The people of Detroit continue to experience oppression of their human right to satisfy their need for water.
Detroit’s bankruptcy judge today said he lacked the authority to issue a restraining order to stop water shutoffs over delinquent bills, saying that there is no constitutional right to water and a moratorium would be a financial hit to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. — Detroit Free Press, September 29, 2014
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization issued a statement in response to the ruling.
The Court concentrated on what the 1% needed to continue their reign of terror tied to the Emergency Manager and this bankruptcy ploy
Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has a 10 point water payment plan with limited funding to assist low-income families in keeping their water on, or getting it restored after shut-off. Stiff fines are being levied against anyone with an illegal connection.
However this Detroit Residential Water Affordability Program isn’t really about affordability, as Curt Guyette’s article points out.
There is a difference between a “payment plan” and an “affordability plan.” The former extends the time period over which payments can be made. But a true affordability plan reduces the costs for poor people, basing rates on their ability to pay. — ACLU Michigan’s Democracy Watch
Fact Finding Mission By United Nations
A delegation from the United Nations will be visiting Detroit to conduct an investigation into violations of human rights. A town-hall format meeting will be on Sunday, October 19 from 4-6pm at Wayne County Community College’s downtown campus, in the Atrium,
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