Flint Water Crisis

Amid Flint Water Crisis, ACLU, Activists Call for Deportation Relief for Immigrants

Amid Flint Water Crisis, ACLU, Activists Call for Deportation Relief for Immigrants

2016-02-29 00:00:00

DETROIT—More than 60 children's rights, public health, and immigrant advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to offer relief from deportation and to immediately and publicly suspend all immigration-enforcement activity to protect families exposed to lead poisoning as a result of the continuing water crisis in Flint, Mich.

Flint’s Poisoned Children Deserve the Truth

Flint’s Poisoned Children Deserve the Truth

2016-02-20 00:00:00

By now, you've surely heard about the Flint water crisis. And you probably know why it happened: After the state of Michigan suspended democracy in the impoverished, predominantly African-American city, emergency managers appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder were given absolute power to make unilateral decisions that resulted in the lead poisoning of the municipality’s water supply.

ACLU of Michigan Reporter Curt Guyette Named Michigan Journalist of the Year

ACLU of Michigan Reporter Curt Guyette Named Michigan Journalist of the Year

2016-01-29 00:00:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette has been named Michigan Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association for his groundbreaking coverage of toxic contamination of the Flint water supply, a public-health disaster that exposed the city of 100,000 people to lead poisoning for almost two years even as government officials insisted the water was safe.

Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint

Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint

2016-01-27 00:00:00

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 people of Flint, Michigan.

Alleging violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by the ACLU of Michigan, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Concerned Pastors for Social Action and Flint resident Melissa Mays.  

ACLU Michigan Executive Director: Snyder Should Waive FOIA Exemption for 'Real Accountability' in Flint Water Crisis

ACLU Michigan Executive Director: Snyder Should Waive FOIA Exemption for 'Real Accountability' in Flint Water Crisis

2016-01-22 00:00:00

UPDATE: DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has announced that he will step down on Feb. 29.

DETROIT—Reacting to news reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued an emergency order for Flint under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and that the EPA’s Region 5 director has resigned in the wake of the Flint water crisis, ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss issued the following statement this morning:

Democracy Watch: Gov. Snyder Tainted by Flint Water Crisis

Democracy Watch: Gov. Snyder Tainted by Flint Water Crisis

2016-01-11 00:00:00

The Flint water saga has taken some wild twists in the past few weeks.

Here’s a quick recap: On Dec. 29, 2015 – a day cynics would say was chosen to generate the least amount of coverage possible during the holiday lull – the Flint Water Advisory Task Force appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder issued a scathing critique of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ).  In part, task force members reported that:

ACLU, Flint Residents to Sue City, State over Lead in Drinking Water

ACLU, Flint Residents to Sue City, State over Lead in Drinking Water

2015-11-16 00:00:00

DETROIT – Residents of Flint, together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today announced their intention to sue state and city officials for ongoing violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act amid the city’s widespread lead-contamination crisis. A lawsuit would force officials to address repeated, systemic failures to follow federal rules designed to protect the public health from dangerous levels of lead exposure.

Revised EPA Memo Raises Troubling Questions Amid Flint Water Crisis

Revised EPA Memo Raises Troubling Questions Amid Flint Water Crisis

2015-11-11 00:00:00

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 hydrant flushing could shake loose toxic lead particles from rusted pipes and that residents needed to be notified about such work in order to protect themselves.

But what is not included in the EPA report is at least as significant as—and perhaps even more worrisome than—what the report does contain.

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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...
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In a ruling issued today, U.S. District Court Judge Arthur J. Tarnow allowed a lawsuit to proceed, which contends that state and local school authorities are...
This week, a Michigan state oversight board struck down a local moratorium on the issuance of property liens in Flint connected to unpaid bills for...
Statement from ACLU of Michigan Executive Director, Kary Moss, on today's charges in the Flint Water Crisis: "The criminal charges brought today against two...
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...
November 11, 2016 Flint Water Crisis, Flint
DETROIT–Federal judge David M. Lawson has ordered Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to deliver bottled water door-to-door to homes in Flint, a...
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-...
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...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette has been named Michigan Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association for...
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...
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...
When Gov. Rick Snyder and a clutch of other officials stood shoulder-to-shoulder in Flint on Thursday to announce that the city would soon be returning to the...
In the past few weeks, the problem of lead in Flint’s drinking water has quickly gone from being a story largely ignored by the mainstream media to a scandal...
October 01, 2015 Flint Water Crisis
FLINT, Mich. - In response to the ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a coalition of local citizens and national groups petitioned the...
September 23, 2015 Flint Water Crisis
Despite complaints about the water by residents, Flint city officials have insisted that the city's water is safe. But when ACLU of Michigan investigative...
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...
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...
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