The City of Detroit's opposition to cutting water rates for poor people is based on a misunderstanding of state law and threatens access to affordable water, a coalition of lawyers and activists said today.
Outside the event DAREA (Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association) and Moratorium Now protested and spoke the truth into the warm night air. The student group of the National Lawyers Guild had bitingly funny carnival games about the bankruptcy like “guess the quote” from Orr etc. as you walked into the building.
DETROIT – Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway today snatched a verdict on charges against water shut-offs protesters out of the hands of an all-Black jury in 36th District Court, halting the trial before District Court Judge Ruth Ann Garrett indefinitely. His ruling came in the wake of the Nov. 19 conviction of cop William Melendez by a majority-Black jury in Wayne County’s Third Circuit Court for nearly killing Black motorist Floyd Dent.
During the historic Detroit newspaper strike, which began on July 13, 1995, hundreds of strikers and strike supporters were arrested on various criminal charges during demonstrations, picket lines, and other protests in support of the strike.
DETROIT — At an emotional press conference, Dec. 8, members of the Homrich 9 laid out the legal strategy they would pursue in their defense, and the moral foundations for the act of civil disobedience that led to their arrest.
Nine people were arrested July 18, after blocking the entryway of Homrich’s facility on E. Grand Blvd in Detroit, barring trucks from leaving to shut off water to Detroit residences.