Baltimore is the new Detroit!
Let the water games begin.
The poor will have no water.
And to the elite, another win.
Their rents are high, their income’s low.
But wait, there’s more to come.
Baltimore, you’re the new Detroit
that’s getting burned by elitist scum!
Twenty-five thousand residents
will have no water soon.
The cops are on their ass
and so is Mayor Coon!
Give a shout out for the Guard
when the water goes off for good.
Lock those goddamn folks up now.
Just go through every neighborhood!
Kick ‘em while they’re down.
They’ll never recover from this
Nor will they riot again.
There’ll be no flush for when they piss.
Those of you who are not Black
what if this were happening to you?
Would you take it up the ass
and just decide that it’s your due?
Shelby I. Courtland
©2015 Shelby I. Courtland
Crackdown on unpaid water bills will involve 600 shutoffs a week
Turn-offs of delinquent water accounts began on Monday and will center on geographic zones. A call for a moratorium until the billing system is audited.
Baltimore officials plan to disconnect water service to about 600 customers a week as they work through a backlog of 25,000 delinquent accounts.
Starting on Monday, meter technicians began turning off accounts that are at least six months in arrears and $250 past due, said Jeffrey Raymond, spokesman for the Department of Public Works. The average overdue bill, he said, is estimated to be between $500 and $600.
The city plans a regimen of 150 turn-offs a day, Monday through Thursday, or 600 accounts a week.
As if what is going on in Baltimore isn’t bad enough, their problems are about to get worse AND how! SIGH! Here we go! Move over Detroit, it’s now Baltimore’s turn!
To the children of Baltimore, I am so very sorry that your parents are poor and that you are unable at the age of 6 to find a job to pay the water bill. But I am quite sure that pretty soon, child labor laws will become a thing of the past and you can uh…work at…well..uh..I’m sorry, never mind. The jobs are gone!
6 thoughts on “Baltimore Is The New Detroit!”
Unbelievable callousness considering what is going on. It’s almost evil intent. “Let’s throw more oil on the fire while it’s raging.”
That’s about it in a nutshell! Kick ’em while they’re down. This will knock them out!
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Water is a basic human right. You got to organize.
The city of Detroit tried that; they organized and peacefully marched and protested. They even contacted the UN which said the same thing you did, but the water still was shut off.
>UN human rights officials have called for Detroit to restore water service to poor customers in arrears on their bills, arguing the shutoffs discriminate against minorities.
Catarina de Albuquerque and Leilani Farha say the shutoffs hurt “the most vulnerable and poorest”.
Detroit has closed the taps for more than 27,000 people this year.
Activists in Detroit had appealed to the UN for assistance in stopping the practice in the high-poverty city.
“It is contrary to human rights to disconnect water from people who simply do not have the means to pay their bills,” Ms de Albuquerque, UN special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, wrote in a statement on Monday.
“I heard testimonies from poor, African-American residents of Detroit who were forced to make impossible choices – to pay the water bill or to pay their rent.”
This is exactly what Baltimore can expect! More humanitarianism from the world’s leader in humanitarianism and that would be, AmeriKKKa? Uh…NO!
The UN called America and said that water was a basic human right. America said, “Fuck that, the water’s getting shut off!” Click!
…and so Baltimore, don’t even bother calling in the UN, it would be a complete and utter waste of time!
I would keep the pressure on them even though you feel it is a waste of time.