Residents of Michigan have continuously suffered with water-related issues for years now. Beginning back in 2014, the water source for Flint, Michigan, was changed from the Detroit River and Lake Huron to the Flint River.
Almost four years later, many residents still largely distrust the safety of their tap water. This problem has had an enormous impact on lower income families in the area, and many have suffered because of their inability to afford growing water and sewage costs. A recent mass water shutoff that occurred in Highland Park, Flint and Detroit sparked massive outrage.
Detroit journalists reported that hundreds of individuals, many from the well-known Poor People’s Campaign, descended on the Great Lakes Water Authority and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in protest. Michigan’s Poor People’s Campaign highlighted the fact that thousands of lower-income families are currently without water, and thousands of families are at risk for future water shutoffs.
During the protest, speakers insinuated that multiple elderly individuals have been evicted from their homes to create units for employees of Quicken Loans. This statement only further angered protests who decided to swarm the business.
Five participants were arrested and detained outside of the entrance to Quicken Loans. The individuals, along with other protests, were allegedly blocking the entrance to the company. Another 18 protesters were arrested when they began organizing around the nearby QLine. Police reported that the organizers were intentionally blocking the entrance to QLine from both directions. In all, 23 residents were detained for participating in the organized protests.