The water crisis in Flint, Michigan
By James Brewer, 17 February 2017
An improvement in water lead levels is the pretext for cutting off water bill subsidies to Flint residents and resuming water shutoffs.
By James Brewer, 13 January 2017
An overflow crowd of anxious and angry residents wasn’t buying the rosy scenario presented by officials on the Flint water crisis.
By James Brewer, 31 December 2016
The CEO of the pipeline project that lobbied for Flint to sever its connection to the Detroit water system issued a defensive open letter in an apparent attempt to preempt charges.
By Shannon Jones, 31 December 2016
Some 1,100 communities investigated by the Reuters news agency had water with lead levels at least four times those found in Flint, Michigan.
By James Brewer, 21 December 2016
The heart of the case against the four defendants is the fraudulent use of the state’s Home Rule City Act emergency bond clause.
By Shannon Jones, 17 December 2016
Some four million people in the US live in communities where local officials either do not test water supplies for lead or conduct the tests improperly.
By Zac Corrigan, 2 December 2016
A family fighting to expose the Flint water crisis say they have been subjected to retaliatory intimidation and abuse by the US Navy.
By Carlos Delgado, 21 November 2016
The shutoff notices come as the state challenges a federal order to begin door-to-door water delivery.
By James Brewer, 25 October 2016
The Office of Inspector General found that the Environmental Protection Agency had both the evidence and legal authority to act in June 2015, much sooner than it did.
By Carlos Delgado and James Brewer, 6 October 2016
October 1 marked the anniversary of the first acknowledgement by the governor of Michigan of the Flint water crisis, which poisoned an entire city.
By Shannon Jones, 5 October 2016
The events in Flint are a sharp expression of a historical retrogression in the United States, where gains made by the working class in an earlier period are being stripped away.
One year since the official acknowledgment of the Flint water crisis
By Jerry White—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 5 October 2016
The Socialist Equality Party fights for the only viable program to address the disaster inflicted on the residents of Flint, Michigan.
By James Brewer, 1 October 2016
The unserious efforts being made in replacing lead service lines in Flint are further discredited by the revelation that even more homes have them.
By Samuel Davidson and James Brewer, 29 September 2016
Belated lead-in-water testing by Pittsburgh authorities showed dangerously high levels of lead in 43 percent of homes.
By James Brewer, 22 September 2016
Six months ago, unbeknown to the public, a resolution from the governor’s office was passed, effectively preventing the city from suing the state over the water crisis.
SEP presidential candidate Jerry White denounces war, advances socialist program at third party forum
By our reporter, 17 September 2016
White participated in a radio forum of third-party and independent presidential candidates held at Flint’s Mott Community College.
By Carlos Delgado, 3 September 2016
The reduced revenue sharing comes as the city continues to suffer the effects of its widespread lead-in-water crisis, which has wreaked havoc on the lives of city residents.
By James Brewer, 1 September 2016
A report submitted as evidence that the Flint water crisis was the result of racism is aimed at concealing the class issues and diverting popular outrage into establishment channels.
By Tom Peters, 27 August 2016
The precise source of the contamination is not yet known, but waterways have become highly polluted due to intensive and unregulated farming.
As federal emergency funding ends:
By Carlos Delgado, 25 August 2016
Two residents recount their personal experiences in Flint and express their outrage at the system.
By James Brewer, 10 August 2016
A report from a Harvard University research team warns of the widespread impact in the US of particular unregulated industrial chemicals.
By James Brewer, 30 July 2016
These six indictments bring the number of criminal indictments to nine.
By James Brewer, 29 July 2016
Michigan’s state treasurer warned that Flint’s already exorbitant water rates may double over the next five years.
By Carlos Delgado, 23 July 2016
The appointment of BP’s former spokesperson as Michigan’s new environmental director highlights the official cover-up in the Flint water crisis.
By James Brewer, 1 July 2016
The Natural Resources Defense Council reports that some 5,300 water systems, serving 18 million people, are in violation of US lead and copper rules.
By James Brewer, 23 June 2016
Democratic Mayor Karen Weaver announced Tuesday that Flint will not attempt to break the contract with the Karegnondi Water Authority.
By James Brewer, 10 June 2016
Figures released Monday by state health authorities show that the lead poisoning in Flint is just the tip of the iceberg.
