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thepeoplesrecord:

Detroit water shutoffs continue after judge says poor have no right to waterSeptember 29, 2014
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Monday refused to block the city from shutting off water to delinquent customers for six months, saying there is no right to free water and Detroit can’t afford to lose the revenue.
Rhodes’s order served as a stinging rejection of arguments made by thousands of protesters who staged rallies last summer fighting shutoffs and argued that there is a fundamental right to water service.
"There is no such right or law," Rhodes said.
A six-month ban on water shut-offs would boost the rate of customer defaults and threaten Detroit’s revenue, the judge added.
"The last thing (Detroit) needs is this hit to its revenues," the judge said.
Rhodes issued his ruling after two days of hearings last week and said he lacked the power to issue a water shut-off moratorium. Regardless, a lawyer for 10 residents failed to convince him there was justification for such a drastic step, he said.
Rhodes said residents do not have a right to receive water service “let alone service based on an ability to pay.”
Alice Jennings, an attorney representing the 10 residents fighting water shutoffs, said she was “disappointed but not surprised” by the judge’s ruling. Rhodes, she said, missed the issue of safety and underscored the irreparable harm that comes with the shutoffs.
"We will be looking at an appeal," Jennings said. "We believe there is a right to water and there is a right to affordable water."
The city’s policy of shutting off water to residents in one of the nation’s poorest cities briefly overshadowed the city’s historic bankruptcy case and debt-cutting plan, which hinges on spinning off the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to suburban counties.
The city started a more vigorous shut-off campaign in the spring compared to other years in an effort to get more people to pay their outstanding bills or get on a payment plan. Rhodes on Monday called the efforts a “bold, commendable and necessarily aggressive plan.”
About 24,000 city water accounts have been shut off this year. A month-long moratorium halting shutoffs ended in August and crews are now back to shutting off water to up to 400 accounts a day, DWSD officials said last week.
Residents, civic groups, and “The Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo participated in mass protests in recent months fighting the city’s treatment of delinquent water customers. A pocket of protesters lined West Lafayette Boulevard outside federal court Monday.
Ten residents requested the moratorium, saying it would give the city time to establish a plan to better help those who can’t afford to pay their water bills. Lawyers for Detroit say such an order would encourage further delinquency, cause the department to lose revenues and lead to higher rates.
During closing arguments, Jennings argued the “hodgepodge” of programs designed to aid a limited group of residents facing water shut-offs isn’t good enough for the city plagued by widespread poverty.
Jennings told the judge that a “very brief” stop to shut-offs would give the city more time to craft a cohesive program.
Tom O’Brien, an attorney for the water department, has countered that a 10-point plan to educate and assist low-income residents wasn’t constructed overnight.
"It was developed," he said, and "was intended to be practical."
O’Brien also played up a fund outlined in the plan, and a separate pot of annual aid money called for in a proposed Great Lakes Water Authority.
"That’s significant money, it goes a long way," he said.
Detroit’s bankruptcy trial, meanwhile, resumes Monday, five days after City Council members reclaimed power over city government while agreeing to keep Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr in place for bankruptcy-related duties.
The deal means council will resume control over city departments, contracts and other day-to-day matters. Orr’s official removal will be effective if the city’s debt-cutting bankruptcy plan is confirmed.
Orr is expected to testify soon about the debt-cutting plan.
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thepeoplesrecord:

Detroit water shutoffs continue after judge says poor have no right to water
September 29, 2014

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Monday refused to block the city from shutting off water to delinquent customers for six months, saying there is no right to free water and Detroit can’t afford to lose the revenue.

Rhodes’s order served as a stinging rejection of arguments made by thousands of protesters who staged rallies last summer fighting shutoffs and argued that there is a fundamental right to water service.

"There is no such right or law," Rhodes said.

A six-month ban on water shut-offs would boost the rate of customer defaults and threaten Detroit’s revenue, the judge added.

"The last thing (Detroit) needs is this hit to its revenues," the judge said.

Rhodes issued his ruling after two days of hearings last week and said he lacked the power to issue a water shut-off moratorium. Regardless, a lawyer for 10 residents failed to convince him there was justification for such a drastic step, he said.

