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LovingA2andMI's Journal
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January 25, 2016

Flint Water Crisis: Detroit Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Speaks

"Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) might be serving 27 years in a Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, OK.

However, Detroit's former Mayor current living arrangements is not hindering his ability to weight in on Flint, Michigan Toxic Water Crisis - blaming both past and present Republican and Democratic officials for Flint's current state.

According to Kilpatrick discussions surrounding the mismanagement of Flint's Water Department started back in 2004. Michigan's former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) -now Chief Adviser to Hillary Clinton's Presidential Campaign-, selected members of then Democratically controlled Michigan Legislature, Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and Genesee County Officials were all parties to Flint Water issues at the time - Kilpatrick detailed in a January 19 Facebook post.

Two years later in 2006, Kilpatrick claims negotiations begun to place Flint's Water Department on the Detroit Water and Sewer System. SEMCOG, Genesee Counties Drain Commissioner, a State Senator, and a State House Member all from Genesee County Kilpatrick alleges, opposed the deal.

Kilpatrick also states former U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan - the late Justice John Feikens was fully aware of the negotiations nearly ten years prior, along with former Governor Jennifer Granholm - who left office by way of term limits in 2010.

"When the current Governor of Michigan says that he "only recently was made aware of this issue", he is being misleading at best. But more than likely, he is being viciously, aggressively, and deliberately untruthful. I pray that the truth comes out. That's what everyone in Michigan wants right? The Truth! Well, my prayer is that you all will have an opportunity to warm yourselves at the fire of Truth," Kilpatrick Wrote.

Read More: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2016/01/flint-water-crisis-detroit-former-mayor.html
January 18, 2016

Flint Water Crisis: Time Thought Leaders Address The Systematic Genocide

"In Michigan, it has been quite a year and is posed to be another interesting week. More rallies, gatherings and more will take place as it relates to Flint, Michigan's on-going clean water crisis. However, the shock and awe has worn thin. An uneasiness is building into minds of long-term thought leaders or should, for what has happened in Flint . The term is Systematic Genocide.

Questions include is this crisis just centrally or hyper-focused located just in Flint, Michigan? How exactly does the data proves a conclusion that no lead or other toxins have leeched into free flowing water outside of Flint into other areas of Genesee County?

What is the scientific independently verified data to quantify the theory no other city, township or village in Genesee County is impacted by what can be named the worst environmental ruination in recent time, in Michigan's history?

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2016/01/oped-flint-water-crisis-time-for.html#ixzz3xc56jp1H

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January 13, 2016

Flint Water Crisis: Federal Help On The Way, Michigan National Guard Activated

"Seven days after declaring Flint, Michigan and the City's Toxic Water Crisis under a State of Emergency on January 5, Governor Rick Snyder (R) shortly following the conclusion of President Barack Obama (D) State of the Union Speech made a formal request for Federal Assistance.

A late in the evening Press Release sent out by Governor Rick Snyder's Office stated both the full resources of FEMA and the Michigan National Guard will be deployed to Flint dealing with residents immediate emergency needs, along with the American Red Cross Agency.

"Members of the National Guard are expected to start arriving in Flint as early as Wednesday to assist with response efforts and plan to increase to over 30 personnel by Friday." the Governor's office wrote.

"The support of the National Guard will enable American Red Cross volunteers, who have been staffing the water resource sites since Jan. 9, to join the efforts of the water resource teams going door to door in Flint neighborhoods to distribute bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges and testing kits."

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2016/01/Federal-Help-Going-To-Flint.html#ixzz3x74ibk4X
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January 9, 2016

Flint Water Crisis: How You Can Help Provide Clean Water Access

There are a number of Michigan based organizations that are working to provide clean water, connections to water filters, fundraising efforts and more Flint Residents.

Here's a round up of groups, non-profits, organizations and individuals seeking to truly help the People of Flint:

1). Water You Fighting For?
A Flint, Michigan based Clean Water Activist Group ran by Melissa Mays. Ms. Mays organization is working with Flint, Michigan's Mayor Karen Weaver's task force to address the long-term health, water and infrastructural needs for the City's residents. Water You Fighting For? is also organizing bottle water drives deliver clean water to Citizens in Flint.

