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E-M:/ Detroit Water Forum June 13

News Advisory

June 3, 2006


Contact: Donele Wilkins,

Detroiters Working for Environmental  Justice

313-833-3935, dwdwej@aol.com



Detroit’s Water System:

Looking to the Past to Find Justice in the Future



Many communities across the state have long been struggling around water issues. Thousands of Detroit and Highland Park residents have been facing water shut-offs.  Thousands of Monroe County families had their water wells fail due to large water withdrawals by quarry operationsHow will the pollution and privatization of water worsen social inequities, especially in Detroit? How do we ensure that access to clean water is a human right for all, regardless of where you live or your ability to pay?  The panel and community will address the issue of clean safe water as a fundamental right.


Who:               Panel:

              Russ Bellant, Detroit Historian

                        Dave Dempsey, author and environmentalist

Lucy Harrison, American Indian Health and Family Services

Kurt Metzger, United Way

Sylvia Orduño, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization


Facilitator:                               Music:

Josephine Powell                             Joe Reilly, songs of the Great Lake State


Sponsoring Organizations:

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Campaign for State Action on Environmental Justice, Detroit Green Party, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, Ecology Center, Michigan Citizens Against Toxic Substances, Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Sweetwater Alliance, Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development


What:              Discussion and panel on the future of Detroit’s water system and water as a human right. 


When:                 Tuesday, June 13th, 2006 at 7:00 PM


Where:               Barth Hall 4800 Woodward (at Warren), Detroit