work [laughs]. So I wouldn’t say I have seen that happen. I would say that I have seen those conversations opened.
TRISTAN TAYLOR, 37
The eleven demands that we gave to the city are to defund, demilitarize the police, end Project Greenlight and facial recognition. Project Greenlight is a project of a series of cameras located throughout the city that live-feed images to the Detroit Police Department. The third demand was to drop charges and citations received by protesters. The fourth demand was for the Detroit Police Department not to carry out eviction orders. We wanted the city to drop the citations received by Detroiters during the stay-at-home order. The sixth demand was to end “consensual” sex between police officers and those under custody, because that’s actually not against the law. Seven was we want to prosecute and fire any police officer involved in police brutality. The eighth demand was to stop criminalizing homeless people. Number nine was make Detroit a sanctuary city. Number ten was to create an independent office for disabled citizens. And number eleven was to restore and maintain running water for all Detroiters.
We met with the mayor. Basically, it was a meeting to size up where each other was at, let’s just be honest. It was controversial, actually, meeting with the mayor because all of these Detroit voices were like, “Oh, we’re not included.” You know, “How does this group that just formed get to meet with the mayor, and we’re not at the table?” And so the mayor said that to us. They were like, “It seems like you guys are displacing long-term organizations in the city of Detroit.” Which was particularly ridiculous for me, because I have spent the last three years being a vocal critic of displacement in the city of Detroit, going toe-to-toe against the Duggan administration. He clearly knew who I was from those actions. But one of the things I said to him was—I was like, “This is your office, you could have invited whoever you wanted to. But that’s also why we wanted to have a meeting out in the public with the movement.” And he’s like, “Oh, well, I like to let leaders have discussions with their people and work out what issues they want to