Black Families in Detroit Appeal for U.N. Help After City Cuts Off Water


This is the worst violation of the human right to water I have ever seen outside of the worst slums in the poorest countries in failed states of the global South,” said Maude Barlow, founder of the Blue Planet Project.

Thousands of families in Detroit, mostly black, have had their water cut off because they can’t afford to pay water rates that are nearly double the average in the rest of the country.

In March, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced that it would shut off water service for 1,500 to 3,000 customers every week if their water bills were not paid. Clearly not understanding the root of the problem, the City Council just last week approved an 8.7-percent water rate increase.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the average water bill is $75, nearly double the average of $40 nationwide.

The DWSD says that more than 80,000 residences, in a city with a population of 680,000, are in arrears on their water bills. According to CBS, that means nearly half of Detroit families can’t pay for their water.

The DWSD hasn’t said how many  have been cut off, but it numbers in the thousands, according to activist groups like the Blue Planet Project, which have appealed to the United Nations to step in to ease the “humanitarian crisis.”

Blue Planet and several other groups have sent a letter to Catarina de Albuquerque, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, urging the United Nations to become involved and stop the city of Detroit from continuing to shut off water.

The Detroit People’s Water Board, the Blue Planet Project, the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Food and Water Watch have also made appeals to the state of Michigan and the federal government.

There are thousands of families, including those with sick and elderly members, who cannot bathe, cook or even flush their toilets, Barlow said. “This is unprecedented,” she added.

Fox25 in Oklahoma City reported that sources in the city claimed the reason for the 119 percent increase in rates at the root of the situation include a decline of 75 percent of federal assistance for water infrastructure since the 1970s, leading to aging infrastructure that has not been replaced, and stricter water standards that require expensive new systems and technology to meet.

So in a word, 40-plus years of liberalism.

Liberal politics have led Detroit to a poverty rate of 40 percent, a water system that is failing faster than the circulatory system in a 400-pound mayonnaise factory taste tester, and ultimately a decision to squeeze the last drop of blood out of the poor and drop the carcasses like flies in a spider’s web.

And what is the solution proposed?

Have the United Nations take over an American City. …

Let that sink in a moment.

I have great sympathy for the citizens of Detroit who have had their water turned off. I think they have been used as pawns in a game they’re probably not even aware of, and they desperately need help from their fellow Americans. Whatever responsibility individuals may have for their situation, I don’t believe in kicking people when they are in great need.

However it may appear that this situation is the result of a long chain of stupid behaviors on the part of Detroit officials and the voters who put them in office, something just doesn’t sit right.

I can’t prove it, but I believe that somebody somewhere planned for this outcome, leading finally to an excellent excuse for the U.N. to put its foot in America’s door (or other aperture, if you prefer).

With the Central American invasion at our southern border, could this be the thing that leads to a different kind of invasion, starting at our northern flank?

The Obama Administration seems completely inadequate to the task of stopping the southern border crisis, if indeed it isn’t the cause of it, as many suspect.

How likely is King Putt to intervene in Detroit?

Suppose for a moment that the U.N. steps in and essentially takes legal control of Detroit. What happens when it decides that the southern border looks like a humanitarian crisis it should intervene in, too?

Then imagine a protest against the U.N. inside our country being put down by some of those heavily armed police departments and federal agencies Obama has been beefing up. Any violence could be another excuse for the U.N. to take control of police assets in select cities. …

If the U.N. sets foot in Detroit, then it’s time to take all bets off the table.

 

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