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Sustainability Summit United Nations International Day of Peace

Emerging the Beloved Community of Detroit

Modeling the United Nations celebration of International Day of Peace, including a consciousness raising march and a three day summit. The UN celebration recognizes peace is integral for raising consciousness of human rights and social justice in communities and around the world. The issues of Detroit are globally recognized human rights issues. Detroit holds the potential to dialogue, envision and be a voice/platform for all of the world to hear – a fulcrum for a shift of paradigm. The Sustainability Summit aims to cocreate through vision, conscious dialogue and solutionary actions that alters our paradigm from surviving to prosperous collective interdependent sustainability.


When and Where

The summit location is Marygrove College, 8425 McNichols, Detroit MI 48221, on the SE corner at Wyoming. The event will be held September 10 – 12, the weekend prior to International Day of Peace celebrated globally on September 21stContinue reading Sustainability Summit United Nations International Day of Peace

CLEAN, AFFORDABLE WATER FOR ALL: Detroit to Flint Water Justice Journey

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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 with 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.

WaterJusticeWalkThe 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 unclean 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.

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