Community Corner….Water For Flint
The current water crisis in Flint, Michigan is more than tragic, it’s criminal. The citizens of Flint have not only been subjected to toxic water for bathing, drinking and washing, but have also been charged exorbitant fees for sludge not fit for consumption. The city even went so far to mis-educate the residents about how the water was “safe” so long as they didn’t drink it.
Ever since April 2014 when the city made the switch to draw drinking water from the Flint River, anyone who drank the tap water was exposed to lead. Flint, MI has a population that is 60% African American. Again, the citizen composition is called into question when the safety and well being of the citizens are disregarded so blatantly much like it was in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.The conditions in Flint have become so bad that President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency.
The Black Student Union of IUPUI would like to help those who need access to clean water. Since Gov. Rick Snyder has made an attempt at genocide via lead poisoning, we will counteract his indifference with love. We will be collecting cases of bottled water, individual bottled waters, jugs of water or any container of unopened fresh water to send to Flint, MI.We will be collecting water from Monday, January 25- Friday, January 29 in Joseph T. Taylor Hall in Suite 100 in our advisors office.
Those waters will be delivered to the Walker Theater as a designated drop off point to then be delivered directly to Flint.We urge anyone and everyone on campus to participate. Access to safe and healthy drinking water is not a privilege, it should be a right. We can all do our part to help!
Posted on January 27, 2016, in Community Corner and tagged business media, community development, community empowerment, education, empowerment, leadership, public event. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.