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Artists and activists gather in Southwest Detroit for water shutoff awareness

Detroit’s water shutoffs brought people together July 6 to Southwest Detroit’s Clark Park as the Raiz Up hip hop collective invited activists, poets, musicians and community members to share their knowledge and experiences of this urgent issue, in addition to the art it has inspired. Residents and visitors shared the latest news and information and possible preventative actions in response to the shutoffs, ...

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Pontiac’s New Water World

If you want to see just how far-reaching the powers of an emergency manager are, and what that can mean in terms of how the issue of water is dealt with, cast your eyes toward Pontiac. The seat of government in one of America’s richest counties was placed under state control in 2009. Since then, the municipal workforce hasn’t just been slashed — it has practically been obliterated. Changes in the way water ...

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Beyond the bottom line

The decision by Kevyn Orr/ Gov. Rick Snyder to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more marketable by shutting off water to those who cannot pay raises fundamental questions. This crude, vicious and dangerous decision reveals what happens to ordinary people when unchecked authority makes choices dictated by profits. Bottom line thinking, devoid of human and civic values, puts individual lives and ...

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Detroit pastors demand stop to water shutoffs

“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 whose water has already been turned off.” Rudds is pastor of Greater Mount Tabor Church. ...

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Missing 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell found alive, well

Twelve-year-old Charlie Bothuell, who went missing June 14, was found alive in the basement of his father’s home 11 days later. Before he went missing, Bothuell was last seen at his father and stepmother’s home in the 1300 block of Nicolet Place on the city’s east side. Accordingtohis mother Africa Shipping, her son may have had a disagreement with his stepmother. In a phone interview during her son’s disap ...

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Duggan endorses Warren Evans for county’s top seat

Mayor Mike Duggan will endorse former Wayne County Sheriff and Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans’ candidacy for Wayne County Executive, he announced July 1. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy was among business, labor and religious leaders who also endorsed Evans. In an interview with the Michigan Citizen, June 5, Evans said he’s running for office because he’s “upset about the way the county has been runni ...

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Detroit: Disconnecting water from people who cannot pay is an affront to human rights, say UN experts

Three UN experts on the human rights to water and sanitation, adequate housing, and extreme poverty and human rights expressed concern June 25 about reports of widespread water disconnections in Detroit of households unable to pay water bills. “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human righ ...

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Two Detroits

River Days, along with the annual Fireworks display, are billed as family-friendly events showcasing the best of downtown Detroit. Complete with corporate sponsors and media coverage, the signature events mark the beginning of summer for Detroit. Contrasting one Detroit where leisure and fun are a premium is another where 60 percent of children live in poverty, mass water shutoffs are attracting internation ...

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