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.)

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!