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. 

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.

Democracy Watch: Law Professor Peter J. Hammer Likens Flint Water Crisis to 'Tuskegee Experiment'

Democracy Watch: Law Professor Peter J. Hammer Likens Flint Water Crisis to 'Tuskegee Experiment'

2016-07-21 00:00:00

Like a coroner conducting an autopsy, economist and Wayne State University Law School professor Peter J. Hammer recently performed a highly detailed dissection of the Flint water crisis, laying bare the various pathologies that led to the poisoning of Flint's water supply.

Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri: Safe Water for Flint

Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri: Safe Water for Flint

2016-06-09 00:00:00

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 the Flint River as a water source without adding corrosive controls. As a result, lead leached from the water pipes and poisoned the drinking water, causing untold damage to the people of Flint.

Democracy Watch: Water Testing 'Cheats' Exposed in Flint, Other Cities

Democracy Watch: Water Testing 'Cheats' Exposed in Flint, Other Cities

2016-06-06 00:00:00

Britain 's Guardian newspaper deserves kudos for two recent articles dealing with the issue of testing for lead in municipal water supplies. Although one is national in scope, both stories have direct links to Flint, and both build on reporting done last year by the ACLU of Michigan.

A Q&A with the Pediatrician Who Proved Flint’s Water Was Poisoning Its Children

A Q&A with the Pediatrician Who Proved Flint’s Water Was Poisoning Its Children

2016-05-13 00:00:00

In September 2015, when the state of Michigan was still adamantly denying that the water in Flint was contaminated with lead, Hurley Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha unveiled a study of Flint children that proved conclusively that the state’s denials were false and that Flint was enmeshed in a full-blown public-health disaster.

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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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May 16, 2017 Flint Water Crisis
The ACLU of Michigan and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund  today urged the Flint City Council to suspend local efforts to impose property liens...
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...