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‘Water for Gaza and Detroit!’

By August 13, 2014

In an effort to calm the storms related to the massive water shutoffs in Detroit, corporate Mayor Mike Duggan issued a so-called “10-point plan” at a press conference on Aug. 7. Included in Duggan’s plan were steps to give residents a (mere) one-week notice before shutoff; to reduce the down payment required on arrearages from […]


Struggle wins temporary water shutoff moratorium

By August 7, 2014
Detroit’s Freedom Friday fights for water.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

New developments took place at the end of July around the struggle for water in Detroit. A class-action lawsuit was filed on July 21 in federal bankruptcy court involving victims of the mass water shutoffs and four community organizations: Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, People’s Water Board and the Michigan chapter of the […]


Detroit rallies for Rasmea Odeh, Palestine

Palestine solidarity demonstration in West Bloomfield faces off Zionists.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

Two public actions in solidarity with Palestinians were held on July 31 in the Detroit metropolitan area. A hearing in federal court for Rasmea Odeh, a 67-year-old Palestinian-American woman who lives in Chicago, was held in downtown Detroit. Odeh is facing criminal charges for alleged immigration fraud. This community activist, who has been living in […]


Detroit water shutoffs prompt Canadian solidarity

By August 1, 2014
Thousands demand water in Detroit, July 18.WW photo: Kris Hamel

Efforts by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to carry out the program of restructuring in favor of the banks and corporations during the city’s bankruptcy proceedings have drawn growing opposition from inside Detroit and beyond. On July 24, a delegation from Windsor, Ontario, representing the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, arrived […]


NUMSA agrees to end strike in South Africa

By July 31, 2014

A strike by 220,000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa, the largest labor organization in the country, ended with a three-year agreement for a wage increase. The strike shut down production at General Motors facilities and other industrial locations beginning on July 1. NUMSA Secretary General Irvin Jim said that the […]


Detroit: Thirsty for justice

By July 22, 2014

July 21 — The Detroit Water & Sewerage Department announced at a federal bankruptcy court hearing before Judge Steven Rhodes today that there would be a 15-day suspension of water shutoffs while policies were enacted to address the current crisis in the city. Additional measures are purportedly being designed to address the massive termination of […]


South Africans denounce Israel’s siege of Gaza

By July 15, 2014
Pretoria, South Africa

July 14 — There is worldwide opposition to Israeli Defense Force attacks against the Palestinians in Gaza and other regions in the occupied state. “Operation Protective Edge,” an aerial and ground incursion, has killed nearly 200 Palestinians and injured hundreds more. Gaza’s Deputy Health Minister Dr. Yousef Abu Reesh reported at a July 14 press conference […]


Detroit protesters arrested for blocking water-shutoff trucks

By July 11, 2014
Protesters block streets in front of Homrich, July 10.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

July 10 — Detroit activists concerned about the massive water shutoffs across this economically devastated city blocked entrances to the yard of Homrich Co., a firm given a nearly $6 million contract to terminate water services for hundreds of thousands of people. The company was hired by emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by […]


Fighting the austerity program behind Detroit water shutoffs

By July 8, 2014

Massive water shutoffs have drawn attention to the humanitarian crisis in the city of Detroit. Even though the United Nations commission dealing with water resources and access to potable water has condemned the conditions prevailing in the majority African-American municipality, the main response to the documentation of gross human rights violations has been a public relations […]


Benton Harbor activist appeals for support in fight against frame-up

By June 30, 2014

The Rev. Edward Pinkney of the Benton Harbor/Berrien County Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO) spoke in Detroit at the invitation of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice at their weekly Monday night meeting on June 23. Moratorium NOW! Coalition and MECAWI members have been heavily involved in […]