Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Dr. Cornel West, and the Rev. Dr. William Barber II will be featured in a #BlackHomesMatter movement, which seeks to end racially motivated property tax administration in America, which has increased the racial wealth gap for generations. The virtual event will ask Governor Gretchen Whitmer to investigate and end Detroit’s illegally inflated property taxes and provide options for homeowners who were wronged to get justice and compensation, according to a press release. The event will end with a performance from hometown gospel artists, The Clark Sisters.
According to the Michigan Constitution, no property should be assessed at more than 50% of its market value. Regardless of this constitutional limitation, the city of Detroit has continued to inflated property tax assessments, according to the release. Detroit has the highest number of property tax foreclosures in any city since the Great Depression, with one in three Detroit homes completing the tax foreclosure process since 2009.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at 6 p.m. ET, Register here for the live stream event
Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Representative
Dr. Cornel West, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Department of African and African American Studies
Rev. Dr. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
The Clark Sisters
#BlackHomesMatter – A virtual event calling on Whitmer to investigate and end Detroit’s illegally inflated property taxes