Detroit Water Town Hall with UN Human Rights


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

Community organizations have requested implementing a true Water Affordability Plan which City Council approved in 2005, which is tied to ABILITY TO PAY. [ Analysis of the plan ]


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,

Event links: Eventbrite | Facebook | Google+

Detroit-Gaza Solidarity

20140816_124747-1FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release date: August 15, 2014



Main Event Organizers:

~Abraham Aiyash  3134099244 amaiyash@yahoo.com ~Khalil Al Refai 5863441572 kalbone.1@gmail.com Media

Media Coordinator: ~Jarah Maan 3139030435 riseupworldmedia@gmail.com

When:  August 16th, 2014 from 12pm-2pm

Where:  Start at Caniff Street and Joseph Campau Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212 We will march starting at 11347 Jos Campau and towards Veterans Memorial Park where we will learn to proactively advocate for the basic human rights of the Palestinian people.

Parking:  City lot on Caniff and Jos Campau


Who:  The People around the world are speaking up in solidarity against the Occupation across all lines that have historically divided us, calling for an end to the violent Occupation that Palestinians have been suffering under for decades.  The event is organized by concerned citizens of Hamtramck, Detroit and the metro-Detroit area.

Why:  The conflict in Gaza has once again been put in the spotlight.  The Occupation of Palestine by Israel, which continues what can only be described as war crimes according to the 4th Geneva convention, increases it’s assault on the civilian population by bombing civilian residents, UN safe zones, schools, hospitals, and businesses.  The IOF snipers have been recorded murdering and maiming the innocent people of Palestine.  The illegal settlers have been injuring and killing Palestinians without recourse. Palestinian land and homes are raided on a near daily basis, and often the families are thrown out as the IOF claim possession, leaving the true occupants homeless.  The People inside Gaza and the West Bank are unlikely to leave, even to visit family outside of Gaza, unable to trade goods outside their lands, unable to have access to clean water, they are unable to rebuild their homes, they have restrictions on farming, fishing, and most are unlikely to have a job.

Please come and support a pro-Palestinian stance, as most main stream media is compelled to their limited pro-Occupation talking points, and parrots the Israeli propaganda machine, regarding Hamas, terrorists, and the use of children as human shields.

Come shed light on the truth and be an instrument of change for the freedom of our brothers and sisters in Palestine.

Endorsed by The Michigan Voice for Human Rights

“No one is free until we are all free.”~~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Michael Brown's parents, from Instagram

National Moment of Silence Detroit 2014

Thursday at 7pm Detroit will participate in a National Moment of Silence (NMOS) to acknowledge injustice and the deaths which have been occurring at an ever increasing rate. The moment of silence will be requested at 7:20pm.

Location: Hart Plaza at the base of Woodward on Jefferson, across from the Joe Louis Fist.


Click for Facebook Event link in Detroit.
NMOS14 page on Facebook.
Document listing cities.

We will gather beginning at 7:00pm, the moment of silence will be at 7:20pm, and we ask that you stay for the vigil that will immediately follow.

What to bring

  • Wear a red armband (ribbon, cloth, bandana) on your right arm to identify those gathering for the cause. If you can bring extra for those who don’t have that would be great!
  • Candles, posters and signs are welcome and encouraged!

Please use the hashtags #NMOS14 and #NMOS14Det on social media and share this information widely.

*If you are interested in sponsoring the rally, volunteering, or otherwise contributing, email nmos14Det@gmail.com

Michael Brown's parents, from Instagram
Michael Brown’s parents, from Instagram

We are human beings. We deserve to be buried by out children not the other way around. No matter how u felt about black people look at this Mother and look at this father and tell me as a human being how u cannot feel empathy for them. How can u not feel sympathy for their pain and loos. These are not “THOTS, niggas/niggers, hoes, Ballers, Divas. These two people are parents. They are humans that produced a child and loved that child and that child was slaughtered like Game and left face down as public spectacle while his blood drained down the street. Look at the pain of this mother, look into her eyes. Look at the Man behind her. Look at that father made helpless and hurt that he cud not defend his seed. Don’t debate. Don’t insert your agenda. Save me the bullshit Black On Black Crime speech and look at these to Noble creatures called humans and look at what govt sanctioned murder has done. It has robbed them of their humanity and replaced it with pain and shame, suffering and hurt. I don’t care if others rioted or why. I don’t care that ball players and Rappers are what they shud be. I care that we as humans care as much about one another more. I care we see past Class, race and culture and honor the humanity that unites our species. Stop talking and LOOK at these PEOPLE. LOOK at these HUMANS and stand with them against a system allows a Human PIG to slaughter their child. Forgive any typos love and respect u all.

— (Killer Mike’s response on Instagram to grieving parents of Michael Brown via thefader.com)

Remembering February 2012 – Trayvon Martin

Occupy Detroit Media

Summer Occupy Detroit General Assembly

Request to hold General Assembly ASAP

The Netroots Nation convention is coming to Detroit from July 17-20. There will be many progressive minded attendees, some from outside Detroit. Holding a General Assembly BEFORE the conference will allow connectivity into what is happening throughout Detroit.
Many are going to ask – will you know?
How would you know if there was no movement gathering in advance?

Marchers carry Occupy Detroit bannerThis General Assembly of the Occupy movement is an opportunity for organizations to attract publicity and support into their efforts during this window of time.

Movement Building

Occupy is a movement – organizations attend movement building exercises for several reasons:

  1. Announce the activities the organization is working on.
  2. Discover what other organizations are doing to bridge between and create unified efforts TOGETHER.
  3. Discover prospective new members for each organization attending.
  4. Bring and learn best practices in organizing into a larger audience.

Occupy Detroit brought a number of activists out into organizations around Detroit. It was a clarion call in 2011 that was cast publicly. People came to learn more and discover.

Vote On This Poll – Select the Date & Time

Its time to sound the call and rally again. We have business to discuss and unity to both celebrate and build.

Select a Date/Time for Summer Occupy Detroit Movement Rally at Grand Circus Park

  • Tuesday July 15 from 6:30pm-8:30pm (40%, 4 Votes)
  • Saturday July 12 from 11am-1pm (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Sunday July 13 from 1pm-3pm (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Thursday July 17 from 7pm-9pm (20%, 2 Votes)
  • Sunday July 13 from 6pm-8pm (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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In Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, Working in Detroit

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