A group of ordinary Detroit residents acted early Thursday morning to intervene in the continuing shut-off of water at city residences. Among them were a retired religious sister, two pastors, a member of Detroit School Board, a veteran journalist, a building manager, and a local seminary professor. Several were grandparents of children in Detroit.
With a banner that read, ‘Stop the Water Shut-offs’ they blocked the 2660 East Grand Boulevard entrance to Homrich Wrecking Inc., the private corporation contracted to shut-off residential water service. Homrich is under at $5.6 million two-year contract.
The group appealed to Homrich workers to honor the international human right of access to water. They delivered copies of the June 1, 2014 complaint filed with the United Nations on behalf of Detroiters, along with the response of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Water and Sanitation which reads in part, ‘Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights.’
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After opening up Tesla electric car patents, Elon Musk followed it up with another act of generosity today: honoring Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday with a $1 million donation to the creators of a future Tesla museum. LiveScience reports:
For his 158th birthday, Nikola Tesla got a day named in his honor and a new science museum with $1 million in funding from billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Musk, the CEO of electric car company Tesla Motors and rocket company SpaceX, pledged the money in support of a new Tesla museum to be built on the grounds of the Serbian-American inventor’s laboratory at Wardenclyffe in Long Island, New York. The announcement was made today (July 10) at a birthday celebration on the historic site.
‘We’re happy to be gathered at the laboratory of Nikola Tesla, the person we’ve come to celebrate,’ a museum official said at the event. ‘Thank you, Elon Musk!’The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, located on the site where Tesla once built a 187-foot (57 meters) transmitter tower to experiment with sending messages and distributing wireless electricity, will feature his inventions and their impact on people’s lives today, museum organizers said. It will also include a hacker lab where people can build prototypes of their own inventions, and an innovation station where entrepreneurs can turn their ideas into real products.
The museum is the pet project of creator of popular webcomic The Oatmeal, who ran a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised over a million dollars to purchase and restore the site. But more was needed, leading to a comic challenging Musk to support the Tesla name and today’s success.
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