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‘Water is not a right,’ says Detroit bankruptcy judge

By September 30, 2014

Detroit, Sept. 29 — U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes ruled today to deny a moratorium on mass water shutoffs and dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought against the emergency-manager-run city of Detroit and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. An entirely pro-bono team, led by prominent civil rights attorney Alice Jennings, had sought a temporary […]


United Nations water rapporteurs to visit Detroit


United Nations special rapporteurs from Geneva “are coming [to Detroit] to conduct a ‘fact-finding’ mission relative to these mass water shutoffs,” announced Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization leader, in an email to activists on Sept. 24. The three-day mission, beginning Oct. 18, will include a bus ride to neighborhoods to hold discussions with residents […]


Banks cause Detroit water crisis

By September 18, 2014

The city of Detroit, under a right-wing, state-appointed “emergency manager” who has plunged the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in United States history, has been on a vicious campaign since March to turn off the water of residential customers whom the city claims owe more than $150 on their water bills. These mass shutoffs […]


Ferguson, Mo., and Detroit: What do they have in common?

By September 11, 2014

The foreclosure crisis has had a negative impact on the people of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., the epicenter of a rebellion for justice springing from the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, at the hands of cop Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Though small in size — approximately 21,000 residents — compared […]


Detroit WWP hosts Marxist conference

By August 28, 2014

“Marxism: The Science Behind the Struggle” was the theme of a two-day educational conference Aug. 23-24 hosted by Detroit Workers World Party and FIST — Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, a revolutionary youth group. In addition to Detroit and metropolitan Detroit, participants came from the Chicago area, Wisconsin, Ohio and Virginia. Attendees were a multinational group […]


U.S. protests: ‘We are ALL Michael Brown!’

By August 20, 2014
U.S. protests: ‘We are ALL Michael Brown!’

Vigils and demonstrations involving thousands took place the evening of Thursday, Aug. 14, in at least 90 cities across the United States to protest the police killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Mo. Organized quickly on social media, the somber and angry gatherings included a moment of silence for Brown at 7:20 p.m. Eastern […]


‘Make the banks pay, not retirees!’

By June 20, 2014
Detroiters protest inside Bank of America, June 13.WW photo: Kris Hamel

After picketing the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department building on June 13 to demand the end of water shutoffs to thousands of Detroit households behind in their bills, “Detroit Freedom Friday 6” participants boldly marched through downtown to Bank of America. Chanting, “Make the banks pay, not the retirees!” the protesters entered the historic Guardian […]


Struggle cancels anti-woman conference in Detroit

By June 17, 2014
Protesters target Doubletree, June 7.WW photo: Kris Hamel

On June 11, just five days after it was targeted by hundreds of protesters and thousands of petitions, Doubletree Hotel in Detroit confirmed it had canceled reservations for a conference organized by a group called “A Voice for Men,” which was scheduled to hold its first national conference there June 26-28. The group then announced […]


Detroiters say, ‘End water shutoffs!’

By June 13, 2014
Protest at Detroit Water & Sewerage headquarters, June 6, 2014.WW photo: Kris Hamel

Detroit Freedom Friday 5 gathered in front of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department building on June 6. Activists opposing rule by the banks and their Emergency Manager, plus city retirees facing steep cuts to their pensions, environmental advocates and other concerned people, demanded an immediate end to mass water shutoffs that started in May. […]


Protest exposes anti-woman group

By June 10, 2014
WW photo: Kris Hamel

Efforts are underway to stop the anti-woman group “A Voice for Men” from holding its first international conference in Detroit the last weekend in June. This “Men’s Rights Advocates” group, based in Houston, promotes male supremacy, sexism and sexual violence against women. It was designated a hate group in 2012 by the Southern Poverty Law […]