The 2010-2011 Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS)
By our reporter, 18 December 2013
Lawrence Porter, the chairman of the Workers Inquiry into the Attack on the DIA and the Bankruptcy of Detroit, condemned the handover of the city’s public lighting system to utility giant DTE Energy.
By our reporters, 28 October 2013
The callousness and profit interests of Consolidated Edison led to the deaths in the Highbridge section of New York City’s poorest borough.
18 July 2012
On June 29, Ruth Keedy Benjamin, a member of the American Trotskyist movement for over 40 years, succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
By Lawrence Porter and Shannon Jones, 16 April 2012
The Michigan Sierra Club reports that DTE Energy shut off nearly 200,000 customers in 2011.
By Shannon Jones, 13 March 2012
Supporters of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs voted to endorse the SEP campaign of Jerry White for president and Phyllis Scherrer for vice president at its monthly meeting in Detroit last week.
Detroit and Obama’s “recovery”
By Lawrence Porter, 16 February 2012
An analysis of data by the World Socialist Web Site shows that utility shutoffs in southeast Michigan increased by nearly two and a half times between 2007 and 2011.
By Lawrence Porter, 16 February 2012
The WSWS spoke to workers at the DTE payment center in Detroit on the experiences they have had with utility shutoffs.
11 February 2012
The Socialist Equality Party, Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and International Students for Social Equality are holding a public meeting on February 16 to plan and organize a fight back against the latest attack on the jobs, wages and benefits of the working class in Detroit.
By Shannon Jones, 19 December 2011
The Socialist Equality Party and the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs held a public meeting December 17 in Detroit to begin the political fight back against the attack on the working class, in the Detroit area and throughout Michigan.
By Lawrence Porter and James Brewer, 15 December 2011
Single mothers CC and Ervetta Wilcoxson, both unemployed and facing utility shutoffs, speak to the WSWS.
By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 14 November 2011
With the winter season approaching, utility shutoffs will again claim the lives of innocent people and cause widespread suffering. This must be stopped.
By Lawrence Porter and Nancy Hanover, 17 October 2011
The residents of Highland Park, Michigan, have been plunged into darkness after utility pulled the plug as a result of an unpaid $4 million bill.
By Debra Watson, 6 October 2011
Nearly one in four Michigan children now officially live in poverty, and half are poor in Detroit.
By Helen Halyard, 4 October 2011
Northwest Detroit residents held another protest September 29 against threatened library closures in the city.
By Shannon Jones, 1 October 2011
A report by representatives of regional power monopoly DTE Energy at city council meeting in Ferndale, Michigan, pointed to widespread neglect by the utility of basic electrical infrastructure.
By James Brewer, 12 August 2011
The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) held its first picnic last Saturday at River Rouge Park in Detroit’s west side.
By Shannon Jones, 16 June 2011
The Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality held a June 14 meeting in Detroit to oppose the closure of Catherine Ferguson Academy.
Sylvia Young addresses The Fight for Socialism Today conference in Ann Arbor
15 April 2011
Sylvia Young, who lost three small children in a March 2010 house fire that occurred after DTE cut off heat to her home, addressed the conference.
17 March 2011
The CAUS held a demonstration on March 12 to demand an end to utility shutoffs and insist that heat and lights are social rights.
15 March 2011
This slideshow presents images of the March 12 demonstration in Detroit, called by the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS). Participants marched up Dexter Avenue to demand an end to utility shutoffs.
By Shannon Jones, 14 March 2011
The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs led a demonstration down Dexter Avenue in Detroit to defend the right of working people to basic utilities.
14 March 2011
The remarks introducing the CAUS demonstration given by Lawrence Porter, chairman of CAUS and assistant national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party.
By Phyllis Scherrer and Andrea Peters, 10 March 2011
Late Tuesday evening a fire engulfed the house on a family farm in Pennsylvania, killing seven of eight children.
10 March 2011
On March 4, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs held a press conference to announce its upcoming demonstration against utility shutoffs in Detroit. The march will be held on Saturday March 12 at 2 PM, assembling at the house where three people were killed in a house fire last year.
By Shannon Jones, 5 March 2011
The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs held a press conference Friday at the Dexter-Elmhurst Center in Detroit announcing a March 12 demonstration against utility shutoffs.
By James Brewer, 4 March 2011
In late February, the entire fire department of Allen Park, Michigan received word that it might be out of work due to a $663,000 budget shortfall.
By Debra Watson, 22 February 2011
In the weeks after DTE Energy’s December Customer Assistance Day, members of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs spoke to several Detroiters who had sought assistance.
By Debra Watson, 22 February 2011
Last week the Detroit-based utility giant, DTE Energy, reported a record $630 million in profit for 2010.
Victim of DTE utility shutoff
12 February 2011
Last month Michigan authorities broke into Wanda Scott's home and took away her elderly father, claiming she was neglectful because she could not afford to heat her home. In this video, she speaks about life without heat, the experience of losing her father, and why she is a member of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs.
By Lawrence Porter, 26 January 2011
Early Monday morning, fire destroyed a home on the west side of Detroit where both the gas and electricity had been shut off.
By our reporter, 19 January 2011
On January 13, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) voted to hold a demonstration against the shutoff policies of the local utility conglomerate DTE Energy.
12 January 2011
The WSWS interviews Charlotte Nash, sister of Marvin and Tyrone Allen, who were killed in the horrific fire in their Detroit home on Dexter Avenue one year ago. They had been living without utilities since 2008.
By James Brewer, 18 December 2010
A recent meeting of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs led to a lively discussion of the political questions raised by DTE’s shutoff policy and government backing for the company.
