Flint Water Crisis

As a result of a decision to switch their municipal water supply to the caustic Flint River in 2014, residents of Flint were exposed for nearly two years to toxic, lead-tainted water. Even as state officials claimed the water supply was safe, independent investigations led by the ACLU of Michigan, water experts and Flint citizens revealed that the water was indeed polluted with lead. (Go here to read our full coverage of the Flint water crisis.) Now, Flint finds itself in the throes of one of the worst public-health crises in modern history as the city of 100,000 people struggles to end the crisis and mitigate a lead-poisoning tragedy that will resonate across the state--and the nation--for many years to come. 

Following Charges, ACLU of Michigan Urges Reform of Emergency Manager Law

Following Charges, ACLU of Michigan Urges Reform of Emergency Manager Law

2016-12-20 00:00:00

DETROIT—ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss issued the following statement on Tuesday shortly after the Michigan Attorney General announced charges against former Flint emergency managers Darnell Earley and Jerry Ambrose, along with two others, for actions related  to the lead contamination of Flint’s water supply:

Sixth Circuit Denies State's Request to Halt Flint Safe Drinking Water Ruling

Sixth Circuit Denies State's Request to Halt Flint Safe Drinking Water Ruling

2016-12-16 00:00:00

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a request by Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to halt an order requiring them to immediately provide water filter installation and maintenance services or bottled water delivery to Flint. Flint residents have been living without adequate access to safe drinking water for more than two and a half years.

What's Up with Lead Levels in Flint Schools?

What's Up with Lead Levels in Flint Schools?

2016-12-01 00:00:00

Originally published on the Michigan Chronicle

When it comes to the situation regarding the water in Flint’s public schools, Jeree Brown is in the dark.

With two children attending Eisenhower Elementary School, she has no idea what’s going on regarding state testing of water in schools throughout the Flint Community Schools district.

She’s not alone.

Flint Schools: Dealing With the Damage Done

Flint Schools: Dealing With the Damage Done

2016-10-19 00:00:00

The most recent numbers showing lead levels in the water of Flint’s public schools continue to hit with spine-chilling impact.

Thirty months after an appointed emergency manager made the ill-fated decision to begin using the dangerously corrosive Flint River as the municipal water source for a city of nearly 100,000 people, the water is still not safe to drink unless it first passes through a filter.

That’s after a year of intense study by federal, state and local officials as well as some of the nation’s leading experts from a variety of universities.

ACLU of Michigan and Education Law Center Sue to Protect Schoolchildren from State and Local Violations of Federal Laws

ACLU of Michigan and Education Law Center Sue to Protect Schoolchildren from State and Local Violations of Federal Laws

2016-10-18 00:00:00

FLINT On behalf of 15 named plaintiffs and tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Flint, the ACLU of Michigan and the Education Law Center filed a class-action civil rights lawsuit in Flint today, documenting ongoing violations of federal education laws by the State of Michigan and local school authorities.

D.R. v. Michigan Dept. of Education: Standing Up for Flint Students Following the Water Crisis

D.R. v. Michigan Dept. of Education: Standing Up for Flint Students Following the Water Crisis

2016-10-18 00:00:00

On behalf of 15 named plaintiffs and tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Flint, the ACLU of Michigan filed a class action civil right lawsuit in Flint on Oct. 18, 2016, documenting ongoing violations of federal education laws by the State of Michigan and local school authorities. 

New Report Criticizes EPA for Failures on Environmental Justice

New Report Criticizes EPA for Failures on Environmental Justice

2016-10-05 00:00:00

Here’s a news flash that only confirms what people in communities such as Flint already knew to be true:

When it comes to protecting the victims of environmental injustice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is close to worthless.

That’s the conclusion reached in a new report released in late September by the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

This is what the report’s authors had to say:

ACLU of Michigan Joins Call for Federal Disaster-Relief Funding for Flint

ACLU of Michigan Joins Call for Federal Disaster-Relief Funding for Flint

2016-09-29 00:00:00

DETROIT--The ACLU in a letter to Congress this week urged lawmakers to greenlight disaster relief funds for Flint as that city continues to struggle with access to clean water more than two years after a switch in municipal water sources led to massive lead contamination and widespread health concerns.

