News from Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Detroit People’s Water Board

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sylvia Orduno 734.846.9465
Maureen Taylor 313.729.5558
***Media Advisory***

UN Human Rights Commission Will Hear Michiganders’ Testimony
Water access, sanitation and housing issues to be discussed

DETROIT – Dozens of local community groups have organized to present testimony to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thousands of Detroit families being deprived of water has been part of a growing series of human, economic and social crises to hit the city.

The event, which will be held at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College, will focus on the need for adequate housing, the basic human need for water and what happens when people are denied access to water. A recent federal bankruptcy court decision denied residents a right to water and a water affordability plan, both of which make the lack of access to water and sanitation dire for poor families and critical for public health.

Taking testimony on behalf of the United Nations will be Catarina de Albuquerque, Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation and Leilani Farha, Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing.

Catarina de Albuquerque, special rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, United Nations
Leilani Farha, special rapporteur on Adequate Housing, United Nations
Michigan Welfare Rights Organization
Detroit People’s Water Board
We the People of Detroit
Moratorium Now!
AFSCME Local 207;
Democracy Defense League-Flint, MI;
Detroit Active Retired Employee Association;
National Nurses United; Peoples Platform
* See attached flyer for complete list of co-sponsors

United Nations Human Rights Commission Hears Michiganders Testimony on Water and Housing Crises

Sunday, October 19, 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Wayne County Community College Wayne County Community College District Downtown Campus in the Atrium 1001 W. Fort St, Detroit MI 48226


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