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.'”
On Tuesday, March 22nd We the People of Detroit President Monica Lewis-Patrick addressed the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women during a side-panel at the US Human Rights Network. The water shut offs in Detroit are continuing to draw international criticism and outrage.
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.
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
Photos from the Flint Healing Stories event on March 21st, 2015: