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.
A Q&A with the Pediatrician Who Proved Flint’s Water Was Poisoning Its Children
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.
Democracy Watch: A Project That Fights for Democracy
Another blog. That’s just what the world has been crying out for, right? Yet another blog. Especially one that doesn’t yet have a name, and is still searching for the right voice. A permanent home with a web page of its own also remains in the future. And actual, substantial content … that too is yet to come.
Other than that, though, everything is good to go.
So, let's begin this experiment in nonprofit journalism by turning to the traditional five Ws -- who, what, when, where, why -- and scrambling their order, going straight to the last one first.
Second Anniversary of Switch to Flint River Sees Too Little Progress in Ending Water Crisis
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.
“Stop poisoning the children,” was one of the refrains they chanted on a cold and blustery day.
Barely anyone noticed. The protestors were literally shouting into the wind.
Things have certainly changed since then.
Lead Astray: ACLU of Michigan Investigation Has Found Irregularities in Flint’s Water Tests
As its analysis of water samples from more than 275 homes is wrapping up, researchers at Virginia Tech have come to a distressing conclusion:
Because of dangerously high lead levels, the city’s water is not safe to drink or use for cooking unless it is run through a filter designed to capture the toxic heavy metal.
Groups Ask Federal Court to Order Home Water Delivery in Flint, As Tap Water Remains Unsafe
CHICAGO – Flint residents, an organization of pastors, and national advocacy groups--including the ACLU--are asking a federal court to order home water delivery for every household in the Michigan city served by Flint’s water system. Flint’s tap water remains unsafe and is likely to remain undrinkable for months due to persistent lead contamination. The groups are asking the court to direct the delivery of bottled water to people’s homes, as many Flint residents cannot obtain water for their daily needs due to transportation or other access issues.
Guyette: Continued Probes Crucial In the Wake of Flint Water Testimony
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 before a congressional committee to answer questions about their roles in the Flint water crisis.
Democrats on the House Oversight Committee vigorously hammered Snyder and Republicans skewered McCarthy last week as both heard calls for their resignations because a city of 100,000 people had its water supply contaminated with lead while under their watch.
Four Questions Gov. Snyder Must Answer During Congressional Testimony
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 alarming levels of lead in its drinking water for nearly two years—has left our state reeling and our nation angry in disbelief.
But even more so, we—here at the ACLU of Michigan's Democracy Watch blog—aren’t just outraged by what we’ve uncovered through our investigations. We’re outraged by what we don’t yet know.
Here's To Flint: Documentary on Flint Water Crisis
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 residents, activists and researchers to learn the truth about the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water.
ACLU of Michigan Releases Documentary 'Here’sTo Flint' on Flint Water Crisis
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 origins of the disaster and the determined efforts of Flint residents, activists and researchers to learn the truth about the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water.