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Detroit Faces “Humanitarian Crisis” as City Shuts Off Water Access for Thousands of Residents again.
When US Gov only has a hammer for the world, it’s the 3rd world at home.
Angry protests over water provision have shaken cities around the world, and may determine whether access to clean drinking water is a taxable municipal service – or a basic human right
This weekend a delegation from the United Nations is scheduled to conduct a fact-finding mission in Detroit. They won’t focus on the vacant buildings, overgrown lots or shuttered factories of this once thriving city. Rather, the UN visitors will assess water – specifically, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s decision to press ahead and turn off the taps for those residents who don’t pay their bills.
“The fact that, in the richest country of all, people are without water, is a human rights violation,” says DeMeeko Williams, political director for the Detroit Water Brigade.
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Glen Ford Report: Detroit sits on the Great Lakes system that is the biggest source of fresh water on the planet and yet it is shutting off water of the poor, while providing deferrals to corporations
And as if depriving people of a basic human right isn’t outrageous enough, the byzantine legal and financial machinations behind the city’s actions are truly galling. The details, as described in Counterpunch by Detroit lawyer Tom Stephens, are dizzying—even the oversimplified Godfather analogy that he uses to analogize the city’s shady dealings requires a careful parsing—but they boil down to the simple premise that Motown values its financial-institution creditors more than its own citizens. It’s but another example of the 1 Percent’s preferences taking precedence over the Ninety-nine’s necessities. Indeed, many believe that DWSD’s strong-arm tactics are part of a larger plan to make the utility more attractive to private investors.
One of emergency city manager Kevyn Orr’s first acts was to sign off on the hiring of his former employer, Jones Day, as the law firm supervising the city’s bankruptcy—”despite the fact,” Mark Binelli wrote in The New York Times last year, “that Jones Day already represents some of the very banks holding said debt, including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.” (Experts estimate that Detroit’s bill for Jones Day’s services will be around $100 million.) None of this is, of course, evidence of cronyism, but if it walks like a duck. Read more:
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is shutting off water at thousands of Detroit residences each week, even if their account debt was incurred by previous owners. That means families don’t have water to drink, wash their hands or flush their toilets in their own homes.
This is ad clear violation of the human right to water, and without access to water, lack of sanitation poses serious health concerns.
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This is a stunning (and I mean stunning) interview. This is for anyone who is still walking around in an unawakened stupor… in this interview – water is not a human right… these are the people running the world folks… it’s time to pop your head out of your butt and wake up…
Concerned Citizens need make their voices heard !
Water is Free !
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Water is a public good, not a commodity. We invite the European Commission to propose legislation implementing the human right to water and sanitation as recognised by the United Nations, and promoting the provision of water and sanitation as essential public services for all. The EU legislation should require governments to ensure and to provide all citizens with sufficient and clean drinking water and sanitation. We urge that:
- The EU institutions and Member States be obliged to ensure that all inhabitants enjoy the right to water and sanitation.
- Water supply and management of water resources not be subject to ‘internal market rules’ and that water services are excluded from liberalisation.
- The EU increases its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation.
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