Press Conference Friday

Artists Face Felonies, Jail & Political Repression

Water Activists, Artists & Community Demand Charges Be Dropped

Press Conference
Friday September 23rd
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice – 1441 St Antoine St, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Contact: Antonio Cosme – 313.207.2076 –
David Mitchell – 517.242.3501 –

Detroit, MI – Local artists William Lucka and Antonio Cosme are in court this Friday to fight felony charges for allegedly painting the words “Free the Water” and a large black fist on the Highland Park water tower in 2014. Water activists, artists and community members will be holding a press conference at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice to call for the charges to be dropped.

“Why is the Duggan administration criminalizing art with a message, while neglecting our crumbling schools or water shut-off crisis?, ” asks Alicia, a supporter.

In June, well known artist Shepard Fairey had his own charges in connection to graffiti dropped (1). Three white Grosse Pointe teens were given community service in August for graffiti downtown (2). Meanwhile, young artists of color from Detroit are being aggressively pursued on orders from Mayor Duggan’s administration. The General Assignment Unit of the DPD (Formerly called the Copper Theft Task Force), the Graffiti Task Force & General Services Department for the City of Detroit are all collaborating to aggressively pursue charges against graffiti artists. This takes work, time and money that would be better used to address Detroit’s real problems.

“It’s disgusting, police and the city have real issues to face but are spending time and money on distractions like targeting artists.” says Ayana, a Detroit resident.