Only the Polar Ice Caps contain more fresh water that The Great Lakes.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, The Great Lakes are the largest surface fresh water system on the Earth, providing 84% of North America's surface fresh water and 21% of the world's supply.
"If Detroit can be used as a prototype," asks Makita "why can't it happen in LA, Chicago, or New York? On top of the bankruptcy, on top of the foreclosures, on top of the mayoral issues and emergency manager, on top of all of it -- now you want to take our life source?"
Under the "stewardship" of emergency management, shutting off the life source of many Detroiters is exactly what is happening.
As Carl Gibson, writing for Occupy.com, points out: "The water shutoffs in Detroit, which is currently in the middle of a bankruptcy fight, are merely a prelude to the outright privatization of water and other public assets. Defenders of Kevyn Orr's water shutoffs claim that residents need to simply pay their bills to avoid losing their water. Others argue that water infrastructure needs to be paid for -- and if it isn't, the only logical conclusion is that those who don't pay for the infrastructure will lose their water."
Makita describes her work with the Detroit Water Brigade, where she serves as Creative Director, as working towards a cultural shift. The system, says Makita, is not working and "we need to create another system that works for all of us."
Noting that the Detroit t Water and Sewage Department is a public utility that in now under the oversight of an unelected emergency manager, Makita's message to people outside of Detroit is both a warning and an invitation.
"What if your water is cut off, " she asks "what if you are not controlling that spigot? Then what?"
About the guest |
AtPeace Makita is the Creative Director of The Detroit Water Brigade. A mother of six children, she is a native Detroiter and an honorable veteran of the U.S. Military.
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