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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.

Like Thanksgivings of the Past, The Fight for Land and Water Continues

Like Thanksgivings of the Past, The Fight for Land and Water Continues

2016-11-23 00:00:00

In an effort to stop the unconscionable termination of water service to tens of thousands of Detroit’s poorest residents, the ACLU of Michigan has had the honor of working with a team of distinguished lawyers led by heroic civil rights attorney Alice Jennings. The legal team’s litigation, brought on behalf of a class of water customers who seek an injunction of shut-offs and a plan for water affordability was dealt a tremendous blow recently when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed decisions by the Bankruptcy Court and the District Court to dismiss the lawsuit.

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.

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, 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.

Dangerous Water and Lost Trust in Flint: Why the Feds Need to Step In

Dangerous Water and Lost Trust in Flint: Why the Feds Need to Step In

2015-10-06 00:00:00

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 that’s making headlines nationally.

Faced with overwhelming evidence, state and local officials who adamantly insisted for months that there was no problem have been forced to admit that their unequivocal assurances were completely false.

Social Justice Leaders Respond to Michigan Governor’s Call for Flint to Reconnect to Detroit Water to End Contamination Crisis

Social Justice Leaders Respond to Michigan Governor’s Call for Flint to Reconnect to Detroit Water to End Contamination Crisis

2015-10-08 00:00:00

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 woes, leaders from the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council today urged the state to take additional steps to not only solve the current problem in Flint but to prevent future crises.

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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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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...
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...
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...
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...
As a civil-rights lawyer, I’ve dedicated my career to battling back the infuriating unfairness that runs rampant through our society. As a black woman, I’ve...
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