2). We The People of Detroit
A Detroit, Michigan based Clean Water and Resource Activist Group ran by Monica Lewis Patrick and Debra Taylor. Ms. Lewis-Patrick and Taylor's organization, presented a Flint Healing Stories Symposium in March of 2015 were residents of Flint described the difficulties during the conference, with clean water access, crime, transportation resources and more.

We The People of Detroit recently partnered with the Detroit Light Brigade Organization to Deliver and other coordination resources to deliver upwards of 9000 cases of bottle water to Flint.

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2016/01/flint-water-crisis-how-you-can-help.html#ixzz3wjnPI2vy

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January 4, 2016

Gov. Snyder must decide whether to declare disaster in Flint water crisis

Source: MLive - Flint Journal

"FLINT, MI -- Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder said he was sorry for Flint's lead in water crisis.

Now, he must decide whether the situation amounts to a man-made disaster, created while the city was being run by emergency managers that he appointed. Genesee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jamie Curtis endorsed Flint Mayor Karen Weaver's request for a federal disaster declaration today, Jan. 4. The application was described by officials as a work in progress and includes a request for more than $50 million.

Among the specifics of the request: an estimated $45 million for the replacement of about 15,000 lead water service lines, $6.2 million to expedite upgrades in the city's water system to prepare it for treating and distributing water from the Karegnondi Water Authority and an unspecified amount to lessen the health effects of elevated lead levels in water.

"Its a victory, and it's a step in the right direction," said Weaver, who plans to meet with Snyder to discuss the declaration Thursday, Jan. 7. "I am not going to give up until this is done."

A spokesman for Snyder said in an email statement today that the Michigan State Police's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division has already begun working with county emergency management officials "to gather information about the resources needed for a governor's declaration."

"The health and welfare of Flint residents is a top priority, and we're committed to working closely with Mayor Weaver and the Genesee County Commission on a coordinated response to health and infrastructure issues," the statement says.

"The state police have been closely engaged in the situation since the beginning, meeting with both county and city leaders to guide them through state and federal laws regarding the emergency management process," the statement from Dave Murray, Snyder's press secretary, says. "Due to the uniqueness of this situation, we have to look at all possible options to help Flint residents."

The statement says prior to a formal declaration, the state is "recognizing this as an emergency and are working with city and county leaders to coordinate efforts, streamline communication and tap all available resources at the state's control."

Weaver declared that Flint had suffered a man-made disaster because of lead in water last month, the first step in requesting state and federal assistance.

The resolution signed by Curtis says, in part, that Flint residents were exposed to toxic levels of lead "due to utilizing the Flint River as a primary source of water without proper corrosion control treatment. We're not going to be ignored," Curtis said after declaring the county is in a state of emergency. "We're going to get the help that these people need."

That effort will be a part of the discussion between Weaver and Snyder on Thursday, a week after the governor said for the first time that he was "very sorry" for Flint's water crisis.

Genesee County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jamie Curtis joins with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver to declare state of emergency in Flint because of its water source issues.

The decision to use the Flint River as the city's water source came as the city was being run by four separate emergency managers appointed by Snyder and after the state failed to require the city to treat Flint River water to make it less corrosive. As a result, Weaver and other city officials have said, the corrosive river water damaged Flint's aging water distribution system while it was used from April 2014 until October 2015.

Corrosive water also caused lead to leach from pipes and fixtures, and the number of children with elevated blood lead levels in the city more than doubled while the river was in use, according to a Flint pediatrician's study released in September.

"We have damage to our people and our pipes," said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, whose study of blood lead levels in Flint children showed the spike in lead children affected by elevated blood lead levels. "The damage exceeds the capacity for our city and possibly our state" to contend with ... "This is a catastrophe ... (like) the floods that just happened in Missouri," Hanna-Attisha told the commissioners today. "Our whole community has been traumatized."

Several Flint residents at today's commission meeting thanked county officials for helping Weaver seek state and federal funds.

