D. Taylor, Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights
Organization, is a leader in the battle to end poverty, stop
privatization and water shut offs for more than 45,000 Detroit homes. Michigan Welfare rights, and other organizations,
negotiated the “Water Affordability Plan” which passed the Detroit City Council. The plan was supposed to be implemented July 1, 2006. The battle continues as more families have their water shut off for lack of payment. Maureen has been in the forefront of the fight for the rights of the poor for over 20 years.
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Taylor says :
kind of nightmare is it when up to 45,000 homes are without water? At night people are coming outside with their porch lights off with buckets and hoses attached to other houses… I don't care what anyone says -- you know
can't turn off water. We need to say 'Stop!' We're not going to do this anymore. We're going to
Rust Belt, once a Mecca of automobile manufacturing has seen more than a half a million jobs lost in the Detroit area alone. Detroit is still the number one car manufacturing place but with 1/20th of the workers. The cars
coming off the line are built by robots."
“We got men, women and children sleeping under bridges or in
abandoned houses who used to be factory or retail workers. In Wayne
County alone, 62,000 houses are up for foreclosure. Now you stay outside with a big sign that says "will work for
food" and freeze. But, the disintegration of capitalism is waking
people up. There's nothing else to do except organize on the basis of
a new society."
Taylor’s Activities :
grassroots candidate for Detroit City Council on a program of water,
healthcare, education, for all. Her campaign was stolen
by powerful forces who could not allow her to have a
legal platform to expose the treachery that goes on in City
Hall. A candidate with a similar name (Morino Taylor, who
no one ever saw) was placed on the ballot to siphon
votes. A suit was filed challenging the outcome .
• A leader
in the fight for a Water Affordability Plan for families
who cannot afford the skyrocketing cost of water and against
the privitizaton of water.
Welfare Rights Organization hosted a “People's Meet and
Greet Celebration” for the Venezuelan Ambassador.
This meeting with Detroiters and Venezuelans was the
beginning of a new dialogue between communities to
at the Boston Social Forum and many other local and