October 15, 2020 | News | No Comments
Rallying on the steps of the Michigan governor’s office in Detroit, activists and religious leaders on Monday called for an immediate moratorium on the city’s plan to shut off water to tens of thousands of households.
“This is everybody’s fight, water is a human right!” the protesters chanted. In recent weeks, activists in Detroit have mobilized against the city’s efforts to cut off the water supply to 120,000 delinquent accounts, or over 300,000 city residents.
News of the shut-offs has spread following a statement issued last week by the United Nations that the city’s plan “constitutes a violation of the human right to water.” Now, with Detroit under the media microscope, activists are hoping that the state government halts its plan to deprive residents of this essential human right and instead adopt an affordable payment plan based on an individual’s income.
The threat has catalyzed many individuals and groups in the community to act. The Detroit Water Brigade, which has begun distributing water and information to Detroiters facing shut off, vowed: “We are prepared to take direct action to prevent shut-offs if the city does not immediately cease and desist.”
“The whole world is watching what is happening here and how Detroiters and their allies are responding to this human rights violation,” the DWB continued.
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