Transparency & Accountability


The first step to active civic participation is to know your government. We have compiled a variety of resources to help you identify and contact the elected officials that serve your area.

In the words of Detroit’s own Judge Damon Keith: “Democracies die behind closed doors.” When government and decision-making take place under cover of political shadows, the people cannot be truly confident in the democratic process. MOSES provides ordinary residents with the tools they need to demand transparency and accountability from their elected officials. Our trainings help residents determine their collective priorities, communicate with decision-makers, and take appropriate action to make sure their voices are heard.

20170228_100510.jpgWater Equity: The newly imposed drainage fee charges non-residential property owners $750 per impervious acre of the property. This is not a sewerage fee for treating sewage, but nominally a fee to pay for the cost of draining rainfall from a property. This fee is part of the ongoing fallout of Detroit's bankruptcy. 400 churches in Detroit are at risk of closure because of this recently imposed fee. We are building a movement with clergy, congregations, and community to increase water equity throughout Michigan. Join us!

MOSES believes that Detroit residents have the right to understand the municipal bankruptcy proceedings that have affected them, as well as the root causes that led to the bankruptcy in the first place. Together with likeminded partners, MOSES is hosting public education events around the causes and consequences of the bankruptcy, focused on the history of predatory banks and lending policies that targeted families of color in Detroit and many other cities.

  • Budgeting priorities: MOSES works with residents to determine their priorities for how their tax dollars are spent. Once these priorities are established, MOSES supports communities in communicating them to their elected officials. With support from MOSES, communities work to ensure that local and state-level elected officials create budgets that reflect the needs of their constituents, with focus on transit funding, public education and vital social programs.