Let’s Meet Up By the Water: A Reportback from ASLE 2017

WPD took part in the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) at Wayne State University and are featured in a Deceleration reportback.

“Monica Lewis-Patrick discussed how the work of We the People of Detroit started around the effects of emergency management on public education, but shifted to water access after Charity Hicks, a community leader and water protector who passed in 2014, was arrested for speaking out against the shut offs in her neighborhood. Via the People’s Water Board, Lewis-Patrick, Taylor, and numerous others organized a hotline for reporting shut offs, emergency water stations, and community research efforts to document the extent of the crisis, even publishing a book last year on the basis of this research, entitled ‘Mapping the Water Crisis: The Dismantling of African American Neighborhoods in Detroit.’ Lewis-Patrick spoke powerfully about how, out of 126 municipalities in the region, Detroit and Flint, communities with large Black populations, were the only two with a water shut-off policy for delinquency. ‘This is not conspiracy,’ she said. ‘This is a highly orchestrated system of evil to determinate who can drink and who cannot.'”

Please Attend: Meeting with the Venezuelan Embassy Regarding Water and Housing Issues in Detroit, 6/29

You are cordially invited to attend a community discussion regarding the Water and Housing issues in Detroit and Michigan with a representative of the Venezuelan Embassy- Monday June 29 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Please make sure that you arrive on time, because the discussion will began promptly at 6:00p.m. See the flyer below for details.venezuela housing and water

Memorial Day Soundtrack: 100 Hours Of Soulful Protest Music on NPR

Someday We’ll All Be Free: 100 Hours Of Soulful Protest Music

This Memorial Day weekend, NPR is turning over our R&B and soul channel to protest music. These songs are timely and relevant and useful. We live and work in hope that one day our need for them will not be so acute. “I’ll Take You There” is curated and hosted by Jason King of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University.

Listen here: http://www.npr.org/2015/05/20/408015650/someday-we-ll-all-be-free-100-hours-of-soulful-protest-music

The O’Jays in an undated photo. The Canton, Ohio, group also associated with Philadelphia is well represented in this stream: from “Love Train” to “When the World’s at Peace” to “Back Stabbers.” Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images, NPR