Detroit Water Crisis

Democracy Watch: Appeals Court to Hear Lawsuits Over Detroit Water, State EM Law

Democracy Watch: Appeals Court to Hear Lawsuits Over Detroit Water, State EM Law

2016-07-29 00:00:00

Two important cases involving the ACLU of Michigan--one involving  water shutoffs in Detroit and the other a challenge to Michigan’s emergency manager law--will be heard by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati next week.

The water shutoff case, Maurikia Lyda, et. al. vs. the City of Detroit, is fairly straightforward.

Democracy Watch: Prosecution of Detroit Water Shutoff Activist Called 'Disaster'

Democracy Watch: Prosecution of Detroit Water Shutoff Activist Called 'Disaster'

2015-12-19 00:00:00

In the summer of 2014, as the City of Detroit was shutting off water to thousands of homes a week, a small group of activists resorted to civil disobedience in an attempt to draw attention to the crisis.

They gathered before sunrise on East Grand Boulevard, outside a facility operated by Homrich, the demolition/environmental contractor paid more than $5 million to conduct the shutoffs.

The protestors’ goal was to prevent shutoff crews from being dispatched that day. About 20 people marched, chanted, sang songs, and blocked the gate to the company’s parking lot. 

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