CLEAN, AFFORDABLE WATER FOR ALL:
Detroit to Flint Water Justice Journey
The Detroit to Flint Water Justice Journey is about lifting up the need for clean and affordable water in Michigan. The walk will begin on Friday, July 3 in Detroit where tens of thousands of citizens have had their water shut off and where the 2005 Water Affordability Plan has been passed by the Detroit City Council but never implemented. From there, the walk will continue to Highland Park where the community has been threatened with mass water shutoffs after years of administrative mismanagement. The journey will conclude on Friday, July 10 in Flint where residents reporting serious health problems related to unsafe water from the Flint River – hair loss, autoimmune disorders, skin burns, and children with lead poisoning – share their stories. Along the way, the walk will pass through cities, rural areas, lakes, rivers, and watersheds.
The walk itself is simply the thread that weaves together a series of important public events to highlight the issues by hearing from people on the front lines – local residents personally affected by unsafe and unaffordable water, concerned citizens, people committed to water justice including public health workers, attorneys, pastors, elders and youth. The key events include: the sendoff from Detroit on July 3, a cultural event and town hall meeting in Highland Park that same afternoon, a public cross-county speak out in Pontiac on Sunday, July 5, and a rally at Flint’s Town Hall on July 10. The focus is on connecting caring communities at these public events and sharing our collective concern for clean, affordable water upheld as a human right and to affirm that water is a sacred trust that should be held as a common rather than a commodity.
Governor Snyder has been invited to Flint on July 10 to hear from citizens from the cities of Detroit, Highland Park, and Flint.
Weeks ago, members of the state legislature were invited to a public hearing on water that involved testimony from these communities. Now, concerned citizens will return to Lansing via bus after the Flint rally to call for clean and affordable water at the state capitol.
Parents and teachers: Have your children or students color this page and take a picture of them holding it to post on social media using the hashtag #Detroit2Flint! Don’t forget to Tweet it to Governor Rick Synder (@onetoughnerd) to show your family or community’s support for clean and affordable water for all in Michigan!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
FRIDAY, JULY 3
8:00 AM: Spiritual water ritual, Underground Railroad Monument (Hart Plaza), led by indigenous Water Women
9:30 AM: Meet-up at Central United Methodist Church, walk to Water Department, and Spirit of Detroit.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Send-off at Spirit of Detroit Statue (send-off is scheduled for 11:00 AM)
2:30 PM- 3:30 PM: Cultural Celebration, Nandi’s Café, 12511 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203
4 PM to 5:30 PM: Highland Park Town Hall Meeting and Rally, St. Luke’s A.M.E., 363 Labelle St, Highland Park, MI 48203
9:00 PM Detroit Light Brigade, 9 Mile and Woodward, Ferndale, MI
SUNDAY, JULY 5
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM: Meet for a Cross County Speak out, Baldwin Center, 212 Baldwin Ave, Pontiac, MI 48342
FRIDAY, JULY 10
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Rally for clean, affordable water, Flint City Hall, 1101 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, Michigan 48502.
11:00 AM: Bus to Lansing. Arrive in Lansing 1 PM.
DAILY WALK MEET UP TIMES and LOCATIONS
Friday, July 3:
8:00 AM: Underground Railroad 1 Hart Plaza Detroit, MI 48226 (Indigenous Water Women Ceremony)
9:30 AM: Central Methodist Church 3 E Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 (Deliver letter to water board)
10:00 AM: Spirit of Detroit (Rally and walk sendoff at 11 AM)
*NOTE: Cars parked at Central Methodist need to be moved by noon. Will try to assist with shuttling people.
Noon (approx.): ACLU Offices 2966 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (Curt Guyette/possible film)
2:00 PM (approx.): Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament 9844 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202 (IHMs)
2:30 – 3:30 PM: Nandi’s Knowledge Café (Cultural Event)12511 Woodward Ave, Highland Park, MI 48203
4:00 – 5:30: St. Luke’s AME Church (Highland Park Town Hall and Rally) 363 Labelle St, Highland Park, MI 48203
9:00 PM: Nine Mile and Woodward (Light Brigade)
Saturday, July 4:
8:00 AM: Ferndale First United Methodist Church 2331 Woodward, Ferndale, MI 48220
Sunday, July 5:
Noon: Birmingham Unitarian 38651 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
All are invited to join service at 10:30 AM
7:00 – 9:00 PM: PONTIAC CROSS-COUNTY EVENT
Monday, July 6:
8:00 AM: Baldwin Center 212 Baldwin, Pontiac MI 48342
*NOTE: Park in gated lot. Gates locked at 5 PM.
Tuesday, July 7:
8:00 AM: Grange Hall Public Carpool Lot (exit 93 off I-75), Clarkston
Wednesday, July 8:
8:00 AM: Call 313-579-9071 that morning to arrange meeting place in Holly.
Thursday, July 9:
8:00 AM: Grand Blanc UMC 515 Bush Ave., Grand Blanc, MI 48439
*NOTE: Park on outer edges of lot; senior activity scheduled that day
Friday, July 10:
9:00 AM: Woodside UCC Church 1509 Court St., Flint MI 48503 (Walk to City Hall begins at 9:30)
11:00 AM: City Hall Rally 1101 S. Saginaw St. Flint, MI 48502
JUST A REMINDER TO BRING SUNSCREEN, A WATER BOTTLE, SNACKS, AND GOOD WALKING SHOES
People’s Water Board Coalition
Highland Park Human Rights Coalition
Flint Coalition for Clean Water
Michigan Coalition for Human Rights
and other orgs listed on PWB website
Be a part of history; we need YOUR help. We still need people to help with driving support on July 5, 7, and 8. We also invite people to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) who are interested in walking and then staying nights at our host churches along the way as part of the core walk team.
We also are in great need of people getting the word out to everyone to take part in the Detroit – Highland Park – Ferndale events on Friday, July 3, the Pontiac Town Hall on July 6, and the final rally in Flint on July 10. The final rally will be followed by a bus to Lansing- please consider joining as a day walker for an hour, a half day, or more. Healthy snacks are always welcome.