Moratorium Now rally for DTE Shutoff Tenants

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Event: Moratorium NOW! Coalition Meeting/Rally at Highland Towers
Date: Monday, September 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Highland Towers Apartments, 12850 Woodward Near Glendale
Contact: 313.671.3715

Moratorium NOW! Coalition Meeting Will Be Held Outside the Highland Towers to Demand That the Lights Remain on Pending an Acceptable Resolution of the Crisis; We Must Win a Halt to Illegal Utility Shutoffs and Evictions!

Organizers for the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs will intensify their campaign this week in support of the tenants at the Highland Towers Apartments in Highland Park where DTE Energy had shut off the power for 11 days. The owners of the building had failed to pay the utility bills despite the fact that the tenants had paid their rents which includes costs for electrical services. On Friday September 11, as a result of a 10 day struggle, Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen MacDonald ordered DTE Energy to turn the power back on at the building for one week…

Other important developments this week will include two other hearings before Judge MacDonald on Tuesday, September 15 and Friday, September 18 at 9:00am. Both hearings will seek relief from damages endured by the residents resulting from the actions of both the absentee landlords as well as DTE Energy.

The Moratorium NOW! Coalition is calling upon the community in both Highland Park and Detroit to attend the street meeting on Monday evening. The current struggle to win justice for the residents at Highland Towers has broader implications for the overall campaign to win a general moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs in the state of Michigan . As the economy further declines more people will face illegal lockouts and displacements. Only an organized response from homeowners, tenants and their supporters can protect the rights of growing numbers of people affected by the economic crisis.

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