The event that triggered the arrests in front of the MDEQ in Lansing, MI, that blocked the doors to the building.
“We blocked all the doors (and eventually the parking lot) of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) headquarters, plus surrounded the building with crime scene tape because of environmental concerns,” said Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann, one of some 30 people arrested. Concerns included the role of the MDEQ in the Flint water poisoning, oil spill threat of Enbridge’s Line 5, and permitting the expansion by US Ecology and Nestlés in the Great Lakes.
The action was part of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. “This contributed to the largest focused and coordinated campaign of civil disobedience in US history . . . the MDEQ needs to make public health the priority, not corporate profit,” said Wylie-Kellermann.
“Some of those arrested took a ‘diversion program’ offer. Others pled ‘no contest’ to a misdemeanor. Thirteen prepared for a trial;” Rabbi Alana Alpert; Carolyn Baker; Claire McClinton; Justin Sledge; Carlos Santacruz; Baxter Jones; Rev. Liz Theoharis; Rev. Deb Hansen; Rev. Ed Rowe; Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann; Richard Levey; Sylvia Orduno; and Leah Wiste.
Michigan Poor People's Campaign
Carolyn Baker June 6, 2018 ·
- PoorPeoplesCampaign — with Sylvia Orduno, Kim Redigan, Claire McClinton, Alana Alpert, Edwin Rowe, Maureen Taylor, Nayyirah Shariff, Carlos Santacruz and Denise Griebler.
Poor People’s Campaign
Valerie Jean December 13, 2018 ·
I am so grateful for the #PoorPeoplesCampaign It gives me so much hope for the future.
These are just a few of my fav moments from the first part of 2018.
The Poor People's Campaign:... See More — with Kim Redigan, Elise Bryant, Claire McClinton, Luci Murphy, Carolyn Baker, Erica Williams, Maureen Taylor, Marian Kramer, Tommy Tackett, Darryl E. Jordan, Charon Hribar, Nia Eubanks-Dixon, Jennifer Teed and Nicole Hill.