Michael Moore, a Flint native, has written an eloquent and accurate analysis of the situation in Flint, Michigan. The headline is “How can you help Flint? Do not send us bottles of water. Instead, join us in a revolt.”
He shows that it is just not feasible to supply 100,000 with their daily water needs using bottled water. He also describes how it is already too late to prevent the neurologic damage children have after two years of having complaints about the water ignored. There is no ambiguity about what happened, and when. The cloudy, yellow, smelly water began to come out of the water taps immediately when the cost saving switch was made.
For two years the citizens of Flint were poisoned–there is no other word.
And the citizen’s voice had already been silenced when the democratically elected government was replaced by accountants. The state of Michigan choose saving money over the health of its citizens.
As Michael Moore warns, this is happening all over. The relentless Republican assault on environmental regulations, unions, and using our tax money for infrastructure and services we need, has destroyed the middle class, and resulted in a crumbling infrastructure and dirty water, air and land. And yet the Republicans continue to prevent funding for these things because they are pledged to not raise taxes. And the government is not addressing climate destruction because a handful of radical white men are protecting the fossil fuel industry.
We need to accept Michael Moore’s invitation to join the citizens of Flint in a revolt. Sign the petition and spread the word about this crime against humanity, and the system that perpetuates it.
These are the principles Bernie Sanders campaign is built on.
“A crime against humanity has been committed against the people of Flint, making them refugees in their own homes. Tell me honestly: if you were living in Flint right now, and you learned that your children had been drinking lead-filled water for two years, and then you discovered that the Governor knew this and the state lied about it – tell me, just how fast would your head be spinning? With your children now poisoned, and with the poisoning continuing… is the word “nonviolence” dominating your thoughts right now? Are you absolutely, stunningly amazed how peaceful the people in Flint have remained? Are you curious how much longer that can last? I hope it does. If you want to help Flint, sign the petition, demand that the federal government take action, and then get involved yourself, wherever you live, so that this doesn’t happen to you – and so that the people we elect know they can no longer break the law as they rule by fiat or indifference. We deserve much better than this.”
For a better world,