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Michael Moore Blasts Obama in an Open Letter About the Flint Water Crisis

The filmmaker and activist calls the president’s upcoming visit to the beleaguered Michigan town “too little too late.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE


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Michigan Official Tried to Manipulate Lead Tests—Eight Years Ago

In 2008, a Michigan environmental official told lead test technicians to “bump out” sky-high lead results by collecting more clean water samples.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE


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‘Only the Beginning’: Three Face Criminal Charges in Flint Water Crisis

Two employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and one city employee have been charged in Flint’s lead-contamination disaster.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



A Day of Reckoning for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder? Let’s Raise a Glass of Clean Water to That

He’s unlikely to face criminal charges for the Flint contamination crisis, and he might not suffer from any of the pending lawsuits. Even so, the future could bring a certain kind of justice.

Posted on Mar 29, 2016 READ MORE



All Eyes on Flint, but Drinking Water Crisis Stretches Nationwide

A USA Today investigation finds 350 schools and day-care centers failed lead tests about 470 times from 2012 through 2015.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Why It’s Imperative That We Hear Michigan’s Angry Voices

The Rust Belt state’s primary outcome—victories by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump—was brought to you by white working-class men and the people from little towns and small cities.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Lands Michigan in Primary Upset, Ted Cruz Takes Idaho (Updated)

Meanwhile, Mississippi voters hand victories to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and Trump also adds Hawaii and Michigan to his growing chain of wins.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: Sparks Fly Between Sanders and Clinton in Flint Showdown (Updated)

Both the setting of Sunday night’s Democratic debate in Flint, Mich., and the timing were significant. Update: The two Democratic presidential hopefuls’ united front came tumbling down, and news broke that Sanders had won the Maine caucuses.

Posted on Mar 6, 2016 READ MORE



Voices From the Front Lines of the Flint Water Crisis

The Michigan crisis is, on the surface, about water—but this debacle is also about democracy.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



Welcome to the United States of Flint

The children of Flint, Mich., are hardly the only ones threatened by lead. There’s a crisis in Baltimore, Herculaneum, Mo., Sebring, Ohio, and even the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. And that’s just to begin the list.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Flint’s Crisis Is About More Than Water

The thousands of Michigan children who were knowingly poisoned were victims of an American moral malaise: Our nation has bred generations of bureaucrats who are blind to values other than self-advancement and profit.

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The Terror of Flint’s Poisoned Water

Aggrieved Flint residents and their allies are demanding immediate action to ensure safe, clean water to the people of Flint. Many are calling for Michigan Gov. Snyder to resign or even to be arrested.

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FBI is Now Involved in the Investigation Into the Flint Water Crisis

Federal prosecutors are reportedly “working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter.”

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VIDEO: Hundreds of Union Plumbers Volunteer to Help Victims of Flint’s Lead-Poisoning Crisis

Plumbers from across Michigan and other states are visiting 800 homes in the city of Flint to make sure residents’ faucets can accommodate water filters being installed to mitigate the city’s ongoing lead crisis.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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People of Flint Call for Pro-Democracy Revolt to Save Their Poisoned City

Residents and advocacy organizations are seeking outside intervention and a complete overhaul of the state government.

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Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All

We assume as a basic human right the easy access to clean water, and for most Americans it flows from the tap whenever we want. But as the lead contamination in Michigan shows, we’re more vulnerable than we think. 

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



Flint All Over Again? Lead Poisoning Scandal Strikes Ohio Town

The state’s Environmental Protection Agency has asked its federal counterpart to open a criminal investigation into what occurred in Sebring.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Award-winning animator Mark Fiore weighs in on the recent lead poisoning disaster in Flint, Mich.
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No, Gov. Snyder, Flint’s Water Wasn’t Poisoned by ‘Government’ (Video)

Perhaps it is inevitable, but it is a shame that some people are gaming out how to profit politically from the lead poisoning of the children of Flint, Mich.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama, Please Come to Flint, Mich.

“Please consider this personal appeal from me and the 102,000 citizens of the city of Flint who have been poisoned—not by a mistake, not by a natural disaster, but by a governor and his administration who, to ‘cut costs,’ took over the city of Flint from its duly elected leaders, unhooked the city from its fresh water supply of Lake Huron, and then made the people drink the toxic water from the Flint River.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2016 READ MORE



Budget Cuts and Negligence Poisoned the Drinking Water in Flint, Mich.

Calls for the resignation of Gov. Rick Snyder are intensifying in the face of evidence that he allowed the city’s 100,000 residents to continue cooking, drinking and bathing in water known to be contaminated with lead.

