After nearly three years of dragged-out legal proceedings, all charges have been dropped against Detroit’s “Homrich 9” water rights activists.
Judge Ronald Giles of the 36th District Court dismissed the charges on June 14, finding the defendants’ constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated by “numerous unexplained and unjustified delays.”
“Three years of prosecution on a misdemeanor is unconscionable,” says Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann, one of the protestors. “The number of court appearances and the travel constraints of bond have been burdensome to many in the group.”
Detroit Equity Action Lab is in the middle of an awesome training series titled Information Democracy, which is an 8-part training series that is free to the public. Our hope is to better equip community with the tools they need to become better organizers, advocates, journalists and information stewards.
Here’s the flyer. This week, Tony Paris will be presenting on legal research. The next week, we will feature a training on how to use the WSU law library. We think that the people in your networks may be especially interested in these two trainings. Thus, we hope that you spread the word and consider attending yourself.
By Shea Howell
March 6, 2017
Every year, on March 2, I listen to the speech Dr. Martin Luther King gave at my college in 1967. This year marks the 50th since I first heard him there. A month after he was in Marietta, Ohio, he would speak at Riverside Church in New York, “Breaking the Silence” on Vietnam. There he would proclaim that America was the “greatest purveyor of violence” in the world and that we needed a “radical revolution in values against racism, materialism, and militarism.” A year later, he would be killed.
King’s subject was the future of integration and, while acknowledging progress in civil rights, he explained that “the murder of civil rights workers is still a popular pastime in the south.”