Great Lakes Groups Band Together

October 12th, 2017

This past weekend the Water is Life: Strengthening our Great Lakes Commons

gathered to discuss and challenge Nestlé and water crises in Flint and beyond.


Maude Barlow gave an important keynote speech on Friday night on water justice struggles around the world and her work with other water warriors to have the UN recognize the human rights to water and sanitation.

The overreaching issue of racism was brought into the light.

Lila Cabbil from the Detroit People’s Water Board, who many affectionately call Mama Lila, talked about how the water fights are racialized in Michigan. “The fight we have in Michigan is very much racialized. We need to understand that truth and we need to speak that truth. Because what is happening even as we speak in terms of how Flint and Detroit is being treated would not happen if it was a white community.” She pointed out how the crises are being condoned by the silence of white people.

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