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The Peoples Water Board,the Kairos Center, the Social Welfare Action Alliance and Michigan Welfare Rights Organization have combined forces and are holding a conference this weekend in Detroit. The International Gathering of Social Movements on Water 2017 has brought together grassroots communities from around the world, legal strategists working on legislation and policy, members of academia and faith community members who are all working together for the human right to water and sanitation. 


We opened on Thursday evening with a message from UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Water Leo Heller. Friday is billed as National Legal and Legislative Summit day. If you cannot join us here in Detroit, you can follow the events on the Peoples Water Board Facebook page at www.facebook.com/peopleswaterboard


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more info at http://www.socialmovementsonwater.info/

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2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water – June 8-11 – Detroit

What is the 2nd International Gathering of Social Movements on Water?

It is a gathering of water warriors, i.e., people directly impacted by water and sanitation problems such as cleanliness, safety, accessibility and affordability. Plus allies and advocates from across the U.S. and internationally who work on these human rights issues, especially in low income communities.

Where:  Detroit, Michigan – various downtown locations

Lodging:  Hotel St. Regis, 3071 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202

Hotel St. Regis Detroit

Hotel discount rate code: People’s Water Board Coalition

Registration: Online registration is required for all participants during this four-day event.

Who: Organizations, groups and individuals who work on the water and sanitation problems in U.S. communities, First Nations and in other nations.


  • To report and analyze on government and corporate human rights violations of water and sanitation, and to develop community-based strategies and documentation about these crises.
  • To understand the history behind water privatization efforts and why people are being denied clean water and accessible sanitation. Michigan is ground zero for the draconian practice of mass water shutoffs, mass water poisonings and undemocratic emergency managers.
  • To report and develop the legal challenges and legislative policies at the local, state and federal level with movement organizations.
  • To examine the roles and actions of social service providers and health care providers in alleviating or contributing to the problems of low income people living without or inadequate safe, accessible, affordable water and sanitation.
  • To address water as an international right connected to indigenous rights, land rights, community rights, the commons and publicly owned water systems.


  • Social Movement Gathering: Maureen Taylor (State Chair, MWRO) chuteh7 at hotmail.com;
  • Legal-Legislative Summit: Alice Jennings (Attorney, Edwards and Jennings, PC; attorney with Lyda pro bono Legal-Legislative Committee and NCLAWater) ajennings at edwardsjennings.com;
  • SWAA Human Rights Rumble: Mary Bricker-Jenkins (Coordinator, Social Welfare Action Alliance) mbricker at temple.edu

Sponsors: Michigan Welfare Rights Organization; Lyda pro bono Legal-Legislative Committee;  and National Coalition for Legislation on Affordable Water; Peoples Water Board Coalition; Social Welfare Action Alliance. (More to be announced.)