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Detroit Residents Fight Back Over Water Shutoff: 'It's A Life-or-Death Situation' [Just Like Food!]
Guardian (UK)R ^ | July 21, 2014

Posted on 07/21/2014 8:17:06 PM PDT by Steelfish

Detroit Residents Fight Back Over Water Shutoff: 'It's A Life-or-Death Situation'

The beleaguered city says a water shutoff is essential to recoup $89m in overdue bills. But the decision outraged thousands of Detroiters – who have taken matters into their own hands

Of 178 homes whose water was shut off last week, 79 had restarted their supplies, triggering $21,750 in fines on top of what the residents already owed.

When the coast is clear, and the trucks from the contractor shutting off water for the city of Detroit have rolled away, the men with water keys come.

They offer residents whose supply has just been shut off a tempting deal. For $20, they will use their tools to turn the water main back on immediately, and illegally, sparing the household the agonising days spent without showering, cooking or flushing that have already been endured by at least 16,000 of their neighbours so far this year.

It is only the most desperate action being taken in response to the beleaguered city's aggressive campaign to recoup $89m in overdue water bills by abruptly cutting the supplies of people behind on their payments. Amid growing anger, Detroit officials agreed in court on Monday to a two-week pause, to allow poor customers to come forward and show that they genuinely cannot afford to pay. But then the shutoffs will resume.

“You're going to do what you have to do to get water back on in your home,” said Valerie Blakely, a community organiser and mother of five whose overdue bill stands at more than $1,000. “As far as I'm concerned, what the city is doing is the illegal activity. You're not going to come and put us in a life-or-death situation and not have us act like we are fighting for our own survival.”

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1 posted on 07/21/2014 8:17:06 PM PDT by Steelfish
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That’s weird: When I don’t pay my utility bills, I get shut off and no one gives a fig about it and I have to put together some money to get it turned back on or whatever. Like getting a job, selling something or the like. But then, I’m not a minority member, I guess.


2 posted on 07/21/2014 8:21:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Steelfish
LOL life or death situation.

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I'm afraid I don't foresee anyone dying of dehydration in Detroit anytime soon.
3 posted on 07/21/2014 8:23:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Steelfish

Approximately how many months is $1,000?


4 posted on 07/21/2014 8:25:18 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You have to be liberal to understand the logic here. This woman is saying that the city is at fault for cutting off water. She is NOT at fault for not paying her water bill, whatever her reasons are. That’s liberal logic.


5 posted on 07/21/2014 8:25:21 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Steelfish

“You’re going to do what you have to do to get water back on in your home,” said Valerie Blakely, a community organiser and mother of five whose overdue bill stands at more than $1,000. “As far as I’m concerned, what the city is doing is the illegal activity.”

Obama needs to raise the minimum wage for community organizers so they can pay their water bill. I mean, how do they expect a community organizer to raise five children and be able to keep the water on. /s


6 posted on 07/21/2014 8:26:18 PM PDT by ImNotLying
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To: cripplecreek

Michigan ranks at number 1 BTW with 41.27% or 39,881 sq miles of the surface area being water.


7 posted on 07/21/2014 8:26:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Steelfish

These people are like a cancer. Always taking taking taking and taking. Never contributing. Just taking. Everything is a “right” to them. Animals.


8 posted on 07/21/2014 8:26:52 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Jonty30

My water bill for my house is $50,every two months. And I’m told that water bills here in San Diego area are higher than most places. She could easily be years behind on paying. Or does she have a huge family or do other assorted people come to her house and use tons of water???


9 posted on 07/21/2014 8:28:31 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: Steelfish

Is there any wonder why Detroit is in the shape it’s in?


10 posted on 07/21/2014 8:30:14 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Steelfish

Does it occur to them that the city has to buy that water it’s selling them? Do you suppose there’s some other ratepayer funded service they’d be willing to waive, or do they think water’s just like ObamaPhones, free?

Come to think of it, maybe that’s an answer: Obie can quit handing out free phones in Detroit and hand out free water instead. After all, we have a constitutional right to hydration. It’s right here somewhere in our new living constitution.


11 posted on 07/21/2014 8:30:16 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: Jonty30

I’d also be interested in knowing how much she’s made in partial payments on account during that time. And what her cable bill looks like.


12 posted on 07/21/2014 8:33:25 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

13 posted on 07/21/2014 8:34:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

$50 for one month would be the minimum charge in a lot of places, although there are a variety of taxes and fees added to most ‘water’ bills.

Anyways, someone who owes $1000 on a water bill has ignored it for at least a year and a half, I’d guess.

Don’t most places cut off water after two months?


14 posted on 07/21/2014 8:35:46 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Steelfish

“... put us in a life-or-death situation and not have us act like we are fighting for our own survival.”

And really, who put you in that situation?


15 posted on 07/21/2014 8:35:46 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Could Warren Buffet's oil trains be considered mobile Jihadist weapons of mass distruction?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

My water bill on Guam is about $50 a month but this is a little island without much other water.

