2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water – June 8-11 – Detroit

What is the 2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water?

It is a gathering of water warriors, i.e., people directly impacted by water and sanitation problems such as cleanliness, safety, accessibility and affordability. Plus allies and advocates from across the U.S. and internationally who work on these human rights issues, especially in low income communities.

Where:  Detroit, Michigan – various downtown locations

Lodging:  Hotel St. Regis, 3071 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202

Hotel St. Regis Detroit

Hotel discount rate code: People’s Water Board Coalition

Registration: Online registration is required for all participants during this four-day event.

Who: Organizations, groups and individuals who work on the water and sanitation problems in U.S. communities, First Nations and in other nations.


  • To report and analyze on government and corporate human rights violations of water and sanitation, and to develop community-based strategies and documentation about these crises.
  • To understand the history behind water privatization efforts and why people are being denied clean water and accessible sanitation. Michigan is ground zero for the draconian practice of mass water shutoffs, mass water poisonings and undemocratic emergency managers.
  • To report and develop the legal challenges and legislative policies at the local, state and federal level with movement organizations.
  • To examine the roles and actions of social service providers and health care providers in alleviating or contributing to the problems of low income people living without or inadequate safe, accessible, affordable water and sanitation.
  • To address water as an international right connected to indigenous rights, land rights, community rights, the commons and publicly owned water systems.


  • Social Movement Gathering: Maureen Taylor (State Chair, MWRO) chuteh7@hotmail.com;
  • Legal-Legislative Summit: Alice Jennings (Attorney, Edwards and Jennings, PC; attorney with Lyda pro bono Legal-Legislative Committee and NCLAWater) ajennings@edwardsjennings.com;
  • SWAA Human Rights Rumble: Mary Bricker-Jenkins (Coordinator, Social Welfare Action Alliance) mbricker@temple.edu

Sponsors: Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Lyda pro bono Legal-Legislative Committee;  and National Coalition for Legislation on Affordable Water; Peoples Water Board Coalition; Social Welfare Action Alliance. (More to be announced.)

UPDATE: World Water Day Schedule – Wed Mar 22

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This is the revised schedule for World Water Day, Wednesday March 22, 2017:
7:00am– Buses leave Central Methodist (downtown Detroit, Woodward at Adams)
9:00– Arrive in Lansing, Central Methodist Church (Across from the State Capitol)
9:30– Brief lobbying training, get into groups, get packets.
10:15– Photo on Capitol Steps
10:30– Visit Michigan House of Representative’s offices
11:30– Lunch- Central United Methodist
Noon– Hear the Voices of the people of Detroit, Highland Park and Flint
1:00pm– Press Conference
1:30– House Gallery- Hear World Water Day Resolution read into record.
2:30– Visit Senator’s offices
3:30– Rally with Grand Rapid Water Protectors at Capitol Steps
4:00– Buses depart for Detroit and Flint.
5:30/6:00- Arrive in Detroit.
To reserve a seat on the bus or for more information about water shut offs follow this link: www.peopleswaterboard.org
“Building the Beloved Community takes time. It takes commitment. It is soul work. And together, together, we can do it.” -Rev. Peter Morales