Good Friday Court Date for Nonviolent Water Justice Defendants
Last night’s State of the State Protest:
https://youtu.be/ejujdMGBlZA – Approaching the Capital – East Entrance
https://youtu.be/WaS_QPq-naY – West Entrance
https://youtu.be/vSEC1ld1Wv0 – North Entrance
https://youtu.be/l5wZnOIn1OE – #FlintLivesMatter
https://youtu.be/cX1eY-PP4po – #SnyderMustGoToJail
Democracy Now (clip) http://www.democracynow.org/
https://youtu.be/rpa5iFqPTYE – Thank you Kate Levy!
July 7th, 2015
Council Member George Cushingberry, Jr has entered a motion to reconsider the Water Rate increase that Council voted down 6-2 last week. This motion will be voted on at THIS MORNING’S 10am Council Meeting.
Immediate Action: Please take a moment to call your District Council Member, and at large Council President Jones and Council Member Ayers. Contact info below. Please attend the meeting on the 13th floor of CAYMC if possible.
2015 DETROIT CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFO
Please NOTE that Mayor Duggan will host the District 4 Community Meeting on July 9th at 7PM. The meeting will take place at the Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236
July 2, 2015
On Tuesday, June Governor Snyder did in fact sign HB 4052.
Detroit Peoples Platform will continue to raise the issue of the value of the CBA ordinance in advancing both racial and economic justice here in Detroit, particularly as it relates to investment of public dollars in private development. We believe that we must centralize the issue of race and advance more coherent policy recommendations that address racial equity across all aspects of our lives as residents in this community. We believe that the CBA ordinance is one such policy.
Please NOTE that Mayor Duggan’s District 4 Community Meeting has been RESCHEDULED – The meeting will take place on July 9th at 7PM. The meeting will take place at the Salem Memorial Lutheran Church, 21230 Moross Road, Detroit, MI 48236
Detroit to Flint, Water Justice Journey July 3- 10, 2015
Join us as we walk from Detroit to Flint demanding clean, affordable water for all.
Friday July 3
8:00am: WATER CEREMONY @ Memorial to the Underground Railroad, Hart Plaza, Detroit
9:30am: MEET-UP @ Central United Methodist Church, 23 E. Adams Ave, Detroit
10:00am: SEND-OFF RALLY @ Spirit of Detroit, Corner of Woodward & Jefferson, Detroit
11:00am: JOURNEY BEGINS!
2:30pm: CULTURAL CELEBRATION @ Nandi’s Knowledge Café, 12511 Woodward Ave, Highland Park
4:00pm: TOWN HALL & RALLY TO KEEP OUR WATER PUBLIC @ St. Luke’s AME, 363 Labelle St, Highland Park
9:00pm: DETROIT LIGHT BRIGADE @ Corner of 9 Mile & Woodward, Ferndale
Sunday July 5
7:00pm: CROSS-COUNTY SPEAK-OUT! @ Baldwin Center,
212 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac
Friday July 10
10:00am: RALLY FOR CLEAN & AFFORDABLE WATER @ City Hall, 1101 South Saginaw St, Flint
11:00am: DELEGATION TO LANSING post-rally, details TBA
People’s Water Board Coalition*
Highland Park Human Rights Coalition**
Flint Coalition for Clean Water***
*Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
For daily walk times and updates, go to
www.peopleswaterboard.org or call (313) 579-9071
Just Announced! International Dialog on Housing and Water. We the People of Detroit and Detroit People’s Platform are honored to receive Ambassador Carlos Ron from the Venezuelan Embassy on behalf of the People of Detroit. Please come and be a part of a discussion of the best practices regarding Detroit’s housing and water issues and those of our friends and neighbors in Venezuela.
Reception at 5PM, discussion 6pm.
Tonight! Monday June 29, 2015 at
St. Peters Episcopal Church
1950 Trumbull at Michigan Ave.
Also TONIGHT, the Detroit City Council Planning and Economic Development Committee will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed Riverside Park Land Exchange Agreement. This deal will have a significant impact on our community, District 6 and our city.
TONIGHT! Monday, June 29, 6 p.m.
Western International High School
1500 Scotten Ave.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayor’s office says UN is wrong, ‘everybody’s gotta pay’
By Curt Guyette
Special to the Michigan Citizen
During the three days she spent in Detroit investigating the water shutoff crisis, there were a number of times when Catarina de Albuquerque’s jaw literally dropped.
A United Nations human rights expert on issues involving water and sanitation, Albuquerque would sit, mouth agape, astonished by what she was hearing from residents and their advocates.
“I heard testimonies from poor, African American residents of Detroit who were forced to make impossible choices — to pay the water bills or to pay their rent,” Albuquerque said Oct. 20 during a press conference to announce what she and fellow U.N. Special Rapporteur Leilani Farha had learned while in Detroit.
“A woman whose water had been cut off explained that her teenage daughters had to wash themselves with a bottle of water during menstruation, and had to refrain from flushing the toilet to save water,” Albuquerque said.
From the woman who said she stopped cooking rice because of the amount of water it takes, to the parents who expressed fear the state would take custody of their children if it was discovered they lived in a home with no running water, Albuquerque and Farha heard testimony and, during a tour, saw firsthand the effects water shutoffs are having on Detroit’s poorest residents and their neighborhoods.
But what struck her most, Albuquerque said, is the sheer scope of the problem. Through September, according to the Detroit’s Department of Water and Sewerage, service has been cut to more than 27,000 households so far this year. Of that number, about 12,000 remain without water. READ MORE AT THE MICHIGAN CITIZEN
Detroit People’s Platform Action Alert – WATER
In response to the crisis of mass water shutoffs in the city of Detroit, the People’s Platform took the following actions:
People’s Platform sent a letter to the Detroit City Health Officer demanding a moratorium on the water shutoffs and an assessment on how shutoffs are impacting the physical and mental health of Detroiters living without water. There has been no response.
Secondly, People’s Platform filed a petition with the city clerk calling for City Council to convene a public hearing on the water shut offs. City Council has not responded.
The People’s Platform is issuing the following call to action:
Members and supporters of the Detroit People’s Platform are encouraged to attend the City Council Health and Welfare Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 29th at 10 am at the Coleman A Young Municipal Center and support the work of the broad-based coalitions.
Prepare public comments for the meeting that call for accountability on the part of our elected and appointed officials for the health and welfare of Detroiters by demanding that council support the following:
• Call for immediate restoration of water to the thousands of Detroiters who are without water service
• Beyond the 15 day moratorium call for the end to water shut offs for all Detroit residents
• Call for the Public Health Officer to assess the impact of mass shut offs on the health and mental health status of those impacted by the shut offs
• Support the water affordability plan
• Stop the privatization of Detroit Water and Sewage Department
Please plan to arrive early so that you can get on line and have your say. Let them know you are with the People’s Platform. We need as many Platform members and allies there as possible to stand with our coalition partners and fellow residents.
We hope to see you there!
For more information on the water crisis:
Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition