.

-Declare Detroit

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