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Important Questions Unanswered in Latest Round of Flint Criminal Charges

Important Questions Unanswered in Latest Round of Flint Criminal Charges

2017-06-23 00:00:00

Cross-posted on the Michigan Chronicle

When involuntary manslaughter charges were filed last week against five people connected to the Flint water crisis, prosecutors presented a chilling chronology of events they claim led to 75-year-old Robert Skidmore’s death from Legionnaire’s Disease in 2015.

The Controversy Behind Michigan's Emergency Manager Law and Its Role in the Flint Water Crisis

The Controversy Behind Michigan's Emergency Manager Law and Its Role in the Flint Water Crisis

2017-02-23 00:00:00

Michigan’s emergency manager law is once again being fingered as a primary culprit in the lead poisoning of Flint’s water supply.

First, it was a gubernatorial task force. Then a bi-partisan legislative committee. Now, the Michigan’s Civil Rights Commission, in a report released last week, is casting blame on the controversial law for its role in the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.

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.

Flint Residents Deserve Unfiltered Truth

Flint Residents Deserve Unfiltered Truth

2017-01-13 00:00:00

Once broken, trust can be almost impossible to repair.

This maxim is more than evident in Flint, where residents were repeatedly given false assurances that their water was safe for 18 months following the disastrous switch in April 2014 to the Flint River as the city’s water source.

Who can blame these same residents for refusing to believe that Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration –the primary culprit in this unthinkable crime committed against a city – now only has the people’s best interests at heart?

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.

What's Up with Lead Levels in Flint Schools?

What's Up with Lead Levels in Flint Schools?

2016-12-01 00:00:00

Originally published on the Michigan Chronicle

When it comes to the situation regarding the water in Flint’s public schools, Jeree Brown is in the dark.

With two children attending Eisenhower Elementary School, she has no idea what’s going on regarding state testing of water in schools throughout the Flint Community Schools district.

She’s not alone.

Flint Schools: Dealing With the Damage Done

Flint Schools: Dealing With the Damage Done

2016-10-19 00:00:00

The most recent numbers showing lead levels in the water of Flint’s public schools continue to hit with spine-chilling impact.

Thirty months after an appointed emergency manager made the ill-fated decision to begin using the dangerously corrosive Flint River as the municipal water source for a city of nearly 100,000 people, the water is still not safe to drink unless it first passes through a filter.

That’s after a year of intense study by federal, state and local officials as well as some of the nation’s leading experts from a variety of universities.

New Report Criticizes EPA for Failures on Environmental Justice

New Report Criticizes EPA for Failures on Environmental Justice

2016-10-05 00:00:00

Here’s a news flash that only confirms what people in communities such as Flint already knew to be true:

When it comes to protecting the victims of environmental injustice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is close to worthless.

That’s the conclusion reached in a new report released in late September by the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

This is what the report’s authors had to say:

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