"I just want to say thank-you for stepping up for us ... the poisoned families that have been struggling with this for so long," said Melissa Mays, a Flint mother who helped start Water You Fighting For, a grass roots group that campaigned to end the city's use of the Flint River.

Read more: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/01/governor_must_decide_if_flint.html#incart_river_home

The Genesee County Commissioner taken the RIGHT STEP to declare on a County Level, a State of Emergency in Flint with the City's Toxic Water Crisis. Now, the declaration goes to the Governor -- Rick Snyder -- who allowed five Emergency Managers to put Flint in this situation in the first place, and did nothing.

Snyder claims he's "so sorry" for what was done to Flint. After this declaration, it is time to put up or shut up. Words are empty without the right actions. Likewise, even if Snyder declares Flint City proper under the state of Emergency, it should NOT stop the calls for an immediate Federal Investigation and the Governors resignation as it relates to this Crisis.

To let Rick Snyder slip under the rug for lead poisoning Children, Adults and Elderly of Flint -- would be a tragedy on top of a unjustified crisis.

Our Op/Ed: [bOpen Letter Gov. Rick Snyder: Too Late to Apologize About Flint's Water Crisis]
January 4, 2016

Open Letter to Gov. Rick Snyder: Too Late to Apologize About Flint's Water Crisis

Forewarning: This is a LONG ARTICLE broke up in parts -- due to three years plus of in-actions of the highest portions. Just wanted to make sure to mention this before clicking on the link. Thanks!

Should Apologies be Accepted When The Act Was Intentional? Should Apologies Present Sense of Instant Relief -- Regardless if a Long List of Repeated Cover Ups Are Revealed?

What About Standards?

Should a Governor Who Set His Standards So High He Proudly Signed A Bill Twice Over Ensuring Full Control of Cities, Townships, Villages, Counties and School Districts-- That Fails To Meet His High Standards -- Be Easily Forgiven With an "Apology" for Allowing Flint's Residents to Drink Toxic Water for years on end?

Governor Rick Snyder, the answer is a resounding no.

No, Flint Residents should not accept your "apology" nor should they --- as YOU continued structure that allowed for repeated lies about safety of the water.

Apology -- Not -- Accepted!

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2016/01/oped-open-letter-to-gov-rick-snyder-too.html#ixzz3wFd3qOfM
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January 1, 2016

Open Letter to Michigan's Mainstream Media in '16: Finally Tell The Truth About Rick Snyder

Maybe the floodgates have opened. Maybe Michigan Mainstream Media Resources will do the job ethically, citizens depend on.

Maybe this state's Media will finally tell the truth on Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder (R). Or Maybe not at all....

However, one Media resource took a giant leap towards a truth line on December 31, 2015, or the last day of the prior year. And this Media Group endorsed Michigan Governor Rick Snyder twice over in 2010 and 2014 -- MLive.com.

"Gov. Rick Snyder apologized this week for his administration's handling of the Flint water crisis, and the director and main spokesman of the Department of Environmental Quality each resigned," MLive Editorial Board wrote December 31.
"That should be the beginning of the repairs necessary for this sad chapter, not the end.

The seeds of the water crisis began when the state installed an emergency financial manager to oversee Flint in 2011. While Flint local leaders bear the responsibility for their inability to manage the city's finances, they were not in position of control when a decision was made to save money by switching the city's drinking source. And as we know now, that resulted in elevated blood lead levels for untold numbers of Flint's citizenry.

The apology, and the resignations, confirm that state leaders know they did not do enough when concerns were raised about water quality. In fact, attempts were made by the state and its appointed managers to place the blame for the switch on local Flint leaders. As the controversy unfolded, the Snyder administration tried to discredit health concerns raised by Flint citizens and doctors, then very late in the process acknowledged the mistakes that were made," the Michigan Media Resource said.

Thus, our open letter to MLive Media Group begins as follows however, other traditional news resources in Michigan must equality heed the words below.

Read more: http://www.reachoutjobsearch.com/2016/01/oped-open-letter-to-michigans.html#ixzz3vz5taXwI
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