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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.

Overpriced Water in Flint Is Causing Rashes, Hair Loss

Overpriced Water in Flint Is Causing Rashes, Hair Loss

2015-07-16 00:00:00

ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette (pictured), who has been reporting extensively on the mounting water crisis in financially strapped municipalities such as Flint and Highland Park, authored a heartbreaking look at Flint residents' sadly ironic struggle to obtain clean water in a place known as the Great Lakes State. The piece, which appeared on the Nation magazine's website today, is excerpted below.

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.

Righting the Ship: What Can be Done to Keep Detroit Public Schools from Sinking Further?

Righting the Ship: What Can be Done to Keep Detroit Public Schools from Sinking Further?

2015-03-04 00:00:00

After six years of state control, this much is beyond debate:

Emergency management has neither fixed the finances of Detroit Public Schools nor provided even an adequate education to most Detroit students.

The state’s takeover of the district, and the appointment of four different managers during those six years, has been like shuffling captains on the Titanic after the iceberg has been hit. Unless the hole gets plugged, the ship is going down no matter who is at the helm.

#ThrowbackThursday: The High Cost of Water

#ThrowbackThursday: The High Cost of Water

2015-02-26 00:00:00

With a history of civil liberties stretching back almost a century, the ACLU has got plenty of amazing cases for #TBT. Every Thursday, we'll be sharing updates on cases pulled from our archives of work in Michigan and beyond.

Today, members of Congress finally heard testimony on the water crisis in Detroit and Flint. The briefing could not be more timely. Secret negotiations are currently underway, some regarding the creation of the Great Lakes Water Authority and others to determine how much higher water and sewer rates will climb this year. 

Democracy Watch: Congress Looks at Detroit's Water Crisis

Democracy Watch: Congress Looks at Detroit's Water Crisis

2015-02-25 00:00:00

The idea of charging some customers less than others for water might seem counter-intuitive at first, but once economist Roger Colton explains why it makes good business sense, his reasoning is difficult to dispute.

Colton will be one of four people – a group that includes Detroit attorney Alice Jennings – participating in a congressional briefing on water affordability being sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Detroit) Thursday at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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The State of Michigan attempted to cover up the fact that its own data revealed a significant spike in lead found in Flint children after the state forced the...
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Last December, regents for Eastern Michigan University put the Education Achievement Authority on notice, saying that a number of severe problems had to be...
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 “...
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...
July 16, 2015 Michigan Water Crisis
ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette (pictured), who has been reporting extensively on the mounting water crisis in financially strapped...
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...
March 04, 2015 Democracy Watch
After six years of state control, this much is beyond debate: Emergency management has neither fixed the finances of Detroit Public Schools nor provided even...
February 26, 2015 #TBT
With a history of civil liberties stretching back almost a century, the ACLU has got plenty of amazing cases for #TBT. Every Thursday, we'll be sharing updates...
February 25, 2015 Democracy Watch
The idea of charging some customers less than others for water might seem counter-intuitive at first, but once economist Roger Colton explains why it makes...
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