By Genevieve Leigh, 6 June 2016
As many as 33 major US cities were found to have engaged in deceptive water testing procedures to hide high lead levels in drinking water, according to a Guardian investigation.
By James Brewer, 20 May 2016
Residents of Flint spoke out in anger during a board meeting of the KWA pipeline authority.
By James Brookfield, 19 May 2016
A “sweetheart” state environmental order was issued to ensure that bond attorneys for the new pipeline would face no financial obstacles to Flint’s signing on to the project.
By Carlos Delgado, 18 May 2016
The final part in our series profiling the major figures in the crisis focuses on those who conspired to cover up the devastating effects of the lead exposure.
By Tim Rivers, 17 May 2016
Keri Webber, whose family still suffers serious health issues as a result of the lead contamination of Flint’s water, says those affected by the disaster have been left to fend for themselves.
By Sheila Brehm, 13 May 2016
A spokesman for the foundations claim the money—to be distributed over five years—is intended to provide “a sense of hope” for the residents of Flint.
By Carlos Delgado, 11 May 2016
The second part in our series profiling the major figures in the crisis focuses on those who oversaw the switch to the Flint River.
By Carlos Delgado, 7 May 2016
The first part of our series profiling the major figures behind the crisis focuses on those who laid the groundwork for the switch from the treated Lake Huron water supplied by Detroit.
By Andre Damon, 6 May 2016
President Obama’s callous declaration that poisoned children in Flint, Michigan “will be fine” expresses the contempt felt by America’s financial oligarchy for the great mass of society.
By Shannon Jones and Nancy Hanover, 6 May 2016
In the wake of their return to work following a two-day sickout, Detroit teachers are facing attacks from emergency manager Steven Rhodes and the state legislature.
An interview with LeeAnne Walters
By our reporters, 6 May 2016
Walters, her husband, and another Flint resident, Keri Webber, angrily walked out of Obama's event Wednesday after he arrogantly declared, “The kids will be just fine.”
By Shannon Jones, 5 May 2016
Obama perpetuated the cover-up of the criminal responsibility of government officials at all levels for the disaster, while downplaying the health consequences of lead poisoning.
“He wants to sweep this under the rug”
By our reporters, 5 May 2016
The WSWS spoke to Flint residents who expressed anger that they were being urged to use the water despite recent test results showing dangerously high levels of lead.
In midst of water shutoffs, Flint water crisis
By Thomas Gaist, 4 May 2016
The new attack on Detroit teachers is part of a wider assault on the working class being carried out by both big business parties and the Obama administration.
By Niles Niemuth, 4 May 2016
The attack on Detroit teachers is just one part of an assault on every section of the working class throughout the region and beyond.
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By James Brewer, 28 April 2016
A British newspaper report uncovered a 2008 email from a state Department of Environmental Quality official asking a technician to conceal lead levels in water.
”I’m tired of being peaceful. I’m tired of being nice”
By Sheila Brehm and Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2016
Flint residents are increasingly frustrated and angry over the indifference, disdain and absence of assistance from all levels of government, even as the lead crisis in Flint continues.
By Carlos Delgado, 26 April 2016
Residents from the Arbor Village Mobile Home Community described deplorable conditions and expressed frustration at officials’ lack of concern.
A crime of capitalism
By Shannon Jones, 25 April 2016
April 25 marks the second anniversary of the criminal decision to shift the city of Flint’s water supply to the polluted Flint River, setting in motion a social catastrophe.
By Shannon Jones, 21 April 2016
Two low-level state officials and a city of Flint employee face multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in relation to the lead poisoning of city residents.
By Buster Haycook, 20 April 2016
Tens of thousands of people in Flint, Michigan have been exposed to lead as a result of the city’s 2014 decision to switch its water source to the contaminated Flint River.
By Nancy Hanover, 19 April 2016
One third of DPS schools are reporting lead or copper contamination of drinking water, with one sample at 100 times the EPA toxic level.
By Carlos Delgado, 14 April 2016
While water quality has improved since switching from the Flint River to Detroit, for some households lead levels have actually increased significantly since 2015.
By Carlos Delgado and Janel Flechsig, 11 April 2016
Despite intimidation from the community’s management, residents spoke with WSWS reporters at length about the brutal conditions of life inside the community.
By James Brewer, 9 April 2016
State and local officials are accused of conceiving and enacting a “wrongful scheme” to sell Flint residents “poisoned drinking water from a new, free water source.”
