Committee Against Utility Shutoffs

Five immigrant workers die in Novi, Michigan house fire

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 February 2016

The five immigrants, at least three teenagers, were living in the basement of a house owned by the boss of the restaurant where they worked.

Record utility shutoffs in New York

By Steve Filips, 26 February 2015

The state Public Service Commission reports double digit increases in the number of people whose utilities were shut off.

Detroit workers denounce water shutoffs

By WSWS reporters, 1 April 2014

Last week, the city of Detroit announced an aggressive campaign of water shutoffs targeting some 150,000 residents who are behind on their payments.

The Detroit News endorses mass water shutoffs

By Thomas Gaist, 27 March 2014

In an editorial, the News showered contempt on the more than 100,000 Detroit families who are behind on their water bills, denouncing them as “scofflaws”

Energy companies continue utility shutoffs as bitter cold hits Detroit

By Thomas Gaist, 28 January 2014

DTE Energy and Consumers Energy carried out hundreds of thousands of utility shutoffs in Michigan during 2013.

Detroit middle schooler dies after being electrocuted by downed power line

By Thomas Gaist, 26 November 2013

Malik Shelton, 14, is the latest victim of what can arguably be described as criminal negligence by utility giant DTE Energy.

Cuts in fire protection leading to deaths in Detroit

By Lawrence Porter, 12 February 2013

A series of brutal budget cuts to the Detroit Fire Department and other social services is producing the foreseeable outcome: the death of Detroit residents.

EMS cuts delayed ambulance in fatal Detroit fire

By Lawrence Porter, 31 January 2013

Anger is growing over the death of a six-year-old boy in a Southwest Detroit house fire.

Another Detroit child dies in house fire

By Lawrence Porter, 30 January 2013

Early Tuesday morning, a six-year-old child died in a house fire on Detroit’s southwest side. His brother, 4, was hospitalized in critical condition.

Michigan woman killed in blaze near closed fire station

By David Brown and Andre Damon, 7 December 2012

A 73-year old Alabama woman visiting relatives in Taylor, Michigan burned to death in a mobile home Thursday morning in a fire rescuers believe could have been ignited by a space heater.

Firefighter says budget cuts are “killing people.”

Elderly couple dies in Detroit fire

By Lawrence Porter and Bryan Dyne, 21 November 2012

A fire on the west side of Detroit early Sunday morning resulted in the deaths of an elderly couple in their 70s, Kyle and Theresa Bozeman.

Michigan Sierra Club: 200,000 DTE Energy shutoffs in 2011

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.

CAUS meeting endorses SEP presidential campaign

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 residents speak about deadly house fire

By David Brown, 6 March 2012

A house fire Sunday night in a Detroit working class neighborhood claimed the life of an elderly woman and hospitalized her husband. WSWS reporters spoke with some of the neighbors.

Autopsy shows retired Michigan auto worker froze to death after utility shutoff

By Lawrence Porter, 24 February 2012

On Wednesday, the local media in Flint confirmed that the death of John Morgan, the 86-year-old retired auto worker found in his truck on Monday, was due to hypothermia and existing heart and lung problems.

Retired autoworker in Flint, Michigan dies after utilities are shut off

By Lawrence Porter, 23 February 2012

Early Monday morning neighbors found 86-year-old John Morgan, a retired Flint autoworker, dead in his truck parked outside in his driveway on Parkway Avenue, only a few days after the local utility company shut off his electricity for a bill of $291.

Detroit and Obama’s “recovery”

Utility shutoffs soar amidst mass poverty in Michigan

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.

Detroit residents speak out on utility shutoffs

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.

SEP/CAUS public meeting: Oppose Detroit budget cuts!

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.

Two die in Detroit house fire

By Lawrence Porter, 10 January 2012

On Saturday evening an elderly brother and sister tragically died in a house fire on Detroit’s west side, only blocks away from a fire station “browned out” as a result of city budget cuts.

House fire caused by space heater kills three in Ohio

By Naomi Spencer, 30 December 2011

A Columbus, Ohio family was killed in a house fire on Christmas Eve after a space heater ignited the mattress they were sleeping on.

SEP and CAUS hold meeting to oppose Detroit budget cuts

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.

Detroit mothers speak on wintertime utility shutoffs

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.

Detroit house-fire season begins amid cuts in firefighting

By Lawrence Porter, 12 December 2011

Early Friday morning a fire swept through a two-flat home on Detroit’s eastside, trapping two families with five children in a massive blaze.

Video: Michigan residents denounce DTE Energy’s “Customer Assistance Day”

24 November 2011

Residents seeking home heating assistance at the Cobo Hall event in Detroit spoke out on the lack of help available and the event itself.

Thousands line up for heating assistance in Detroit

By Shannon Jones and Lawrence Porter, 23 November 2011

Thousands of people lined up in Detroit Monday at utility monopoly DTE Energy’s Customer Assistance Day

Detroit residents: “There is nothing here for the people but a struggle”

23 November 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to those attending DTE Energy’s Customer Assistance Day in Detroit.

Oppose all utility shutoffs! Heat and Light are a social right! Join CAUS Today!

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.

DTE Energy turns out the lights on Highland Park, Michigan neighborhoods

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.

Veteran utility company worker killed in Detroit-area gas pipe collapse

By Lawrence Porter, 6 October 2011

Thomas Issac, a 20-year veteran of utility giant DTE Energy, was killed on the job Tuesday afternoon after being called to repair a gas leak in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Michigan: Meeting on power outages exposes DTE Energy negligence

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.

Fire forces Detroit family to leap from fourth floor apartment

By Bryan Dyne and Lawrence Porter, 17 August 2011

The quick thinking and heroic actions of neighbors saved the lives of a Southwest Detroit mother and her four children who jumped from their burning home on August 8.

CAUS holds successful picnic in Detroit

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.

US heat wave preys on poor

By Gary Joad, 23 July 2011

The heat wave that has spread across the central and eastern part of the US is disproportionately hurting the poor.

Deaths mount in US heat wave

By Shannon Jones, 22 July 2011

High heat and humidity are spreading over a large section of the United States, increasing the risk of death among the poor, the young, the sick and the elderly.

Ferndale, Michigan residents speak on power outages

By Shannon Jones, 22 July 2011

A reporting team from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to residents of Ferndale, Michigan gathered at a cooling center set up by the city to help those who have lost electrical service.

An interview with George Coling of the National Fuel Funds Network

By Lawrence Porter, 20 July 2011

The WSWS spoke with George Coling at the recent National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference in Florida.

Utility Affordability Conference in Florida: Increased need, decreased support

By Lawrence Porter and Toby Reese, 20 July 2011

The National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference (NEUAC) was held June 27-29 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, amidst the growing utility crisis in the United States.

An interview with Florida attorney Viletta Coombs

By Lawrence Porter and Toby Reese, 20 July 2011

An interview with Viletta Coombs at the National Energy and Utility Affordability Converence.

Massachusetts: Hundreds of thousands affected by proposed LIHEAP cuts

By John Marion, 16 March 2011

Thousands of Massachusetts families face having Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefits cut in half next year under the White House’s proposed budget.