Jul 032014
Appeal to United Nations to Halt Racial Discrimination and Acts of Genocide Against the People of Detroit

Appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights A Call for Assistance in the Efforts to Halt Racism, Racial Discrimination and Acts of Genocide Directed Towards the People of the City of Detroit in the United States of America The following draft appeal was submitted and accepted by the United States Human Rights […]

Aug 052014
Wringing Detroit Dry

Detroit residents are fighting austerity for all of us. John Nichols, July 30, 2014   |    This article appeared in the August 18-25, 2014 edition of The Nation. American austerity rarely receives the same kind of attention paid to Europe’s evisceration of its social programs in the name of balancing budgets. But American austerity is […]

Jul 132014
RNs to Declare Public Health Emergency

  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 […]

Jul 072014
Detroit bankruptcy bills top $75M so far

City now looks to be costliest Ch. 9 By Chad Halcom, Crain’s Detroit Business, July 6, 2014 Related post: Detroit bankruptcy bills, payments Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, which was already the nation’s largest by debt, population affected and number of creditors, now appears to have become its costliest in legal and professional fees after just one […]

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Jul 042014
Going Without Water in Detroit

But cutting water to homes risks a public health crisis. Instead, the water department should more aggressively target delinquent commercial customers who carry a large share of the unpaid bills. It should enact a comprehensive plan to fix leaking pipes; flooded streets are common here, and water customers — whether the state or ordinary residents […]

Jun 302014
Just Say No! Union Leader Explains Why Retirees Should Reject 'Grand Bargain'

An interview with Cecily McClellan, City of Detroit retiree and activist. By Darrell Dawsey, Deadline Detroit, June 29, 2014 CECILY MCCLELLAN says she’s seen the fight brewing for years, decades even. A union diehard, Detroit loyalist and city pensioner, McClellan, 61, says the intensifying battle over the fate of the pensions of retired city workers is the […]

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Jun 302014
Detroit's Emergency Manager Shuts Off Water for Thousands of Homes; Is Your City Next?

Interview with Tom Stephens, a lawyer, a lifelong metro Detroit resident and an activist by Joan Braunwasser of My guest today is Thomas Stephens, a lawyer and lifelong metro Detroit resident. Welcome to OpEdNews, Tom. Joan: The Institute for Public Policy recently sent out an email blast about the situation in Detroit [June 26, […]

Jun 302014
Condemned by UN, Is Detroit’s Water Shutoff About Privatization?

Institute for Public Accuracy News Release, June 26, 2014 AP is reporting: “U.N. experts say water shutoffs at Detroit homes due to overdue bills violate international human rights. “Right to water and sanitation expert Catarina de Albuquerque says Wednesday that disconnections due to non-payment are ‘only permissible if it can be shown that the resident […]