Grass Valley to hear advocate for universal safe water |

Grass Valley to hear advocate for universal safe water

Rev. Amanda Ford, coordinator of the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, will speak Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley.
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The importance of providing safe and affordable water for impoverished areas and minorities will be discussed Feb. 14 during two services and a workshop at the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Grass Valley. The public is invited.

The speaker and workshop leader will be Rev. Amanda Ford, coordinator of the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water. She is based in Sacramento.

The EJCW is a coalition of grassroots organizations dedicated to achieving equitable water resources for low-income and minority communities in California.

Ford will address both the 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. services at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains (UUCM) at 246 S. Church St. The interactive workshop will begin at 1 p.m. after a brief snack period at 12:45.

The afternoon session is titled, “For the Love of Water: A Human Right to Water Workshop.” Participants will have an opportunity to learn how groups are working to provide safe water around the globe — from Sacramento to the Serengeti in Tanzania. Rev. Ford will explain how to support the water justice movement.

Ford is an international consultant in developing environmental programs for impoverished and underdeveloped areas. Her 10 years experience includes service to vulnerable communities in more than 20 countries on four continents.

Ford coordinates the coalition’s efforts to develop programs and campaigns throughout the state — including pollution prevention, climate adaptation and other issues involving California’s Human Right to Water Act.

She has a master’s degree in International Development from Brandeis University, is conversant in Arabic, is an interfaith minister and Ojibwe spiritual practitioner.

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