Jun 072018
 

Saturday, June 9, Noon – 1:30 PM

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
735 Randolph St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

The City of Detroit plans to shutoff water to more than 17,000 households resuming a condemned practice of denying water and sanitation service to low income households. Meanwhile, Detroit and surrounding cities are in the middle of an alarming Hepatitis A epidemic! This public health crisis has led to national travel warnings not to go to Michigan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Human Services recommendations for the prevention Hep A infections advise practicing good hand hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food. There is a presumption in these recommendations that one has unfettered access to clean water.  Thus, the DWSD’s irresponsible practice of denying access to water to thousands of people in the midst of the Hep A epidemic implicitly violates the recommendations of government public health experts.

People’s Water Board, Moratorium NOW, and the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign are organizing a weekly Saturday protest until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event, invite your facebook friends, share.

We will be meeting at the downtown DWSD office and marching a short distance to Campus Martius. Please join us to express your public concern!

Please call Valerie Jean (313-704-5150) if you have any questions about this event.

See the May 5 post for background info: http://moratorium-mi.org/solidarity-saturdays-stop-the-water-shut-offs/

 

 June 7, 2018  Posted by at 11:00 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jun 012018
 

Saturday, June 2, Noon – 1:30 PM

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
735 Randolph St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

The City of Detroit plans to shutoff water to more than 17,000 households resuming a condemned practice of denying water and sanitation service to low income households. Meanwhile, Detroit and surrounding cities are in the middle of an alarming Hepatitis A epidemic! This public health crisis has led to national travel warnings not to go to Michigan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Human Services recommendations for the prevention Hep A infections advise practicing good hand hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, and before preparing or eating food. There is a presumption in these recommendations that one has unfettered access to clean water.  Thus, the DWSD’s irresponsible practice of denying access to water to thousands of people in the midst of the Hep A epidemic implicitly violates the recommendations of government public health experts.

People’s Water Board, Moratorium NOW, and the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign are organizing a weekly Saturday protest until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event, invite your facebook friends, share.

We will be meeting at the downtown DWSD office and marching a short distance to Campus Martius. Please join us to express your public concern!

Please call Valerie Jean (313-704-5150) if you have any questions about this event.

See the May 5 post for background info: http://moratorium-mi.org/solidarity-saturdays-stop-the-water-shut-offs/

 June 1, 2018  Posted by at 11:39 am Uncategorized No Responses »
May 182018
 

Saturday, May 19, Noon – 2 PM

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
735 Randolph St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Last month, the City of Detroit announced plans to shut off water to more than 17,000 residents resuming a condemned practice of denying water and sanitation service to low income households. Meanwhile, Detroit and surrounding cities are in the middle of an alarming Hepatitis A epidemic! This public health crisis has led to national travel warnings not to go to Michigan.

People’s Water Board, Moratorium NOW, and the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign are organizing a weekly Saturday protest until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event and invite your Facebook friends.

We will be meeting at the downtown DWSD office and marching a short distance to Campus Martius. Please join us to express your public concern!

Please call Valerie Jean (313-704-5150) if you have any questions about this event.

See the May 5 post for background info: http://moratorium-mi.org/solidarity-saturdays-stop-the-water-shut-offs/

 May 18, 2018  Posted by at 12:39 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
May 112018
 

CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Saturday, May 12, Noon – 2 PM

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
735 Randolph St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Last month, the City of Detroit announced plans to shut off water to more than 17,000 residents resuming a condemned practice of denying water and sanitation service to low income households. Meanwhile, Detroit and surrounding cities are in the middle of an alarming Hepatitis A epidemic! This public health crisis has led to national travel warnings not to go to Michigan.

People’s Water Board, Moratorium NOW, and the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign are organizing a weekly Saturday protest until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event and invite your Facebook friends.

We will be meeting at the downtown DWSD office and marching a short distance to Campus Martius. Please join us to express your public concern!

Please call Valerie Jean (313-704-5150) if you have any questions about this event.

See the May 5 post for background info: http://moratorium-mi.org/solidarity-saturdays-stop-the-water-shut-offs/

 May 11, 2018  Posted by at 10:39 am Uncategorized No Responses »
May 032018
 

Saturday, May 5, Noon – 2 PM

Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
735 Randolph St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

This month, the City of Detroit announced plans to shutoff water to more than 17,000 residents resuming a condemned practice of denying water and sanitation service to low income households. Meanwhile, Detroit and surrounding cities are in the middle of an alarming Hepatitis A epidemic spread from fecal-oral contamination! This public health crisis has led to national travel warnings not to go to Michigan because of it.

People’s Water Board, Moratorium NOW, and the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign are organizing a weekly Saturday protest until the Mayor calls a moratorium on the shut offs. Please take a moment to click on the invite button on this event and invite your facebook friends.

We will be meeting at the downtown DWSD office and marching a short distance to Campus Martius. Please join us to express your public concern!

Background:

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept shuts off service to customers who are $150 behind and/or 2 months late on their bill. Low income customers are eligible to sign up for payment plans to catch up on current and past due bills with a starting deposit of 10%. If they default, the deposit goes up to 30% then 50% — a losing formula if you’re already struggling to pay the lowest rate.

Let’s be honest, no one chooses to live without household water to drink, cook, bathe and flush the toilet. Most low income families can’t afford to keep up annual service rate increases and the growing cost of infrastructure repairs that are passed on to customers. What we need is a WATER AFFORDABILITY PROGRAM BASED ON INCOME so that poor families can pay 2-3% of their income instead of double digit percentages like now.

