Jul 102014



Lay the blame for the manufactured crisis at the feet of those responsible: Wall Street Speculators, Gov. Rick Snyder, and Kevyn Orr

Join Registered Nurses as they declare a public health emergency and demand a moratorium on the unprecedented water shutoffs. Nurses, Detroit residents, clergy, labor, environmentalists, Netroots Nation opinion leaders, and others will march and rally to condemn this violation of human rights. Gov. Snyder is allowing the tragedy to continue with an endgame of privatizing the public water department — the latest in a string of gifts to Wall Street. The historic transfer of public wealth to private hands overseen by Snyder has cost the public jobs, pensions, vital public safety services, and our civic jewels. Now they have come for our water.

- National Nurses United, July 9, 2014

Jul 102014

Objectors to speak out July 15 amid building mass demonstration for July 18

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Global Research, July 08, 2014
Pan-African News Wire

Massive water shut-offs 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 only response to the documentation of gross human rights violations has been a public relations campaign to distribute bottled water.

In a recent press release issued by Gleaners Food Bank which distributes to needy families throughout the southeast Michigan region, the charitable agency says that

“Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (Gleaners) announced today that it is making 6,000 gallons of fresh drinking water available to Detroit residents. In addition, Gleaners has secured an additional truck load of water from Nestle Waters North America and AmeriCares to make available to Detroiters who may need it.” (July 2)

This same media advisory, which was virtually reprinted on the front page of the Detroit Free Press on July 2, said that “The drinking water will be available at designated Gleaners partner agencies located throughout the city. Residents must call 2-1-1, the United Way help line, to find a water distribution site near them.”

Although this statement by Gleaners was lengthy, there was no mention of the thousands of water shut-offs carried out under the auspices of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) but in actuality enforced by a private demolition corporation hired by the unelected emergency manager. Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager appointed by right-wing Gov. Rick Snyder, has said very little about the massive termination of water services to residents, however, his spokesperson Bill Nowling indicated in a newspaper article published by the Detroit Free Press that the shut-offs were an integral part of the re-structuring of the city. (June 26) Continue reading »

Jul 062014

Meet at NW corner of West Grand. Blvd and Woodward, Detroit.
See map.
(in front of the parking lot near the St. Regis Hotel.)

Peter Barclae, the man who owns the parking lot near the St. Regis Hotel, is the developer who deceived the families in the Gratiot McDougall development. He’s now trying to evict them.  See story to the right.

We’re coming to his business to demand he honor the contracts of Gratiot McDougall families.

download leaflet here

For more info, visit Detroit Eviction Defense or call 313-429-5009


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Jul 062014

#NN14: Turn on the Water! Tax Wall Street! March & Rally

During the Netroots Nation 2014 Conference at Cobo Hall:

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Stop the Water Shutoffs! Restore Water Service!

Hands off the Pensions!

Make the Banks Pay!

July 18, 2014, 12:30pm

12:30PM – Assemble outside COBO Hall at Washington Blvd & W. Congress, (map)

1:00PM – March Begins

1:45PM – Rally at Hart Plaza

“It’s not one thing, it’s EVERYTHING!” – Rev. Pinkney



Rally to Stop the Privatization of Detroit

Click here to view endorsements of the July 18 March and Rally

We call on activists everywhere to come to Detroit on Friday, July 18 for a rally and march to fight the dictatorship of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, appointed by millionaire Republican Governor Rick Synder, and backed by Wall Street bankers and the 1%.

Taking place during the national Netroots Nation 2014 conference, several thousand people will converge in downtown Detroit to demand an immediate stop to residential water shutoffs and and an immediate restoration of water service. Demonstrators will demand that that the be no cuts to pensions and a restoration of retiree health benefits.

Under a state-imposed bankruptcy, the City of Detroit workers face severe cuts to their pensions and tens of  thousands of people face water shutoffs.

The banks who have destroyed Detroit’s neighborhoods through racist predatory subprime mortgages and saddled the City of Detroit with fraudulent subprime financing, continue to loot the people of Detroit.

Detroiters have lost their democratic rights – “elected” officials serve at the pleasure of the unelected Emergency Manager, and may be fired at any time.

From the loss of the auto plant jobs, loss of people from home foreclosures, attack on pensions, high insurance, replacing public schools with charter schools/Education Achievement Authority (EAA), water shut-offs, to privatization and the state helping corporations take over city assets and services such as Belle Isle, the largest urban park in the U.S., garbage department, workforce development, human services, health dept., Detroit Institute of Arts, with selling the water dept. on the horizon! Banks, billionaires and corporations made this bankruptcy up to rob the people of Detroit blind and kill democracy.

To Detroiters, we say, ”It’s time to take a stand, stand up and fight for yourselves, your children, your grandchildren, your city!”

To people everywhere, we say, “Stand with the people of Detroit. Your city, your services, and your pensions will be targetted next”

Let’s come together to stop the takeover of Detroit, we are not going to take this anymore!  United we can stop the takeover of our Detroit!  Make the banks pay!

Around the web:

Jul 052014

People’s Speakout Against the Emergency Manager’s “Plan of Adjustment”

July 15, 11 am to 2 pm

Across from Federal Bankruptcy Court
231 W. Lafayette, Detroit

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Do you object to:

  • the Emergency Manager stealing our right to vote
  • the theft of public pensions
  • changing the face of Detroit by foreclosures, evictions and utility shut offs, including WATER
  • low wages and part time jobs
  • inadequate bus system
  • unemployment, privatization and more?

One hundred of the 600 official objectors will have 5 minutes in court — let’s tell our story and talk about our solutions in the street at a peoples’ assembly.

For more information contact Moratorium NOW!

email: moratorium@moratorium-mi.org           phone: 313-680-5508

Jul 012014


Contact:  Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee — 313-680-5508


Thursday, July 3, 2014, 11:30 am,

Federal Courthouse (across from court) 231 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226.

Jones Day must think the second time’s the charm in the Detroit bankruptcy. Pensioners who voted to reject the Plan of Adjustment are being sent second ballots to vote again. Continue reading »

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