Friday, July 18, 2014

Maureen Taylor at National Nurses Union Rally Against Detroit Water Shut...


Maureen greets Netroots Nations and the National Nurses Union on behalf of low income people in Detroit whose water has been shut off. It's time to hold "tricks" [politicians and water officials] and "their "hoochie mama girlfriends" [the banks] accountable!

This rally and was held at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Maureen Taylor has been State Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Union since 1993.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Welcome Netroots Nation to Detroit!

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization welcomes Netroots Nation to Detroit, July 17-20, 2014. 

Thousands of "bloggers, newsmakers, social justice advocates, labor and organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and online activists" are converging this week in the Motown City to connect and report on the issues most important to Detroiters and citizens of the world!
At Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit.
Detroit activists like us are excited to share many of the pressing issues we're working on to advance the people's right to water, housing, food, education, living wages and more! Find out more about the Detroit water shut-off crisis here and through our partner the People's Water Board.

Stay posted as we post more information here in coming hours and days!

In Solidarity,

MWRO Union Members

Stories we encourage you to read and share about Detroit grassroots issues:
Online Petitions:

MWRO Water Affordability Program
(not to be confused with the DRWAP promoted now by DWSD)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stop the Shutoffs, Turn on the Water! Rally and March

There's much going on in Detroit these days as MWRO with members of the People's Water Board and Food and Water Watch work to protect the human right to water. In the latest news, Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept. executives were told today by the federal bankruptcy court judge to come up with a better plan to help people whose water is being turned off.

To read more about this and recent stories, check out the links below.

We'll be at this Friday's, Stop the shutoffs, Turn on the water! rally and march at Cobo Center during Netroots Nation, led by allies from National Nurses United and the Robin Hood Tax. Join us there!!



Monday, June 23, 2014

International Appeal to Stop Detroit Water Shut Offs

Detroit residents and activists are calling global attention to the city's water crisis where the Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept is scheduling 3,000 shutoffs per week to low income families. This human rights violation is being condemned by national and international social and economic justice groups who believe water is life and can never be denied to human beings.

Maude Barlow's Blue Water Project with Food & Water Watch, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Detroit People's Water Board has drafted a report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur calling on authorities to stop the shut offs and restore water to those who have been cut off. Read the public announcement about this water shut off crisis.

Please help us in this effort by signing the petition: "Tell Detroit to turn the taps back on: Water is a human right!" directed to President Obama and Governor Snyder. 

More information can be found on the MWRO facebook and MWRO twitter pages.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Rev Pinkney Framed in Benton Harbor Election Fraud Case

Reposted from BANCO

Note from MWRO: Rev. Edward Pinkney, President of  the Black Autonomy Network of Community Organizations in Benton Harbor, has issued this statement following his hearing on June 5, 2014. Jury selection begins July 17 and court begins July 21. Please support Rev. Pinkney against these fraudulent charges by being a court observer and/or contributing to his legal defense by making a PayPal contribution to BANCO asap! His legal team is seeking $5,000 to appeal to the circuit court.

Statement by Rev. Edward Pinkney on BANCO website
 June 8, 2014
My case is one where there is no evidence whatsoever that proves the acts constituting a crime were in fact committed by me.
–There is no physical evidence that I was the person who changed any petitions.
–There is no expert testimony that I was the one who changed any petitions.
–There are no statements to the police or anyone else that I committed acts constituting a crime.
–There are no confessions or witnesses to show that I committed a crime, or if there was a crime.
In short, the alleged crime consisted of the alteration of documents, and there is no evidence that I committed those acts or that I was the only person in a position to commit the acts.
Based on the evidence presented at the preliminary examination, it appears the prosecution will not be able to present sufficient evidence at trial unless they do what the Berrien County Court normally does: fabricate evidence.
Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic have been working together. They are a tag team. Corruption rolls on in Berrien County.
- See more at: http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/06/07/benton-harbor-rev-pinkney-to-face-trial-on-felony-charges-july-21-despite-no-evidence/#sthash.4NBCiBZn.dpuf

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Pinkney Framed Again

My case is one where there is no evidence whatsoever that prove the acts constituting a crime were in fact committed by me.
--There is no physical evidence that I was the person who changed any petitions. 
--There is no expert testimony that I was the one who changed any petitions. 
--There are no statements to the police or anyone else that I committed acts constituting a crime. 
--There are no confessions or witnesses to show that I  committed a crime, or if there was a crime. 
In short, the alleged crime consisted of the alteration of documents, and there is no evidence that I committed those acts or that I was the only person in a position to commit the acts.
Based on the evidence presented at the preliminary examination, it appears the prosecution will not be able to present sufficient evidence at trial unless they do what the Berrien County Court normally does:  fabricate evidence.
Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic have been working together.  They are a tag team. Corruption rolls on in Berrien County.                          
 
