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Water war heats up

For two hours July 10, approximately 50 protestors blocked Homrich employees from shutting off water to Detroit residences. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department recently contracted the Carelton, Mich.-based Homrich to execute the shutoffs at a price of $5.6 million. The protestors, individuals and those representing various activist groups — among them the Detroit People’s Water Board, the Detroit Wate ...

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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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Charity Mahouna Hicks joins the ancestors

Justice warrior Charity Mahouna Hicks joined the ancestors, July 8, 2014. Hicks was hit by a vehicle in New York City, May 31 which left her in a coma. Hicks is a well known and regarded community activist who was also policy director for the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC). Hicks was raised on Detroit’s lower eastside near the Detroit River which contributed to her love for the environme ...

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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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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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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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Water choices

The pursuit of profits is endangering the health and wellbeing of everyone in Detroit. What Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Jones Day and the corporate powers they serve termed a business necessity is being revealed to the world as a violation of the most basic human right to water. This crisis was orchestrated to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more attractive to buyers. Claiming they are not “ ...

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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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