More than 100 rally for Detroit to keep its water departmentI must have missed the rally at City Hall after a gunman walked into a Detroit Police precinct and shot four officers. Must have missed the rally at City Hall while a serial rapist was tearing up the east side.
Chanting "We will win," Detroit pastors, politicians and community activists pledged to fight two attempts by the suburbs to gain control of management of the city's aging, sprawling and troubled water and sewage system.
"Detroit is not for sale, and Detroit is not up for grabs," state Sen. Bert Johnson told more than 100 people who gathered at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center downtown during a rally. "Frankly, when we talk about regionalism, Detroit always finds itself at the end of the taking. It's always Detroiters fighting for themselves."
On Wednesday, Oakland County officials asked a federal judge to appoint a regional oversight board for the system. And last week, state Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, introduced legislation that would place management of the system mainly in suburban hands.
State Rep. Shanelle Jackson called the state legislation "a back-handed, crazy plan" and "a money grab."
Detroit leaders vowed to bring hundreds of residents to Lansing to protest.
"We're going to need buses and vans to go to Lansing," Councilwoman JoAnn Watson pledged. "We have the right to own the system. It is not subject to a takeover. We will stand, we will fight and we will win."
I already know the answer, but I'll ask anyway: What on Earth could possibly drive over 100 people to assmble in downtown Detroit in January for a rally - with pastors and politicans, of course - on a water and sewage system?
Something tells me it's not an affinity for water and sewage.