-- Rev. Edward Pinkney
Statement by Rev. Edward Pinkney on BANCO website
 June 8, 2014
My case is one where there is no evidence whatsoever that proves the acts constituting a crime were in fact committed by me.
–There is no physical evidence that I was the person who changed any petitions.
–There is no expert testimony that I was the one who changed any petitions.
–There are no statements to the police or anyone else that I committed acts constituting a crime.
–There are no confessions or witnesses to show that I committed a crime, or if there was a crime.
In short, the alleged crime consisted of the alteration of documents, and there is no evidence that I committed those acts or that I was the only person in a position to commit the acts.
Based on the evidence presented at the preliminary examination, it appears the prosecution will not be able to present sufficient evidence at trial unless they do what the Berrien County Court normally does: fabricate evidence.
Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic have been working together. They are a tag team. Corruption rolls on in Berrien County.
- See more at: http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/06/07/benton-harbor-rev-pinkney-to-face-trial-on-felony-charges-july-21-despite-no-evidence/#sthash.4NBCiBZn.dpuf
Statement by Rev. Edward Pinkney on BANCO website
 June 8, 2014
My case is one where there is no evidence whatsoever that proves the acts constituting a crime were in fact committed by me.
–There is no physical evidence that I was the person who changed any petitions.
–There is no expert testimony that I was the one who changed any petitions.
–There are no statements to the police or anyone else that I committed acts constituting a crime.
–There are no confessions or witnesses to show that I committed a crime, or if there was a crime.
In short, the alleged crime consisted of the alteration of documents, and there is no evidence that I committed those acts or that I was the only person in a position to commit the acts.
Based on the evidence presented at the preliminary examination, it appears the prosecution will not be able to present sufficient evidence at trial unless they do what the Berrien County Court normally does: fabricate evidence.
Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic have been working together. They are a tag team. Corruption rolls on in Berrien County.
- See more at: http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/06/07/benton-harbor-rev-pinkney-to-face-trial-on-felony-charges-july-21-despite-no-evidence/#sthash.4NBCiBZn.dpufvv
Statement by Rev. Edward Pinkney on BANCO website
 June 8, 2014
My case is one where there is no evidence whatsoever that proves the acts constituting a crime were in fact committed by me.
–There is no physical evidence that I was the person who changed any petitions.
–There is no expert testimony that I was the one who changed any petitions.
–There are no statements to the police or anyone else that I committed acts constituting a crime.
–There are no confessions or witnesses to show that I committed a crime, or if there was a crime.
In short, the alleged crime consisted of the alteration of documents, and there is no evidence that I committed those acts or that I was the only person in a position to commit the acts.
Based on the evidence presented at the preliminary examination, it appears the prosecution will not be able to present sufficient evidence at trial unless they do what the Berrien County Court normally does: fabricate evidence.
Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic have been working together. They are a tag team. Corruption rolls on in Berrien County.
- See more at: http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/06/07/benton-harbor-rev-pinkney-to-face-trial-on-felony-charges-july-21-despite-no-evidence/#sthash.4NBCiBZn.dpuf
Pinkney Framed Again
 Statement by Rev. Edward Pinkney on BANCO website
 June 8, 2014
My case is one where there is no evidence whatsoever that proves the acts constituting a crime were in fact committed by me.
–There is no physical evidence that I was the person who changed any petitions.
–There is no expert testimony that I was the one who changed any petitions.
–There are no statements to the police or anyone else that I committed acts constituting a crime.
–There are no confessions or witnesses to show that I committed a crime, or if there was a crime.
In short, the alleged crime consisted of the alteration of documents, and there is no evidence that I committed those acts or that I was the only person in a position to commit the acts.
Based on the evidence presented at the preliminary examination, it appears the prosecution will not be able to present sufficient evidence at trial unless they do what the Berrien County Court normally does: fabricate evidence.
Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic have been working together. They are a tag team. Corruption rolls on in Berrien County.
- See more at: http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/06/07/benton-harbor-rev-pinkney-to-face-trial-on-felony-charges-july-21-despite-no-evidence/#sthash.4NBCiBZn.dpuf
Pinkney Framed Again
 Statement by Rev. Edward Pinkney on BANCO website
 June 8, 2014
My case is one where there is no evidence whatsoever that proves the acts constituting a crime were in fact committed by me.
–There is no physical evidence that I was the person who changed any petitions.
–There is no expert testimony that I was the one who changed any petitions.
–There are no statements to the police or anyone else that I committed acts constituting a crime.
–There are no confessions or witnesses to show that I committed a crime, or if there was a crime.
In short, the alleged crime consisted of the alteration of documents, and there is no evidence that I committed those acts or that I was the only person in a position to commit the acts.
Based on the evidence presented at the preliminary examination, it appears the prosecution will not be able to present sufficient evidence at trial unless they do what the Berrien County Court normally does: fabricate evidence.
Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic have been working together. They are a tag team. Corruption rolls on in Berrien County.
- See more at: http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/06/07/benton-harbor-rev-pinkney-to-face-trial-on-felony-charges-july-21-despite-no-evidence/#sthash.4NBCiBZn.dpuf
Pinkney Framed Again
 Statement by Rev. Edward Pinkney on BANCO website
 June 8, 2014
My case is one where there is no evidence whatsoever that proves the acts constituting a crime were in fact committed by me.
–There is no physical evidence that I was the person who changed any petitions.
–There is no expert testimony that I was the one who changed any petitions.
–There are no statements to the police or anyone else that I committed acts constituting a crime.
–There are no confessions or witnesses to show that I committed a crime, or if there was a crime.
In short, the alleged crime consisted of the alteration of documents, and there is no evidence that I committed those acts or that I was the only person in a position to commit the acts.
Based on the evidence presented at the preliminary examination, it appears the prosecution will not be able to present sufficient evidence at trial unless they do what the Berrien County Court normally does: fabricate evidence.
Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic have been working together. They are a tag team. Corruption rolls on in Berrien County.
- See more at: http://voiceofdetroit.net/2014/06/07/benton-harbor-rev-pinkney-to-face-trial-on-felony-charges-july-21-despite-no-evidence/#sthash.4NBCiBZn.dpuf

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Water Warrior Maude Barlow to visit Detroit Thursday, May 22

(Reposted from Detroit Greens)

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization members will be there and we know you will be too! Tonight at 6:30pm, Wayne State University, downtown Detroit. This event is co-sponsored by the Detroit People's Water Board -- a coalition of grassroots organizations committed to demanding affordable water, no shut-offs, no privatization and affordable rates for all Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept.residential customers