I know you’re with me in believing that everyone should be able to turn on the tap and have access to clean water at rates they can afford. Yet, this is not our current reality for billions of people across the globe.
When I think about fighting for the human right to water, I think about our partners in Flint, Michigan. For many residents, it has been over five years since they’ve had clean tap water. And despite having contaminated and poisonous water flowing through their taps, Flint residents continue to pay some of the highest rates for water in the country — up to hundreds of dollars a month for water they can’t drink or even bathe in.
That’s why this #GivingTuesday, we’re teaming up with Flint Rising, a grassroots organization working to advance the human right to water. At Corporate Accountability, we’ve been working in deep partnership with Flint Rising to ensure that the water crisis in Flint isn’t forgotten, and that those responsible for the tragedy are held accountable.
We’ve set an ambitious goal to raise $10,000 this #GivingTuesday to support our allies in their ongoing campaign for the right to safe water. Donate now, and your generous gift will go toward supporting this movement and the demands for water justice in Flint, Michigan.
This year, every gift in our #GivingTuesday will be quadrupled. This means that your gift of $100 becomes $400!
And when you give right now, half of your gift will support Flint Rising’s campaign for water justice in Michigan and the other half will power our campaign for the human right to water worldwide. So, how will you pitch in to ensure we meet our goal?
The water crisis in Michigan is a fundamental matter of justice and the result of a suspension of democracy. The people of Flint had no say when their water supply was switched to the filthy Flint River, which triggered the water crisis. The switch was made possible by Michigan’s racist emergency manager law that allows the state to install unelected officials who can override local governments.
The effects of this disastrous law have been especially profound for communities of color, particularly Black communities in cities like Flint. But the fearless activists at the helm of Flint Rising have been tirelessly organizing on this issue. They’ve mobilized in support of fellow Flint residents, who are demanding their very basic right to access clean water for their daily needs. And they’re demanding a long-term solution to the water crisis along with accountability for those who played a role in it.
It’s far past time that the people of Flint have clean and affordable water again. This #GivingTuesday, you have the chance to support organizers on the ground as they demand the human right to water.