Faith Leaders and Community Stand Against Water Shut Offs

Thu, Oct 4, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am


Please join us Thursday, October 4, 2018
9:30 for Prayers and Water Ceremony: On the Riverfront at Hart Plaza
10:30 Press Conference at the Spirit of Detroit Statue at the Coleman A. Young Building.

You are invited to:
*Stand in solidarity with over 240 faith leaders;
*Change the course of history;
*Stand against racial and economic injustice; and
*Give life-sustaining water to the most vulnerable

Thousands of Detroit families are facing an unconscionable moral injustice. Parents, children, elderly and the disabled are deprived access to running water. Detroit families are battling for water largely because they are African American and poor. The poverty rate in Detroit is 42%. Those who cannot afford to pay the high rate increase for water are among the most vulnerable citizens. They are our brothers and sisters who are unable to properly bathe, cook, wash hands and clothes, flush the toilet and more. This results in dehydration, poor hygiene, stress, and the spread of communicable disease, (statistics prove a high-level disease increase since water shut-offs) within the city.

Thank you to all who signed the Faith Leaders Declaration against water shut-offs and to implement a water affordability plan in the city of Detroit. We have received an overwhelming response. So far more than 240 faith leaders have signed.

If you have not yet signed and would like to be a part of this historic declaration, please add your name and contact information to the growing list here.

In order for the faith community to deepen its influence and offer the greatest impact, we also invite you to participate in the following calls to action.

1. The weekend of October 5th-7th, faith leaders across Michigan will offer sermons on water justice at their home congregation. If you do not lead a congregation please invite faith leaders you know to participate in offering a sermon. Included in the following link are some sermon resources.

2. On October 10th, invite your congregations to join us as communities around the world participate in "A Day Without Water." The following link offers ways in which you and your congregation can participate.

To add your organization as an endorser of the press conference, and A Day without Water please RSVP Here.

For further information contact Ed Rowe at or

Hart Plaza


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