• DWB Begins Pilot Program for Homeless Empowerment

    Stephan Jones (aka “Mayor CJ”) was homeless in Detroit last year. He led a group of dozens of other homeless people in a tent city downtown. The Detroit Water Brigade worked with CJ to place every one of them in public housing – and now we’ve challenged him to use the new social network #Tsu […]

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    Detroit Needs Water to Work

    Remember the Detroit Walking Man – that stalwart worker who walked 21 miles a day to work from his home in Detroit, captivating the nation and inspiring a shower of donations and support? Imagine if he didn’t have water. Imagine he had fallen on hard times, or broken his leg, or just couldn’t make the […]

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    Detroit Water Department Lays Off All Building Maintenance Workers

    This post originally appeared on WSWS.org By James Brewer 7 April 2015 In an unpublicized move, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is laying off 35 building maintenance workers and replacing them with commercially contracted janitorial services. A notification dated March 23 was sent to DWSD employees informing workers of the change, effective Monday, […]

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    This Passover, Let’s Recommit to Social Justice

    Photo: “The Crossing of The Red Sea” by Nicolas Poussin, 1634 Each year on Passover, Jewish people the world over gather to recount the story of our exodus from bondage in Egypt. Around the seder table, we rejoice in the presence of close family and read the often-quoted passage from Deuteronomy 15:15: You shall remember […]


    UPDATE – The city announced Friday that in fact it will be continuing residential shutoffs in “mid- to late-April”, while also acknowledging that its payment plan program has not been successful: “a number” of delinquent customers have fallen into default again as rates rise as much as 16.7% this year alone. The failure of this policy to […]

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    Runaway Water Rates and the Case for Nonpayment

    This post originally appeared on JustinWedes.com Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. -Frederick Douglass, 1818-1895 Water and sewerage rates in Detroit are literally out of control. Rates have risen 119% in the last decade. This […]

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    Detroit Water Brigade Presents: Detroit Huddle Community Gathering

    Contact: Demeeko Williams Political Director, Detroit Water Brigade Cell: 313 915-7089 Email: Demeeko@detroitwaterbrigade.org Contact: At Peace Makita Creative Director Detroit Water Brigade Cell: 313 420-9779 Email: captain@detroitwaterbrigade.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DETROIT, MI — The Detroit Water Brigade is hosting a series of Community Town Hall Events to educate, illustrate and motivate residents about the importance of […]

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    One Of Our Founders is Quitting Facebook to Help Detroit

    This article originally appeared on JustinWedes.com About the Author: Justin Wedes is a media activist and community organizer, and co-founder of the Detroit Water Brigade. He has used social media extensively in his work, but has come to believe that most social networks only exploit their users for advertising revenue and surveillance without returning any tangible benefits. […]

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    Detroit News Publishes Water Brigade Op-Ed Response to Kevyn Orr

    After former bankruptcy boss Kevyn Orr attacked the Brigade last week in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club, we came back with this response thanking him for revealing a truth: that the world stands with Detroiter against the water shutoffs! Read our Political Director Meeko Williams’ Op-Ed Response here

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    The Two Sides of Emergency Management

    On Wednesday, January 27, 2015, in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club at Cobo Hall, former Detroit Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr, blamed the water crisis on 3 activists with cameras taking pictures at an angle to create the perception there were 200 people. The activists he blamed are called the Detroit Water Brigade (DWB). […]

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    Like Croatia, Detroit Should Cancel Debts of the Poorest

    This post originally appeared on JustinWedes.com Croatia, a small Mediterranean country of 4.4 million, just did an amazing thing: it wiped clean the debts of its 60,000 poorest citizens. Their Deputy Prime Minister, Milanka Opacic, announced: They will be given a chance for a new start without a burden of debt. The move will unfreeze bank […]