Move to Amend Reports on Detroit’s Water, Education, & the Grassroots Response to Reclaim the City

February 11, 2016

Move to Amend Reports connects you with activists and organizers working on the frontlines of the democracy movement, to bring you the lowdown on corporate rule, corporate personhood, and money as speech.

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As the 2016 presidential campaigns are picking up, many candidates are forced to confront the giant elephant in the room—rising inequality, poverty and the death of democracy. Nowhere is this displayed more prominently than in Detroit, Michigan -- a city completely overtaken by corporate rule.

In this episode, the fabulous Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty returns to update us on the takeover of Detroit’s Municipal water system by Violia Water North America Corporation, the decay of public education, and the rise of great organizing models Detroiters are employing to take their city back and establish real democracy.

Tawana Petty is a mother, anti-racist social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights, digital justice, visionary organizing and youth advocacy work on the ground in Detroit.  She is the past recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, Woman of Substance Award, Women Creating Caring Communities Award, and was recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2013 and 2015. She is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, a Data Justice Community Researcher for the Detroit Community Technology Project, a Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) Fellow, a member of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, We the People of Detroit, and the The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition.


Move to Amend Reports is hosted by Laura Bonham and Egberto Willies, members of Move to Amend's National Leadership Team. Executive producer is Keyan Bliss. Production team is Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Keyan Bliss, Laura Bonham, Egberto Willies and Renee Babcock.

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