Sylvia Orduno is a Michigan activist. She is an organizer with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization in Detroit, MI, has been in the forefront of the struggle to stop the shutoffs of water to low-income families in Detroit for years. She works with low income residents and community leaders on solutions for affordable water and housing to address these human rights crises.
US Social Forum National Planning Committee
- Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, MWRO (Detroit, MI), Anchor organization - Marian Kramer, Maureen Taylor, Sylvia Orduno .
Speakers for a New America
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.