For Immediate Release:
Contact: Priscilla Dziubek,
Taking Action on the Future of Detroit’s Water
Tuesday evening town hall to discuss water rights issues
Water as a human right?
Worldwide, people from
different communities are unable to access water that is abundant in their countries.
These communities are losing their families, health and livelihoods because
they can neither afford nor access clean water in their homes or communities.
This situation is mirrored here in
In addition, polluted water
is harming the health of our community, particularly pregnant women and
children. Fishing in the
Town Hall Meeting: Bringing the Community
together to discuss and take action on the future of our water is a discussion facilitated
by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, organized labor and the Sweet
Water Alliance. The youth group of Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self
Development will present the youth perspective on
“Water is a human
right. Water privatization and affordability are issues that affect every
person but are particularly important to us living in the
“The health and
well-being of our children and families is dependent on our water. Access and
protection of our water and our environment for people of color and low-income
people in the city reflects our own health status. Therefore our communities
need to be at the forefront of bringing justice to our environment. Our youth
need to be the major drivers of this movement and we as a community need to
provide the resources to help them do this.”
“This event is especially critical for Detroiters because of the massive number of people affected by water shut-offs. Low-income families are especially at risk for not having water because of their inability to pay, and their fight affects everyone,” said Lila Cabbil, of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute on Youth Leadership and Environmental Justice.
The Water for Life Detroit Series is supported by: the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), the Campaign for State Action on Environmental Justice, Clean Water Fund, 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
Hugh McDiarmid Jr.