By Jerry White, 14 December 2010
Several thousand Detroiters who are behind on their utility bills, and many who have already lost service, attended a Customer Assistance Day on Monday.
By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs, 13 December 2010
Today’s “Energy Customer Assistance Day” has nothing to do with guaranteeing the basic right of all residents to gas and electricity. It is a public relations stunt by DTE and the city government.
By James Brewer, 7 December 2010
The Michigan Public Services Commission has released its report on the September 7 fires that ravaged Detroit, defending the actions of DTE.
By Andrea Peters, 24 November 2010
With winter heating season in Michigan now underway, the media has stepped up its coverage of “energy theft” in Detroit.
By Lawrence Porter, 12 November 2010
A series of meetings town hall meetings billed as means of helping Detroit residents with their utility bills were a public relations stunt.
of D’Artagnan Collier and Socialist Equality Party candidate for Michigan legislature, 2 October 2010
This statement has been issued by D’Artagnan Collier, the Socialist Equality Party’s candidate for Michigan House of Representatives (9th District) and a founding member of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs.
By Lawrence Porter, 1 October 2010
Angry Detroit residents denounced the administration of Detroit Mayor David Bing and utility monopoly DTE energy for the devastating September 7 fires that swept through the city.
By Andrea Peters, 24 September 2010
At a meeting held on Detroit’s east side, area residents and CAUS members engaged in a lively discussion about what caused the 85 fires that recently broke out across Detroit.
21 September 2010
The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and the Socialist Equality Party are hosting these public meetings in Detroit to review the causes of a series of fires that spread through Detroit earlier this month.
D’Artagnan Collier and SEP Candidate for Michigan House Representatives, 16 September 2010
The following statement is being distributed at a series of meetings on Detroit Mayor David Bing’s plans to restructure and downsize the city.
15 September 2010
On Friday, September 10, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs and the Socialist Equality Party held a press conference to address a series of fires that ravaged Detroit earlier in the week. Speaking were CAUS and SEP members Lawrence Porter and D'Artagnan Collier, as well as residents of the area.
By Jerry White, 15 September 2010
Prosecutors in Detroit, operating on behalf of DTE Energy, are accusing a local landlord and his handyman of illegally restoring heat and electricity to tenants whose service was cut off by the utility company.
By Lawrence Porter, 14 September 2010
A resident on Detroit’s west side says that the fires that swept through his neighborhood were the result of a fallen transformer and DTE neglect.
By our reporter, 11 September 2010
Detroit residents and members of the Socialist Equality Party and the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs denounced the Detroit city government and energy company DTE for their role in a wave of house fires.
By Lawrence Porter, 27 August 2010
Veteran utility worker Michael Parks was electrocuted and killed while repairing a power line August 24.
By a reporter, 4 August 2010
D’Artagnan Collier, Socialist Equality Party candidate for the Michigan House of Representatives, addressed a meeting of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) July 29.
By Shannon Jones and Dwight Stoll, 3 August 2010
Michigan-based DTE Energy is reporting higher profits and raising its dividend payout to shareholders as it prepares to ramp up shut-offs in the wake of the passage of “energy theft” legislation.
CAUS campaigns among striking tree trimmers
By Jerry White, 28 June 2010
Sylvia Young, who lost three children in a Detroit house fire earlier this year after DTE Energy cut off heat to her home, visited the picket line of tree trimmers locked out by DTE.
By Jerry White, 12 June 2010
An article written by the president of the Utility Workers Union raises the question of transforming DTE Energy into a publicly owned utility.
By Debra Watson and Shannon Jones, 8 June 2010
A report indicates DTE used high-tech aerial surveillance to spot unauthorized hookups as it ramped up its campaign of utility shutoffs.
96 percent vote in favor at Detroit area mass meeting
By Jerry White, 3 June 2010
Thousands of workers employed by DTE Energy voted by a 96 percent margin to authorize a strike against the utility giant at a mass meeting Tuesday evening in the Detroit area.
By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 2 June 2010
The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs calls on DTE employees to refuse to shut off utilities to Detroit residents. CAUS members and supporters distributed this letter to DTE workers on Tuesday.
CAUS campaign continues
By Andrea Peters, 28 May 2010
In this comment, the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS) explains why the provision of electricity and gas on the basis of private profit can neither guarantee essential services nor ensure that workers in the utility industry have jobs and a decent standard of living.
By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 19 May 2010
The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs condemns the police murder of seven-year-old Aiyana Jones and demands that all those responsible for her death be held legally responsible
By Andrea Peters and James Brewer, 14 May 2010
Two men died in a fire in southwest Detroit on Thursday morning at a home that may have been without utilities.
By a reporting team, 13 May 2010
Supporters of the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs distributed the “Findings of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire: Utility Shutoffs and the Social Crisis in Detroit” to people attending a local community event in hopes of getting help with their DTE utility bills.
By Jerry White, 6 May 2010
The Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), which was formed at a meeting of workers and youth in Detroit last week, launched its campaign Wednesday morning by appealing to workers at DTE Energy to refuse to disconnect service.
By Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS), 5 May 2010
On April 29, workers and young people at a Detroit meeting initiated by the SEP voted to establish the Committee Against Utility Shutoffs (CAUS). The committee issued a statement appealing to workers at DTE Energy to refuse instructions to shut off gas and electric service to working class families. (Download in PDF.)
Committee formed to broaden struggle against shutoffs
By Tom Eley, 15 April 2010
At the report-back meeting of the Citizens Inquiry into the Dexter Avenue Fire, Detroit residents voted unanimously in favor of the committee’s findings, and established a committee to advance the struggle against utility shutoffs.