Shea Howell is a community activist in Detroit where she has lived for 50 years. She is a co-founder of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center and a member of the advisory board of the Allied Media Conference. Currently she is engaged in efforts to secure water as a human right and to create liberated areas based on urban agriculture and local production. She works in coalitions supporting abolition, new forms of education, and enriching democratic practices. She is co-editor of Riverwise Magazine, emphasizing emerging, alternative ways of living. She is a professor of communication at Oakland University, Rochester, MI.