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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: 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: 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.

Michigan Emergency Manager Law Remains An Affront to the 13th Amendment

Michigan Emergency Manager Law Remains An Affront to the 13th Amendment

2016-06-14 00:00:00

A while back, the ACLU of Michigan joined with other organizations and law firms to challenge the constitutionality of the discredited emergency manager law. The emergency manager law, also known as Public Act 436, is at the root of the poisoning of Flint’s water supply as well as a variety of other evils across the state. The ACLU of Michigan’s participation in this case is only natural given its commitment to the eradication of all forms of discrimination and the political disenfranchisement of communities.

Democracy Watch: Water Testing 'Cheats' Exposed in Flint, Other Cities

Democracy Watch: Water Testing 'Cheats' Exposed in Flint, Other Cities

2016-06-06 00:00:00

Britain 's Guardian newspaper deserves kudos for two recent articles dealing with the issue of testing for lead in municipal water supplies. Although one is national in scope, both stories have direct links to Flint, and both build on reporting done last year by the ACLU of Michigan.

A Q&A with the Pediatrician Who Proved Flint’s Water Was Poisoning Its Children

A Q&A with the Pediatrician Who Proved Flint’s Water Was Poisoning Its Children

2016-05-13 00:00:00

In September 2015, when the state of Michigan was still adamantly denying that the water in Flint was contaminated with lead, Hurley Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha unveiled a study of Flint children that proved conclusively that the state’s denials were false and that Flint was enmeshed in a full-blown public-health disaster.

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