Nitty gritty .A National Call: Come to Detroit, Link Arms to Stop the Water Shut Offs and Fight for Democracy http://t.co/EOQNOWPrms
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) July 18, 2014
Anyway if you missed the national call to come to Detroit I'll try to catch you up on the human rights crisis in Detroit. Activist in Detroit have cried all the way to the United Nations arguing that access to drinking water is a human right. The counter argument is that if nobody pays his water bill Detroit can't have a water department.
To their credit some community leaders have tried to establish a regional water authority that would that would shift the burden of paying individual water bills to rate payers in adjacent counties thus freeing up much needed cash to buy comic books and view super hero movies but the outlying counties have been reluctant to participate probably due to excessive greed.
Currently there are about 92,000 households "at risk" of shutoff meaning that they have not paid their water bill in at least 2 months or that they owe more than $150. It's tantamount to the other scourge of the urban masses, "food insecurity".
So who is to blame for this crisis? Bank of America of and the Tea Party of course. It's tricky to understand why but they clear it all that up over at Truth-Out. The gist of it is that Detroit was not really bankrupt but was a victim of a "hostile corporate takeover" by Governor Rick Snyder and the Tea Party controlled state legislature at the behest of Wall Street bankers and the 1%. The motive? It's the dreaded "G" word, GENTRIFICATION! Yes, for some queer reason the 1% wants to turn Detroit into a playground for the rich and famous except for Ruffalo of course who will be on the road bemoaning the practice of fracking and the wealth that it creates.
Will no one help? Will the oppressed poor of Detroit be forced to pay their water bills? Not if Elizabeth Warren can help it. She evidently has a scheme to tax Wall Street and deliver the goods to the deserving poor in Detroit. Either that or the saintly Sandinista Senator from Massachusetts who fancies herself as a cross between Joan of Arc and Pocahontas is testing Detroit's water for a run at her party's presidential nomination.
"Clean It Up!" Elizabeth Warren - @WaterDefense with @SenWarren today: @MarkRuffalo @OPFLEXinventor @jlpratt4 #water pic.twitter.com/g6gS75sIfi
— Water Defense (@WaterDefense) July 18, 2014