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, 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.

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

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

Seeking Membership Coordinator

The People’s Water Board is seeking qualified candidates to serve as a Membership Coordinator. The work needs, qualifications and payment for one independent contractor position are listed below. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. The application date has been extended!

Interested persons may apply until Friday, October 6 at 11:59pm ET at
PWB Membership Coordinator Application

People’s Water Board
Position Description – September 2017

Position Purpose: To provide coordination support to the People’s Water Board (PWB) for and among its membership organizations to support coalition work and needs.

Position Description:  This is a part-time, contracted position up to 80 hours per month (estimated at 20 hours per week) through East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), fiscal sponsor of the PWB. The contract position is managed and supervised by the PWB Contract Team.

Position Duties and Responsibilities include:

  1. Develop a plan to meet with and discuss water-related interests and activities of each PWB member organization.
  2. Invite and follow up with PWB member organizations to participate in monthly meetings, committees, and actions.
  3. Build PWB membership participation in water-related meetings, forums, and activities at the local, state and national level.
  4. Organize PWB membership data for effective coordination and outreach.
  5. Explore and invite water rights groups to join the PWB and/or water-related campaigns.
  6. Coordinate PWB membership communication and draft monthly meeting agendas with the Coordinating Committee and Contract Team.
  7. Gather and post PWB meeting minutes (including past years) onto the PWB wiki for reference.
  8. Assist the Finance Committee with fundraising coordination and communication.
  9. Attend PWB monthly meetings.
  10. Report in writing on the above activities on a monthly basis.
  11. Carry out other PWB duties as they develop and/or are assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Strong written and oral communication and listening skills.
  • Effective organizing and coordinating skills, including leadership development.
  • Planning skills know-how, i.e., developing and implement plans to accomplish short and long term goals.
  • Ability to work independently to achieve objectives and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrable organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Capacity to meet identified goals, objectives and timelines.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Social Justice issues, especially the human right to clean, affordable water.
  • Must be able to use your own computer for this work or access one for regular use.
  • Must have access to reliable Internet service.
  • Possession of Bachelor’s degree, or high school diploma (or equivalent) with substantial community-based work experience.
  • Must be able to access transportation to get to PWB meetings or other activities for representation.

Position Preferences:

  • Resident of Detroit.
  • People of color strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Bilingual, especially Spanish and/or Arabic.
  • Knowledge of google drive, (e.g., documents, spreadsheets, forms) and wikis.
  • Experience with infographics and/or graphic design.
  • Familiarity with WordPress.
  • Flexible schedule availability.

Position Payment and Stipulations:

  • $15 per hour up to 80 hours per month with a goal of up to 20 hours per week.
  • Up to $50 reimbursement for mobile telephone expenses per month (upon submission of documentation).
  • Up to $50 reimbursement for work-related expenses (e.g., travel, Internet) per month (upon submission of documentation).
  • No other remuneration or benefits are included or implied.
  • Work payments will be paid twice monthly upon proper submission of work bill invoices and reimbursement receipts, if any; and upon approval of the Contract Team.
  • Contract ends December 31, 2017. The agreement may be extended or hours increased depending upon available funding; and may be terminated by either party with 30-day notice.
  • This position is contracted through the East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC), fiscal sponsor of the People’s Water Board, and executed by the PWB’s Coordinating and Finance Committees.
  • An IRS Form 1099-Misc will be issued at the end of the year for this independent contractor position. The contractor is responsible for income tax filings and payments.

Position Application and (Anticipated) Hiring Process

  • Fri, September 22, 2017: Job posting and online application form opens up.
  • Fri, October 6: Application closes at 11:59pm ET
  • Sat-Sun, October 7-8: Contract Team reviews applications and begins calls to set up interviews; qualified applicants will be called for interviews or follow up questions.
  • Mon-Tue, October 9-10: Contract Team will interview applicants. At conclusion, Contract Team submits contractor recommendation to Coordinating & Finance Committees; group selects contractor and contacts new Membership Coordinator.
  • Wed, October 11: The new Membership Coordinator will meet with the Contract Team to discuss a work plan, supervision-support aims, sign a contract and address questions and begin work.