Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Friday, June 27, 2014

Water Shutoffs declared violation of human rights by United Nations

Freedom Fridays first targeted the Detroit Water Board's actions as directed by the Emergency Manager's staff in early June.

Looking at how delinquencies are being handled is why the United Nations has warned Detroit about possible human rights violations.

Who is Responsible for Shutoff Activities

Gary Brown, Detroit's appointed Chief Operating Officer, is the most known executive behind the water shutoffs, and is known for shutting off electric in 90 degree Sept 12, 2013 in downtown - paralyzing the city and causing health problems as a result. [1][2]
"We had to send them a strong message by turning the power off", says Gary Brown.
Brown, former City Council pro tem was selected by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's leadership and moved to Assistant Emergency Manager at the end of 2012 with the COO title and salary moving from roughly $80,000 to $225,000. There are questions as to how legal this move was from one position to another, as detailed in the Michigan Citizen. [3] The end of 2012 saw a lot of upheaval in Detroit City Council. Charles Pugh fled office after the EM denied leave request, and Kwame Kenyatta was in hospital fighting for his life resigning from office in June. City Council was extremely weakened (6 of 9 remaining), and Saunteel Jenkins became acting City Council president [4] for the remainder of the year until election was held.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Hey Detroit - Running Water is a Human Right!

Get out and participate in FREEDOM FRIDAYS. The past few weeks we've been outside the Detroit Water Board Building raising awareness about the shutoff of 1500-3000 residents each week. The Emergency Manager's team is aiming for 120,000 residents this year. Meanwhile corporate water bills well in excess of $500,000 remain unpaid.

Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians came to Detroit to listen to concerns and hold a discussion about water rights.
Links: Maude Barlow's blog post | video at WSU | audio at WSU

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bankruptcy Info and Pensioners Radio Spots

You might hear these radio spots on the air around Detroit.

Representing the People of the City of Detroit

Something seems to be lost in the City of Detroit witness list submitted April 18 to the bankruptcy court -- REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE'S INTERESTS. Corporate interests are well represented through the list provided to the court, as shown in the document below.

The city has done well with bringing corporate interests as witnesses to the bankruptcy, however the city is a government body elected BY THE PEOPLE to represent CITIZENS whom are both PUBLIC and corporate. Corporate interests such as the following are not public-serving employees of the city, nor the affected public. These are contracted "guns-for-hire" with a mission to strip Detroit assets and leave its residents destitute.

  • Conway MacKenzie - financial restructuring advisors stating the plan is in good faith (yet proposes sacrificing constitutional rights of the people), is equitable, and in best interests of the city's citizens.
How dare they say it is in our best interest - have they spoke with the public? There has been no public hearing regarding the bankruptcy by the City Council or Mayor. No publicly elected official of the people of Detroit brought this bankruptcy filing to the court. It is a violation of the bankruptcy code. (NO Governor Rick Snyder is not the Mayor of Detroit or pseudo-official[fascist position] as such). 
  • Ernst & Young - contracted to discuss ability to provide adequate levels of municipal services.
  • Milliman, Inc - contracted actuarial advisors to provide valuation and funding issues of the General Retirement System and Police and Fire Retirement System.
  • DIA board members whom have various corporate affiliations and stories of interest.
    • Eugene Gargaro - Michigan Manufacturers Association, Merillat L.P., Metaldyne Precision Forming, and more
    • Graham Beal - received $103,000 in bonuses and a $155,000 loan from the DIA, plus is "downscaling" his Detroit house [article link]
  • Roger S. Penske - representing "importance from a  business and investment standpoint of the City’s ability to capitalize and  build on the efforts contemplated in the Plan post bankruptcy." Better stated as how can Penske Corporation profit from going through municipal bankruptcy.
  • Daniel Gilbert - again representing the ability to capitalize for Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans. Note the appointment to the fabricated Blight Authority.
The date for court is May 30, 2014. The people need to bring forward a list of fact witnesses which could be added to the city's list, and possibly forwarded to the bankruptcy court as well demanding representation from the residents.

Remember objections to the plan of adjustments can be filed before May 1. This is the week to file your objection! Anyone can file an objection. Get more information from Moratorium Now website [people's objection instructions] [objection form]

Watch the Bankruptcy Court website for updates [audio files]

Recording from April 21 Conference Call

Detroit City Council meeting 10:00am on Tuesday on the 13th Floor at Coleman A Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI 48226. Arrive early and request a comment card - put your name on the card to be able to speak. The cards are issued before the meeting and collected within the first 5-10 minutes of the meeting at latest,. Public comments happen FIRST at a meeting of the whole council.
  • Request public hearing regarding Bankruptcy to understand fully why and how.
  • Request public hearing regarding Bankruptcy Witness List (referenced above) and lack of public representation. Demand an additional amendment to the list.

Protest Illitch's Water Bill at Joe Louis Arena on the Riverwalk entrance at 6:30pm - Hockeytown owes $80,000 for outstanding water bill, yet was awarded large parcels of downtown real estate pushing elders and low-income citizens to the curb. Wear red because the opening of playoffs is starting. Facebook event link | People's Water Board Coalition

Connect to (Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management) to get more information on May Day plans and get to know the Peoples Plan regarding the Bankruptcy.