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Gov. Snyder: You Have to Go to Jail

Progressive activist, Oscar-winning filmmaker and Flint, Mich., native Michael Moore is calling for the arrest of Gov. Rick Snyder for his role in creating a situation in which the water supply for an entire community has been “effectively poisoned.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



Arrest of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Urged After Contaminated-Water Scandal Implicates Top Staffers

“To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Catholic Hospital Denies Woman Potentially Life-Saving Treatment on Religious Grounds

The case is an example of what many experts have been saying for years: that religious control of medical care is a burgeoning public health crisis.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



A Magical Mystery Tour of American Austerity Politics

Numerous cities and school districts in Michigan are now run by single, state-appointed technocrats. This arrangement not only strips residents of their local voting rights but also gives appointees of the state’s austerity-promoting governor the power to do just about anything, including dissolve the cities themselves, all in the name of “fiscal responsibility.”

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE



The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit

The city that was the arsenal of the 20th century may also provide the blueprint for a more precarious era: 100,000 of its residents are on what many call an eviction “conveyor belt.”

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 READ MORE



Court Rules Michigan Not Responsible for Quality Public Education

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in early November that the state has no legal obligation to provide quality public education to students in a struggling school district.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Division of America

Detroit is a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they’d otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



Majority of Americans Now Live Under U.S. Border Patrol’s Jurisdiction

About 66 percent of the nation’s population lives in areas that have been militarized to the point of becoming “constitution-free” zones; a woman in Michigan shot herself in the face with a shotgun while trying to “make a point”; meanwhile, a former Mossad head warns that ISIS is already involved in Gaza and prompts Israel to continue negotiations with Hamas. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



Detroit Shuts Off Water to 150,000 People

A coalition of human rights activists has asked the United Nations to intervene in the withholding of water access from 150,000 residents of Detroit who are at least two months behind on utility payments.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Sotomayor’s eloquent dissent against the decision to allow Michigan to discriminate by race and sex in the college admissions process has the power to wake those asleep in the dream of our country’s presumed inevitable progress.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE



Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Block on Affirmative Action

Publicly funded colleges in Michigan still won’t be able to take applicants’ racial background information into consideration in the admissions process, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a referendum that passed in the Great Lakes State in 2006 banning the practice.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Another Gay Marriage Ban Bites the Dust

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman on Friday tossed Michigan’s ban on same-sex unions and, more importantly, did not stay or postpone his decision pending appeal.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



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New Michigan Law Bars Abortion Coverage in Private Health Plans

The law, part of a growing state-level movement, includes rape, which means women must buy a separate “rape insurance” policy in the event they become pregnant from a sexual assault.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Catholic Bishops Sued After Hospital Turns Away a Woman Miscarrying

Though Pope Francis has done quite a bit in recent months to better the image of the church, Catholic hospitals are hellbent on destroying it. The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which issued the directives that resulted in a medical facility’s refusal of care to a woman suffering a miscarriage.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Nearly Half the Country’s Cutting Obamacare Abortion Coverage

While the rest of us were waiting to see whether Obamacare would pass at all, some states had other plans in sight. Thanks to a politician from Michigan who proposed ridding the Affordable Care Act of any provisions for abortion coverage, a loophole was created in the law that allows state legislatures to curb reproductive rights.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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With Auto Industry Recovery, UAW Comes Fighting Back

The United Auto Workers union has mounted significant efforts to do what seems the impossible: Organize two foreign-owned auto plants in the Deep South, the cradle of the nation’s right-to-work movement. Their success could mean a rebirth for a major player in organized labor.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Detroit’s Bankruptcy: It Took Decades of Bad Decisions

A new report by the Detroit Free Press traces more than 60 years of city government decisions that culminated in the city’s bankruptcy filing in July. It could have been avoided, and the causes aren’t quite what most people think.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



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American Unions’ Troubles Could Be Fueling a Resurgence in Labor Activism

As the nation’s union structures crumble, the stage is set for labor unrest similar to what came during the Great Depression. The reason: reduced mechanisms for mediating grievances as income equality grows.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE



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News Is Not Good for Michigan’s Blind

In an effort to cut spending, the state has decided to defund NFB-Newsline, a service that provides around the clock audio access to magazines and newspapers all over the world. Although more than 3,000 people subscribe to the service and it costs Michigan a mere $52,000, the state legislature has decided to eliminate it.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Federal Cash to Help Homeowners Will Raze Properties Instead

Some $100 million in federal money aimed at keeping Michigan families in their homes will now be used to tear down emptied buildings.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 READ MORE


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Michigan High School Protected Star Athlete Over Rape Victim, Lawsuit Alleges

Despite the principal’s plea to not report the attack, the victim filed charges against the basketball player out of fear he would strike again. Those fears were confirmed just two weeks later when he is said to have sexually assaulted another student. The story gets even more heartbreaking as it progresses.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Detroit’s Fiscal Emergency

The governor of Michigan said Friday that the city of Detroit was in a state of “financial emergency” and announced that an independent overseer would be appointed to save it from collapse. However, the proposed solutions, which appear to consist mainly of spending cuts, inevitably mean more pain and suffering for Detroiters.

Posted on Mar 2, 2013 READ MORE


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Cantor Wants to End Overtime, Limbaugh Claims Palin’s ‘Never Wrong,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s warning about the sequester cuts and a Michigan Republican lawmaker’s latest attempt to rig the vote.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE


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