In my beloved city of Detroit, the human right to water is getting trampled. People are getting astronomical water bills—some as high as $2000. When they can’t pay, their water gets shut off—end of story. Not only do water shutoffs deprive people of water to drink, cook, and bathe—they lead to other horrific outcomes. Like the state taking away children and splitting up families. Or putting liens on homes, which can force people into foreclosure. Here’s what you can do about this outrageous injustice.
Veronica Ivoke is a change-maker. Through her position as coordinator of AWWASHNET as well as through her work with ERA, she has played a leadership role in building grassroots power to protect water as a common good and advance the human right to water in Lagos. Motivated by the gross injustice of water privatization in Nigeria and beyond, she rises each morning to organize. And as she does, she helps accomplish victories with global ramifications.
Public letter from members of Congress puts pressure on public officials to reject water privatization from the U.S. to Nigeria.