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!
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
Check out this WATER WARRIORS poetry video by MWRO's comrade William
Copeland! From Izaca
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 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
Water Film Trailers!
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.
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
Michigan Citizen story about this film, and an interview with the producer.