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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:

Fixes to Flint Still Too Slow a Year After Tests Disproved State Claims About Water Safety

Fixes to Flint Still Too Slow a Year After Tests Disproved State Claims About Water Safety

2016-09-15 00:00:00

One year ago, on Sept. 15, 2015, a press conference was held on the lawn in front of Flint City Hall. Gathered before a small throng of reporters were members of Flint’s Coalition for Clean Water, scientists Marc Edwards and Siddhartha Roy of Virginia Tech and the ACLU of Michigan.

Edwards and Roy were there to announce the results of a citizen-led study that had found lead levels in Flint’s water that were nearly double what the city and the state estimated.

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: Law Professor Peter J. Hammer Likens Flint Water Crisis to 'Tuskegee Experiment'

Democracy Watch: Law Professor Peter J. Hammer Likens Flint Water Crisis to 'Tuskegee Experiment'

2016-07-21 00:00:00

Like a coroner conducting an autopsy, economist and Wayne State University Law School professor Peter J. Hammer recently performed a highly detailed dissection of the Flint water crisis, laying bare the various pathologies that led to the poisoning of Flint's water supply.

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.

Democracy Watch: The 'New' Detroit Public Schools is Separate, Unequal

Democracy Watch: The 'New' Detroit Public Schools is Separate, Unequal

2016-06-17 00:00:00

If, as expected, the Detroit Public Schools legislation recently passed by the Michigan House and Senate is signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, the hijacking of democracy that has been underway since the district was taken over by the state in 2009 will continue with no foreseeable end in sight.

Some might claim that can't be true, pointing to the fact that the new law allows Detroiters to vote for a new school board.

Hopeful But Wary Detroit School Board Demands Forensic Audit in Wake of State Control

Hopeful But Wary Detroit School Board Demands Forensic Audit in Wake of State Control

2016-05-26 00:00:00

Hopeful but wary.

That was the position expressed by the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education at a special meeting held earlier this week to discuss the possibility of conducting a forensic audit of the district’s finances.

Board members have long called for such an audit—but with no budget and virtually no power, they’ve been unable to launch an in-depth probe to root out corruption.

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