Opening remarks from Bill Wylie-Kellermann at a November 4 demonstration and march begun outside Detroit Election Offices.
Good afternoon. Great gratitude for the invitation to speak to you today.
You welcome me as 71-year-old, white cis male (he/him) Christian pastor.
Given that most of those intersections are aligned with power or privilege from which I am working to be liberated, your welcome is generous
About this time five years ago Marian Kramer of Michigan Welfare Rights and I stood trial in 36th district court for blocking, with seven others [including Baba Baxter here today], the Homrich company’s water shut off trucks at the beginning of what has become some 120k shut offs. They were ordered by Detroit’s Emergency Manager who had assumed all the powers of government in one person, replacing every elected official in the city. It seemed important to us to get those charges in front of a jury – under emergency management a jury was the last vestige of official democracy in Detroit.
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