Flint Water Crisis Archives

Third year commemoration of the poisoning of Flint

April 2017

April, 2017 marks the third year commemoration of the poisoning of the water and the people of Flint. As a tribute to their monumental struggle, which has put the …

Flint Water Crisis: Why I voted for Jill Stein

November 2016

I put my heart, soul, spirit and HOPES in Bernie Sanders. HOPE that we could restore the wrongs. HOPE, that together, we could take back our government, …

Water is a human right: Poetry in Defense of Flint, Michigan

July 2016

This special feature section, “In Defense of Flint,” is a partnership between The People’s Tribune of Chicago and Caravel in response to the contamination of the city of Flint’s …

“Home” (about the Flint water crisis)

July 2016

Judge my heart
not my mind
if you hating on me
just wait in line
Out that city where kids are dying
if its not from the lead in the water

Notes from the Flint water front

July 2016

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

July 2016

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

July 2016

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 …

Healthcare and Democracy: A Political Public Health Emergency

June 2016

“As registered nurses, we are compelled to advocate for all our patients, whether at the bedside or in our neighborhoods and communities. To that end …

“Here’s to Flint,” a new documentary about the poisoning of a city

April 2016

‘It is a real honor to be in the room with all of you. I have one thing to say: it’s the power of documentation. Document injustices in your community …

Dictator law poisoned Flint: Harbinger for America?

April 2016

  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

April 2016

  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

April 2016

  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 …

“Ricktatorship is Dictatorship:” Michigan’s Emergency Manager System

April 2016

“Ricktatorship is Dictatorship” was one of the slogans of the 1500 folks protesting Public Act 4 January 16, 2012. This protest descended on the Ann Arbor, Michigan neighborhood of Gov. Rick Snyder to rally against the state’s emergency manager law. …

Nationwide solidarity with Flint

February 2016

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 …

Dictatorship in Michigan: Flint Water Warriors expose the truth

February 2016

On this page we present the voices of those in Flint, Detroit, and Benton Harbor, Michigan, and across the nation, who are waging a determined struggle …

Why are they poisoning our children?

February 2016

  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

January 2016

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 …

Resistance to fascism grows in Benton Harbor

December 2015

Once the robots began replacing workers in factories and poverty began to spread, the corporations began to impose fascism to contain the workers and guarantee …

Water Wars Escalate In Flint, MI

December 2015

“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 …

Threat to democracy and jury system in water trial

December 2015

In July of 2014, nine protesters were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct as they blocked Homrich trucks hired by the city from leaving their …

“It’s going to take national collaboration,” says fighter from West Virginia

December 2015

“I come from a long line of coalminers. My grandfather died of black lung. My dad died of cancer and black lung. My stepfather died of heart disease and black lung. …

The Real Cost of Water

November 2015

  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 …

Lead in drinking water. Do Flint lives matter?

November 2015

The city of Flint has eroded public trust and violated the social contract between the residents and their government. The continued inaction of the …

“Lead astray”: Drinking water in Flint, MI unsafe

October 2015

Despite claims by city and state officials that the water supply in Flint is safe to drink, independent expert tests conclusively show that city’s drinking …

HUD “learns” about Detroit’s foreclosure and water crisis

October 2015

After months and months of DAILY emails from Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO), on September 8, the Department of Housing and Urban …

Judge drops bomb on illegal water rate hikes in Flint, MI: Ruling breathes life into fight for water rights

September 2015

After months of demonstrations, public forums and court challenges, residents of Flint, Michigan, are emboldened by a court decision in their quest …

Access to water is a human right

August 2015

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Peoples Water Board have fought tooth and nail over these last 16 months, in every way possible …

Emergency Manager law enables corporate takeover of Michigan’s water

August 2015

In 2001, the notorious right-wing think tank, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, devoted their quarterly magazine “Michigan Privatization …

Water Justice Journey

August 2015

The march came out of the International Gathering on Water and Housing held in Detroit in May. It began in Detroit where tens of thousands …

International Social Movements Gathering on Water and Affordable Housing, Detroit, MI

June 2015

“In 2012 the city stopped sending out water bills. Now residents are getting water bills for thousands of dollars. The bills are attached to your property …

No Jobs, No Water: How much longer do we have to live like this?

June 2015

Baltimore City, whose police are under Federal investigation for outrageous cruelty, started shutting off water to 150 families a day. …

Highland Park, MI: Families may lose homes over water bills

June 2015

Cathy Talbott of the People’s Tribune interviewed Eban Morales, a member of the Highland Park (Michigan) Human Rights Coalition …

Coalition for clean water: Flint is not in the clear

June 2015

The struggle for safe, affordable water in Flint, MI is accelerating as local grassroots groupings form a coalition seeking relief from the …

Toxic twins: Emergency Management and Flint River water

May 2015

As in the mass water shut offs to tens of thousands of Detroiters, the evil kinship of Emergency Management and violation of human rights is on …

Water is a human right

May 2015

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 …

No Safe Affordable Water—No Peace in Flint, MI

March 2015

Giving new meaning to “Justice Delayed, Justice Denied,” Flint’s Emergency Manager recently announced the formation of a water ‘advisory committee’ to bring “solutions” …

Water Unfit for auto production

November 2014

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

Flint, MI: Vote while you still can!

October 2014

Under Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, the city of Flint is run from Lansing, the state capital. Flint’s city council, mayor, and charter have no power. Residents have no voice. All local …

Water is a Human Right!

October 2014

As fundamental economic changes unwind in Detroit, measures created to harm the poorest section of working families are offered that challenge the basic laws of humanity …

In Flint, Paying Residents Lose Water Rights to Corporate Theft

September 2014

While the Detroit water shutoffs drew international condemnation from the United Nations and shamed the city’s unelected Emergency Manager into allowing a temporary moratorium …

Flint Protest Exposes Emergency Manager Order to Silence Public

June 2014

With tape over their mouths, members of the Democracy Defense League, held a silent protest in the Lobby of the Flint City Hall to challenge yet another assault on any semblance of …

Democracy: are Flint citizens ready to live without it???

March 2014

Recent events here underscore the depth and breath of dictatorship as outlined under Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law. These “Managers” are …

Thousands of school books destroyed by unelected Emergency Manager

September 2013

The People’s Tribune’s, Sandy Reid, interviewed Linda G. Wheeler about the destruction of thousands of books in Highland Park, Michigan

Good Riddance To Emergency Manager Joseph Harris

March 2013

After several tumultuous years, Joseph Harris, the Emergency Financial Manager in Benton Harbor, Michigan, is finally gone. He was a total failure. Joseph Harris made several false statements and made several federal and state violations. He also increased the budget …

Governor Snyder: Take This Law and Shove It! Michigan voters defeat dictator bill

January 2013

A statewide bus tour, letters to the editor, TV ads, big donors, and more, did not keep Michigan’s Governor Snyder from suffering a stunning defeat on November 6 …