Flint, Michigan, needs your help, America. First off, send water – lots and lots of fresh, clean water. They’re going to need it.
But in addition to helping supply untainted, lead-free water for those in need to bathe, cook and drink with, right now Flint also needs your help in putting on the pressure – pressure to arrest Gov. Rick Snyder, the “comeback kid,” for poisoning not just an entire city to save money, but that entire city’s future, as well, considering how the effects of lead linger in the body.
That’s why, in addition to the national press the issue is garnering from the likes of Rachel Maddow, Michael Moore and others, many are teaming up for a justice rally and prayer vigil to be held outside city hall, Friday, at 4 p.m.
Participants seek the arrest of Michigan’s “nerd” governor not solely for making what was clearly a terrible decision, but because new evidence shows that his administration knew six months before declaring a state of emergency over the issue that the Flint River water was making people sick, yet failed to act. Several have said Snyder’s staff essentially brushed the allegations off. People were ignored even as the state knew its decision to switch the water supply to the Flint River was an unforgivable tactic risking the health of the city’s citizens just to save money.
Apparently, the lure of saving a few bucks was too high for the anti-democracy king of Emergency Management. Now, Flint has a real emergency on its hands and the state of Michigan is facing a potential $1.5 billion financial emergency as a result, all while Snyder’s Emergency Management law continues to strip Michigan residents of their votes and rights to a voice in their own communities because they allegedly need an outside body to show them how to do things properly – and what a bang-up job those emergency managers are doing, eh? Remember when Snyder used to emphasize what an accountant he is, too?
If the state will jeopardize the health of an entire city to save a few dollars, just think what the Emergency Management laws are doing to Detroit Public Schools and other districts, such as in Muskegon Heights!
Executive director of Progress Michigan, Lonnie Scott, stated:
“The source of the Flint Water Crisis leads directly to Gov. Rick Snyder and the fiscal austerity policies that he and his Republican colleagues have been pushing for years on Michigan residents. Families in Flint were forced to drink lead-tainted water while the administration scoffed at their concerns and cries for help. An entire generation of Michiganders now face an uncertain future because of Republican cuts to essential and life-giving services.”
Michael Moore wrote in his call to have Rick Snyder arrested:
“Your staff and others knew that the water in the Flint River was poison — but you decided that taking over the city and ‘cutting costs’ to ‘balance the budget’ was more important than the people’s health (not to mention their democratic rights to elect their own leaders.) So you cut off the clean, fresh glacial lake water of Lake Huron that the citizens of Flint (including myself) had been drinking for decades and, instead, made them drink water from the industrial cesspool we call the Flint River — a body of ‘water’ where toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been dumped for over a hundred years. And then you decided to put a chemical in this water to ‘clean’ it — which only ended up stripping the lead off of Flint’s aging water pipes, placing that lead in the water and sending it straight into people’s taps.”
Moore even has a petition going around calling for Snyder’s arrest, which can be signed, here.
Folks are not only casting their displeasure at Gov. Snyder over the issue, but rightly at Emergency Manager Darnell Earley, who made the call in the first place. Of course, Snyder is ultimately responsible as governor, however, having brought Earley into the mix in the first place.
Had the people of Flint still had their votes and voices in the democratic game, one can be certain that they would not have voted for their drinking water to come from the highly polluted Flint River. This is bureaucratic bullying in action, from a bully that cares nothing for the people but only about the almighty American dollar. This is what happens when we keep electing corporate bedfellows for our leaders.
As former Detroit Public School teacher Baxter Jones’ campaign vehemently states in its own battle with emergency management, Rick Snyder and Detroit Public Schools, it’s time we all learn to #BeatBackTheBullies before more and more states elect their own Rick Snyders. This gross misconduct and lack of concern for the people must end.
The justice rally and prayer vigil held at 4 p.m. today at Flint’s city hall is a non-violent, family-friendly event, as stated on the Detroit Light Brigade’s event page. Anyone in the greater area or able to catch a ride to Flint is encouraged to be there to show solidarity for the arrest of Gov. Rick Snyder — and once again, if you’re coming, bring water!
Featured image via YouTube video screen capture.