Flint Water: A Crisis of Democracy

Flint Water Crisis

 

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The People’s Tribune has been reporting on the struggle for safe, clean water in Michigan for over ten years, and on the dictatorship set up in that state to hand its cities, including its water, over to the corporations. The poisoning of the city of Flint is the product of that corporate dictatorship. And if you sound the alarm about the attack on democracy you could be jailed without any evidence of a crime. This happened to Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, MI.

 

Michigan is a harbinger of what’s to come for all of America if we do not act. Below are a selection of our articles on the water struggles in Michigan.  We encourage you to send your stories, order bundles of the People’s Tribune to share with others (peoplestribune.org/pt-news/subscribe), and donate to the paper. We have no paid staff and receive no grants. Also, contact us about People’s Tribune discussion groups!  Go to the yellow box on this page and click on “Go to Contact Form.”

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Why are they poisoning our children?

  Tammy Loren, a mother of four who lives in Flint, recently told the New York Times, “My trust in everybody is completely gone, out the door. We’ve been lied to so much, and these aren’t little white lies. These …

Water for life, not for profit

The poisoning of the people of Flint, Michigan—especially the children—with lead and other toxins in the drinking water is just the latest ugly …

Water Wars Escalate In Flint, MI

“The thought of people being put out of their homes because the water has been cut off and it’s been cut off illegally is very emotional to me.” — Val Washington, Flint …

Water is a human right

Mark Twain once said “whisky is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” He was only half-joking. Nations have gone to war over water. Today, there is some kind of fight over water under way in almost every country, including …

Water Unfit for auto production

Recently, General Motors stunned the public by declaring it would no longer use city of Flint water because the chlorine …

Notes from the Flint water front

While Congress and State officials continue to hold meetings, hearings and investigations, Flint residents still live their lives using bottled water and sink filters while coping with health challenges …

We Are One

My heart has been heavy for weeks now as I visualize first-hand the tragedies of this war waged upon the people. But I am not the only one. The people are agitated as …

No more poison in Detroit’s water and air

For too long, corporate polluters have put the profits before human lives in Michigan. The corporation US Ecology has been seeking permission from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality …

Dictator law poisoned Flint: Harbinger for America?

  A battle is unfolding in America. The workers are fighting for life itself— for food, water, shelter, healthcare, and education against a corporate class that has openly taken over government and is employing it as an instrument of brute …

Flint in forefront of battle for health care for everyone

  America’s inability to provide good health care for all is most clearly visible when we have a health catastrophe such as exists today in Flint, Michigan, a city of 100,000. The people of Flint were poisoned with lead and …

Emergency Manager Joe Harris should be fired

  We must push for immediate suspension of all Emergency Managers. They symbolize the destruction of democracy by corporate power. We hope the Michigan Supreme Court will hear the case of Benton Harbor’s Manager, Joe Harris. Here is a study …

Nationwide solidarity with Flint

In the face of government inaction, individuals, organizations, unions, doctors and many others are rallying in the defense of the people of Flint. Here are some …

The Real Cost of Water

  MERCED, CA — In the midst of a drought, and with wells on small farms and towns throughout the Central California Valley running out of water, oil and gas companies have been legally and illegally dumping chemical laden waste …

One thought on “Flint Water: A Crisis of Democracy

  1. Flints the tip of the iceberg. Flints the canary in the coalmine.
    Yes we will embrace the whole problem, study it, arrive at all over answers to the environmental issue that is affecting all of us, Not just Flint. THANKS Flint for taking the heat. Bring out the truth. WE ARE WITH YOU! WHAT’S NEXT?

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