Rhodes said residents do not have a right to receive water service “let alone service based on an ability to pay.”

Alice Jennings, an attorney representing the 10 residents fighting water shutoffs, said she was “disappointed but not surprised” by the judge’s ruling. Rhodes, she said, missed the issue of safety and underscored the irreparable harm that comes with the shutoffs.

"We will be looking at an appeal," Jennings said. "We believe there is a right to water and there is a right to affordable water."

The city’s policy of shutting off water to residents in one of the nation’s poorest cities briefly overshadowed the city’s historic bankruptcy case and debt-cutting plan, which hinges on spinning off the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to suburban counties.

The city started a more vigorous shut-off campaign in the spring compared to other years in an effort to get more people to pay their outstanding bills or get on a payment plan. Rhodes on Monday called the efforts a “bold, commendable and necessarily aggressive plan.”

About 24,000 city water accounts have been shut off this year. A month-long moratorium halting shutoffs ended in August and crews are now back to shutting off water to up to 400 accounts a day, DWSD officials said last week.

Residents, civic groups, and “The Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo participated in mass protests in recent months fighting the city’s treatment of delinquent water customers. A pocket of protesters lined West Lafayette Boulevard outside federal court Monday.

Ten residents requested the moratorium, saying it would give the city time to establish a plan to better help those who can’t afford to pay their water bills. Lawyers for Detroit say such an order would encourage further delinquency, cause the department to lose revenues and lead to higher rates.

During closing arguments, Jennings argued the “hodgepodge” of programs designed to aid a limited group of residents facing water shut-offs isn’t good enough for the city plagued by widespread poverty.

Jennings told the judge that a “very brief” stop to shut-offs would give the city more time to craft a cohesive program.

Tom O’Brien, an attorney for the water department, has countered that a 10-point plan to educate and assist low-income residents wasn’t constructed overnight.

"It was developed," he said, and "was intended to be practical."

O’Brien also played up a fund outlined in the plan, and a separate pot of annual aid money called for in a proposed Great Lakes Water Authority.

"That’s significant money, it goes a long way," he said.

Detroit’s bankruptcy trial, meanwhile, resumes Monday, five days after City Council members reclaimed power over city government while agreeing to keep Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr in place for bankruptcy-related duties.

The deal means council will resume control over city departments, contracts and other day-to-day matters. Orr’s official removal will be effective if the city’s debt-cutting bankruptcy plan is confirmed.

Orr is expected to testify soon about the debt-cutting plan.

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http://thinkprogress.org/culture/2014/09/09/3565169/shows-to-watch/

stopwhitewashing:

This is a handy list of several diverse shows debuting this fall and beyond.

1. Black-ish (Sept. 24): ”[T]hough the show is about a black family, it’s a larger commentary about what it is like to live in a community where one is, for whatever reason, different from the status quo. Black-ish speaks to the experiences of people of color nationwide, and highlights the intersections between race and class. It sheds light on what it means to be a minority in America, and as the country undergoes a rapid demographic shift, it’s one that everyone should see.”

2. American Crime (2015): ”It delves into the relationship between race and the legal system. In it, several murder suspects are arrested for the death of a war veteran’s son, which heats up racial tension in the small town of Modesto, CA.”

3. Cristela (Oct. 10): ”Cristela is a Mexican American woman who still lives at home and can’t finish law school. The show follows Cristela as she strives for upward mobility while reconciling her traditional upbringing.”

4. Fresh Off the Boat (2015): ”ABC is really going for the gold on race representation this pilot season, but the network also wins the award for Most Questionable Show Titles. This series is about a Chinese family that moves from DC to Orlando in pursuit of the American Dream. Eleven-year-old Eddie, a hip-hop fanatic, goes through an identity crisis as the Asian kid living in a white suburb.”

5. Jane the Virgin (Oct. 13): ”The voiceover in the first trailer for Jane the Virgin says the show is about fate, family, and worlds colliding. It’s actually about religion, abstinence-only education, and the worst possible depiction of reproductive health services. Its protagonist, Jane, is mistakenly inseminated with her ex-boyfriend’s sperm after a doctor confuses two patients. Thereafter, she must reconcile her strict [latinx] Catholic upbringing — which includes a strict no-sex rule — with the reality that she is with child.”

