February 24, 2016, Flint, Michigan – Local social justice advocacy groups such as Power to Thrive spoke recently at a February 19 press conference on the need to work to bring about an end to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan – and noted that the problem goes beyond Flint. Power to Thrive works with Gamaliel, an organization that trains leaders and “empower[s] ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives.” Sister Cheryl Liske, OP, a community organizer, ministers as executive director of Gamaliel of Michigan. Read an article about the press conference here.
February 16, 2016, Detroit – At the time of the disastrous water crisis in Flint, Michigan, families across the state in another troubled city – Detroit – have reached out in support. Adrian Dominican Sister Nancyann Turner, OP, director of the Rosa Parks Children and Youth Program at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit, writes in her blog of how the families in Detroit have reached through letters and prayers to their counterparts at the St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center in Flint. Founded in 2002 by Adrian Dominican Sister Carol Weber, OP, and Sister Judy Blake, CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph, N.E.W. Life offers a variety of services to the people of Flint, from a literacy center to a food pantry and a commercial sewing program.