As many of our readers may be aware, several months ago, the government of Detroit (which is under an emergency management regime) unconscionably decided to start shutting off tap water to low income residents who were behind on their water bills. Since we’ve begun our live coverage of Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit, many NPI supporters have written to us to ask to report back on the water shutoffs that are affecting thousands of families throughout the city.
Netroots Nation and NPI have joined with the people of Detroit to protest this human rights violation and demand that the City of Detroit end the shutoffs. We participated in a protest yesterday to turn on the water and tax Wall Street, and we heard from a panel of people who are on the front lines this morning.
In a couple of days, after the convention concludes our board and staff members will be returning to the great Pacific Northwest, but the important work of fighting these shutoffs will go on, and we will continue to support the efforts of activists in the Motor City who are trying to end this manufactured crisis.
Here is a list of groups working to turn on the water in Detroit, as well as stop evictions, complete with links (to websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds):
- Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs: Website | Facebook
- We the People of Detroit: Website | Facebook | Twitter
- Food and Water Watch (Michigan): Website | Facebook | Twitter
- National Nurses United: Website | Facebook | Twitter
- Detroit Water Brigade: Website | Facebook | Twitter
- Michigan Welfare Rights Organization: Blog | Facebook | Twitter
All of these organizations were represented at Netroots Nation, either in the exhibition hall, on the Saturday morning panel that addressed the crisis.
We urge all NPI supporters to follow these organizations online and consider donating to help them help the people of Detroit.