My water would be cut off long before I reached the $1000 point


16 posted on 07/21/2014 8:35:59 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I watched a city council meeting when they were discussing the bankruptcy, and her logic matches that of their city council. A couple of them announced that it was up to Obama to bail them out because they’d given him their votes.

If I ever need a new job, I’ll open up an “Entitlements Are Us” franchise in Detroit.


17 posted on 07/21/2014 8:38:35 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (Hoaxey Dopey Changey)
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To: Steelfish

Dey needsta git summa dat obamawater!


18 posted on 07/21/2014 8:43:13 PM PDT by clintonh8r (It's possible to love your country and hate your government. I'm proof of it.)
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To: Steelfish
These people spent their water bill money (from welfare) on beer, crack and menthol cigarettes and now they expect free water service? What have they become but a bunch of worthless creeps?

A note to people who don't pay their water bills: it costs money to make that water clean for you to use. That's why everyone has to chip in and pay a utility bill for it.

I know many people in Detroit can't understand economics on any level but expecting everything for free is just ignorance to its extreme. They should be provided with their ‘rude awakening’ ASAP because this is completely ridiculous.

19 posted on 07/21/2014 8:43:43 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obozo’s free shit army just ain’t gonna stand for talk like that now.


20 posted on 07/21/2014 8:43:50 PM PDT by Newtoidaho
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To: jjotto

I was the operator of a public water supply company in Ohio for 30 years. If you outstanding bill was $99.99 you kept your water. If you were behind one penny more, at $100, your water was shut off. $100!


21 posted on 07/21/2014 8:46:32 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans

“These people are like a cancer. Always taking taking taking and taking. Never contributing. Just taking. Everything is a “right” to them. Animals.”

Liberals are curing the cancer with abortion, contraception, and open borders to further marginalize blacks into oblivion.


22 posted on 07/21/2014 8:47:13 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Steelfish

I find it amazing that the left and the MSM just all of a sudden made “free municipal water” their new thing. Just one more distraction from real scandals.


23 posted on 07/21/2014 8:51:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL; Steelfish
I find it amazing that the left and the MSM just all of a sudden made “free municipal water” their new thing.

I now live in Davao City, a city of 2+ million people, with one of the best water systems in this country, and maybe the world. I pay $10-12 a month for safe, treated water from the mountains. I drink it. I have had NO problems or systemic reactions. It does have that telltale taste of "city water".

For those who cannot pay for that source, there are lots of rain gutters feeding plastic drums. They scoop the water, and use it for flushing toilets and bathing. They also use it for cooking. Most will buy bottled "spring" or "purified" water for drinking, but also many just use the local San Miguel beer for their drink of choice (although coconut wine or "tuba" is also relatively cheap and gives them a great buzz!).

It makes me wonder how the people of Detroit will fare when the food stamps run out (not really! I already know the results!!!).


24 posted on 07/21/2014 9:01:28 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("Every American should feel outrage at any injustice done to our veterans " -Sarah Palin 5/26/14)
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To: Steelfish

Walk yo lazy bum to the store and use your EBT to get bottled water. Save your change and use the laundry mat. For crissakes quit your bellyaching.


25 posted on 07/21/2014 9:02:11 PM PDT by lastchance (People)
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To: WVKayaker

They might riot and damage their own neighborhoods, although it might be hard to tell


26 posted on 07/21/2014 9:02:48 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Our water bill in Bakersfield runs $60 per month. And I thought we had some of the highest utility bills in the nation.


27 posted on 07/21/2014 9:04:47 PM PDT by sheana
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“This woman is saying that the city is at fault for cutting off water. She is NOT at fault for not paying her water bill, whatever her reasons are. That’s liberal logic.”

Union generals foresaw this as they marched through the South; they asked Lincoln what he intended to do with these growing hordes of freed blacks that were following their armies. They couldn’t provide for them while fighting the war...


28 posted on 07/21/2014 9:05:40 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Steelfish
From the article:Mr. Ruffalo blames Wall Street for this? Sorry Mark, this was caused by 50 years of liberal Democrats trying to prove that Detroit could always live on Other People's Money (OPM). Now that well has run dry and those left are paying the price. As they should.
29 posted on 07/21/2014 9:08:29 PM PDT by upchuck (Peace in the Middle East? Only after Jesus returns. All else is hot air and violence.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You’re white right?

Well there you go.

The rules are only for white people.

Anything else would be “racist”. :)


31 posted on 07/21/2014 9:12:03 PM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: kcvl

Hose em’ down. More water than ever.....


32 posted on 07/21/2014 9:12:16 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storarned m chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: cripplecreek

Water...water....everywhere.......


33 posted on 07/21/2014 9:15:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Steelfish

https://mobile.twitter.com/HappyParent

Valerie Blakely
@happyparent

I am the mother of five! I am blessed to help families learn EFT!

Destroit, MI

universalparent.com


34 posted on 07/21/2014 9:17:56 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: dfwgator

They could try a rain dance on the bank of Lake Michigan

“We want water! We want water!”