6. Mission Control (2015): Women in science and tech are criminally underrepresented, so I’m excited about this 2015 sitcom about a lone female wolf working at NASA in the 1960s. It’s set in the past, but many of the absurdities of being a woman in male-dominated industries — wage gaps, harassment, etc. — still exist. Details are still unknown, but hopefully Mission Control will offer funny yet educational insight into what it is like to be a woman in science who has to cope with those absurdities.

7. Selfie (Sept. 30): ”Eliza Dooley is a self-absorbed, delusional, and social-media obsessed woman who wants to be rebranded by her co-worker (John Cho). Her character is simultaneously her company’s best and least-respected sales rep, in desperate need of fixing her tarnished image. The gender dynamics on this show are difficult to watch because there doesn’t appear to be any sense of irony. And the show’s social-media-gives-us-the-worst-of-humanity trope is tired. BUT you don’t have to like it to consider it worth watching. In light of last week’s leaked photo controversy and gender-based violence on the internet, there’s something valuable to take from this monstrosity. Stripped of its absurdity, the show is about a man who evaluates a woman’s respectability — and place in the office — based on her social media presence and lifestyle choices.”

8. State of Affairs (Nov. 17): ”There are already several national security dramas, but this one stars Alfre Woodard as a black female president and a female CIA analyst (Katherine Heigl).”

venivididolli:

Nahji is our star for Day 3 of Hearts For Hearts Girls appreciation. 

Nahji is from India. This is actually her tea fashion pack. She’s wearing it with her earrings, choker and shoes from her stock outfit. The elephant tea set is one of my favorite doll accessories ever. I love it! But just look at the detailing on this outfit. It’s superb. My only complaint is the material used for the spangly bit, but it all works together well despite that. 

Nahji has a gorgeous head of hair. It’s so full and silky! I love her nose pierce, although a lot of people complained about it. No complaints about the earrings on all of them, because in Murrika it’s okay to pierce a baby’s ears, but it’s not okay for a doll of an Indian child to wear a nose stud. *MASSIVE EYE ROLL* 

But anyway, yes, I love Nahji. I think I tend to overlook her a little, because someone else got her before I did and took such great pictures that she actually became one of the last ones of the first HFHG set that I bought because I wanted to see the others first. But this tea outfit really made her come alive for me. I just love the colors so much. 

The outdoors photo shows her in her original stock. It’s very cute, but nowhere near the pizzazz of the tea outfit.

Nahji is not currently available in stores, but she can easily be found in the secondary market.

I’ll be back with another girl tomorrow!

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sancophaleague:

The “conscious” community hates rappers but why? In reality many (not all) of them are just average kids who come in poor black neighborhoods who happen to get a deal from some white man looking to make money off them. Yes, their mentality is self-destruction, self-hating, and black community destructive. The PERFECT  qualities that these industries look for when they want to give a deal. You think some poor black kid who is looking for a way out is going to pass up a chance to be a famous and be rich in capitalistic society such as this?  

What’s my point? Redirect your anger towards rappers to the industries that put them there. Look at “Bobby Shmurda”  2 months ago he nobody knew who he was. He drops one track about shooting/drug selling and it’s national hit being played on the radio everywhere. You gonna hate bobby for not speaking on black issues? These dudes are ignorant because of the environment they come from and “getting money” doesn’t change that. Having money doesn’t mean they “know thy self”.
Music Industry, The School system, and the Prison system all linked. 
I’m not saying don’t hold rapper accountable but when you are attacking them always keep in mind it’s bigger than music. Peace!
Post Written by @solar_innerg
#sancophaleague

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[EDITED MISSING IMAGES APPEAR NOW ] You can try to defend Shane Dawson all you want but, darkening your face to mimic someone’s skintone is still Blackface regardless.

angrywocunited:

Any other racist portrayal of a race or races or ethnicities such as:

  •  Brownface —————-> Latinos, Indians (from India )
  •  Redface ————- > Natives/Indigenous
  • Yellowface ————- > Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Tawainese, Korean, etc.
  • Arabface
  • Jewface

ALL STEM FROM THE PRACTICE OF BLACKFACE.

