Communities United For Action's People and Planet First Campaign organizes low-income residents and people of color to address the racism and classism that have led to environmental genocide. We will hold the Metropolitan Sewer District accountable for resolving combined sewer overflows in a way that is good for the earth, reduces our bills, and creates sustainable jobs. Access to water, affordable utilities and fair housing are human rights.


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    CUFA kicks off 2020 with Congress, board elections

    Cincinnati, Ohio - Saturday, January 18, Communities United For Action (CUFA) set our direction for 2020 and beyond at our Community Congress.  Issues for the upcoming year include Sewer Justice, Affordable Utilities, and Fair Housing. 

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    CUFA sings "Sewer Carols" at MSD Budget Hearing

    Cincinnati, Ohio - On Tuesday, Communities United For Action (CUFA) carolers echoed through the lobby of the Hamilton County Commissioners office, bringing holiday cheer and calling attention to residents still struggling to deal with sewer backups and overflows. 

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    CUFA Turns to Environmental Protection Agency for Sewer Fixes

    Community Group Calls for Increased Regulator Oversight of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD)

    Cincinnati, Ohio – Frustrated by fighting over the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) between the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Communities United For Action (CUFA) turned to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for help with sewer issues.

    CUFA Board Member Erica Johnson opened the November 9 meeting, “We’ve convened this public forum because our neighborhoods are being left behind in the plans to fix the sewers. We are more than a billion dollars into this project and not only are people struggling financially, they are struggling with damage to their homes and lives.” CUFA highlighted sewer issues in Bond Hill, Muddy Creek, Covedale, and the Ludlow Run Watershed area of Northside.

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    Commissioners agree to move forward on CUFA's Sewer Justice priorities

    EVENDALE, Ohio - Yesterday, Communities United For Action (CUFA) members asked the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners to move forward on key points of our "People's Sewer Justice Platform." The Commissioners vowed to take action on: 

    • Expansion of the Customer Assistance Program to help more people afford sewer bills; 
    • Restructuring sewer rates to be fair for everyone; and
    • Ending the requirement to report sewer backups within 24 hours to be eligible for damage compensation. 


    Residents from Springlawn Avenue in Northside attended the meeting to ask for a resolution to sewage overflows in their backyards. 

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