Detroit Water Brigade Plans Water Distribution

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What a 2nd week it’s been! Thousands of you have visited the site, registered to volunteer, donated to us and come out to canvass the neighborhoods to learn more about people’s needs. We are so amazed!

But this is just the beginning. This weekend and next week, we will open up even more resource hubs and begin distributing water and vital information to Detroiters facing imminent shutoff or already living with it. We need hundreds more volunteers, and we’re working to find living places around the city – community centers, churches, hostels, residences – where out-of-town volunteers can stay. Let us know if you have any ideas!

We’re also excited to see that after weeks of silence the national media is  finally beginning to cover this humanitarian crisis. The United Nations is taking note and the whole world is watching what is happening here and how Detroiters and their allies are responding to this human rights violation. Our own spokesman Demeeko Williams spoke to RT America yesterday, and look for him on Fox 2 Detroit’s Let it Rip Weekend this Sunday at 9am facing off with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department itself. We have to keep spreading the word!

Finally, we’re excited to launch our new map application on the website. This will make it even easier for volunteers to get involved in neighborhoods and for outside groups to donate items where they are most needed.

Thank you to everyone on the Brigade for standing with Detroiters in their time of need, and let’s roll up our sleeves and get busy!

Solidarity,

The Detroit Water Brigade Crew

  • Of course this is barbaric, but it’s merely a continuation of an agenda begun years ago, with the evident support of this generation. Certainly not shocking. One can argue that water is widely available to the public, free of charge, via drinking fountains, public restrooms, etc. The fact that they have apartments shows that they have incomes, can buy a couple gallons of bottled water, and use those containers to haul water home. While this is the story of the moment, keep in mind that this is the generation that decided the jobless poor, and many of the unemployable, aren’t deserving of the most basic human rights of food and shelter, essential for survival. After shipping out a huge chunk of our working class jobs since the 1980s, we ended welfare aid in the 1990s. We’ve ignored the consequences for years.