Cool Aid: A Benefit Concert for Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs! No more evictions!
This Thursday, February 19th at 8:00 p.m. at legendary local jazz club Bert's Marketplace on 2727 Russell Street in Detroit, join us for a fun and important benefit concert featuring excellent music for a great cause! This concert will help raise funds needed by famed sax man Kenny Brinkley and his longtime partner, artist and educator Sandi Combs, in their fight to keep their longtime Detroit home.
Kenny Brinkley played saxophone for Motown's traveling band in the 1960s and in the decades since has performed at clubs around Detroit with artists such as Little Willie John, Joe Weaver, Alberta Adams and Don Davis. Once they learned that Kenny faces losing his family home, the local musical community has come out in a strong show of support. This concert will feature performances by Kenny Parker and his Band, RJ Spangler's KC6 Band with special guest Camille Price, Jarrod Champion, Dan Devins, and members of the Back Door Blues band.
Even if you can't make it to the show, you can help by making a tax-deductible donation. Just write a check to United Community Housing Coalition, write "Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs" in the memo line, then mail it to Detroit Eviction Defense, P.O. Box 24999 Detroit, MI 48224.
Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs are facing eviction from their Detroit home. An order authorizing their eviction could be signed any day now. The home that Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs live in has been in Kenny’s family since 1951. Kenny is a former Motown musician and Sandi is an artist and educator.
After Kenny’s health deteriorated and Sandi lost her full-time job, the couple lost their home in a 2010 tax foreclosure auction to a company called Detroit Property Exchange. The company had them pay rent every month, telling them that the money would go towards them purchasing their home. Just when Detroit Property Exchange had led Mr. Brinkey and Ms. Combs to believe that their home was almost paid off, they discovered that the company had in fact not paid any property taxes on the home. Their home was sold at tax foreclosure auction to a California company called Sussex Immobilier, LLC.
Sussex refused to accept any rent or to entertain any offer from Mr. Brinkley and Ms. Combs to purchase their home, and instead hired a property management company from Grosse Pointe Farms called Blackbird Asset Management to evict them. Mr. Brinkley and Ms. Combs are willing to pay a reasonable monthly rent and/or make a reasonable offer to purchase their home, but Sussex and Blackbird seem more interested in kicking them out.
Their story was recently covered by Fox 2 News. Click here to see the story: http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/28039438/former-motown-musician-82-has-house-auctioned-off-without-him-knowing
Sandi and Kenny are resisting their eviction with the help of Detroit Eviction Defense. But in the meantime, they need help raising the money to make an offer to buy their home back. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation. Just write a check to United Community Housing Coalition, write "Kenny Brinkley and Sandi Combs" in the memo line, then mail it to Detroit Eviction Defense, P.O. Box 24999 Detroit, MI 48224.
We will not accept this. We must not stand idly by while Detroiters are thrown out on the street and our neighborhoods are taken over by greedy property speculators and vulture capitalists. Kenny and Sandi are just two of the thousands of victims of Detroit's unjust and inhumane tax foreclosure crisis.
You can help by calling these numbers: Eric Novak from Blackbird Asset Management at 313-588-0377. Sussex Immoblier LLC at 732-213-8040. John Hagling of Sussex LLC at 818-913-4481.
When you call, say: “I am calling to demand that you work with Kenny Brinkley and Sandy Combs and allow them to stay in their family home at 678 Taylor Street in Detroit, Michigan. They are willing to pay a reasonable amount to purchase their home back. I will stand with Detroit Eviction Defense and we will do everything possible to keep them in their home. We have no intention of seeing this couple out in the street.”
Detroit Eviction Defense is a coalition of homeowners, tenants, union members, faith-based activists, community advocates, and allied groups united in the struggle against foreclosure and eviction. We believe that affordable housing is a human right, the foundation of a viable community. It’s never too late to organize in defense of your home and your neighborhood, but no one should fight this fight alone.