World Water Day is a UN Holiday that is geared towards drawing attention to our local and global water issues and successes. To honor our water and to push to protect it. The first WWD was March 22, 1993.

This year’s UN theme is Leaving No one Behind : Human Rights & Refugees.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.

Every year WWD is on March 22, this year that falls on a FRIDAY.

The goal is a collaborative event or events with solidarity and action. To have impacted communities and concerned organizations and grassroots groups be the voice of the event(s) and messaging.


  • This year, in April, marks the 5th anniversary for the Flint was switch - and the beginning of the lead crisis.


We can add your org as a partner / supporter for the event, but you will need to get your logo and website url to us asap.

Grand Rapids Water Protectors

MI Citizens for Water Conservation

People’s Water Board Coalition

Sierra Club

Wayne State University

The Wright Museum


Detroit Food Not Bombs

Moratorium NOW!

Coalition to Oppose the Expansion of US Ecology


Hydrate Detroit

MI Science Museum

IHM Sisters

Great Lakes Bioneers (Detroit)




Tom Stephens

Maureen Taylor

Russ Bellant

JoAnn Watson

Nicole Hill

Peggy Case

Nancy Gallardo

Holly T. Bird

Gina Luster

Claire McClinton

ReJoyce Douglas

George Gaines

Diane Weckerle

Cathy Wursterbarth

Alice Jennings

Sisters Barb Beesley

Imam Steve

Bill Wylie-Kellermenn

Reverend Roslyn Bouier

Rabbi Alaa Alpert

Grandmother Beatrice

Flowtown Revue

Joe Kid / Shiela Berk

And more!


This is a statewide event and in the past has been a collaboration that often involves lobbying. Due to the holiday being on a Friday this year, we will NOT be lobbying. Typical World Water Day events have 300-350 folks in attendance.

The proposed event is a combination and fluid space for folks to come and interact, learn, and network around water issues in Michigan. 3 panels of speakers will happen in the theater space, relating to Water Affordability, Heath / Contamination, and Privatization / Corporate Takeover.

Simultaneously, rooms will allow for organizations to host workshops of their choosing. (Example, Sierra Club is hosting a rain barrel workshop) There will be food for folks, and tabling set up throughout the space to interact and learn about participating organizations. There will be a second theater space that will play water related films and videos.

We will be led by indigenous ceremony, with a faith-led press conference.

**ADDED - there will be some sort of memorial for Lila Cabbil at the event.




March 22, 2019

(Actual Holiday Date) Primary Event

Potential follow-up action


Lobby Day




Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201


(gather)  3:30pm

(advertised start)  OUTSIDE  4:00pm w/ indigenous-led ceremony and faith-leader-led presser

(head inside)  INSIDE  5pm w/ 3 panels, workshops, tabling, food

(end of event)  9pm w/ potential end with Detroit Light Brigade OUTSIDE






@MIWorldWaterDay page

Attached event


Free Registration w/ option for donations


Areas that we can use additional support or that organizations can fit in to the event….

  • Workshops and Tabling (not required, but encouraged $10 donation to the event to offset costs)
  • Please note that at this time, selling goods is not permitted via museum policy in conjunction with their event donation
  • You can create your own workshop, it will need to be scheduled and coordinated
  • Signup form for both workshops and tabling
  • This information has to be to the museum by 3/7
  • Volunteers
  • Help us mobilize volunteers to make this event successful. We have many types of roles that can be filled.
  • Volunteer Signup form
  • Transportation
  • Help set up carpools from different areas of the state
  • Network Outreach / Mobilization
  • Donations to help cover event cost - all money is going through the designated account owned by the 501c3 nonprofit Grand Rapids Water Protectors. Checks, cash, gift cards, or Paypal donations at paypal.me/miworldwaterday
  • Cover food costs
  • Facilities
  • If we are able, Artists / Speaker travel compensation