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Detroit pastors demand stop to water shutoffs

A group of Detroit pastors held a press conference July 3 calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to put a stop to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s aggressive water shutoffs in Detroit. “We have three demands,” Pastor Maurice Rudds told the Michigan Citizen. “One, create an effective affordability plan (for low-income residents); two, place a moratorium on the water shut offs; and three, restore service to those residents ...

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WATER: City officials quiet on shut-offs; DWSD dysfunction victimizes many

Although Gov. Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr promised citizens that emergency management would mean improved city services, their program of water shut offs has left thousands of residents without the most essential service: water. Citizens who lined up outside the west side DWSD payment center, July 8, told stories revealing DWSD’s dysfunction more than the customers’ delinquency. DWSD reports ...

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Detroit Raw

We shake our heads and get on with our Detroit-area day as news that a 2-year-old Black child was targeted and shot in the head and killed, so that her father might suffer. Two more Black children are missing after their mother was found murdered. In Chicago, 14 are killed, more than 80 wounded in a bloody Windy City July 4 weekend. If we have become immune to the madness that is life in Black America, we h ...

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“Shame on you”: Maureen Taylor rips WDIV reporter

The United Nations, international and national media is covering the water shut-off crisis in Detroit but local media, including WDIV’s Hank Winchester, doesn’t seem to understand the scope of the problem, according to Maureen Taylor of Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. In an MSNBC appearance, Winchester suggested Detroiters would rather pay for cable than water. “Let’s have some truth and a fair exchan ...

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WATCH: Congressman John Conyers addresses Detroit water shutoffs

At a news conference held in the headquarters of water activist organization, The Detroit Water Brigade, U.S. Congressman John Conyers said that water was a human right and the recent rash of shutoffs has led to an "emergency." He pledged to make ending the shutoffs a top priority. ...

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Local favorites, international stars give Concert of Colors its brilliance

Lola Valley, Detroit’s femme fatale rock/funk super group, is returning to this year’s Concert of Colors, scheduled July 10-13 at various venues in Midtown Detroit. The group has been a crowd favorite in the city for the past decade. “Lola Valley has created a space that is bigger than itself,” says Emily Rogers, who plays bass with the band and was one of the group’s founders. “It’s a space for the awkward ...

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Graffiti muralist Sintex premieres new work

Art by Detroit’s Sintex can be seen throughout the city, from the vivid portraits of indigenous men and women covering building sides to the fierce strength of Black children warriors fearless among the ruins of their city. Sintex’s spray-painted murals have inspired countless young artists and have brought an urgency of passion to the city’s street art, influencing a new Motor City culture brick by brick. ...

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WATCH: Detroit Water Shutoffs documentary

“Located in the Great Lakes Basin, (Detroit is) a major city with whole segments of the community with zero access to fresh water,” says one activist who appears in Katy Levy’s efforts to document Detroit’s water crisis Levy talks with a Detroit Water Sewage Department worker, among others, who describes the water shut offs, nearly 700 a day, as “heartbreaking.” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is executing unpr ...

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Benson, city plan rec center giveaway

“Doing the most good,” is the motto of the Salvation Army. Residents of northeast Detroit think the Salvation Army doesn’t mind its words. Fifteen-acre Lipke Park and the 10-year old Lipke Recreation Center, 1932 Van Dyke between Bliss and Suzanne, are in City Councilperson Scott Benson’s third district. While the future of the park and facility were being decided by the council July 1 — before angry and an ...

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GOOOOAAAALLLL: Soccer scores with Motor City fans

International soccer fans have fixed their attention on Brazil where the 2014 FIFA World Cup is well underway. But fans don’t need to buy a plane ticket to see professionals in action; The Detroit City Football Club brings the beautiful game to the heart of the Motor City. The DCFC Le Rouge is in the Great Lakes West Conference of the National Premiere Soccer League, an association of over 80 minor league t ...

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