Water Resistance Trial Underway in Detroit


Isaac Wylie-Fahey, 2, grandson of defendant Bill Wylie-Kellermann, shows his support Wednesday with his mother, Lydia Wylie-Kellermann, 29, of Detroit. (photo: Holly Fournier/The Detroit News)
Isaac Wylie-Fahey, 2, grandson of defendant Bill Wylie-Kellermann, shows his support Wednesday with his mother, Lydia Wylie-Kellermann, 29, of Detroit. (photo: Holly Fournier/The Detroit News)

 

Bill Quigley | Reader Supported News | November 19, 2015

 jury trial is underway in Detroit for human rights activists arrested for blocking trucks that were going to cut off water to low-income families.

On July 18, 2014, dozens of people successfully blocked the trucks of the Homrich Inc., a private wrecking company that the City of Detroit contracts with to carry out water shutoffs. The trucks were leaving to cut off water for Detroiters who were more than $150 past due on payments. After an eight-hour blockade nine people were arrested.

Those on trial said civil disobedience was their only option to address the grave public health crisis of mass water shutoffs, since the City of Detroit was under emergency management, which effectively strips all elected officials of decision-making power. One of the people on trial is Bill Wylie-Kellermann, pastor of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Detroit. He told The Detroit News, “It was, at the time, the last vestige of democracy in the city.”

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