Category: Flint

#FlintWaterCrisis Round-Up: The conservatives are already rewriting history and erasing the plight of Flint residents

#FlintWaterCrisis Round-Up: The conservatives are already rewriting history and erasing the plight of Flint residents

The big story in the ongoing saga of the Flint Water Crisis this week is a concerted effort by those on the right (along with complicity from some in the medical community) to make the world believe that the Flint Water Crisis never happened. It started with an op-ed in The New York Times by Drs. Hernán Gómez and Kim […]

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Why are *you* angry? Are you Red or Blue?

Why are *you* angry? Are you Red or Blue?

Everyone is angry. I get it. Our country is as divided as I can remember it being in my lifetime. Friends are divided. Institutions are divided. Families are divided. People that never seemed to be “political” are suddenly, and surprisingly, strident defenders of a particular belief or position–or equally vocal about being against that position. Everywhere you go these days […]

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Less than a month after tests show elevated lead levels in Flint, state stops distributing bottled water

Less than a month after tests show elevated lead levels in Flint, state stops distributing bottled water

“Recent water tests at elementary schools in Flint have found an increase in samples showing lead levels above the federal action limit.” That’s the opening line in an article in The Detroit News less than one month ago. Despite this, the state of Michigan, just days after turning control over the city back to local elected officials, declared the Flint […]

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After poisoning the water & putting government on an austerity budget, state hands the city of Flint back to local control

After poisoning the water & putting government on an austerity budget, state hands the city of Flint back to local control

For the past seven years, the city of Flint has been under the control of the state of Michigan. All government decisions made there were made by an unelected Emergency Manager or, later, a Receivership Transition Advisory Board. In the meantime, the city had its water poisoned with the powerful neurotoxin lead, saw 12 people die from an Legionnaire’s Disease […]

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THESE AREN’T THE CRIMINALS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR: Michigan Gov. Snyder & AG Schuette arguing that Emergency Managers are not “state officials” in Flint Water Crisis lawsuit

THESE AREN’T THE CRIMINALS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR: Michigan Gov. Snyder & AG Schuette arguing that Emergency Managers are not “state officials” in Flint Water Crisis lawsuit

In what can only be described as a Hail Mary attempt to use the Jedi Mind Trick on three judges on the Michigan Court of Appeals, Attorney General Bill Schuette’s Assistant Attorney General Nathan Gambill is arguing that Emergency Managers appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder are not “state officials”: The Michigan Court of Appeals is weighing legal arguments which may […]

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Rep. Dan Kildee: Congress must uphold its commitment to children and reauthorize CHIP

Rep. Dan Kildee: Congress must uphold its commitment to children and reauthorize CHIP

The health of nine million children is at risk, with even more at stake in hard-hit Flint. It’s bad enough that if Congress does not act to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), nine million lower-income children will lose the health insurance that allows them to see a doctor or go to the dentist. The problem is even worse […]

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Top Snyder admin official accused of multiple crimes in the #FlintWaterCrisis tapped to lead Public Health Advisory Council

Top Snyder admin official accused of multiple crimes in the #FlintWaterCrisis tapped to lead Public Health Advisory Council

There’s one thing you can say about Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: He has zero #[email protected]&%*!s to give when it comes to how things look or are perceived by the public. Today we have Exhibit A in this regard: Gov. Snyder has appointed Michgan’s chief medical executive Dr. Eden Wells to lead the newly-formed Public Health Advisory Council: Gov. Rick Snyder […]

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Evocative art piece about white supremacy & the #FlintWaterCrisis by Ti-Rock Moore wins coveted ArtPrize award

Evocative art piece about white supremacy & the #FlintWaterCrisis by Ti-Rock Moore wins coveted ArtPrize award

The first time I saw this image, everything around me stopped and the hair on my arms stood on end: Photo courtesy of Ti-Rock Moore The piece, titled “Flint”, was an entry in the renowned ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. It brings the hideous national shame and stain of Jim Crow-era racism and systemic white supremacy and slams it like […]

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Two years ago today Gov. Snyder admitted to the #FlintWaterCrisis and people STILL cannot drink the water

Two years ago today Gov. Snyder admitted to the #FlintWaterCrisis and people STILL cannot drink the water

On April 25th, 2014, with its government run by the latest in a series of Emergency Managers appointed by Republican governor Rick Snyder, the city of Flint, Michigan switched its water system over to the Flint River, ending a decades-long purchase agreement with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) which draws its water from Lake Huron. Within a few […]

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Experts: #FlintWaterCrisis led to Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak and “horrifyingly large” drop in fertility rates

Experts: #FlintWaterCrisis led to Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak and “horrifyingly large” drop in fertility rates

Testimony in the first day of the preliminary examination for Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, facing felony charges in the Flint Water Crisis, revealed that health experts believe the switch to the Flint River was the cause of the huge increase in cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in the beleaguered city: “My opinion is the most […]

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The failure of Emergency Management in Michigan proven once again, starring: The #FlintWaterCrisis

The failure of Emergency Management in Michigan proven once again, starring: The #FlintWaterCrisis

We’ve seen this movie before… Last month, disinfectant dispensing equipment that chlorinates the drinking water supply of Flint, Michigan ran dry, allowing untreated water to be distributed to city residents. According to documents obtained by MLive reporter Ron Fonger, a plant worker attributed the mistake to water plant staff members who are severely over-worked and under-paid: A Flint water plant […]

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