Rise Together Detroit is a coalition of grassroots community organizations from across Detroit. They came together to ensure that Detroiters have a seat at the table when it comes to development in Detroit and that such development is equitable and inclusive.
Over a period of several years, the organization conducted extensive outreach to communities and developers, and crafted a viable, legally-binding community benefits ordinance, the first of its kind. The organization was able to get the ordinance on the November 2016 ballot.
DMM worked with RTD to create short video for social media to tell the coalition’s story and educate voters. DMM worked with artist Halima Cassells on concept.
While a proposal for Community Benefits with more funding and less teeth beat RTD’s proposal by a small margin, the work of RTD put the conversation about community benefits onto the table. Without RTD, there would likely be no ordinance at all.