Tag: Flint

UN: No Flint Crisis if City Was 'Well-off or overwhelmingly white'

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, would likely not have occurred “if the affected population group was well-off or overwhelmingly white,” according to Philip Alston, an expert speaking on behalf of the United Nations. “[Had] elected officials been much more careful, there would have been a timely response to complaints…

Lawsuit Filed Against Flint Government for Gross Negligence

Seven families in Flint, Michigan, have filed a class-action lawsuit citing gross negligence at the hands of Gov. Rick Snyder in response to the effects of the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis. In April of 2014, Flint switched its water source from Detroit Water and Sewage Department to the Flint River….

Hollywood Directors to Skip Oscars for #JUSTICEFORFLINT Event

By Sheryl Estrada Ryan Coogler, director and co-writer of “Creed,” will not be in the audience during the 88th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, even though one of his film’s stars, Sylvester Stallone, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Instead, he will be in Flint, Michigan, supporting…

Flint Paid Highest Water Bill in the Country

People living in Flint, Michigan, paid more for their water than people living anywhere else in the country, a new study found including during the months the water first became contaminated with lead. Food & Water Watch, a group that advocates for clean food and water as well as government…

Flint Water Crisis: Gov. Snyder Ducks Testifying to Congress

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder turned down an invitation to testify in front of the U.S. House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee earlier this week about Flint’s ongoing water contamination crisis. According to a spokesperson for Snyder, the governor was scheduled to present a 2017 budget plan at the same time…

Don't Want to Drink the Water we Poisoned Show us Your ID!

While the Flint water crisis has disproportionately affected Michigan’s poorest population, reports that Flint’s undocumented immigrants are too scared to seek clean water are compounding the disaster. According to widespread reports, residents have been asked to provide valid state identification in order to receive free water bottles, filters, replacement cartridges…

Mich. Gov. Ignores Safety, Poisons Poor Black Residents to Save a Buck

The growing toxic water crisis and preventable lead poisoning of residents in Flint, Mich., has many people talking, from community leaders and celebrities calling on the governor to resign, to President Barack Obama declaring a state of emergency. But, ironically, some of the nation’s most vocal personalities Republican presidential front-runner…