Oct 182014
 

Monday, Oct. 20 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

5920 Second Avenue at Antoinette, Near WSU in Midtown

Contact: 248-383-3595 or 313-671-3715

Rev. Edward Pinkney, the veteran community activist from Benton Harbor has been bound over for trial on false charges in St. Joseph, the seat of Berrien County. Rev. Pinkney is facing prosecution on five counts of election fraud, which are felonies, as well as six misdemeanor charges. If found guilty he could be sentenced to up to twenty-five years in prison.

He was under house arrest during his initial hearing, but now he is out on bond.

Also Rev. Pinkney desperately needs funds for his defense. Funds are also needed to transport supporters from Detroit to his upcoming trial on Mon. Oct. 27.

The fight continues: Rev. Pinkney is just one man who like many others will not fall under pressure, it will only make them stronger.

The battle in Berrien County continues against the corrupt politicians, local government and Whirpool Corporation, who have staged a complete takeover of Benton Harbor.

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Oct 142014
 

A Special Visit to Detroit by the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

DETROIT FACT-FINDING PUBLIC TOWN HALL MEETING

Sunday, October 19, 2014

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

Wayne County Community College District
Downtown Campus in the Atrium
1001 W. Fort St, Detroit MI 48226

Special guests:

Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
CATARINA DE ALBUQUERQUE

Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing
LEILANI FARHA

International and locally known panelists will hear testimony from Michigan residents about water, sanitation and housing issues offered by victims of this crisis.

Help will be offered to all audience guests.

Partial list of co-sponsors: Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Detroit People’s Water Board Coalition; AFSCME Local 207; Assembly to End Poverty; Critical Moment; Democracy Defense League-Flint, MI; Detroit Active Retired Employee Association; Detroit Green Party; Detroit School Board in Exile; Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management; Food and Water Watch; Free Detroit-No Consent; Go Detroit; Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit; Green Party of Michigan; Highland Park Human Rights Coalition; Housing Is a Human Right Coalition-Detroit; James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership; Keep the Vote No Takeover; Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; Michigan Legal Services; Moratorium Now!; NAACP Legal Defense Fund; National Boricua Human Rights Network; Detroit Chapter; National Lawyers Guild-Detroit MI Chapter; National Nurses United; Peoples Platform; Poverty Roundtable-Flint, MI; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church-Detroit; Sierra Club; The Raiz Up; Trenton Manor Tenants Association; U.S.-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants; Voices of Indigenous Peoples; Wayne County Community College District; We the People of Detroit; Women’s Economic Agenda Project.

For more information, contact MWRO at (313) 964-0618 or info@mwro.org

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Sep 292014
 

No Veolia

September 18, 2014

Mayor Duggan announced on Sept. 9 a proposal to create the Great Lakes Water Authority which will hand control of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the suburbs and ultimately pave the way for its privatization. The creation of the GLWA without voter approval violates the Charter of the City of Detroit and Michigan State Constitution. This is why Governor Synder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are using Detroit’s bankruptcy to steal DWSD from the people of Detroit.  Veolia Water has been hired undertake a “peer review” of the Detroit’s water system, looking for ways to lay off workers and cut labor costs, while neglecting to review the legality of the $537 million in infrastructure improvement funds transferred to Wall Street to settle dirty swaps deals.

Who is Veolia Water?

Veolia Water is the largest private operator of municipal water and sewer systems in the U.S.  Veolia Water is a subsidiary of the Paris, France, based Veolia.  Veolia also has its tentacles in environmental services, transportation, and energy. Once part of the massive and financially troubled Vivendi Universal empire, the company name was changed to Veolia, in 2002, in hopes of escaping a disreputable past.  Veolia also has established numerous small companies under different names in different countries. Veolia Transportation once operated paratransit services for the City of Detroit

In 2002, a Veolia CEO was convicted and fined millions of dollars for fraud by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Corruption, bribery and embezzlement are still part of Veolia’s sleazy corporate culture. Veolia recently disclosed accounting fraud amounting to $120 million in the U.S. from 2007 to 2010.

Veolia has contempt for workers and their unions

Veolia has a history of treating workers badly, often leading to strikes. Veolia likes to impose lower wages and reduce retirement, health care and other benefits; break contracts; enforce lower work standards detrimental to workers and the community; and reduce the workplace environment to levels below safety standards.

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 September 29, 2014  Posted by at 9:22 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Sep 282014
 

Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac head Mel Watt is coming to Detroit!

Thursday, Oct. 2,
Please gather at 10:15 a.m.

at the Cass Ave. entrance, Detroit Public Library
Main Branch,
just north of Warren Ave. Detroit

Talk starts at 11 a.m.

Please allow plenty of time to find parking.

Called by Detroit Eviction Defense

Two young people with signs saying, No foreclosures, No evictions!Program needs big changes to offer real relief

A chance to tell Director Mel Watt how its foreclosures have devastated our neighborhoods

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 September 28, 2014  Posted by at 10:03 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Sep 282014
 

Detroit Water Shutoffs from Kate Levy on Vimeo.

This summer, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced that it would increase its shut-off campaign to 3000 shutoffs per week.

 September 28, 2014  Posted by at 8:08 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 302014
 

Sept. 2, 8:30am: Detroit bankruptcy trial begins – take the streets at the Federal Courthouse!

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Aug 272014
 

Click here to download press release: Media Release – Press Conf & Bankruptcy Ct & water – 8.27

Please note: Freedom Fridays have been suspended because of the bankruptcy trial

Press conference and Rally to demand continued Moratorium on water shutoffs

Thursday, Aug. 28, 11 am (gather at 10:45am)

Spirit of Detroit, CAYMC, Jefferson and Woodward, Detroit

Legal action filed to block water shutoffs and restore water service

Petition  Containing  Over  90,000  Signatures  to  be  Delivered  to  the  Mayor  and the Governor, via Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr

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Aug 262014
 

Because the bankruptcy trial on the Plan of Adjustment begins on September 2, the Freedom Fridays have been suspended.

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Aug 172014
 

Detroit Freedom Friday 15

August 22, 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

4:45 pm arrive at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to join religious leaders in a protest
against the water shutoffs and the attacks on City of Detroit workers’ pensions

Cancel Detroits Debt to the Banks

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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

Facebook-Event

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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 »