Ok, Ima make a documentary. Ima make as big an impression as I CAN. And that’s a lot, so it should be interesting. The topic? Essentially getting decent treatment for the proletariat of the Detroit, N. Amerika area by the city officials and the system in general, and to factor back in the humanity that has been lost along the way. I can testify first hand as someone who has been inside that building a lot. There are awesome ppl that work there, but the whole the machine, system whatev you wana call it, has factored out humanity and flexibility from the equation.
And we’re bringin it back!
Point of the day. I received an application for a hardship opportunity to be exempt of 2013 property taxes (which are about 1600 or 1700 per year for this house), ppl who do not have an income, like me, are eligible for this opportunity.
I had to name drop to get my application sent out to me (THANK GOD I HAD A NAME TO DROP) because my brother at the counter was trying to brush me off while I was standing there by saying “we get thousands of applications, if you can’t get your application processed in time, just pay the taxes and we’ll refund you.”
First of all, I don’t have the money for the taxes, although i am employed in Detroit, it is a volunteer job.
And second, once I dropped the name he went over to the computer and processed my application request in about 45 seconds.
And third, I wonder about a refund. I’ll believe that when I see it. Sorry.
Now, I got that application which requires an entire dossier of info/evidence you need to collect (see pic) and it came on Friday, it’s Monday and they expect me to have all of these documents collected by today and to come down there today, Monday.
One weekend to get all that together 8 things, stuff that must be notarized all these records of utility expenses, income records, copy of the deed of the house, original signed and notarized petition. There are SOOOOO MUCH system inner workings for this finance building. We NEED help to understand it, and many of the clerks there don’t seem to want to help us understand. And ALL OF THIS INFO should be online and available in print, we should’ve have to dig for it case by case! We need the information in our hands so we can navigate this system in a decent fair manner. What kind of impression can the city make other than trying to bully it’s citizens and willfully keep the info out of our hands. I’m not blaming I’m just saying let’s adjust it and make it fair, the past is gone. Let’s make it good, smooth, and honest today.
One weekend to prepare is not decent, and that’s just a straight up fact. Two weeks is what we should be given, and a contact at the building for our assistance, and a notary service in the building. The only reason that I am stirring up media about this situation is because it radiates injustice. Believe me, this city has been beaten down, and that vibe is alive here, there is also a definite feeling of hard core survivor alive here as well. Well, honey, I am excited to contribute a positive fresh vibe. I am only interested in helping. And I know I didn’t grow up here and naturally I intend to be gentle an sensitive to ppl’s hearts who grew up here, but the opportunity is now to get up and start/keep on with building this city up again with humanity as the number one factor, ha! humanity as a number one priority what a concept(:
So far I recorded myself calling Mr. Alvin F.Horhn, Assessor, and my one true contact at the city office. A good guy. And left a VM (which I recorded, as I said for this documentary) to the point that I needed an extension on my hardship application of 2 weeks, since I am going out of town. I am sooooooo glad to be getting out of here. I need fresh air to really approach this labor of love project properly. My perspective has been sinking into the role of one of these truly hapless Detroit residents in regard to contending with the city building and all it’s “powers” but that’s why when I get back from vacation I will be ready to do it up right, in a loving and fierce spirit. To be sure.
That is alchemy tho, to take a situation that looks like a lemon from anywhere you are standing and make the proverbial lemonaide. That is alchemy heck yes ! Stay tuned.