Lies and Lead in Water: Poisonous Pipes in Midwest Cities

Date / Time

February 13, 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Chicago, Flint, East Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee are just a few  of the cities across the nation experiencing an ongoing lead crisis. City and government officials often keep the problems under wraps while concerned community members and organizers fight to bring attention to the crisis.

The UIC Social Justice Initiative and the Freshwater Lab come together to bring you an interactive program that explores the issues of water rights, environmental justice, and the lead pipes jeopardizing the health of Midwest communities. Join us to address these issues with a panel of experts from different fields, a digital activity, and information about what to do about lead pipes in the short and long term future.


Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune investigative reporter

Monica Lewis-Patrick, President and Founder of We the People of Detroit

La’Kisha Girder, Project Manager, Stanhope Consulting

Melissa Mays, Founder of Water You Fight For

Moderated by Toni Anderson, Founding Executive Director & Board President of the Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab

In Laws, Lies, and Lead in Water, Yanna Lambrinidou, Jennifer Chavez, and Paul Schwartz share how official stories about lead in our water often mislead us and place our families at risk.

You can follow up by finding out what your pipes are made of in the Path section of our Get Involved page.  

To learn/engage/do more about lead pipes and plumbing, please join the Freshwater Lab and

UIC Social Justice Initiative for

Lies and Lead in Water: Poisonous Pipes in Midwest Cities  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

6-8 p.m.

UIC, Student Center East

Third Floor, Room 302

750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

(just south of the UIC-Halsted Blue Line stop, exit at Halsted.  Metered parking (Halsted and Polk) and a paid lot (enter on Taylor Street) are across from Student Center East.


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The panel will focus on the lead pipes crisis in Midwest cities and discuss what we can do in Chicago and regionally to move towards better public health and full lead pipe replacement.  We hope to see you there.

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