Thursday, July 24, 2014

Canadians Deliver Water to Thirsty Detroit Residents

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization welcomes allies and friends from the Council of Canadians and cities across Ontario, Canada as they deliver dozens of gallons of fresh water to Detroit residents whose water has been shutoff.

Welcome the Canadian Water Convoy to Detroit

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sign Petitions to Stop Detroit Water Shutoffs

You've heard about the thousands of low income Detroit residents whose water has been shutoff by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). These shutoffs have continued despite appeals from local residents, national groups and international organizations like the United Nations.

Please lend your voice and support to end these shutoff by signing one or more of the petitions below.
Your actions will demonstrate to the DWSD, the Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and President Obama that people across the U.S. -- across the world! -- say water is a human right!

Without water, all life withers and dies within a few days. Babies, the elderly and people who are ill are especially vulnerable to disease and sickness. Whole communities are at risk of public health crises from a lack of proper sanitation and hygiene. Most of all, water is a natural resource that belongs to everyone and must be publicly managed by communities, not profiteers and corporations.

Thank you for defending the human right to water!

More Online Petitions:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Maureen Taylor at National Nurses Union Rally Against Detroit Water Shut...

Maureen greets Netroots Nations and the National Nurses Union on behalf of low income people in Detroit whose water has been shut off. It's time to hold "tricks" [politicians and water officials] and "their "hoochie mama girlfriends" [the banks] accountable!

This rally and was held at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. Maureen Taylor has been State Chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Union since 1993.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Welcome Netroots Nation to Detroit!

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization welcomes Netroots Nation to Detroit, July 17-20, 2014. 

Thousands of "bloggers, newsmakers, social justice advocates, labor and organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and online activists" are converging this week in the Motown City to connect and report on the issues most important to Detroiters and citizens of the world!
At Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit.
Detroit activists like us are excited to share many of the pressing issues we're working on to advance the people's right to water, housing, food, education, living wages and more! Find out more about the Detroit water shut-off crisis here and through our partner the People's Water Board.

Stay posted as we post more information here in coming hours and days!

In Solidarity,

MWRO Union Members

Stories we encourage you to read and share about Detroit grassroots issues:
Online Petitions:

MWRO Water Affordability Program
(not to be confused with the DRWAP promoted now by DWSD)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stop the Shutoffs, Turn on the Water! Rally and March

There's much going on in Detroit these days as MWRO with members of the People's Water Board and Food and Water Watch work to protect the human right to water. In the latest news, Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept. executives were told today by the federal bankruptcy court judge to come up with a better plan to help people whose water is being turned off.

To read more about this and recent stories, check out the links below.

We'll be at this Friday's, Stop the shutoffs, Turn on the water! rally and march at Cobo Center during Netroots Nation, led by allies from National Nurses United and the Robin Hood Tax. Join us there!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

International Appeal to Stop Detroit Water Shut Offs

Detroit residents and activists are calling global attention to the city's water crisis where the Detroit Water and Sewerage Dept is scheduling 3,000 shutoffs per week to low income families. This human rights violation is being condemned by national and international social and economic justice groups who believe water is life and can never be denied to human beings.

Maude Barlow's Blue Water Project with Food & Water Watch, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Detroit People's Water Board has drafted a report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur calling on authorities to stop the shut offs and restore water to those who have been cut off. Read the public announcement about this water shut off crisis.

Please help us in this effort by signing the petition: "Tell Detroit to turn the taps back on: Water is a human right!" directed to President Obama and Governor Snyder. 

More information can be found on the MWRO facebook and MWRO twitter pages.