Imagine not being able to wash clothes or do dishes, not being able to shower or bathe, and having no water to drink. Unfortunately this is the reality that many people face every day in Detroit.
Residential water shut offs continue to leave thousands of Detroiters with no access to water, including many families with children. In spite of a payment plan set up by the city and funded primarily through donations, tens of thousands of residents remain unable to afford their water bills.
According to a report by the City of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department made on October 28th, from the period of January-October of 2015 16,078 residential water accounts were shut off. Since May of 2015 the department has left 49,824 door hangers notifying residents of impending shutoffs. Once service is discontinued, poor citizens are left with few options to have their water turned back on.
We the People of Detroit is a grassroots community organization that is committed to advocating for residents of the city and is working with others towards creating an affordability plan to make water rates accessible to all residents across all income levels. The organization also coordinates a Water Rights Hotline for residents who have had their water shutoff to receive emergency assistance.
As the region prepares to enter the winter season and residents without water face increased hardships from dropping temperatures, it is important that we come together as a community to show our support for those in need. I have been helping to organize a concert to heighten awareness of the need for a water affordability plan and to raise funds for We the People of Detroit in support of their efforts to help those who have had their water shut off.
Water is a sacred part of who we are as human beings and as Michiganders. We cannot allow for our fellow citizens to be denied access to this basic human need simply because they are economically disadvantaged. We are coming together as Detroit residents and allies in metro Detroit to advocate for the rights of all people to have uninterrupted access to clean water, no matter their level of income. I hope that you will join us.
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