• A Motown Thank You

    ear Brigade Volunteers, Gallon-Jug-Luggers, Leaky-Faucet-Pluggers, Human Rights Protectors, Shutoff Truck Blockaders, Water Warriors and Beautiful Dreamers,   Thank you. We don’t say it enough. Thank. You. We wouldn’t be here without you. A thousand families wouldn’t have drinking water without you. The world would never have known that in the Motor City human beings are […]

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: “Cut Hair, Not Water!” Event at Brooks Barber Shop

      ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Detroit Water Brigade and Brooks Barbershop To Host “Cut Hair, Not Water!” Event Community to unite in support of barber whose water was wrongfully shut off Media Contacts: AtPeace Makita, Spokeswoman Peace@DetroitWaterBrigade.org, (313)‐279‐0608 Demeeko Williams, Political Director Demeeko@DetroitWaterBrigade.org, (313)‐279‐0608   DETROIT –– The Detroit Water Brigade will partner with Brooks Barbershop […]

  • Bankruptcy Judge to Decide on Detroit Water Shutoffs

    US Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will decide as early as today whether to grant a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the DWSD to put a pause to thousands of residential water shutoffs. Get the full story at WDIV Local 4 To get involved, click here! #DetroitWater

  • Detroit Water Crisis – a Prelude to the Privatization of Water

    AtPeace Makita, a single mother of five children who turned to activism after her water was shut off by the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, talks with Dennis Trainor, Jr. about the Detroit Water Brigade and what it is like to living during the current push for the privatization of the water supply. Only the […]

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    Detroit Water Brigade Response to Mayor’s 10 Point Plan

    Statement on Democracy Detroit Water Brigade is pleased with the transfer of the management of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) to an elected official, Mike Duggan. Democracy of this great country requires ‘no taxation without representation’. Until last Tuesday, residents had no representation from the management of Kevyn Orr. Orr has neither experience […]

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    Detroit Hit by Record Breaking Flood Overnight – Help Us Respond

    Detroit and surrounding areas were hit with record breaking rain yesterday which caused devastating floods in many parts of the city and outlying suburbs – many roads and freeways are closed today, cars sit abandoned and underwater. 1 woman has died as a result of the flooding. As a Detroit based relief organization it’s important […]

  • MWRO Responds to Detroit Mayors New 10 Point Water Plan

    MICHIGAN WELFARE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION 23 E. ADAMS, DETROIT, MI 48226 PH#: (313) 964-0618…F#: (313) 964-2600 (www.mwro.org) August 7th, 2014 OFFICIAL STATEMENT: CONTACT: MI Welfare Rights The DWSD’s New Approach to Rising Poverty Today, the Detroit Water Dept. shared the next phase of how to better manage the mass water shutoffs they have been executing for […]

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    Thirsty Detroiters Demand End to Water Shut-Offs, Mayor Set to Respond

     (Photo via AP/Detroit News, David Coates) – Article originally appeared on prospect.org In Michigan’s largest city, a water crisis has been raging for months. Since spring, 17,000 city residents have had their water shut off by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) for unpaid water bills. Now living in unsanitary conditions, citizens in homes […]

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    We are glad to see that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department have decided to extend the moratorium on residential water shutoffs 3 more weeks, until August 25th This past Saturday, over 30 volunteer Water Advocates from the Detroit Water Brigade took part in the city’s first-ever Water Affordability Fair from 8:30am-5pm at 13303 E […]

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    ‘Partial Victory’ in Detroit Water Crisis as City Regains Control of Water Dept

      Organizers warn ‘there are still unanswered questions’ about whether water will be a public good for the city’s residents. Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr handed over control of the city’s water system to the mayor this week following protests and international outcry at the shut off of water to tens of thousands of households […]

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    We commend the move by Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, City Council and U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen Rhodes to return control of Detroit’s water to the democratically elected leadership of the city of Detroit. This is a positive step in the direction of popular control of Detroit’s water and other […]