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United States of America For 1yr Govt Hid Water was Poisoned in Poor Majority-Black city

'This is Not a Mistake. They Did This. They knew': Michael Moore Accuses Flint Government of Knowingly Ignoring Poisoned Water in Impoverished, Majority-black city

  • Moore claimed Gov. Rick Snyder was aware that toxins were leaching into the city's water supplies
  • 200 residents joined in Moore's protest, chanting 'Snyder's got to go'
  • Moore said the water crisis was 'not a mistake' but a 'political decision'
  • He also called it a 'racial and poverty crisis' and said it would never have happened in a 'white city'
  • Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint on Saturday
  • Flint pulled water from its river for 18 months until last fall but didn't use treatments that could have reduced corrosion and removed contaminants
  • Local officials declared a public health emergency in October in response to elevated levels of lead in children
Daily Mail UK, 17 January 2016


Director Michael Moore was at the front lines of a rally he held in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, where he claimed the government neglected the city's complaints of a contaminated water supply until it turned into a crisis.

Moore claimed Gov. Rick Snyder knew that 'toxins, pollutants and, eventually, lead' was leaching into the water after the city switched sources - exposing thousands of vulnerable children.

About 200 residents joined the protest, some chanting 'Syder's got to go, hey hey, ho ho, water is a human right' and holding up signs with phrases like 'Callous Rick made Flint sick'.





Director Michael Moore was at the front lines of a rally he held in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, where he claimed government officials intentionally contaminated the city's water supply





'This is not a mistake,' Moore said about the controversy that has devastated the financially-strapped city. 'Ten people here have been killed because of a political decision'





About 200 residents joined the protest, some chanting 'Syder's got to go, hey hey, ho ho, water is a human right' and holding up signs with phrases like 'Callous Rick made Flint sick'


'This is not a mistake,' Moore said about the controversy that has devastated the financially-strapped city. 'Ten people here have been killed because of a political decision.'
'They did this. They knew.'

The financially-strapped city was under control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched using tap water from Detroit's system to the nearby Flint River in April 2014 to save money.

But the city didn't add treatments that could have reduced corrosion and removed contaminants from the water, thus leading the more corrosive Flint River water to leach lead from pipes.

Flint, which is about 60 miles northwest of Detroit, returned to using that city's water in October after tests found elevated levels of lead in the water and in the blood of some children.

Most of the effects of lead poisoning are irreversible and can be serious, especially in children. The exact extent and severity of the lead poisoning in Flint is still unknown.

State officials insisted for months that the water was safe, even as residents complained about the smell and taste of it almost immediately after the switch





Residents have since taken to social media, posting stomach-churning snaps of the orange water coming out of their taps in order to make their plight heard





Four percent of Flint's children have elevated levels of lead in their bloodstream double the share affected a few years ago, according to tests from Flint's Hurley Medical Center confirmed by the state


State officials insisted for months that the water was safe, even as residents complained about the smell and taste of it almost immediately after the switch

Residents have since taken to social media, posting stomach-churning snaps of the orange water coming out of their taps in order to make their plight heard.

The crisis has gotten the attention of Cher, who announced she is donating more than 180,000 water bottles to the city next week.

'This is a tragedy of staggering proportion and shocking that it's happening in the middle of our country,' she said.

President Obama declared a state of emergency in Flint on Saturday to make federal aid available, but Moore also demanded that Obama visit the city during his trip to Detroit next week.

Moore said the water crisis would turn out to be Snyder's Katrina, adding that it would become Obama's 'New Orleans' if he did not make an appearance in the city.
The documentary filmmaker also called the city a 'crime scene' that would have never happened in a 'white city'.

'Ten people have been killed... because of a decision to save money,' Moore said, referencing the deaths cited from a spike in Legionnaires' disease, a type of pneumonia, attributed to the switch in Flint's water source.

'They would never do this to West Bloomfield. They would never do this to Ann Arbor. They would never do this to Farmington Hills.'





Gov. Rick Snyder sent the Michigan National Guard to distribute bottled water and other supplies earlier this week


'Let's all this what it is. It's not just a water crisis. It's a racial crisis. It's a poverty crisis. That's what created this.'

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to speak on the water crisis during a rally in the city on Sunday afternoon.
Jackson criticized Michigan officials as poisoning the poor in impoverished Flint in order to save money in an opinion piece he wrote last week.

Environmental advocate Erin Brokovich, who was portrayed in an Academy Award-winning film by Julia Roberts, also spoke out against the crisis.
In a Facebook post Brokovich wrote that it was likely the city's spike in Legionnaires' disease was directly related to the contaminated water.
Brokovich has also written a number of posts demanding the US Environmental Protection Agency to join the investigation into the water crisis.

'Stop with the denial,' she wrote. 'Your continued silence has proven deadly.'

The rally comes two days before Snyder gives his annual speech about the state.
Snyder sent the Michigan National Guard to distribute bottled water and other supplies earlier this week.

On Friday Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said he would investigate whether any laws were violated in the crisis.

'No one should have to fear something as basic as turning on the kitchen faucet.'





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