Flags enter William S. White building on University of Michigan – Flint campus after water ceremony. Photo by Levi Rickert
Published February 26, 2017
Focus on Raising Funds for Clean Water
FLINT, MICHIGAN — Several national organizations including the Indigenous Environmental Network, Black Lives Matter, the Hip Hop Caucus, and the New McCree Theater have partnered with Hip Hop 4 Flint and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to launch the inaugural Water is Life Expo on March 24 – March 26, 2017 at the New McCree Theatre, 2040 W. Carpenter Rd, Flint, Michigan 48505.
Water from Flint River was used as a means to cut costs. The river is contaminated with lead and entered drinking water system.
Flint, Michigan is home of one of the most horrific water catastrophes in modern times when the state of Michigan in an effort to save money allowed chemicals into the city’s water system. Standing Rock is home of the largest American Indian protest in modern times where thousands of Native Americans and allies came together to resist the Dakota Access pipeline. The circumstances may have differed, but the theme of “Water is Life” is the same.
Organized by Yonasda Lonewolf, founder of Hip Hop 4 Flint and the Prince of Peace Church of Flint, the Expo will feature educational workshops which will provide a platform for unity and raise awareness of the importance of clean water. Also, a 2-day evening concert featuring dozens of internationally recognized leaders, journalists, youth, and entertainers. This event will be broadcast livestreamed by Powwows.com to the wider world. The broadcast will feature a text to donate campaign where supporters can text LIFE to 91990 to contribute in raising funds to provide whole home water filtration systems to Flint and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
The Expo will feature celebrities and speakers from current President of the National Council of Women of the United States Ms. Saideh Brown, Indian Country Today Media Network Editor-at-Large Gyasi Brown, Indigenous Environmental Network Organizer Dallas Goldtooth, Founder of The Hip Hop Caucus Reverent Yearwood, Pawnee Hip Hop Sensation Quese IMC, “Empire” Actor Tobias Truvillion, actress and singer Antonique Smith and many more nationally recognized artists, journalists, and speakers.
For more information including venue location, schedule of events, list of performers and speakers and to get a FREE ticket please visit: www.princeofpeacembc.com Prince of Peace MBC. 1417 Stevenson St. Flint, MI 48504 (810) 238 – 3076
Social Media and Ticket Links: https://www.facebook.com/events/259387597831802/. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/water-is-life-expo-tickets-31530448420