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Monica Lewis Patrick, M.A.L.S.  is an educator, entrepreneur, and human rights activist/advocate.  She is co-founder of We the People of Detroit and has served as Director of Community Outreach & Engagement since 2009 and was recently unanimously elected by the Board to become the President & CEO.  She is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights(IACHR) and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October of 2015.  She is actively engaged in almost every struggle on behalf of Detroit  residents. As a former Lead Legislative Policy Analyst for Detroit City Council, under the mentorship of former City Councilwoman the Honorable JoAnn Watson, Monica has authored legislation, conducted research and delivered constituency services to thousands of city residents.  

She is currently one of the leaders at the forefront of the water rights struggle in Detroit. She most recently presented before the United Nations Secretary- General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation-DESA in New York City, along with several other national and international leaders on the global water crisis.

Lewis-Patrick’s organization We the People of Detroit, co-hosted the United Nations Rapporteurs on Water/ Sanitation and Housing in Detroit in October of 2014 to challenge the Human Right to Clean, Safe and Affordable Water being denied to the residents of Detroit.  Currently, she is the co-designer and co-author of the We the People of Detroit: Community Research Collective that will publish and release Water: Race, Resource and Inequality as volume one of a three-part series documenting the effects of austerity and its relationship to race in Detroit.

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