Aug 122014
 

Detroit Freedom Friday 14

August 15, 2014

4:00 pm at the DWSD downtown office, 735 Randolph, Detroit

4:30 pm – March through the financial district to Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

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This Friday, Aug. 15, will represent the 14th week of demonstrations in downtown Detroit in opposition to emergency management and the role of the banks and corporations in the ongoing dismantling and destruction of the city. Continue reading »

Aug 112014
 

Please note that the date has been changed again to September 2

Demonstrate Outside Bankruptcy Court

Tuesday, September 2 – 8:30 am

231 W. Lafayette St., Detroit

Tell Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Judge Rhodes and all the banker / corporate looters. . .

“Hands Off Our Pensions!”

“Stop the Shutoffs – Turn the Water Back On!”

“NO to Privatization!”

“Make the Banks Pay!”

The final trial in Detroit’s bankruptcy has been postponed to September 2, 2014. After one year of threats, maneuvering and fixed voting, the court is going to make a final decision on the “plan of adjustment” that will make sure that the biggest banks get paid off. Retirees will have pensions cut 25% to 50% so that no banker goes hungry.

Water shutoffs have affected tens of thousands throughout Detroit in preparation to selling off the water department to private investors. This will end in higher water rates for everybody. Other city services and assets are deteriorating or being privatized.

Join us to make sure the voice of the people is heard!

Car pooling being organized: If you need a ride or can share a ride, please visit bit.ly/313carpool  or call 202-957-3845 and sign up by Aug. 27.

Endorsed by: Moratorium NOW Coalition, Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee, We the People of Detroit, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association, People’s Water Board

For more information, call 313-680-5508

To endorse, call 248-470-0296 or email endorsement to moratorium@moratorium-mi.org

Aug 062014
 

Detroit Freedom Friday 13

Friday August 8, 2014

4:00 pm at the DWSD downtown office, 735 Randolph, Detroit
Gather at the Bates Street entrance, around the corner

4:30 pm – March through the financial district to
the Land Bank office, JP Morgan Chase, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

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Permanent Moratorium on Water Shutoffs!

Restore Water Service Now!

Amnesty for those accused of turning on water!

Hands off the Pensions!

Make the Banks Pay!

Jul 292014
 

Detroit Freedom Friday 12

Friday August 1, 2014

4:00 pm at the DWSD downtown office, 735 Randolph, Detroit
Gather at the Bates Street entrance, around the corner

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Permanent Moratorium on Water Shutoffs!

Restore Water Service Now!

Amnesty for those accused of turning on water!

Hands off the Pensions!

Make the Banks Pay!

Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 
Baxter Jones after his arrest on July 18, protesting water shutoffs.

Baxter Jones after his arrest on July 18, protesting water shutoffs.

Baxter Jones was arrested on July 18, 2014, while protesting the large-scale, inhumane water shutoffs occurring in Detroit. Baxter and eight other people were detained for blocking the trucks owned by Homrich Demolition, the company hired by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to conduct a water shutoff Blitzkrieg against tens of thousands of families in Detroit.

Baxter, a tireless fighter for social justice, uses a wheelchair because of spinal cord and brain injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was placed in the van shown in the above picture and transported to jail.  His wheelchair was not tied down and the van did not have a seat belt for him to use! In addition, the van’s  low ceiling forced Baxter to keep his neck in a bent position, resulting in injury requiring a neck brace.

Please sign this petition for Baxter: Stop mistreatment of Baxter Jones and all people with disabilities! Stop the Detroit water shutoffs!

Jul 242014
 

The bills sent out to homeowners, particularly those with old meters, are likely to be very innaccurate.  In fact, it appears that the DWSD even manufactures water usage numbers out of thin air.  Recently, a Detroit family was in a billing dispute with DWSD over outlandish charges, and had their water shutoff.

Below are copies of two versions of a bill that she received from DWSD for the period 4/27/14 to 5/27/14.  The first bill was received in the mail.  A family member went to the payment center to pay the bill and  requested a copy of the bill. The second bill, below, is the copy received at the DWSD payment center for the same billing period.

In the first bill, the familiy is billed for 13, 464 gallons or 1800 cf of water.  In the second bill, the family is billed for 8,228 gallons or 1100 cf of water for the same billing period.

Remember, this family had their water cutoff!

Bill sent to the home.

Bill sent to the home.
4-27-2014 to 5-27-2014

Bill picked up at DWSD payment center

Bill picked up at DWSD payment center
4-27-2014 to 5-27-2014

Jul 232014
 

Detroit Freedom Friday 11

Friday July 25, 2014

4:00 pm at the DWSD downtown office, 735 Randolph, Detroit
Gather at the Bates Street entrance, around the corner

Permanent Moratorium on Water Shutoffs! Restore Water Service Now!

Hands off the Pensions!

Make the Banks Pay!

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Jul 202014
 

Jones Day and the DWSD will be back in Bankruptcy Court on Monday to attempt once again to explain to Judge Rhodes the water department’s policy to help Detroitters who are unable to pay their  water bills. The hearing starts at 10 AM.

Pack Bankruptcy Court

Monday, July 21, 9:30 AM

231 W. Lafayette, Detroit

From City of Detroit Retiree Cecily McClellan:

The issues related to DWSD and the pension are tie-barred. This is due to the 500,000 million given to the banks instead of maintenance of the water system infrastructure, which impacts the stability of DWSD.  DWSD pays over 40 % into the pension system and has been identified as the major contributor to GRS pension fund in the 4th plan of adjustment.  The stability of DWSD will affect all pensions, particularly future pensions.  As Yvonne often states current pensions are not under funded (see pensions annual report and CARF- prior to the Dictator Orr’s manipulation of numbers) funds are there for current retirees. National media will be there in numbers, they expect the actual results to the vote to be published. Don’t be surprised or discouraged an immediate appeal is anticipated. See you at federal court and pass the word.

From City of Detroit Retiree Belinda Myers-Florence:

We need to be there in numbers.in front of the media to tell about the injustices being done to us.  1. The loss of our medical insurance.   Which recently, by the way in Illinois, was upheld as a retirement benefit.  2 The loss of our cost of living for the future.  3. The 4.5% reduction in our pension checks.  4.  The claw back of hundreds of thousands of dollars with 6.75 % interest rate attached to it.  It is past time to speak up against these unconscionable acts aimed at retirees.  No lights, no water for citizens what in the heck is next? They are attempting to steamroll civil servants to agree to contracts that are not fair nor in their best interest. We have got to rise and force this train to a screeching halt.