We need your help today- please take 30 seconds to sign this petition in solidarity with the Brightmoor community in Detroit, Michiganas they fight to ensure Black families have access to clean water.
Detroit has implemented a city-wide water cutoff policy that will hit predominantly Black communities like Brightmoor the hardest.How bad is it? So bad the state of Indiana is issuing travel warnings urging their residents to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A before traveling to Michigan.1 Yet folks in Michigan are being told not to panic and instead make sure they wash their hands and maintain good hygiene. This is cruel advice to people who are being denied access to clean and safe water. We have alredy seen a preliminary study conducted by the Henry Ford Global Health Initiative found, “patients who live on blocks that experienced water shutoffs were 1.55 times more likely to be diagnosed with a water-associated illness.”2 Without any running water, how are the people of the city supposed to wash their hands, prepare sanitary food, or clean themselves? The city of Detroit denying its people water has already played a role in a growing Hepatitis A epidemic – instead of giving bad advice, the city needs to work quickly to give people clean water.
Having access to safe and clean water is crucial to the health and safety of any community, but instead of working to make sure the people of Detroit have the water they need to stay well, the city is still threatening to deny thousands of people water. Join us in telling the mayor and city of Detroit to stop playing games- don’t cut off water to communities.
Rev. Roslyn Bouier
P.S. Below is the email we sent a couple weeks ago:
- “Michigan officials speak on Indiana travel warning for hepatitis A virus” WNDU. April 24, 2018. http://act.colorofchange.org/go/48098?t=6&akid=11083%2E1174326%2EeJVsLU
- “Experts see public health crisis in Detroit water shutoffs” Detroit Free Press, July 26, 2017. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/48104?t=8&akid=11083%2E1174326%2EeJVsLU