Brigade to Host Empowerment Workshop Series

This is a solution-based roundtable workshop covering the facts & stategies concerning the global water crisis and its effect on and in Detroit.

Learn more about the issues affecting our community & help create solutions to ensure every citizen has access to clean, fresh water.

Knowledge is Power:-Awareness, Education & Engagement are the first steps to keeping water a public commons and protecting our human lifeline…

Learn about: The history & causes of this crisis, networking & resources worlwide, alternative water sources (water catchment & recycling options) and much more.

Participants will receive:

  • Valuable Information
  • A delicious buffet lunch
  • 10-gallon water conservation barrel, and
  • A certificate of completion from the Detroit Water Brigade

R.S.V.P. is required! Tickets only $25 and can be purchased online here. Call (313)-279-0608 Ext. 3 or email with any questions!

Come learn how to reduce your water bills by conserving water as well as how to get involved in the #DetroitWater movement and build skills that will help you and your family become more self-reliant and independent.

This workshop is free to all enrollees in our Water Affordability Fund (WAF). See if you qualify here.

Meet the Instructors

Makita Taylor, Spokeswoman + Creative Director – Detroit, MIpeace1

Makita Taylor, although more widely known as, AtPeace Makita, is a native Detroiter and an honorable veteran of the U.S. Military. She received full scholarship to study music as a cellist at Wayne State University; and later went on toattend Temple University, carrying a 4.0 g.p.a. studying film and media arts. She is also a professional performance multi-artist; specializing in a variety of art forms as a well trained actor, vocalist, choreographer, spoken wordsmith, and fashion/spokesmodel. Professionally, her experience hails from Brown University, Providence Black Repertory Theater, Detroit Repertory Theater, just to name a few. She has appeared on Montel Williams, Showtime and the Apollo and has been featured in Germany. Currently, Makita enjoys providing arts & educational services to learning institutions, non-profit organizations, groups and individuals, throughout the US, for the past 20 yrs. The role she appreciates most is being a proud mother of six children. Makita understands the necessity for rapid relief in a crisis. Just last year her water was shut-off. Thanks to personal experience, Makita knows first hand the challenges someone faces when living in a home without water and is why she chooses to volunteer her time and experience with the Detroit Water Brigade.

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Rodney Deas, Senior Advisor – Brooklyn, NY + Detroit, MI

Rodney Rahim Deas, or “Radio Rahim”, has been in the entertainment world for thirty-nine years. In 1969, the Disc Jockey Gary Byrd gave an inspiring young man an amazing opportunity to break into the Radio Industry. This young man is now known to many as “Radio Rahim.” His first break took place at radio station WWRL in New York City. Radio Rahim was already working as an MC in the parks of Brooklyn, New York. While attending high school in 1972, he built a radio for a class project. In 1973, Radio Rahim was licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to broadcast. One year later, he was hired at the college radio station in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York’s WATC of State University of Farmingdale, which became his alma mater. Through Radio’s promoting and managing, Last Poets, the originators of spoken word before the idea existed, went on to become the only group in the music industry to sell records without air play. In fact they sold over a million records. At that time, many record executives told Rahim that the message was “too black” for radio airplay. Radio Rahim blazed the trail and pioneered the way for promoting Hip-Hop. In 1983 in Brooklyn, Radio was the first to use what is now known as a street team to market the many award shows and new recording artists he was producing as a result the streets became Hip Hops marketing place. Currently, Radio is working as treasurer for the Coalition for Public Education and the Pulaski Nostrand Block Association; he is a member of the first Quincy Community Garden and a volunteer teacher/mentor at Paul Robeson High School. Radio is one of the founding members of the September 17, 2011 Occupy Wall Street Movement.