This type of program started last summer in Philadelphia and is a big success! Households with low income vulnerable populations like seniors, people with disabilities, chronically ill persons, low wage workers, kids and babies are more likely to contract water-borne illnesses and experience inadequate access to clean sanitation. Protecting the least among us by ensuring they have safe, clean, accessible and affordable water is a win-win solution for us all! These families can address their basic life-sustaining needs and we all experience safe public health and community well-being. As Michiganders, let’s make water a human right for all!

 May 3, 2018  Posted by at 10:01 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Apr 212018
 

May Day Demonstration

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

3:30 PM

Clark Park
Clark Street and Vernor, Detroit, MI 48209

3:30 PM – Rally
4:30 PM – March
5:15 PM – Closing Rally
6:00 PM – End

Each of us – no matter our identity or the place of our birth – deserves clean & affordable water, housing, good iobs, & education, not jails, deportations, and war.

  • Disband ICE! No raids, no deportations!
  • No to lslamophobia!
  • No to racism, sexism, ableism, and LGBTQ oppression!
  • Money for iobs, housing, and education, not war!
  • No to imperialism, colonialism, and imperialist wars!
  • No more gentrification!
  • End police brutality!
  • Demilitarize police to demilitarize society!
  • Housing is a human right!
  • Water is a human right! Fix the pipes, end the water shut-offs!
  • No Union Busting! $15 Minimum Wage and a Union!
  • End right-to-work laws!
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work!
  • Abortion on demand, without apology!
  • Sex work is work!
  • Stop the Trump-Pence agenda!
 April 21, 2018  Posted by at 10:49 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Feb 202018
 


              

Registration is now open for the National Conference Against Austerity. The conference on March 24th is free and open to the public, with a suggested $10 donation for the registration packet. Register here.

For help with housing for traveling attendees, please contact us at sfsharonfeldman@live.com

 February 20, 2018  Posted by at 7:32 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Jan 252018
 

Rescheduled from last week due to the snow storm.

Honduras: The people resist dictatorship

Monday, February 5, 7:00 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, 48202

Come to a special presentation at the regular weekly meeting of  Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI).

On November 26 the Honduran people voted in a presidential election. Polls and initial vote tallies showed the main opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, clearly winning the election. Yet the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, dominated by the ruling National Party, declared current President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) the winner. Hernandez became president four years ago amid widespread fraud, irregularities, bribery and intimidation. Seeing a repeat of 2013, the people took to the streets in protest and they remain in the streets — the struggle around the demand “Fuera JOH!” (JOH Out) is in high gear. About 40 people have been killed and hundreds injured seriously by the police and military; thousands have been arrested. Washington has recognized the illegal regime and continues to fund the Honduran repressive forces. But the people, who staged a national strike from January 20-27, are not backing down!

Martha Grevatt, who will be giving the presentation, was a human rights observer during the stolen election of 2013. She has covered recent events in Honduras for Workers World newspaper. Grevatt is part of the Honduras Solidarity Network. This meeting is one of a number of actions coordinated by HSN to protest the inauguration of JOH and support the Honduran resistance.

TeleSur article: Honduras: Anti-Govt. Protests Continue Ahead of Presidential Inauguration

 January 25, 2018  Posted by at 1:08 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jan 192018
 

ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRUMP’S INAUGURATION

DEMONSTRATE – FIGHT TRUMP AND THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM HE REPRESENTS

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, NOON

CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK,
800 WOODWARD, DOWNTOWN DETROIT

DEMAND:

  • Overturn the tax giveaway to the rich and corporations
  • Defend Medicaid, food stamps, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program — No cuts — Expand Social Programs for the Poor
  • No to U.S. Imperialist War and Aggression across the globe — Defend the DPRK, Yemen, and Iran. Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising
  • Smash White Supremacy, sexism and LGBTQ oppression.
  • Defend Immigrant Rights — there are no borders in the workers’ struggle
  • Fight for 15 and a Union — Stop the robbery of servers’ tips
  • Jobs and Health Care are fundamental Human Rights and must be guaranteed to all
  • Stop the War on the Environment
  • Make the Banks pay for the Destruction they caused from Detroit to Puerto Rico
  • End the giveaway of our City to Detroit’s Trump — Dan “Robber Baron” Gilbert.
  • Stop all Foreclosures, Evictions and Water Shut-offs
  • DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST THE J20 2017 DEFENDANTS

Called by Moratorium Now! Coalition, Michigan People’s Defense Network & Workers World Party

 January 19, 2018  Posted by at 5:41 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Dec 032017
 

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

7 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48219


Where do we go from here? After a very successful meeting on October 26, called “World Conference of Mayors: Real Detroiters Speak OUT!”, https://www.facebook.com/events/748951851959622/, we need to discuss future plans for this emergent coalition of Detroiters fighting for a new future. How do we resist the neo-liberal agenda that is being imposed on our city?

Please visit the Facebook group that emerged from the meeting: World Conference of Mayors: Real Detroiters Speak Out, https://www.facebook.com/groups/313614759108235/.

Sponsored by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Peoples Defense Committee (MPDN), Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI), Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), Workers World Party

 December 3, 2017  Posted by at 9:01 pm Uncategorized No Responses »