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    Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 12:04pm
http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/06/detroit-shuts-water-thousands-prompting-appeal-united-nations-help/

Detroit residents are calling on the United Nations for help, as the city shuts off water to 150,000 residents. The city of Detroit has begun shutting off water access to city residents behind on their payments.  Even though it’s typical for shut offs to happen when bills aren’t being paid, nearly half of Detroit’s 323,900 residents are behind on their water bill, according to theDetroit Free Press.

Al-Jazeera America is also reporting that the  average monthly water bill is nearly double the national average of $40. Even then, the Detroit City Council approved a 9 percent hike last week.

In response to the water shut-offs, activists have reached out to the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights for relief.

From Think Progress:

“We are asking the UN special rapporteur to make clear to the U.S. government that it has violated the human right to water,” said Maude Barlow, the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and a key member of the coalition that put the report together. In addition to creating international pressure to stop the Detroit shutoffs, Barlow said, the UN’s intervention could lead to formal consequences for the United States. “If the US government does not respond appropriately this will also impact their Universal Periodic Review,” she said, “when they stand before the Human Rights Council to have their [human rights] record evaluated.”

Detroit’s water shut-offs began earlier this year as an effort to balance the city’s budget deficit.  Crews were deployed around the city and began cutting  3,000 residents’ access to the water supply each week as part of an effort to shut off water to more than 150,000 delinquent customers, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (9) Thanks(9)   Quote babelipsss Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun 26 2014 at 12:07pm
They seem to have enough money for guns..
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Water is not free. If you don't pay for it, you can't use it, its simple
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Originally posted by ppp38 ppp38 wrote:

Water is not free. If you don't pay for it, you can't use it, its simple
 
Its not about that.
Did you read the amount of ppl who had their water shut off and the percentage of ppl behind on their bills?
 
Its obviously bigger than not paying for water.
Its a systemic problem.
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Sad...they need to lower the rate.
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this is CRAZY! I hope no one was getting a relaxer during the shut-off!
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Originally posted by naturesgift naturesgift wrote:

this is CRAZY! I hope no one was getting a relaxer during the shut-off!


I just cannot with this comment...LOLCry


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Originally posted by ppp38 ppp38 wrote:

Water is not free. If you don't pay for it, you can't use it, its simple
I think you either didn't read the article or you misunderstood it because unfortunately it's really not 'simple' at all..Ouch
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They just want to get all the black people out of Detroit so the gentrification can start.
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