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Children’s March to Stop Water Shutoffs

Urgent Call to Action:
Rally at Wayne State University Student Center on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 5PM  

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Photo: Fuzzytek. June 21, 2015

We need you to reach out  to mobilize families with children in your circles, youth leaders, children and youth activities to compel them to represent a moral voice to stop water shut offs for the most vulnerable people in Detroit. Three quarters of the children in Detroit are living below 150% of the federal poverty level ($35,775 for a family of four). Exposing children to an opportunity to care about other children is a way to nurture their humanity by caring for other children in need. Please make the sacrifice of time to personally compel  people to join in and wage love… 

Facebook event link – https://www.facebook.com/events/209562162771029/

“Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity.”
– Pope Francis, Laudato Si

The Allied Media Conference has agreed to support our cause by spreading the word nationwide about Mayor Duggan’s refusal to accept the warnings that massive water shut offs are a threat to public health and  an assault, punishing vulnerable people who cannot afford the current payment rates and policies. There is not a reasonable process in place for evaluating shut offs for vulnerable populations such as elderly, pregnant women, persons with serious medical conditions or chronic health challenges, young children in the home, or landlord tenant discrepancies. This is unreasonable and unacceptable. Like Flint we have been persistent as advocates, now we have decided to lift up the children’s voices to call out to the Mayor in front of the nation. Continue reading Children’s March to Stop Water Shutoffs

UN Human Rights Council review of United States of America

The live broadcast of the Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America has just begun in Geneva Switzerland. 

This is the second UPR of the United States since the UPR process began in 2006 for each member nation of the United Nations. The troika – or three country delegates assisting the U.S. review – were selected in January 2015 (Botswana, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia).

Webcast via UN Web TV

Archive link for video

USA UPR Adoption – 22nd Session of Universal Periodic Review

Clarifications to the recommendations through the trioka reviewing the UPR of the United States of America on May 15, 2015. 

Addressing 346 recommendations. Oral amendments were agreed upon and reviewed. A preliminary response from Ms. Kathleen Hooke, Assistant Legal Adviser for Human Rights and Refugees at the U.S. Department of State. In her statement she indicates due to the number of recommendations and work involved a detailed response will be coming in September 2015. The recommendations will be grouped by topic and worked on by at least 12 federal agencies, and experts outside the government. There will be an outreach to civil society and take into consideration their views.

Working draft of the recommendations, from UPR-Info.org (update expected May 29, 2015)

Please note this post at Fuzzytek.com will be updated!


United States Response and Interaction with UPR

President Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly:1)Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly, Whitehouse transcript, September 26, 2014

We welcome the scrutiny of the world — because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems, to make our union more perfect, to bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation.  America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, or 50 years ago, or even a decade ago.  Because we fight for our ideals, and we are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short.  Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary.  Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy — with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and every religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and their circumstances and their countries for the better.

In 2010 a number of recommendations were offered through the UPR, today a review of the progress the country has made on these and more. While the State Department offers its response to the recommendations, it does not provide the requests which were rejected. The United States Human Rights Network has provided these rejected requests.

United Nations Responses and Requests

Each country’s embassy to the UN has the ability to offer verbal comment today – however due to the number of requests for comment these are limited to one minute five seconds each. 

Updates While Live Coverage Watched

Additional References

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1. Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly, Whitehouse transcript, September 26, 2014