Emergency Management

Filtering Democracy: Receivership Board Decision Reminder that Elected Officials Still Lack Full Power in Flint

Filtering Democracy: Receivership Board Decision Reminder that Elected Officials Still Lack Full Power in Flint

2017-07-05 00:00:00

If anyone thought democracy had actually been returned to the residents of Flint, the Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder just pulled out its hammer and shattered that illusion.

Despite public outcry, the five-person RTAB last week overrode a unanimous city council vote to place a yearlong moratorium on the imposition of liens on homes with delinquent water bills.

Democracy Watch: Federal Lawmakers Push to Re-Open Flint Water Probe Amid Accusations of State Stonewalling

Democracy Watch: Federal Lawmakers Push to Re-Open Flint Water Probe Amid Accusations of State Stonewalling

2017-01-23 00:00:00

On the same day that Gov. Rick Snyder gave short shrift in his State of the State speech to the ongoing Flint crisis his administration created, U.S. Reps. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., continued applying pressure in an attempt to hold accountable those responsible for the poisoning of a city’s water supply.

Charges Against Emergency Managers Underscore Folly of Shortsightedness that Created Flint Water Crisis

Charges Against Emergency Managers Underscore Folly of Shortsightedness that Created Flint Water Crisis

2016-12-20 00:00:00

Although it wasn’t mentioned directly by name when state Attorney General Bill Schuette announced the filing of felony charges against four officials connected to the Flint water crisis, Michigan’s controversial emergency manager law was, for many, the target of the harshest indictment handed down Tuesday.

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:

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: Appeals Court to Hear Lawsuits Over Detroit Water, State EM Law

Democracy Watch: Appeals Court to Hear Lawsuits Over Detroit Water, State EM Law

2016-07-29 00:00:00

Two important cases involving the ACLU of Michigan--one involving  water shutoffs in Detroit and the other a challenge to Michigan’s emergency manager law--will be heard by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati next week.

The water shutoff case, Maurikia Lyda, et. al. vs. the City of Detroit, is fairly straightforward.

Democracy Watch: Lawsuit Underscores Racial, Political Concerns Raised by State Plan for DPS

Democracy Watch: Lawsuit Underscores Racial, Political Concerns Raised by State Plan for DPS

2016-07-15 00:00:00

Although it has received scant media attention, a lawsuit filed in late June by members of Detroit’s school board, activists and parents could undo the controversial education system Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature have created for the city.

Democracy Watch: The Sad Disappearance of the Highland Park School District

Democracy Watch: The Sad Disappearance of the Highland Park School District

2016-07-06 00:00:00

EXCERPTED FROM THE METRO TIMES

Sitting on the front porch of the Highland Park duplex she owns, Michelle Belton looked out on what used to be Cortland Elementary school.

A single mom who works the late shift in the office of a trucking company, Belton once enjoyed the convenience and safety for her children that the school provided.

But no more.

Michigan Emergency Manager Law Remains An Affront to the 13th Amendment

Michigan Emergency Manager Law Remains An Affront to the 13th Amendment

2016-06-14 00:00:00

A while back, the ACLU of Michigan joined with other organizations and law firms to challenge the constitutionality of the discredited emergency manager law. The emergency manager law, also known as Public Act 436, is at the root of the poisoning of Flint’s water supply as well as a variety of other evils across the state. The ACLU of Michigan’s participation in this case is only natural given its commitment to the eradication of all forms of discrimination and the political disenfranchisement of communities.

ACLU of Michigan Releases Documentary 'Here’sTo Flint' on Flint Water Crisis

ACLU of Michigan Releases Documentary 'Here’sTo Flint' on Flint Water Crisis

2016-03-08 00:00:00

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.

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DETROIT—ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss issued the following statement on Tuesday shortly after the Michigan Attorney General announced charges...
EXCERPTED FROM THE METRO TIMES Sitting on the front porch of the Highland Park duplex she owns, Michelle Belton looked out on what used to be Cortland...
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...
UPDATE: DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has announced that he will step down on Feb. 29. DETROIT—Reacting to news reports that the Environmental...
The City of Flint took center stage Wednesday during a meeting of water experts considering proposed changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “...
DETROIT – Residents of Flint, together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today announced their intention to sue state and...
The ongoing Flint water crisis generated headlines last week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report warning that road work or...
DETROIT – In the wake of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation that the City of Flint reconnect to the Detroit water system to stem its lead-contamination...
It took a while for LeeAnne Walters to realize the full impact of the number: 13,200. Walters—a stay-at home mom with four sons and a husband in the Navy—had...
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