July, 2015                                                                                                                             www.detroitmi.gov
Welcome to the latest District 5 Monthly E-Newsletter, updating residents and the District 5 community on the latest City Council actions and happenings across the District.  The newsletter will provide important informational resources for you and your neighbors. As always, it is an honor and privilege to serve the residents of District 5 on City Council.
On the Council Table
Victim Assistance and Witness Protection Research
In response to the violence plaguing our City, Council Member Mary Sheffield continues her efforts to address the issue with a holistic approach. In that vein, Councilwoman Sheffield has requested status updates of both the Victims Assistance and Witness Protection programs in Detroit.

Council Member Sheffield is intent on ensuring there is adequate funding which helps families cope with the loss of a loved one through violence as well as protect those who refuse to subscribe to the no-snitching mantra, keeping us all safer, by displaying the courage to speak up and speak out as witnesses. She has gone so far as to request research as to whether the City can impose their own fee for these programs. Stay tuned for updates as information comes in and Councilwoman Sheffield continues the fight against violence. 
Council Refuses to (Water)Tap Residents
The Detroit City Council was presented with a resolution requesting the authorization of a 7% increase in water rates for Detroiters. The measure failed by a vote of 6 to 2. Council Member Sheffield, who voted no, cited the lack of an affordability plan, language in the Great Lakes Water Authority which promised a 4% cap on rate increases, DWSD's failure to address waste in the system and the number of residents facing shutoffs as the reasons she could not support the proposed increase. 

Although Council voted to deny the rate increase, the measure has been brought back for reconsideration with the administration citing the need to fill the expected $27 million budget shortfall and to be in compliance with the bankruptcy settlement. Councilwoman Sheffield believes all other options must be explored and exhausted before increasing the rates for residents another a penny.
Keeping Up with the Councilwoman
Safe Summer Youth Jam and Youth Peace Summit!
Council Member Mary Sheffield helped sponsor and participated in the Annual Family Health Fair / Safe Summer Youth Jam & Peace Summit. The event, as usual, was a huge success with thousands of children and parents from the neighborhoods in attendance at the Butzel Family Center. The Councilwoman made it a point to interact with children and residents, she provided gift cards for the raffle and helped conduct the raffle for bicycles and other prizes. Council Member Sheffield would like to extend her gratitude to the Recreation Department and their staff  and the District 5 residents who participated and volunteered to make the day a huge success.
Summer fun in D5!

District 5 always has amazing community gatherings during the summer months. These events are organized by several neighborhood block clubs, churches and community leaders which reflect the importance of community within D5. Councilmember Sheffield makes sure she attends as many of these community events as possible. Please contact the office if you would like the Councilmember to come by your event. Some of the community events that were attended this month are:

*Neighbor to Neighbor Byron St. and W. Philadelphia St. 

*Lawrence and Burlingame Meet an Greet. 

*River Neighborhood Association.

*Brothers Always Together- Family Fun in the Sun. 

*Community Picnic- Just Love Ministries 

Mothers Board Service

Council Member Sheffield was called upon to deliver the word for the Mother's Board Annual Day Celebration on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at the New Liberty Baptist Church. The theme for the celebration was: A Mother's Courage taken from Ephesians 6:10. Thank you Mother's for 76 years of strong faith, courage, and service!

Occupy the Corner Kick off!
Linwood and Pingree
City Council Member Mary Sheffield (D - District 5) kicked-off the 2015 "Occupy the Corner -Detroit" Initiative on Friday, June 19, 2015. Councilwoman Sheffield was joined by Mayor Mike Duggan, representatives from Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence's office and National Action Network's Dominique Sharpton. As always, the mission is to  engage  the community,  connect  them to resources and  empower
residents to be self-determinate with respect to improving the quality of life in some of Detroit's toughest neighborhoods. Over 300 residents attended the kick-off and more than 20 vendors were on hand to deliver resources to the community.


Mack and Bewick


On June 26, 2015 Council Member Sheffield Occupied the corner of Mack and Bewick providing vital resources to help improve the quality of life for the residents in the community. Two weeks into the 2015 season, there have already been life altering changes brought about through this movement. In particular, at this Occupy a woman suffering with chronic homelessness and substance abuse for decades asked for prayer and chose to enter treatment that evening as a result of Occupy the Corner - Detroit Movement's presence.

Click here to view more pictures of Occupy the Corner Mack and Bewick!

Northend- Delores Bennett Park with Michael Brown Sr. 


