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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.

Flint Water and the No-Blame Game

Flint Water and the No-Blame Game

2015-10-15 00:00:00

In last week’s press conference announcing that the city of Flint would finally be allowed to return to Detroit’s water system, Gov. Rick Snyder made it a point to note that placing blame for the lead poisoning of children is not something he intends to do.

He wants to address the current problem, learn what can be done better in the future, and move forward.

Call it the “no-blame” game.

The governor’s spokesperson, Sara Wurfel, is playing it as hard as anyone right now. 

The Culprits in Flint's Water Scandal Need to Be Held Accountable

The Culprits in Flint's Water Scandal Need to Be Held Accountable

2015-10-09 00:00:00

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 Detroit system for its drinking water, a few important points were either glossed over or missed completely.

The first and most important is this: This decision to abandon using the Flint River did not come about because of what the Gov. Snyder likes to refer to as his “relentless positive action” approach to governance.

Corrosive Impact: A Tale of Leaded Water and One Flint Family’s Toxic Nightmare

Corrosive Impact: A Tale of Leaded Water and One Flint Family’s Toxic Nightmare

2015-07-09 00:00:00

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 seen other numbers reflecting the quality of drinking water at her Flint home that were devastating. But 13,200? She’d never seen anything like this.

The city had tested her water twice in this past March and both times found dangerously high levels of lead—104 parts per billion (ppb) and 397 ppb, respectively.

Enforcement of Flint Saggy Pants Rule is Unconstitutional and Must be Stopped

Enforcement of Flint Saggy Pants Rule is Unconstitutional and Must be Stopped

2008-07-14 00:00:00

FLINT – In a letter today to the City of Flint Police Chief, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan warned that the Police Department’s enforcement of jail time and fines for wearing saggy pants and the practice of stopping and searching individuals wearing saggy pants are unconstitutional and should be stopped immediately.

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