The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

April Showers Bring More Water Shutoffs

Mar 30, 2015

The Detroit Water Department announced plans to distribute 800 shutoff notices per day to residential customers across the city now that the weather is warming up. They took a break for the winter from their slimy deeds of shutting off access to water, a vital necessity, to low income residents having trouble paying their bills.

From mid-2013 to mid-2014 they shut off the water to over 40,000 homes, saying the department needed the money. Some of these residential customers owe as little as 150 dollars on their bills, yet just the top 40 delinquent corporate customers owed 8.5 million dollars just last August, and nothing has been done about going after them. Some of the bigger “deadbeats” include the likes of the Chrysler Group, Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena and the State of Michigan.

This is just one more attack aimed to drive poor people out of the city in order to hand it over to the wealthy and the corporations, and we need to fight to stop it.