Join us at the State Capitol on March 22, for World Water Day!

Representatives Chang, Plawecki, and Garrett at the 2016 World Water Day

On March 22, people from all over Michigan will be joining at the State Capitol in Lansing to celebrate World Water Day.  In the morning, there will be a march led by the Michigan Nurses Association, drawing attention to the health crises created in Flint with their toxic water, as well as Detroit and Highland Park with the massive number of water shut offs over the past few years.  The Detroit Peoples Water Board Coalition will be holding a listening session at Central United Methodist Church (Across from the Capitol), where people affected in those cities will share their personal experiences.  We will also spend the day lobbying around a new Michigan Water is a Human Right Bill Package that will be introduced by Representative Stephanie Chang and colleagues in the State Legislature. A similar package was introduced last year, most of the bills never made it into committee, and died at the end of the year, so this year we will need to be more aggressive in contacting our legislatures and pushing them to move the bills forward.  To see the bills from last year, follow this link: https://peopleswaterboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Water-bill-package-summary_REV2.pdf . The day will end with a rally led by the Grand Rapids Water Protectors, with support from Food and Water Watch, Sierra Club and our indigenous brothers and sisters from around the state.

Seats are available on buses coming from Flint and Detroit.  Childcare and lunch is also provided for those riding the buses.  To reserve your seat, fill out the form below.

Water is Life, and our water is under great attack.  It is time to come together and tell our legislators to put people over profit!  Come for all or part of the day.  See you at the State Capitol!

Get on the Bus for World Water Day!

Reserve your space now to ride with us to the State Capitol on March 22, for World Water Day!

Please fill out the form below and someone will follow up with you to confirm your attendance and pick up location.

We will be providing lunch for those who ride the bus, and childcare for children at Central United Methodist Church, across from the capitol.

World Water Day Poster Contest

World Water Day is March 22 and to celebrate, the People’s Water Board Coalition invites children and youth K-12 to participate in a poster contest.

Worldwide, there are over 1.1 billion people that do not have access to clean water. With the recent earthquake in Haiti, we saw how water became a critical factor to survival.

We also see these challenges in Detroit, where we are surrounded by twenty percent of the world’s fresh surface water supply. Because we are surrounded by this water, we have the opportunity and responsibility to make sure everyone has access to clean and affordable water.

All children and youth K-12 are invited to create posters to spread this message to raise community awareness.

CONTEST RULES:
All submissions must be original and created by the students.

Drawings or paintings should be done on 8.5 x 11 inch, 14 x 21 inch, or 17 x 24 inch paper.

All entries must be clearly labeled with: Student Name, School Name, and Age

Submissions must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 17 and sent to:
East Michigan Environmental Action Council
87 East Canfield Street, Suite 4500
Detroit, MI 48202

Awards will be presented on Monday, March 22 to the following age groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-16, and 17-19. We will also give an award to the overall winner.

On Monday, March 22 we invite all of your students and their families to attend a reception and awards ceremony from 5:30 to 8pm at St. Anne’s Church Parish Hall; 1000 St Anne Street; Detroit.

Thank you!
People’s Water Board Coalition