35 posted on 07/21/2014 9:18:25 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Steelfish

BE THE CHANGE
Backbone Campaign
May 7
Get registered! If you plan on going to action camp in kzoo next week, get registered now! Food is being purchased and we need a head count!! If you can not go but want to support these efforts please donate. Everyone that shows up and wants to learn gets to stay. No one will be turned away. This pay what ya can If ya can camp is really going down because ppl are supporting with their time and money!!!

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=784677674878387&id=110726715606823


36 posted on 07/21/2014 9:21:23 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Steelfish

BE THE CHANGE
April 23
Its spring and we have so much to talk about... Invite your family and community.

Our own Darryl (Waistline) Mitchell will be back from California to discuss his Marxist Glossary. He will have copies available for purchase.
We will also have some representatives from a May Day committee to tell us about plans for a massive action. Lets come together and shut Detroit down for May Day!

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=777656342247187&id=110726715606823


37 posted on 07/21/2014 9:23:09 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Occupy Water Street?


38 posted on 07/21/2014 9:23:43 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Steelfish

Maybe they should must use their EBT card. I can’t get my head around people who think everything is a “right” and refuse to take any personnel responsibility for their actions and decesions.


39 posted on 07/21/2014 9:24:20 PM PDT by mikefive (RLTW)
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To: Steelfish

Valerie Blakely (@HappyParent) tweeted at 8:30am - 14 Oct 13:

MCHR Michigan Coalition for Human Rights is showing “Tipping Point: The End of Oil” is on Tuesday night at 7 pm... fb.me/1XTWPhM6c (https://twitter.com/HappyParent/status/389745004404826112)

Do we realize how much we a sacrificing for energy?


40 posted on 07/21/2014 9:26:14 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Steelfish
Detroit Residents Fight Back Over Water Shutoff: 'It's A Life-or-Death Situation' [Just Like Food!]

So if I understand your position here, it's that if something is a life necessity, then not only can you not deny it to someone, but you have an affirmative duty to provide it regardless of ability or willingness to pay or any other factors, whether or not you get anything out of it with which to feed your own family, is that right?

So then, what life necessities have you been forced to provide for others without your consent? None? How come this duty only flows in one direction?

41 posted on 07/21/2014 9:29:37 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Steelfish

Valerie Jean (@iamlove1111) tweeted at 9:58pm - 19 Jul 14:

I Do Mind Dying... #AllPowerToThePeople #DetroitLightBrigade #WaterIsAHumanRight #WageLove instagram.com/p/qqC4NrxlsH/ (https://twitter.com/iamlove1111/status/490692278571524097)

Valerie Jean (@iamlove1111) tweeted at 9:15pm - 19 Jul 14:

#WageLove #WaterIsAHumanRight #DetroitLightBrigade #AllPowerToThePeople #ThisIsWhatLoveLooksLike instagram.com/p/qp97U-Rlj0/ (https://twitter.com/iamlove1111/status/490681391785320448)

https://mobile.twitter.com/search/?q=%23DetroitLightBrigade&s=hash


42 posted on 07/21/2014 9:30:02 PM PDT by kcvl
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Listen, man,” he added, leaning in and growing visibly angry. “These people are Americans. We will not blink an eye to send trillions of dollars overseas to wage warfare in an illegal war. But we can't come up with the money that it takes to keep a community in water, when it's in the throes of an economic catastrophe that was caused by Wall Street?

This is how it works, this is what will happen when the reckoning comes to America. Nathan's second Maxim comes into play:

the reform of failed socialism is inevitably more socialism.


43 posted on 07/21/2014 9:30:38 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Steelfish

Call up Obama and ask for some of his stash. He gots plenty.


44 posted on 07/21/2014 9:31:11 PM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Steelfish

OK, How about everybody in the USA say F-off to water bills.

What say you Hussein?


45 posted on 07/21/2014 9:33:18 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storarned m chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: Steelfish

Can’t they go hock some stuff with Les and Seth at American Jewelry & Loan?


46 posted on 07/21/2014 9:36:43 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: kcvl
Five kids later and she can't pay her bills but she does have time to protest. Check out her nails, those don't come cheap. And she can afford a camera to take pictures of the people trying to turn off her water.

The clothes that all those folks are wearing look awfully clean. Must be some water in their lives somewhere.

47 posted on 07/21/2014 9:38:33 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Steelfish

Don’t these people have any friends?

At the end of last month, I gave $200 cash to a young single mother of three who works with me so she could buy the kids some food. (She also needs to buy herself some damn food. She eats last.)

It was no big deal. We prayed to God together, thanking Him for each other, and moved along.

Oddly enough, she happens to be black, and I happen to be white. But as you all know very well, we are racists because we post here.


48 posted on 07/21/2014 9:40:56 PM PDT by ToastedHead
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To: Veggie Todd

Those acrylic nails don’t come cheap either!

She could pay her water bill in full if she skipped a few of those appointments!


49 posted on 07/21/2014 9:46:01 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: upchuck

Write a check, Mr. Ruffalo.


50 posted on 07/21/2014 9:47:54 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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