Detroit’s ‘Water Warrior’ Monica Lewis-Patrick Awarded $100K Prize by KIND Snack Food People


By Mike McGonigal

December 7, 2016

Today, something called the KIND Foundation, “through its KIND People Program, awarded a total of $1.1 million “to catalyze empathy and heal divides.” Six activist/healers have been awarded $100,000 and one (Doniece Sandoval) was given $500,000. These are straight-up gifts, as opposed to grants; recipients can do whatever they wish with the funds. Among the recipients? Our very own community activist Monica Lewis-Patrick, who we profiled in our “People” issue last year.

An excerpt from the profile in Metro Times:
Today, she fights for the rights of Detroiters to have access to water, even if they cannot afford to pay their bills. With the organization We the People of Detroit, she’s firing on all cylinders. Among other things, We the People manages a water rights hotline so people can get emergency assistance, and oversees four water stations that will even deliver water directly to those in need if they cannot make it to a station.

“I spoke in front of the U.N. in September, another tremendous honor,” she says. And are there more political plans in her future? “I really like being a free black woman if there’s such a thing in America, without someone else’s time clock or agenda,” Lewis-Patrick says.


  1. Kathryn Montgomery, D-REM

    December 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Wow!!! This is amazing, Monica Lewis Patrick. She has always been a real fighter for those who are struggling economically and fighting for justice. I’m sure she will use this award to benefit her community, here in Detroit. Monica’s efforts are finally paying off, due to her persistence. God bless her and the people she serves.

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