Great Lakes Groups Band Together In A Crisis

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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A Day Without Water Flint

Dear Water Activist, Advocates and Humanist,

Please consider lending your support and/or the support of your organization to the following collaborative action. Please let We The People of Detroit know you are with us by emailing, wethepeopleofdetroit@gmail.com with your confirmed support!

” A Day Without Water” Highlights ways to get Safe, Affordable Water to All

Detroit and Flint activists connected to the upcoming National Women’s March Convention will hold a press conference Thursday, October 12 for “A Day Without Water.” The event aims to draw attention to the need for safe, affordable water throughout Michigan. Organizers will call on everyone who wants to end Michigan’s water crises to join a social media campaign urging elected officials to implement plans such as the Water Affordability Plan.

Participants will also announce “Making Waves,” a training and informational session for attendees of the National Women’s March Convention on how families in Detroit, Flint, Highland Park and elsewhere in Michigan are being deprived of water.

From the gastrointestinal illnesses associated with the Detroit water shutoffs to the Legionnaires disease associated with the Flint water crises, families have been suffering from the lack of access to safe, affordable water. “A Day Without Water” will highlight the need to take stock of what many of us take for granted: that water will flow when we turn on the tap. That is not the case for far too many Michigan families.

Who:
Angela Stamps, Program Coordinator – Kentakee Athletic and Social Club
Juani Olivares,President & CEO – Genesee County Hispanic and Latino Collective
Whitney Frierson, Youth Leader – RAISE IT UP!
Kayla Shannon, Youth Leader – RAISE IT UP!
Claire McClinton- Flint Democracy Defense League
Melissa Mays – Water You Fighting for Flint
Monica Lewis-Patrick, President & CEO – We the People of Detroit

What:
Press Conference: “A Day Without Water,” a Pre-Women’s Convention launch of campaign for water justice

When: Thursday, October 12 at 11:00am

Where: Berston Field House, 3300 Saginaw St, Flint, MI 48505

Water Is Life: Strengthening the Great Lakes Commons

The People’s Water Board is very excited to invite you to register today for a Flint-based summit, Water Is Life: Strengthening the Great Lakes Commons! There is a spot on the registration form to get on the bus for folks coming from Highland Park or Detroit.
Registration here! 

Facebook event here! Please sign in, share, and invite your community!

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