Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Media Advisory: Jury Frees Two Members of "Gilbert 7" Water Warriors; Jury Deadlocks on Remaining Five

For Immediate Release
Michigan Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival


***Media Advisory***

Contact: Sylvia Orduño, smorduno@gmail.com

Jury Frees Two Members of “Gilbert 7” Water Warriors  
Head juror to speak out at press conference

DETROIT – Activists are holding a press conference to discuss their legal victory and future action after a jury agreed their nonviolent protests against water shutoffs was justified in light of the harm caused by them.

Last year, members of Michigan Poor People’s Campaign, dubbed the “Gilbert 7,” blocked the Q Line and the entrance to Quicken Loans to draw attention to the inequities of massive public subsidies for billionaires like Dan Gilbert versus massive water shutoffs for low-income Detroit families.

Kimberly Vann, the forewoman of the jury that found two members of the group “not guilty,” will appear at the press conference to discuss her view of the case. A mistrial was declared on the other members of group, as the jury was deadlocked on a verdict.

Kimberly Vann, jury forewoman
Gilbert 7 Members of the Michigan Poor Peoples Campaign, their legal team and supporters
The People's Water Board

What: Press Conference – Legal Victory and Future Actions    

When: Tuesday, January 29, 3:00 p.m.