Help Us Get A Hearing On House Bills 4393 and 4389/4390

A sub-committee of People’s Water Board is working to get a hearing on bills 4393 and 4389/4390 in the Michigan House of Representatives, which are related to the thousands of water shut-offs in Detroit.

Here’s what you can do:
Are you connected to any of the House Local Government committee members listed below? Are you or someone you know a constituent in one of their districts? Sign up to help support by clicking here or copying this link:
Contact your legislators, voice your support for the bills listed below, and ask them to co-sponsor. For instructions and to help us track progress, click here or copy this link:

The Bills:
Shut-off Protections – House Bill 4393 (Chang)
Institutes water shut-off protections for seniors, families with minor children, and those who are disabled. Provides for clearer notices for households at risk of being shut-off. Creates a low-income water assistance fund (similar to Michigan’s statute to protect households from utility shut-offs).

Decriminalization – House Bill 4389/4390 (Chang/Garrett)
Decriminalizes individuals who reconnect their water service after being shut-off for an inability to pay. Currently the recommended sentence for re-connecting service is a five-year felony. The bills would change sentencing to a civil infraction for first or second offense and a misdemeanor for third offense.

These bills have been referred to the House Committee on Local Government. The committee is:
Chair: State Rep. James Lower, 70th District (R) – Montcalm County and Gratiot County
Julie Alexander, 64th District (R) – Jackson County
Roger Hauck, 99th District (R) – Isabella County and Midland County.
Ben Frederick, 85th District (R) – Shiawassee County and Saginaw County.
Gary Howell, 82th District (R) – Lapeer County
Jim Runestad, 44th District (R) – Highland, White Lake, Springfield, Milford, Waterford
Kathy Crawford, 38th District (R) – Lyon, Northville, Novi, South Lyon, Walled Lake
Terry Sabo, 92nd District (D) – Muskegon
Jim Ellison, 26th District (D) – Royal Oak and Madison Heights
Patrick Green, 28th District (D) – Center Line and city of Warren
Jeremy Moss, 35th District (D) – Southfield, Lathrup Village, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin.

Call Mayor Duggan! Turn The Water On!

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2018

Valerie Jean Blakely 313-704-5150
Lila Cabbil 313-717-0813

Calls to Mayor Duggan: Turn the Water Back On!
Extreme weather puts thousands without water at severe risk in Detroit!

The People’s Water Board and other activists are mounting a phone-in campaign to demand that Mayor Duggan protect Detroit families, by restoring service to people living in a home where water has been shut off. The campaign is for Detroiters and others to phone Duggan’s office, (313) 224-3400, within a one-week period beginning January 12, 2018 and to post on social media using the hashtag: #TurnTheWaterOn. While access to water is always essential to sustain life and health, the moral and physical imperative is even greater with extreme low temperatures that we’ve had and will have again this weekend.
Water activists are asking for people to call and demand that Mayor Duggan return service to those families that have been shut off, to maintain heat and hygiene. The Mayor needs to know that Detroiters and others recognize that human access to water is a moral and health imperative.

Who: The People’s Water Board and other water activists

What: Call in campaign to Mayor Duggan’s office (313) 224-3400 to demand he turn the water on to all households that have been shut off

When: From January 12, 2018 to January 19, 2018

Where: Detroit

Why: In these frigid temps, the city has a moral obligation to protect the health and lives of Detroiters. The heating system for many old houses in Detroit depend on water for steam heat.

January 17th! Save The Date!

The People’s Water Board is asking folks to attend and be prepared to give public comments at this very important community meeting. We must come together and demand the city of Detroit and DWSD adopt the Water Affordability Plan and STOP the water shutoffs.                                            

Lots of resources to get prepared for your public comments HERE on the PWB website. You can also copy and paste this link in your browser.

The Board of Water Commissioners will host its third evening community meeting on Wednesday, January 17 at the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church. In addition to the BOWC’s regular agenda, there will be a public hearing on the proposed Detroit Water and Sewerage Department budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.  All the details are HERE.

Forward together! Waging love! 

People’s Water Board January Meeting

The People’s Water Board January meeting is on the 9th at 5:30.  We meet at Cass Commons every second Tuesday of the month (4605 Cass Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201).  All water warriors are welcome!
Let’s come together and get organized in 2018. We can make water a human right for all people.

This will be a very special PWB meeting because we will be honoring Reverend Ed Rowe with deep appreciation for all his efforts in the Detroit water struggle.

This is a working meeting with an agenda. There is much to discuss and organize.

We will be serving a light dinner of yummy Mexican foods. If you can; please bring a dish, munchie, sweets, or beverages to share.

The PWB is getting ready for a year of resistance!
“We get what We are organized to take!” ~ Maureen Taylor

Wage Love!