Flint, Rick Snyder — June 30, 2019 at 9:51 pm

ACTION: Tell Harvard’s Kennedy School to rescind Rick Snyder’s fellowship


Don’t honor Snyder for poisoning one of America’s great cities

UPDATE: Rick Snyder has decided that he will not poison Harvard, certainly because there are too many white people there. On Wednesday, he informed the Kennedy School that he’s “turning down” the fellowship he’d been offered.

Finally, an appointment that’s more toxic than putting Betsy DeVos in charge of the Department of Education.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government announced that Snyder begins work Monday as a senior research fellow. His fellowship is with the school’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

Center Director Jeffrey Liebman says in a statement the former Republican governor, who served two terms starting in 2011, brings “expertise in management, public policy and promoting civility.” Snyder says he looks forward to sharing his experiences.

These experiences include the policies and the leadership that led to on the most avoidable and destructive acts of environmental racism of the 21st century — the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water to save a negligible amount of money as he and Michigan’s GOP were giving corporations hundreds of billions in tax cuts.

Mariame Kaba — AKA @prisonculture — is asking people to sign this petition and then send an email to Jeffrey Liebman who is the Professor of Public Policy Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.

She points to this email an excellent template:

Please don’t let the reward for Snyder’s arrogant negligence be the honor of a Harvard fellowship, as the people of Flint are still dealing with the poison he left them. And please ask everyone you know to send an email, too.

[CC image “Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Political Suicide” by DonkeyHotey | Flickr]