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Detroit pastors demand stop to water shutoffs

Lila Cabbil, People's Water Board, present water shutoff information to Detroit pastors.

Lila Cabbil, People’s Water Board, present water shutoff information to Detroit pastors. ZENOBIA JEFFRIES

Clergy members call on the governor to create effective affordability plan 

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DETROIT —  A group of Detroit pastors held a press conference July 3 calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to put a stop to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s  aggressive water shutoffs in Detroit.

“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. 

The press conference was held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on the city’s east side.

Lila Cabbil, People’s Water Board, shared information on the impact of the shutoffs to the pastors following the conference. 

Pastors Maurice Rudds, Greater Mt. Tabor Church and Louis Forsythe II, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

Pastors Maurice Rudds, Greater Mt. Tabor Church and Louis Forsythe II, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

“One of the things that’s important is we want the water affordability plan implemented but community accountability so that we’re monitoring it,” Cabbil said. “Since 2006 when a plan was adopted it has not been utilized and implemented in the way that would give people the kind of affordability rate they need.”

The pastors have organized a rally that will take place at Hart Plaza July 18 at noon. Participants will march from that location to the governor’s Detroit office at 3042 W. Grand Blvd.

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