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Detroit Residents Clash With Company Disconnecting Water

AFRICANGLOBE - "We are outraged to hear that residents acting to make sure their neighbours have drinking water were arrested this morning. We stand in solidarity with the Detroit residents asserting one of their most basic human rights."

‘We Are Hiding Out With No Water’: Detroit Privatizers Deny People...

AFRICANGLOBE - “We are hiding out in our own house with no water,” Shelah, a 15-year-old youth and poverty skola whispered on the phone to me. She went on to tell me she and her mother and 9-year-old brother were among thousands of poor families who have had their water service cut off in the last few months by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

Detroit Water Disconnection A ‘Violation Of Human Rights’

AFRICANGLOBE - A group of three experts who report to the United Nations on Wednesday called the disconnection of water to tens of thousands of homes in Detroit a violation of international human rights.

Water War: Whites Using Scorched Earth Policy To Drive Blacks From...

AFRICANGLOBE - Indebtedness isn’t always treated equally in our society. Some people get dunned incessantly by debt collectors while others seem to be able to run up thousands or even millions in debt but are given the latitude to extend their indebtedness until their income and assets catch up.

Detroit And Iraq: Both Devastated By The Same Thieves

AFRICANGLOBE - Detroit, Michigan, was once a thriving city but was sent into a tailspin by the deindustrialization of the United States, White flight, and institutional racism which blamed Black people who were in fact the victims of the catastrophe.

Detroit To Demolish Over 20 Percent Of City’s Housing Stock

AFRICANGLOBE - A report released Tuesday by Detroit’s Blight Removal Task Force (BRTF) recommended that the city spend at least $850 million to tear down more than 20 percent of its housing stock. The cost could rise to $2 billion if the city targets industrial properties that contain hazardous materials.

Gay Rights Don’t Compare To Civil Rights

AFRICANGLOBE - To state that gay rights is in any way similar to the civil rights movement is intellectually empty, dishonest and manufactured, "When has anyone from the LGBT demographic ever been publicly lynched, specifically excluded from moving into neighborhoods, prohibited from sitting on a jury and denied the right to sue others because of their sexual preferences?"

200 Schools In Detroit Have Closed, 87% Of Students Know Someone...

AFRICANGLOBE - Detroit is a city of many problems, and unfortunately the students there seem to be most affected. The Associated Press is reporting that since the year 2002, Detroit Public Schools enrollment has declined from more than 160,000 to now just around 50,000.

Detroit Bankruptcy: A Savage Assault On Detroit’s Residents

AFRICANGLOBE - Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr released a “plan of adjustment” Friday that includes huge cuts in city worker pensions and health care, pledges full payment for secured bondholders and outlines plans for the privatization of city services and assets, including the transfer of control of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Who Is Getting Paid For The Plunder Of Detroit?

AFRICANGLOBE - Nothing reveals more openly the criminal looting of Detroit by the wealthy elite than the hundred million dollars being paid out to well-connected law firms, accountants and consultancy businesses, which prepared the city’s bankruptcy. The fee bonanza has been underway as least since early 2012 and accelerated immediately after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a revised emergency manager law on December 27, 2012.

Emergency Manager Outlines Scorched Earth Policy On Detroit Talk Show

AFRICANGLOBE - Appearing Sunday on the Detroit local news talk show “Flashpoint,” Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr outlined his plans to attack public employee pensions and sell off public assets, including the artwork of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) to further enrich the big financial institutions and consulting firms involved in the bankruptcy case.

GOP Comes To Detroit, Trying To Win Over Black Voters

AFRICANGLOBE - The state Republican Party will open an African American Engagement Office as part of a nationwide effort to reach out to Black voters. Then, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. — expected by many to run for president in 2016 — will outline a plan to the Detroit Economic Club to get the bankrupt city back on its feet by slashing taxes.

Detroit Becomes Largest U.S. City To Enter Bankruptcy

AFRICANGLOBE - The city of Detroit officially became the largest municipality in U.S. history Tuesday to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy after a judge declared it met the specific legal criteria required to receive protection from its creditors.

Detroit Blight Task Force Surveys Neighborhoods For Mass Demolition

AFRICANGLOBE - A new round of draconian “anti-blight” laws are being prepared in the state legislature that will empower the Detroit Blight Task Force to force residents off of their property. The laws will make it easier for the DBTF to invoke “eminent domain,” compensating residents at 125 percent of the market value of their homes (in “blighted” neighborhoods, this can be extremely low).

Democracy Going Down For The Count In Detroit

AFRICANGLOBE - The post-Civil Rights era vision to consolidate Black Power through purely electoral means in the major cities of the United States has all but evaporated. Wherever possible, capital has reclaimed the urban centers for upscale White habitation, most often with the active collaboration of a venal Black political class concerned primarily with its own upward mobility.

Detroit Cops Force Black Men To Sing And Dance

AFRICANGLOBE - Police in a ritzy Detroit suburb allegedly humiliated Black men by forcing them to sing and dance like chimps and then videoed the antics and shared them with friends and family, according to news blog Motor City Muckraker.