Detroit Jewish News: Our Water Justice Panel at Temple Kol Ami

We got some awesome coverage from Detroit Jewish News contributor Bobbie Lewis about our water justice panel and forum in partnership with Temple Kol Ami on October 23rd. The panel featured CEO of We the People of Detroit Monica Lewis-Patrick, Dr. Paul Von Oeyen of People's Water Board, community activist Nicole Hill, and State Representative Stephanie Chang. Check out an excerpt from the article below and read the rest here.

Imagine you’ve fallen behind on your water bill and the city has shut off the water to your home. You can’t wash your hands after using the toilet or changing your baby’s diaper. You can’t bathe your children. You have a hard time cooking nourishing food.

Think it won’t affect you, a suburbanite who always pays bills on time? Keep going. Imagine that person who can’t wash her hands going to work — perhaps in a restaurant or a store you visit often. Imagine the children going to school and interacting with teachers and other children at the playground. Water shutoffs are a public health issue that affect the entire community.

That was the main message at a panel discussion, “The Public Health Impact of Our Regional Water Crisis,” Oct. 23 at Temple Kol Ami in West Bloomfield. The program, sponsored by the temple and Detroit Jews for Justice, attracted 100 people from Detroit and the suburbs.

Read on here

You can watch the live video from the panel here.

And learn more about our water justice work and what you can do to support at



 CEO of We the People of Detroit Monica Lewis-Patrick makes comments at our October 23rd panel at Temple Kol Ami. Banner art by DJJ leader Hannah Lewis.

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