On July 10, 2015, City Council Member Mary Sheffield (D - District 5) in conjunction with the Joint Council on Policy and Social Impact (JCPSI) hosted Michael Brown, Sr. for Occupy the Corner - Detroit on Friday, July 10, 2015. The Occupy began with Councilwoman Sheffield, Michael Brown, Sr., Janie Jones (of JCPSI) and other leaders having a "Keeping Our Youth Alive" / "All Hands on Deck" roundtable discussion and culminated with a rally at the Occupy the Corner - Detroit event at Delores Bennett Park in the Northend. The day was highly successful and there are already talks on how to build on the momentum that was created to end violence and keep Detroit youth safe.


Since the tragic death of his son Michael Brown, Jr., Michael Brown, Sr. has called for peace and made it his mission to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. Ultimately, the day's events gelled perfectly with Council Member Sheffield efforts around ending gun violence with the ultimate goal of creating more positive relationships and keep inner-city youth alive and out of the criminal justice system.

Upcoming Occupy the Corner - Detroit Events

As promised, Council Member Sheffield will continue occupying corners throughout District 5 for the rest of the summer. The next two Occupy the Corner - Detroit events will be held Friday July 17, 2015 on the corner of Gratiot and Van Dyke and Friday July 30, 2015 on the corner of Joy Rd. and Dexter. Future dates and locations will be released shortly. Please call (313)224-4505 for more details, to RSVP, or to request an Occupy in your neighborhood. 
Live in District 5
"Conversations with the Councilwoman"Velodrome & Belle Isle Editions
Belle Isle Community Townhall

There has been much consternation over recent usage of Belle Isle and the areas immediately surrounding the park such as Erma Henderson Park. In response, Council Member Mary Sheffield teamed up with State Representative Stephanie Chang to host a community meeting to hear residents' concerns and to bring the Department of Natural Resources and the Chair of the Belle Isle Conservancy to the community to listen, answer questions and respond to residents' questions. The meeting was very successful and every resident seeking to be heard was afforded the opportunity.

 Velodrome Community Meeting 

Over the last few weeks, a proposed Velodrome development at the corner of Gratiot and E. Vernor Hwy. became a hotbed issue especially for the residents of Elmwood and Lafayette Parks. As a result, Council Member Mary Sheffield partnered with residents and a church in the area to host a meeting which included the developer, the City Planning Commission and concern citizens. Most of the residents were in staunch opposition to the Velodrome project at the proposed site over concerns of parking, added congestion and for the character of the community due to planned alcohol sales at the venue.  As it stands, it appears the community will win out with the developers and the City looking to go in a "different direction" with respect to location.
District 5 Thrives
Bert's Marketplace 

Bert's Warehouse Entertainment is Detroit's premier spot for scrumptious food, exciting live musical acts (and more) and wonderful people. Bert's offers entertainment combined with stellar service. Whether listening to a local band, a popular R&B group or a legendary Jazz or Blues artist, Bert's will ensure that your night on the town is an experience that can't be beat. 

Council Member Sheffield joins others in the know and recognizes  Bert's Marketplace as not only a jewel in District 5 and Southeast Michigan but in the world. They are renowned for their decades of great food, entertainment and unbeatable service and fellowship. The Councilwoman urges District 5 residents and anyone with the ability and means to support this wonderful establishment in the heart of her District located at 2727 Russell St. in Eastern Market. Call (313)567-2030 for more information on their hours, events and catering options.
News You Can Use
Enjoying the Riverfront (a District 5 Jewel)
Rivière28 is an auxiliary group within the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy that organizes fun and inviting experiences on the riverfront and Dequindre Cut for active professionals who live, work or play in the City of Detroit, while cultivating a new generation of supporters for the Conservancy. Rivière28 aims to raise awareness of the Conservancy and its mission to develop public access to Detroit's international riverfront from the MacArthur Bridge on the east to the Ambassador Bridge on the west. As the permanent stewards of this public space the Conservancy is responsible for the construction as well as the year-round operations, maintenance, security and programming of the riverfront and the Dequindre Cut - two of District 5 jewels.

As a Board Member, Councilwoman Sheffield urges all to come out and join Rivière28 at its special events to support the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy! The next two events include: Sunday Funday on July 19th and "Soiree on the Greenway" on August 20th. For more information on Rivière28 signature and partner events, please contact Kate Andrecovich at katherine.andrecovich@detroitriverfront.org. 
Opportunities Abound Downtown!

Detroit's urban core is bursting with new businesses providing a plethora of opportunities for professionals to work downtown. Work in a fast-paced environment that inspires productivity and growth! Don't take our word for it, read on to see both the opportunities and what others around the world are saying. There's an opportunity waiting just for you!