The ShakeUp – On air discussion with NEWCC member Aaron Handelsman

Last week, NEWCC member Aaron Handelsman was on Ontario Public Interest Research Group – Windsor’s radio show, The ShakeUp. OPIRG – Windsor’s mandate is to promote education, research and action on environmental and social justice issues to create a better world. Listen to the discussion.

We had a great discussion with Aaron Handelsman, a Detroit resident and representative from the North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC) on community organizing in that city and the struggle over, literally I think, who owns Detroit. The State’s imposed  “consent agreement’  means the state of Michigan has all the power to decide what really happens, virtually stripping city council’s mandate to govern by those who elected it. Community groups like the Building Movement Project in Detroit and the North End Woodward Community Coalition have been involved in trying to get Community Advisory Councils off the ground, and those councils presumably at this point are seen as the most democratic means for the people who live in Detroit’s core to have real decision making power – a struggle is underway and has been for many years over who owns Detroit.

 

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