United Front Against Austerity
June 5, 2014
More on Detroit water shut-offs – the city is
paying $5.6 million to a private contractor to turn off water for an
estimated 70,000 residences.
With all due respect to Cecily McMillan, why is she the new hero of the left for elbowing a cop in the eye while hundreds of thousands of black residents of Detroit are fighting for their lives?
It's time for the "left" such as it is to ditch the utopian clowns of
Occupy and the professional pessimists and porn-mongers of left-wing
media, and to support, join and form serious grassroots political
movements based on concrete economic demands.
We can and must create
UFAA has the program – we need the people!
Charity Hicks' arrest for protesting her water shut-off is pretty harrowing stuff:
"Hicks discovered when she got to Mound Road that everyone arrested in
the city, whether for misdemeanors or felonies, is being taken there and
booked by the Michigan Department of Corrections, which guards them and
takes their fingerprints and photos, then keeps them in state custody.
She said she was told she would be there for four days."
She said she was disrobed and strip-searched.
“They threw me in a cell with hundreds of women,” Hicks recounted.
“There was one urinal and no water to drink or wash with, and there was
human waste including menstrual blood all over the floor. No water, no
nothing. We had to use the urinal with no regard to our health and
safety, where we could get HIV, hepatitis and other diseases. Even the
Border Patrol brought a woman in because they are stopping people there
who have warrants.”