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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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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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Supreme Court: Public union can’t make nonmembers pay fees

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions June30, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union’s costs of collective bargaining.  In a 5-4 split along ideological lines, the justices said the practice violates the First Amendment rights of nonmembers who disagree with the positions that unions take. The ruling ...

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