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Session 2: Saturday, June 2nd: 12:00 - 1:50pm
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From east to west coast in the United States are standing up and demanding clean safe drinking water and proper sanitation. A recent article in the Detroit Free Press stated, about 17,461 Detroit households are at risk for water shutoffs next month when the city's water department resumes its controversial program.

Many of us are aware of the Flint water crisis. In 2011, the state of Michigan took over Flint's finances after an audit projected a $25 million deficit. In order to reduce the water fund shortfall, the city announced that a new pipeline would be built to deliver water from Lake Huron to Flint. In 2014, while it was under construction, the city turned to the Flint River as a water source. Soon after the switch, residents said the water started to look, smell and taste funny. Tests in 2015 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Virginia Tech indicated dangerous levels of lead in the water at residents' homes.

In Lowndes County Alabama many in the impoverished region are living with poor or no sewage treatment -- in some places, with raw sewage simply piped out into their yards. Residents are told to pay for their own expensive treatment systems -- and in some cases, were charged with misdemeanors when they failed to do so.
This workshop will discuss possible solutions like water affordability plans, government taking on the responsibility of infrastructure repairs and moving talking bout the human right to water to making it a reality.


Cofounder and member of the Leadership Committee of the Take Back the Land Movement and a staff volunteer at the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI). After losing his job in 2001, he spent two years homeless on the streets of Miami and ten months in a New York City shelter....

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