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Shut off pause

On July 21, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced a moratorium on water shut offs for 15 days. This announcement came after widespread outrage over their policy of aggressively shutting off the water to people who cannot afford to pay their bills. Mounting local, national and international criticism of the DWSD finally broke through the walls of the bankruptcy court room last week, causing Jud ...

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Water: Reprieve, but no resolution

After at least 17 people were arrested in two separate protests where activists attempted to block crews from going out into Detroit neighborhoods to shut off water to homes… After more than 1,000 people marched down Woodward Avenue chanting “Water is a human right. Fight, fight, fight!”… After the United Nations condemned the city for cutting off water to more than 17,000 homes since March… After the Ameri ...

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Detroit water department places 15-day moratorium on shutoffs

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced July 21 it will suspend its controversial water shutoffs for 15 days. The shutoffs, called a violation of human rights by the U.N., have gained national and international attention. The announcement came following Federal Judge Steven Rhodes’ order for the department and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to come up with a solution to what he called an embarrassm ...

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Distorted reality

One year ago Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy. It has been a brutal year for the people of Detroit. Step by step we have seen long cherished rights and values trampled on in the name of financial necessity. Public lands have been given away. Generous tax breaks have been handed to developers, while elders have seen their pensions taxed and slashed. People have been threatened. Many have lost ...

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Groups announce plan to boost spending among Blacks

The U.S. Black Chambers and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers are formally partnering to make sure a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remain in Black hands. The partnership was launched last week at the start of USBC’s professional development conference, held at the Marriott Marquis in the District of Colu ...

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‘Water isn’t free’

Despite errors, contradictions, DWSD continues water shutoffs While the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has pursued an increasingly aggressive payment collection/water shutoff campaign over the past few months, media reports have alleged Detroit residents weren’t the only ones behind on their bills. Billionaire stadium owner Mike Ilitch’s company Olympia Development was reportedly also delinquent. Las ...

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Bankruptcy judge wants solutions to water crisis

Tuesday, July 15, Judge Steven Rhodes heard two versions of how delinquent water bills are treated. After spending the morning listening to 17 citizens object to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment, with some of the complaints and statements telling of the harm being done by the harsh Detroit Water and Sewerage Department cut offs, Rhodes ordered the DWSD to appear that afternoon and provide an ...

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Bankruptcy judge wants solutions to Detroit water crisis

After spending the morning listening to 17 citizens object to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment, with some of the complaints and statements telling of the harm being done by the harsh Detroit Water and Sewerage Department cut offs, Rhodes ordered the DWSD to appear that afternoon and provide an explanation for the massive water shutoffs underway in the city since March. ...

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