Flint Water Crisis

As a result of a decision to switch their municipal water supply to the caustic Flint River in 2014, residents of Flint were exposed for nearly two years to toxic, lead-tainted water. Even as state officials claimed the water supply was safe, independent investigations led by the ACLU of Michigan, water experts and Flint citizens revealed that the water was indeed polluted with lead. (Go here to read our full coverage of the Flint water crisis.) Now, Flint finds itself in the throes of one of the worst public-health crises in modern history as the city of 100,000 people struggles to end the crisis and mitigate a lead-poisoning tragedy that will resonate across the state--and the nation--for many years to come. 

Flint’s Lead Water Pipes To Be Replaced Under Proposed Settlement in Federal Safe Drinking Water Case

Flint’s Lead Water Pipes To Be Replaced Under Proposed Settlement in Federal Safe Drinking Water Case

2017-03-28 00:00:00

Residents of Flint will finally get their lead pipes replaced as a result of a settlement agreement being considered by a federal judge today. If approved, the settlement will require the State of Michigan and City of Flint to replace Flint’s lead pipes within three years, and will be enforceable by the court. The lawsuit was filed in response to the Flint water crisis, the result of failed government decisions that caused lead to leach out from aging pipes into thousands of homes in Flint.

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?

Safe Water for the People of Flint

Safe Water for the People of Flint

2016-09-14 00:00:00

After the State of Michigan stripped the residents of Flint of their ability to elect local representatives, state-appointed officials decided to use the Flint River as a water source without adding corrosion controls.  As a result, lead leached from the water pipes and poisoned the drinking water, causing untold harm to the people of Flint. 

Poisoned Families Should Not Be Deported

Poisoned Families Should Not Be Deported

2016-02-29 00:00:00

When toxic, lead-laced water flowed through the pipes in Flint, immigrant families were among the most severely impacted.  Because public health information was not initially made available in languages other than English, many immigrants—and the children of immigrants—drank, cooked and bathed in the toxic water long after the state admitted the water was unsafe.  For a brief period of time, state-run water distribution centers even denied water to individuals who did not have identification documents. 

ACLU of Michigan and Education Law Center Call on State to Protect Schoolchildren from Effects of Flint Water Crisis

ACLU of Michigan and Education Law Center Call on State to Protect Schoolchildren from Effects of Flint Water Crisis

2017-01-09 00:00:00

DETROIT– The state of Michigan has failed to take adequate steps to ensure safe drinking water in all Flint public school buildings, the ACLU of Michigan announced today during a media briefing in Detroit. 

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:

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On behalf of 15 named plaintiffs and tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Flint, the ACLU of Michigan filed a class action civil right lawsuit in Flint on...
September 14, 2016
After the State of Michigan stripped the residents of Flint of their ability to elect local representatives, state-appointed officials decided to use the Flint...
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...
February 29, 2016
When toxic, lead-laced water flowed through the pipes in Flint, immigrant families were among the most severely impacted.  Because public health information...
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Residents of Flint will finally get their lead pipes replaced as a result of a settlement agreement being considered by a federal judge today. If approved, the...
January 09, 2017 Flint Water Crisis, Flint Schools
DETROIT– The state of Michigan has failed to take adequate steps to ensure safe drinking water in all Flint public school buildings, the ACLU of Michigan...
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...
FLINT – On behalf of 15 named plaintiffs and tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Flint, the ACLU of Michigan and the Education Law Center filed a class-...
September 29, 2016
DETROIT--The ACLU in a letter to Congress this week urged lawmakers to greenlight disaster relief funds for Flint as that city continues to struggle with...
DETROIT –A federal judge today signaled that the first federal safe drinking water case on the Flint water crisis could proceed over protests from the City of...
Kary Moss, Executive Director of the ACLU of Michigan, issued the following statement today about the kick-off of the Mackinac Policy Conference this week: As...
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...
WASHINGTON—There was much partisan heat generated, but very little light shed, when Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy appeared recently...
What we have come to learn about the Flint water crisis over the past several months—including the fact that a city of 100,000 people was left exposed to...
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...
The ACLU of Michigan documentary “Here’s To Flint” is a searing examination of the origins of the Flint water crisis and the determined efforts of Flint...
DETROIT—More than 60 children's rights, public health, and immigrant advocacy organizations today sent a joint letter urging the Department of Homeland...
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...
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...