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Victory for HOMRICH 9 Spurs Group to Continue Fight Against Water Shutoffs

Victory for HOMRICH 9 Spurs Group to Continue Fight Against Water Shutoffs

Nearly three years of legal chaos results in dismissal of all charges

DETROIT- After almost three years of chaotic, rambling and ultimately failed prosecutorial legal proceedings, all charges against the Homrich 9 have been dismissed by the court because of the government’s dismal failure to comply with the constitutionally guaranteed right to a speedy trial. Members of the Homrich 9 and their counsel will declare victory at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

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Demand Affordable Water From Detroit City Council!

We are going to City Council every Tuesday morning!

Here is the event for this Tuesday. Please share it and make plans to come and make a public comment if you can!

HOMRICH 9 Charges Dismissed!

All charges dismissed against the ‘Homrich 9’ Detroit water shutoff protestors

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.”

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Book Announcement: “Where the Water Goes Around: Beloved Detroit”

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New book by Bill Wylie-Kellermann.Where the Water Goes Around: Beloved Detroit is a biblical and political reading of Detroit over the course of three decades by an activist pastor.

Detroit is a place where one can take the temperature of the world. Think on the rise of Fordism and auto-love, the Arsenal of Democracy, the practice of the sit-down strike, or the invention of the expressway and suburban mall. Consider more recently the rebellion of 1967, the deindustrialization of a union town, the assault on democracy in this Black-majority city, the structural adjustments of municipal bankruptcy, and now a struggle for water as a human right.

Bill Wylie-Kellermann tells the story of working out his “place-based vocation” with a simultaneous commitment to gospel non-violence. He evokes the place Anishinabe people tread lightly the banks of Wawiatonong, “where the water goes around.” One narrative thread walks a procession through the streets, a contemporary “stations of the cross,” to the locations of crucifixion today. Another tells the story of resurrection in struggle and human community. Herein are public disruptions, liturgical direct actions, and courtroom trials. In resistance and risk, this book proclaims the gospel in context.

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Bill Wylie-Kellermann knows that deep neighborly truth about a great city must be told in poetic playful idiom. He knows that ordinary prose has become the dialect of corporate fascism. This book is Wylie-Kellermann’s welcome read of Detroit from below, the wide angle lens of forgotten neighbors who have been done in by the governor, by the manager, by the banks and corporations, and by all those powers who do not care. The book is a truthful counter-narrative about the city. It offers an urban epitome of our national narrative. It must be read, heard, and noticed because it is a history of conscience, a history of despair, and a powerful story of relentlessly body-engaged hope.

-Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

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WATCH: 2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water

Crystal in Youth Panel, June 10, 2017

Valerie Jean, June 8, 2017

Nicole Hill, June 8, 2017

Thinking for Ourselves: Water, Detroit, and Earth Day

By Shea Howell

April 25, 2017

This year there was a renewed energy in the celebrations of Earth Day.  Facing an administration that has shown little regard for evidence, climate protection, ecology, or funding for basic research, scientists and their friends called for a March for Science.

They said:

“This Earth Day, join the effort to defend the vital public service role science plays in our communities and our world.
Science serves all of us. 

It protects our air and water, preserves our planet, saves lives with medical treatments, creates new industries, puts food on our tables, educates the next generation, and safeguards our future.”

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Detroit People’s Climate March, April 29

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Water Testing Project – We the People of Detroit

Thinking for Ourselves: World Water Day

By Shea Howell

March 27, 2017

World Water Day passed without a word from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Soon it will be three years since he got control of the Water Department and he has done almost nothing with this power. His direction has failed Detroiters and he is failing the future. His lack of leadership is stunning.

In July of 2014 when he was given control of the Water Department, Mayor Duggan said he welcomed “the responsibility for dealing with the Water Department issues.” He promised a plan to deal with the shut offs, to provide support for people unable to pay their bills and to improve services. None of this has happened.  He has utterly failed to advocate for water as a human right and failed to address concerns for water as a public trust.

Instead, water shutoffs continue with one failed payment support scheme after another. The Mayor stubbornly refuses to make the Water Affordability Plan passed over a decade ago by the City Council a reality. Instead, he continues policies that enrich a private corporation, giving it what seems to be a blank check to go around the city shutting people off. The Homrich Wrecking Company has expanded its original $5.6 million dollar contract for water shut offs to $12.7 million as of last fall. That is as much as the City of Flint paid Detroit for its entire water usage prior to its own man made crisis.

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Detroit Minds Dying


Independently produced documentary films take time.

In order to make materials available to the public in an expedited manner, the filmmaker, Kate Levy, created this website:

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