White people came up with the idea of ridiculing and enforcing racial stereotypes with its usage of Blackface, Redface, Yellowface, Arabface, & Jewface in America.

Not Black people, not Latinos, not Asians, not Natives/Indigenous, not Arabs, not Jews.

Racial caricaturing in all its forms is not a debate of justifiability.

Minstrelsy of people’s races is racist point blank

Even if whoever is doing it or encouraging  it claims to have good, non-offensive intentions.


IT WILL ALWAYS BE RACIST REGARDLESS OF INTENT.
IT’S DAMAGING NO MATTER HOW YOU TRY TO SPIN IT.

Do y’all Whitefolks understand that when Tyra had the photoshoot of models on ANTM and has makeup artists darken their skintones to emulate races other than their own it was still Blackface?
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Do y’all White folks understand that Zoe Saldana darkening her skin to play Nina Simone is still Blackface?
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Do y’all White folks understand that Beyonce darkening of her skin
in a photoshoot in a tribute to African activist and musician, Fela Kuti.was still Blackface?
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Do y’all White folks understand that Alexis Fields darkening of her skin to play Harriet Tubman in a Sister Sister episode was still Blackface?
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WE DIDN’T EXCUSE IT, GIVE THEM A PASS, GIVE THEM A BREAK, OR LET OUR OUTRAGE GO UNHEARD.

WE CAME FOR THEM.

WE COME FOR EVERYONE NO MATTER WHAT THEIR RACE IS WHEN THEY DO RACIST SHIT.
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Shane Dawson is a racist and a sexist who is well aware of what he has done, what he continues to do, and how his actions impact others. image
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He just doesn’t care.
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And his not caring is embedded in his privilege of being a White man who faces no discrimination based on the color of his skin or racial and ethnic background.

This man is the epitome of a deplorable human being.

How any of you can come into my inbox, comment on my posts in defense of him is amazing.

Especially when your own defense of him is riddled with you calling me :

"nigger"
“spigga”
"spic"
"spic nigger"
“monkey”
"bedwench"

And calling my people
a bunch of "thugs" "gangstas" and animals.

Plus you’re all  spewing these obscenities, defense theories, and fantasies of White’s oppression all under the guise of anon.

Why don’t you show your real face?

Or are masks just that appealing to you?

- PEACHES


Rewind Edition

filmishtyle:

To follow my last rewind edition, here’s another quick one for you curious folks. This is Hansika Motwani, other kiddo from Koi…mil Gaya kidzzz ganggg.

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She is now a successful actress in mostly Tamil/Telugu films. I present you 2014!

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renirabbit:

andythanfiction:

In Sociology, this week’s module is on propaganda and marketing.  For homework, we were asked to make a poster for an imaginary campaign either for a made-up product or a current social issue.  This is mine.  

So strong

renirabbit:

andythanfiction:

In Sociology, this week’s module is on propaganda and marketing.  For homework, we were asked to make a poster for an imaginary campaign either for a made-up product or a current social issue.  This is mine.  

So strong

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facedownunderthemoss:

haiweewicci:

lastrealindians:

86 years ago today (1927) Gutzon Borglum began defacing the sacred BlackHills with Mt. Rushmore.

Everyone must remember that “Mt. Rushmore” (the Black Hills) does not legally belong to the federal government, and especially not to South Dakota.  It was acknowledged as belonging to the sovereign Lakota Nation in the Sioux Treaty of 1868.  The federal government STOLE the Hills from the Lakota, breaking the law they wrote with their own hands!  The US is a repeat criminal but no one holds them accountable!

never fucking forget.

facedownunderthemoss:

haiweewicci:

lastrealindians:

86 years ago today (1927) Gutzon Borglum began defacing the sacred BlackHills with Mt. Rushmore.

Everyone must remember that “Mt. Rushmore” (the Black Hills) does not legally belong to the federal government, and especially not to South Dakota.  It was acknowledged as belonging to the sovereign Lakota Nation in the Sioux Treaty of 1868.  The federal government STOLE the Hills from the Lakota, breaking the law they wrote with their own hands!  The US is a repeat criminal but no one holds them accountable!

never fucking forget.

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