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Welcome to the MWRO website! Your have entered the only website in Michigan dedicated to welfare recipients, low-income workers, and economically disenfranchised residents of this state. Help us fight the cuts and attacks against the poor!

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 2009 Detroit Water

Petition Campaign


Let’s make it a law that the City of Detroit must make water affordable and stop shutting off the water of low-income people! Help us get signatures for the 2009 November ballot in the City of Detroit! Call the MWRO office to get a copy of signature petitions (313) 964-0618.

As announced on Tuesday's 4/14/09 WHPR "Ask Welfare Rights" Show, go to a Michigan Dept of Human Services (DHS) office by Thurs, 4/16/09 to receive DTE matching funds for SER! If you have received a shut-off notice for your DTE bill, you can receive matching funds with a State Emergency Relief (SER) application that may help you pay off your entire electric bill. SER funds are also available for water shut-off bills, foreclosure and eviction notice, or home disaster relief. Don't let your DHS worker tell you funds are not available--that's not true! Also if you are in the welfare-to-work Jobs, Education, and Training (JET) program and you are not receiving the benefits and fairness you deserve, call MWRO at (313) 964-0618.

Check out this WATER WARRIORS poetry video by MWRO's comrade William Copeland! From Izaca Productions



Food & Water Watch along with director, Liz Miller will be launching a six-month tour of the The Water Front around the Great Lakes. The campaign begins in September and we will be visiting over 20 cities and 40 universities! Some of our stops include:

Duluth, Madison, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Akron, Erie, Buffalo, Minneapolis, D.C. Traverse City, Fort Wayne, Benton Harbor, Tiffin, Pittsburg, Lansing, Green Bay, Gary and more...

The Water Front Tour Opens in Detroit with a Splash!

The Detroit area, was a natural venue for the opening of the 6-month tour of The Water Front throughout the Great Lakes region. “With the recent passage of the Great Lakes Compact and the approaching elections, this couldn’t be timelier” said Sam Finkelstein, the tour organizer, as he introduced the film. Residents from the area gathered in Marygrove College, a leader in urban social justice education. “This film shouldn’t just touch you,” said Marian Kramer, who is featured in the film and was at the screening, “it should grab you” – and she gestured as if she was choking. And it did just that, the viewers were grabbed by this film and the subsequent discussions. “How can our water be defined as a product?” asked Lynna Kaucheck of Clean Water Action, as she highlighted the underlying economic and political issues that result in situations such as those we experienced in Highland Park. This screening was a great way to launch this historic tour to over 30 cities!
Sam Finkelstein, Food & Water Watch
September 26, 2008

 View Water Film Trailers!

View the trailer, Water Warriors, about Highland Park residents' determination to fight for affordable water rates, against privatization, and address the City's financial mismanagement.

Coming Soon! New documentaries about water shut offs in Detroit and Highland Park, and the daily struggles faced by poor and low-income people who must find ways to survive without water in their homes.

Detroit familyA World Without Water, a new film from Truevision TV in London about the international poor peoples' fight for water, including Detroit. View the trailer. Read the Michigan Citizen story about this film, and an interview with the producer.


Get Involved! Check out the calendar for upcoming actions and events! Read more about Welfare Rights on Immigrant Rights


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