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Charity Mahouna Hicks joins the ancestors

Charity Mahouna Hicks

Charity Mahouna Hicks

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 environment.

She most recently fought to end the water shutoffs in Detroit and was jailed, in April, after objecting to the shut-offs in her Osborn neighborhood. She was held in Mound Correctional facility.

In an April interview with Voice of Detroit, Hicks said this about the circumstances around her arrest: “There was a contractor on the block shutting off the whole block.  They were no-knock, no-notice shut-offs of homes including those where pregnant women and children live. After they shut mine off, I went two houses over to ask the man if he could wait until the family could gather some water together for their immediate needs. They were coming early in the morning, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and people had no time to brush their teeth or wash up. He told me he doesn’t have to give notice to the homes, and that he was just doing his job.”

She said this about her time at Mound: “The conditions are meant to shame you, demoralize you, criminalize you and break you down.”

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