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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

‘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

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

Poisoned City: Flint and the Specter of Domestic Terrorism

Flint provides a tragic example of what happens to a society when democracy begins to disappear and is surpassed by a state remade in the image of the corporation.

Posted on Mar 4, 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

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.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE

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


Posted on Jan 24, 2016 ENLARGE

VIDEO: Austerity Man

Award-winning animator Mark Fiore weighs in on the recent lead poisoning disaster in Flint, Mich.
Posted on Jan 21, 2016 ENLARGE

Flint Water Crisis

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 ENLARGE

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

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

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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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‘Which Side Are You On, Boys?’

Is there a wave of nostalgia for the 1930s? I wouldn’t have thought so, at least not until the Republicans of Michigan passed the bucket of anti-union legislation last week.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE

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The Rich, Conservative Push for Right-to-Work (Video)

What appears to be an impromptu shift in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s stance on the right-to-work bill he signed into law this week was a consequence of months of planning supported by the Koch family and the behind-the-scenes conservative lobby group ALEC.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


Where the Real Battle Over Inequality Is Happening

Washington has a way of focusing the nation’s attention on tactical games over partisan maneuvers that are symptoms of a few really big problems. But we almost never get to debate or even discuss the big problems because the tactical games overwhelm everything else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE

Gov. Rick Snyder

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 ENLARGE

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Michigan May Be Next Battleground for Anti-Union Forces

As Wisconsin voters prepare to head to the polls next week for the recall election of GOP Gov. Scott Walker, anti-labor forces are already eyeing where they will take their union-busting battle to next.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE

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