This is a very thoughtful summary of the Water Is Life conference in Flint last weekend by Emma Lui, Water campaigner for the Council of Canadians.
Great Lakes groups band together to challenge Nestlé and water crises in Flint and beyond.
“Lila Cabbil from the Detroit People’s Water Board, who many affectionately call Mama Lila, talked about how the water fights are racialized in Michigan. “The fight we have in Michigan is very much racialized. We need to understand that truth and we need to speak that truth. Because what is happening even as we speak in terms of how Flint and Detroit is being treated would not happen if it was a white community.” She pointed out how the crises are being condoned by the silence of white people. She took a moment to remember late activist Charity Hicks who was a leader in the fight against the shutoffs and who encouraged people to wage love.”
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