When they turn off our water..

water stationWritten by Lydia Wylie-Kellermann for the Detroit Peace Community’s Stations of the Cross. This week the City of Detroit has resumed shut offs to 30,000 homes.

When they turn off our water, prohibiting us from cleaning our clothes or our bodies, they strip us of our dignity.

When they turn off our water, leaving us unable to care for medical needs and sewage backs up, they strip us of our health.

When they turn off our water, adding the bill to our property tax, they strip us of our homes.

When they turn off our water, leaving our homes unsafe and in jeopardy of a call from Child Protective Services, they strip us of our children.

When they turn off our water and lie about financial and beurocratic support, they strip us of our power.

When they turn off our water, taking away clean drinking water, they strip us of our lives.

Today, 38,000 households stand at the cross calling out for their dignity, their health, their homes, their children, their power, and their lives!

One thought on “When they turn off our water..

  1. Reblogged this on Fuzzytek and commented:
    Just a reminder to those who don’t quite understand interconnective community. As the problems regarding sanitation with infectious conditions are boarding the buses across metropolitan Detroit — all communities across the metropolitan area will be impacted. There are no general provisions for paid sick days at this time (legislation is pending in Michigan House, meeting resistance as well). We also don’t have freely available public bathhouses around Detroit where sanitary needs can be handled by those mobile enough to do so. Water shutoffs are happening to houses with the infirm, diseased, and elderly. Mothers with newborns may not have water at their home to care for their infant and self. People returning from surgeries need to keep wounds clean, but may not have water.

    These concerns and so many more need to be considered when shutting off water to the poor. It is a violent attack on life which anyone in elected office should be ashamed of committing. In truth it is a violation of their oath to protect the public.

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