"As an impoverished community composed largely of people of color, the residents of Flint represent some of our country’s most vulnerable populations," the letter notes. "It is imperative that Congress provide aid without further delay."

Fixes to Flint Still Too Slow a Year After Tests Disproved State Claims About Water Safety

Fixes to Flint Still Too Slow a Year After Tests Disproved State Claims About Water Safety

2016-09-15 00:00:00

One year ago, on Sept. 15, 2015, a press conference was held on the lawn in front of Flint City Hall. Gathered before a small throng of reporters were members of Flint’s Coalition for Clean Water, scientists Marc Edwards and Siddhartha Roy of Virginia Tech and the ACLU of Michigan.

Edwards and Roy were there to announce the results of a citizen-led study that had found lead levels in Flint’s water that were nearly double what the city and the state estimated.

Democracy Watch: Flint Water Crisis Persists Despite Drop in Lead Levels

Democracy Watch: Flint Water Crisis Persists Despite Drop in Lead Levels

2016-08-18 00:00:00

The good news is that lead levels in Flint’s water continue to drop.

Unfortunately, the bad news keeps piling up.

Foremost, there is the fact that, 30 months after the disastrous switch to the Flint River and 10 months since the return to the regional water system, the water coursing through the aging pipes is still not safe to drink without first being run through a filter.

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On behalf of 15 named plaintiffs and tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Flint, the ACLU of Michigan filed a class action civil right lawsuit in Flint on...
September 14, 2016
After the State of Michigan stripped the residents of Flint of their ability to elect local representatives, state-appointed officials decided to use the Flint...
THE CASE After the State of Michigan stripped the residents of Flint of their ability to elect local representatives, state-appointed officials decided to use...
February 29, 2016
When toxic, lead-laced water flowed through the pipes in Flint, immigrant families were among the most severely impacted.  Because public health information...
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Residents of Flint will finally get their lead pipes replaced as a result of a settlement agreement being considered by a federal judge today. If approved, the...
January 09, 2017 Flint Water Crisis, Flint Schools
DETROIT– The state of Michigan has failed to take adequate steps to ensure safe drinking water in all Flint public school buildings, the ACLU of Michigan...
December 21, 2016 Flint, NRDC, Flint Water Crisis
CHICAGO–As Michigan ignores a court order requiring “immediate” action to secure safe drinking water for Flint, residents and organizations filed an emergency...
DETROIT—ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss issued the following statement on Tuesday shortly after the Michigan Attorney General announced charges...
December 16, 2016 Flint Water Crisis, Flint, NRDC
CHICAGO – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a request by Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to halt an order requiring...
FLINT – On behalf of 15 named plaintiffs and tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Flint, the ACLU of Michigan and the Education Law Center filed a class-...
September 29, 2016
DETROIT--The ACLU in a letter to Congress this week urged lawmakers to greenlight disaster relief funds for Flint as that city continues to struggle with...
DETROIT –A federal judge today signaled that the first federal safe drinking water case on the Flint water crisis could proceed over protests from the City of...
Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan, issued the following statement today about the kick-off of the Mackinac Policy Conference this week: As...
In 2015, to mark the first anniversary of Flint’s fateful switch to river water, about 100 Flint residents marched through their city’s downtown in protest. “...
CHICAGO – Flint residents, an organization of pastors, and national advocacy groups--including the ACLU--are asking a federal court to order home water...
WASHINGTON—There was much partisan heat generated, but very little light shed, when Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy appeared recently...
What we have come to learn about the Flint water crisis over the past several months—including the fact that a city of 100,000 people was left exposed to...
DETROIT—As part of its ongoing look into the Flint water crisis, the ACLU of Michigan today released “Here’s To Flint,” a searing documentary that examines the...
The ACLU of Michigan documentary “Here’s To Flint” is a searing examination of the origins of the Flint water crisis and the determined efforts of Flint...
DETROIT—More than 60 children's rights, public health, and immigrant advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter urging the Department of Homeland...
FLINT – A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit today to ask a federal court to step in and secure access to safe drinking water for the...
In a place that bills itself the Great Lakes State, you'd think people would understand and appreciate the universally critical importance of water. But the...