Freedom Friday 3 – Water is a human right! – May 23, 4 PM

Protest at Freedom Friday 3water spigot

Water is a Human Right!

Friday, May 23 4:00 p.m.

Detroit Water Department Office, 735 Randolph, downtown Detroit

Why is the Emergency Manager shutting off Detroiters’ water?

To set the stage for the suburbs to take control of the Detroit Water and Sewerage System or to sell it off the completely.

  • The Emergency Manager’s contractors are cutting off water to 1,500-3,000 homes per week. Anyone with an outstanding bill as little as $150 faces immediate shut-off.
  • Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena and other businesses owe more than twice what is owed by residential customers.
  • The biggest residential bills are bank-owned properties, where water is left running even after families are thrown out of their homes.
  • The Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, refuses to try to get back the over $500 million that was supposed to repair the water system but was instead given in bad bank deals to Chase, UBS and Morgan Stanley!
  • Water Department workers are already being told they will lose their jobs and must reapply for new jobs even though the Emergency Manager has not won approval to sell OUR water department. When a private company whose only interest is profit owns a city’s water department, water rates go up and they don’t know how to run it! No to the Privatization and Suburbanization of Detroit’s Water and Sewerage Department.

JAILED!  A Detroit homeowner, Charity Hicks, was jailed this week and is being charged with serious criminal offenses for simply challenging the surprise cut­off of her water by these contractors.  Join us in demanding that the charges be dropped.

Weekly Freedom Fridays are endorsed by:  Moratorium NOW! Coalition, National Action Network-Detroit Chapter, Detroit Eviction Defense, Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, and We the People of Detroit.

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