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    How the Financial Crisis Affected the Detroit Water Department

    This financial report, prepared for the city by an outside firm, shows how the economic crisis of 2008 rapidly accelerated Detroit’s financial decline. The crisis turned what would have been a slight downward trend in city water revenues into a death spiral of debt that ultimately drove the city into bankruptcy. During the nine fiscal […]

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    Detroit City Council Resolution To Study Water Affordability Plan

    UPDATE (5/12/15) — The resolution passed the Detroit City Council today by a vote of 7-0 (President Jones & Member Tate absent) As the city of Detroit plans to restart over 25,000 residential water shutoffs, this resolution to consider a Water Affordability Plan originally crafted by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO) has been introduced. […]

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    Detroit Water Brigade to Host Clean-up Day with Detroit Lions’ DeAndre Levy

    ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Saturday event at House of Help Community Center is part of the city-wide Motor City Makeover to beautify local communities Media Contacts: Mike “Pockett” Turner The I.C.E. Group, LLC 313-444-9890, theicegroupllc@gmail.com Sherrie Handrinos Publicist, DeAndre Levy, Boost One Marketing 734-341-6859, SherrieHandrinos@gmail.com DETROIT, MI — On Saturday, May 2nd the Detroit Water Brigade […]

  • 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 […]

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    Detroit Water Shutoffs: Here We Go Again

    Last April, The City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department made a press announcement of a controversial water shutoff plan disconnecting 140,000 residents which is 40% of the Detroit population from water. Without sufficient warning to customers, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, then managed by Jones Day bankruptcy attorney, Kevyn Orr, began shutting off […]


    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 […]