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Water Is A Human Right Affordable, Safe & Accessible Water in the Time of COVID-19 & Beyond
December 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-5
Keiga Foundation is concerned about social justice. Access to safe and affordable water is a global issue. Water will be the new “gold” in the future. We are surrounded by water, but thousands of people in Detroit do not have access to clean and affordable drinking water. Detroit, once again, is ground zero to discuss this global concern.
Recently, a coalition of civil rights groups have filed a landmark class action to permanently ban water shutoffs for Detroit residents and force the city to implement an affordable payment plan. Detroit, which has one of the most expensive water rates in the country, has disconnected more than 140,000 households since 2014, as part of an internationally condemned debt collection scheme which has left thousands of vulnerable residents without running water for months or years.
In 2014, at the end of a three-day visit to Detroit, Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteurs on the human right to water stressed that all decisions that affect access to water for residents of Detroit should be guided by human rights. These shut-offs in Detroit during COVID-19 is conscionable. This program will provide insight in this problem and provide a way forward.