Thirsty for Justice

In Detroit, privatization and free-market governance
left over 100,000 people living in poverty without water.

In Flint, privatization and free-market governance
left over 100,000 people living in poverty poisoned by water.

In Michigan’s urban majority black cities, privatization and free-market governance left over 200,000 people living in poverty poisoned or without water.

We are thirsty for Justice,

Because we’ve been fighting to be heard at the table,

Unbossed and unbought,

No elected officials in charge,

No justice,

Just the oppressor versus us.

We are so thirsty.

Emergency Manager laws,

Legally orchestrating our neighborhood downfalls,

The actions of a dictator placing his overseer in oppressed communities,

Suspending democracy in black cities…

We are so thirsty…

Lead pipes and decaying infrastructure,

Our foundation is literally crumbling,
We have no structure

physically or emotionally.

The result of the racist application of emergency management,

We are so thirsty.

The water crisis in Flint,

Or ongoing mass water shutoffs in Detroit

Both undermined one of the nation’s largest water systems,

We are surrounded by,

23% of the world’s fresh water sources,

Yet, we are so thirsty…

Criminalizing the poor,

Punishing the unfortunate,

Why are we so thirsty?

Written by Dorthea E. Thomas

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