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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:00 PM

Detroit on the Brink

By Peter J. Hammer and Michael Shank

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The Hill's Forum for Lawmakers and Policy Professionals

The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising.  The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth and opportunity.
The people of Detroit desperately need our help.  If one thought it was bad after the financial crisis when big banks foreclosed on 100,000 homes by the year 2012, an unscrupulous act that facilitated the exodus of hundreds of thousands of people and reduced the city’s real estate value by one-third, think again. 

Detroit on the Brink


Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:35 PM

U.N. rapporteurs visit Detroit

After a three-day fact-finding mission in the city of Detroit from Oct. 18-20, two U.N. Special Rapporteurs issued a scathing indictment of all levels of government for violations of international human rights in allowing massive water shut-offs to take place in the city of Detroit.

The report by Catarina de Albuquerque, U.N. Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and Leilani Farha, U.N. Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, stated: “Detroit is undergoing large-scale water disconnections.

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Friday, October 24, 2014 9:45 PM

Canvassing Volunteers Saturday October 25, @12:30pm

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JOIN US!! Canvassing volunteers will meet at W. Chicago Rd. and Lauder (on the corner/ Front Page Deli) @ 12:30 PM. We will canvass from 1-4:30 PM. All are welcome to join us!!

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Friday, October 24, 2014 11:33 AM

OFFICIAL STATEMENT : MI WELFARE RIGHTS ORG.

On Oct. 20th, 2014, United Nations representatives met with the Mayor, and part of his staff to discuss the recent mass water shutoff’s plaguing Detroit. The meeting was very frank and at times contentious with the Special Rapporteurs asking questions based on citizen/resident reports they had received from what they refer to as “civil society” organizations and direct visits to residential homes.

The premise of the meeting was itself historic in that this was a session to discuss best practices shared by the S.R.’s relative to how decreasing revenues might impact water access, distribution and sanitation specifically in low-income households.  The two special investigators have amassed a myriad of expertise over the years after visiting many countries who have faced dwindling economies and transient populations.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 6:12 PM

Canvassing Volunteers Wednesday October 22!

Canvassing Volunteers Wednesday, October 22, 2014

JOIN US!! Canvassing volunteers will meet at W. Chicago Rd. and Lauder (on the corner/ Front Page Deli) @ 12:30 PM. We will canvass from 1-4:30 PM. 

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