Right now, the Detroit Water Department is shutting off water to thousands of Detroit residents with outstanding debts each week, even if their debt was incurred by previous owners or is only 60 days late.
Not only are these shutoffs a violation of the human right to water, they are also a threat to public health. As the crisis in Detroit escalates, local organizers are banding together to provide relief to residents and demand a moratorium on the shutoffs while also aiming to make sure water is affordable, protected from pollution, and stays in the hands of the public.
On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., we’ll host a keynote discussion about the crisis in Detroit and the local organizing happening here. Come hear from local organizers about the situation on the ground and how you can amplify their efforts.
Panelists include Monica Lewis-Patrick of We The People Detroit, Abayomi Azikiwe of Moratorium Now, Meredith Begin of Food and Water Watch and Professor Peter Hammer.
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