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Detroit's Blue Ribbon Panel on Affordability Releases its Report

Gary A. Brown | Posted 03.09.2016 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

The past two years, water affordability has been front and center in Detroit. While opinions vary, it was clear that a review of policies, best practi...

A Magical Mystery Tour of American Austerity Politics

Laura Gottesdiener | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Laura Gottesdiener

Something is rotten in the state of Michigan. One city neglected to inform its residents that its water supply was laced with cancerous chemicals. Another dissolved its public school district and replaced it with a charter school system, only to witness the for-profit management company it hired flee the scene.


Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

In 2008, Prof. Yang returned to Jeju island, having left a rewarding life as a famed artist and film critic in the capital, Seoul, to join protests against construction of a planned naval base on the shores of Gangjeong, a village in Jeju Island.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Here's How Detroit Is Trying To Make Sure Massive Water Shutoffs Don't Happen Again | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Detroit will not shut off water to residents this season until officials review ideas to improve assistance for people who can’t pay their bills. It...

'The Daily Show' Rips Detroit For Cutting Off Water To Poor Residents

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.18.2014 | Comedy

After Detroit began shutting off water service this year to thousands of customers behind on their bills, critics wondered why the city was letting it...

UN Experts 'Deeply Disturbed' By Water Shutoffs For Black Detroiters

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact

United Nations experts are calling for a federal investigation of the water shutoffs that have affected thousands of Detroiters, expressing concern ov...

How Detroit's Water Crisis Is Part Of A Much Bigger Problem

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

In Detroit, thousands of people have had their water turned off in the last few months after not paying their bills. For the water department, it's a ...

PETA Will Help Detroiters Without Water, But It Wants Them To Go Meatless First

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has reached out to aid needy Detroiters who had their water shut off due to outstanding payments...

15,000 Households In Detroit Have Had Their Water Shut Off. You Can Help Where The Government Won't

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

The NAACP Legal Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit against Detroit. Thousands gathered in protest over the weekend and advocates are calling on the Unit...

Dave Jamieson

Mark Ruffalo Joins Hundreds Of Protesters To Rally Against Detroit Water Shutoffs | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

DETROIT -- Throngs of progressive activists, union members and Detroit residents streamed through downtown on Friday to protest the controversial wate...

Activist Fights With Reporter On Air, Says He Doesn't Know 'What The Hell He's Talking About'

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.08.2014 | Media

A Detroit activist and a TV reporter got into a shouting match on MSNBC Tuesday as they discussed how thousands of the city's residents have been left...

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

United Nations: Detroit Utility Is Violating Human Rights

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact

Detroit's been shutting off water to customers who reportedly can't afford to pay their bills, and United Nations experts said Wednesday it's a violat...

Activists Beg UN For Help After Detroit Shuts Off Water For Thousands

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.26.2014 | Impact

After Detroit turned off water for thousands of residents, activists are calling on the United Nations for help in what they've called a "massive huma...

WATCH: Discovering Detroit's Ghost Waters

Model D | Oren Goldenberg | Posted 04.02.2013 | Detroit

This story originally appeared in Model D. On March 16, we accompanied Shaun Nethercott, founder and executive director of the Matrix Theatre Comp...