Thursday, May 14, 2015

Social Movements Gathering: Welcome to Detroit!

Social Movements Gathering: Welcome to Detroit!

We're excited to share this Invitation with you to join the upcoming International Social Movements Gathering on Water and Affordable Housing in Detroit, MI from May 29-31, 2015. This regional, national and international gathering will bring together social movement organizations and justice groups working in defense of water and housing affordability and access.

On the website, you'll find links for Registration and Lodging that we've arranged. As more information becomes available, including a Schedule, we will post it here.

Please make arrangements to join the Detroit conveners and many other groups expected to attend!

Social Movements Gathering: Schedule

Social Movements Gathering: Schedule: The following is the schedule of events for the International Social Movement Gathering on Water and Affordable Housing being held May 29-31 in Detroit.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Friday, June 27, 2014

Water Shutoffs declared violation of human rights by United Nations

Freedom Fridays first targeted the Detroit Water Board's actions as directed by the Emergency Manager's staff in early June.

Looking at how delinquencies are being handled is why the United Nations has warned Detroit about possible human rights violations.

Who is Responsible for Shutoff Activities

Gary Brown, Detroit's appointed Chief Operating Officer, is the most known executive behind the water shutoffs, and is known for shutting off electric in 90 degree Sept 12, 2013 in downtown - paralyzing the city and causing health problems as a result. [1][2]
"We had to send them a strong message by turning the power off", says Gary Brown.
Brown, former City Council pro tem was selected by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's leadership and moved to Assistant Emergency Manager at the end of 2012 with the COO title and salary moving from roughly $80,000 to $225,000. There are questions as to how legal this move was from one position to another, as detailed in the Michigan Citizen. [3] The end of 2012 saw a lot of upheaval in Detroit City Council. Charles Pugh fled office after the EM denied leave request, and Kwame Kenyatta was in hospital fighting for his life resigning from office in June. City Council was extremely weakened (6 of 9 remaining), and Saunteel Jenkins became acting City Council president [4] for the remainder of the year until election was held.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Hey Detroit - Running Water is a Human Right!

Get out and participate in FREEDOM FRIDAYS. The past few weeks we've been outside the Detroit Water Board Building raising awareness about the shutoff of 1500-3000 residents each week. The Emergency Manager's team is aiming for 120,000 residents this year. Meanwhile corporate water bills well in excess of $500,000 remain unpaid.

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians came to Detroit to listen to concerns and hold a discussion about water rights.
Links: Maude Barlow's blog post | video at WSU | audio at WSU