Lindsay Airey on the “Persistent Widow”

We the People of Detroit’s Lindsay Airey reflects on the Persistent Widow from the bible in Luke 18:2-5 and water warrior Valerie Jean.

“And thank God for Valerie Jean. Mother of four who has resisted her own water shutoff so many times I’ve lost count. The scarlet letter of the blue line of water shutoff fires her up all the more to get her neighborhood organized to resist this campaign of covert, PR-glossed genocide on poor, black and brown.”

Read more here.

Water Warriors on Sojourners

We the People of Detroit founders Monica Lewis-Patrick and Debra Taylor were profiled by Martina Guzmán in Sojourners this week. Read the full story at sojo.net.

“Long before national outlets covered water shutoffs in Detroit or toxic water in Flint, Monica Lewis-Patrick, Debra Taylor, Nayyirah Shariff, and Claire McClinton were protesting, marching, and going door-to-door to inform citizens of the problem.

Their efforts helped inspire the first investigative reporting on the crisis. Since then, these four women have become de facto leaders in a movement that went on to have massive implications for race, public health, and city governance in America today.”

“Thirsty in Detroit” in The Christian Century

This piece by Tommy Airey was featured in The Christian Century last week.

From the site of these sacred waters, where parishioners worship a God of overflowing grace, a deep theological conviction flows. The people of St. Peter’s know that water is a gift that underlies all creation. It is the lifeblood of the region and the planet, circulating as river and rain, the very emblem of the commons. It holds together every living thing as one. In the liturgy, the water of the baptismal font beckons a diverse community of Detroiters to wade into freedom, immersed in the cleansing waters of conversion. But the bottled water around the font is also a sobering reminder of the principalities and powers that are drying up the city and reshaping it in their own image.

US Human Rights Network Statement on Water and Sanitation

Click here to read the statement from the US Human Rights Network Commission on the National Human Right to Water and Sanitation.

“On Monday April 4, 2016, members of the US Human Rights Network coordinated National Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Coalition shared powerful and heartbreaking stories of the lack of clean and safe water and sanitation in their lives and those of their families and communities. They talked about water contamination and the harmful health impacts in their communities; astronomical water rate increases and the lack of affordable water; criminalization of people who cannot afford water and sanitation services; and the lack of adequate sanitation in communities across the United States. Yet in response, the US government ignored the testimony of the people sitting directly across from them to congratulate itself on water assistance around the world, while falling silent on the water crisis facing people in the U.S. (watch the full video of the hearing here).”

Earth Day Water Event

Be Bold Crew and Detroit Body Garage are hosting a Earth Day celebration and fundraiser at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on April 22nd from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

The lineup of free work outs include:

6:00 am- 5k run through downtown with Be Bold Crew
7:00 am- Buns + Guns with Teena Cathey/ Teena Cathey – Personal Trainer
7:30 am- Punch + Strike with PattiDukes Jordan/ TheStudio Fitness Dance Culture
8:00 am- Bootcamp with John Cortez Jones /Official J.C. Jones Bootcamp
8:30 am- Stretch + Tone with Amina Ife Daniels/ Live Cycle Delight
7 pm: Yoga with Cindy Spires/ Detroit Community Yoga
($10 donation class)

Just bring water to fill up the We the People of Detroit Water Station or a cash donation. For more information check out the Facebook event page.