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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: 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?

Flint Residents Return to Court to Press State to Take Emergency Action

Flint Residents Return to Court to Press State to Take Emergency Action

2016-12-21 00:00:00

CHICAGO–As Michigan ignores a court order requiring “immediate” action to secure safe drinking water for Flint, residents and organizations filed an emergency motion to force the state of Michigan and city of Flint to comply. The court has ordered the state and city to respond to this motion by noon on December 23.

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.

Following Charges, ACLU of Michigan Urges Reform of Emergency Manager Law

Following Charges, ACLU of Michigan Urges Reform of Emergency Manager Law

2016-12-20 00:00:00

DETROIT—ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss issued the following statement on Tuesday shortly after the Michigan Attorney General announced charges against former Flint emergency managers Darnell Earley and Jerry Ambrose, along with two others, for actions related  to the lead contamination of Flint’s water supply:

Sixth Circuit Denies State's Request to Halt Flint Safe Drinking Water Ruling

Sixth Circuit Denies State's Request to Halt Flint Safe Drinking Water Ruling

2016-12-16 00:00:00

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a request by Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to halt an order requiring them to immediately provide water filter installation and maintenance services or bottled water delivery to Flint. Flint residents have been living without adequate access to safe drinking water for more than two and a half years.

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.

Major Legal Win for Water Crisis Victims As Federal Court Orders Bottled Water Delivery to Flint Residents

Major Legal Win for Water Crisis Victims As Federal Court Orders Bottled Water Delivery to Flint Residents

2016-11-11 00:00:00

DETROIT–Federal judge David M. Lawson has ordered Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to deliver bottled water door-to-door to homes in Flint, a victory for residents who have been living without access to safe drinking water for more than two years. Until this point, the burden of tracking down safe drinking water every day has been resting on residents, an exhausting struggle that has disrupted their lives and sense of normalcy.

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.

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THE CASE After the State of Michigan stripped the residents of Flint of their ability to elect local representatives, state-appointed officials decided to use...
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December 21, 2016 Flint, NRDC, Flint Water Crisis
CHICAGO–As Michigan ignores a court order requiring “immediate” action to secure safe drinking water for Flint, residents and organizations filed an emergency...
DETROIT—ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss issued the following statement on Tuesday shortly after the Michigan Attorney General announced charges...
December 16, 2016 Flint Water Crisis, Flint, NRDC
CHICAGO – Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a request by Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to halt an order requiring...
November 11, 2016 Flint Water Crisis, Flint
DETROIT–Federal judge David M. Lawson has ordered Michigan state officials and the City of Flint to deliver bottled water door-to-door to homes in Flint, a...
In 2015, to mark the first anniversary of Flint’s fateful switch to river water, about 100 Flint residents marched through their city’s downtown in protest. “...
CHICAGO – Flint residents, an organization of pastors, and national advocacy groups--including the ACLU--are asking a federal court to order home water...
DETROIT—As part of its ongoing look into the Flint water crisis, the ACLU of Michigan today released “Here’s To Flint,” a searing documentary that examines the...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette has been named Michigan Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association for...
FLINT – A coalition of local citizens and national groups filed suit today to ask a federal court to step in and secure access to safe drinking water for the...
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...
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 “...
DETROIT – Residents of Flint, together with the ACLU of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council, today announced their intention to sue state and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
In a place that bills itself the Great Lakes State, you'd think people would understand and appreciate the universally critical importance of water. But the...
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...
April 05, 2006 Flint
While the charges against the 93 drug-free young people arrested at a Flint nightclub have not yet been thrown out, the American Civil Liberties Union of...
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