By James Brewer, 6 April 2016
Even though Flint’s mayor claims that the city is not planning to sue the state, Michigan officials are demanding that its intent to sue filing be dropped.
By James Brewer, 2 April 2016
Residents packed the legislative hearing to voice their outrage over the lead poisoning of the city’s water supply.
By James Brewer, 30 March 2016
The lies of top Environmental Protection Agency officials are exposed in this internal communication in which a leading expert at the agency declares, “EPA is a cesspool.”
By James Brewer, 29 March 2016
The Obama administration, along with state and local government officials of both parties, played a critical role in creating and covering up the disaster in Flint.
By James Brewer, 26 March 2016
While the Snyder-appointed task force report includes damning findings, the Michigan governor is cynically using it to co-opt widespread outrage against his administration.
By Barry Grey, 26 March 2016
It is to preempt and subvert the growth of class consciousness that the Times, the “newspaper of record” of the American ruling class, ferociously promotes racial politics.
By James Brewer, 23 March 2016
Rick Snyder’s “action plan” for Flint amounts to self-serving bluster, while Obama’s World Water Day event falls flat.
By James Brookfield, 21 March 2016
The CEO of the Karegondi Water Authority, Jeffery Wright, an individual centrally connected to the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, sought to place a rosy aura around his pet project.
By Andre Damon, 19 March 2016
The revelation of widespread lead contamination in drinking water in the US, and the complete indifference of the government to it, have shown where the priorities of American capitalism lie.
As reports point to nationwide epidemic of lead contamination
By Andre Damon, 18 March 2016
The same day as Rick Snyder and Gina McCarthy testified before Congress, USA Today reported that up to one-fifth of America’s water systems may be contaminated with lead.
By James Brewer, 18 March 2016
As home water samples were being collected in Flint, city residents told the World Socialist Web Site how the lead poisoning crisis has affected them.
By James Brewer, 17 March 2016
While federal, state and local officials tried to evade responsibility, Virginia Tech professor Marc Edwards indicted the EPA for allowing the poisoning of Flint residents.
By James Brewer, 17 March 2016
An event was held in Flint last Saturday, billed as an “EPA Open House,” to collect water samples from Flint homes.
By Shannon Jones, 12 March 2016
The SEP and IYSSE held a well-attended meeting on the campus of the University of Michigan, Flint, examining the social and political background to the lead poisoning of city residents.
By Buster Haycook, 10 March 2016
Despite pledges to act by politicians at the federal, state and local levels, no serious action is being taken to address the poisoning of city residents.
By James Brewer, 9 March 2016
Clinton and Sanders said nothing about the US Environmental Protection Agency, which concealed its findings of high lead levels in Flint’s water.
9 March 2016
The Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) will examine the real causes of the Flint water crisis––and who is responsible for the poisoning of the population.
By Jerry White, 7 March 2016
The economic nationalist policies promoted by Sanders complement the anti-immigrant racism and xenophobia of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
By James Brewer, 5 March 2016
LeeAnne Walters, whose four children still experience symptoms from exposure to lead, named three companies and three officials in her suit.
By James Brewer, 1 March 2016
The examination of uncovered documents, combined with the thousands of newly-public emails released by Governor Rick Snyder, begin to uncover the economic interests behind the poisoning of Flint.
By Shannon Jones, 27 February 2016
Newly released emails show that top aides to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder advocated switching the Flint water supply back to the Detroit water system by October 2014, a year before the public disclosure of contamination.
By James Brewer, 25 February 2016
From early on, the criminally negligent handling of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak by the highest officials exacerbated its scope and effects.
By Buster Haycook and Zac Corrigan, 23 February 2016
The WSWS spoke to residents about the ongoing water crisis which has revealed fundamental problems of American society, including unprecedented levels of social inequality.
By Shannon Jones, 20 February 2016
While the anger expressed by march participants was genuine, Jackson sought to channel outrage behind the very same politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of Flint residents.
By Carlos Delgado, 19 February 2016
The Virginia Tech University professor responsible for revealing the Flint water crisis to the world speaks about the complicity of government agencies in concealing dangerous levels of lead in public drinking water.
By James Brewer, 18 February 2016
A report by a national water advocacy group surveys comparative rates in the country’s largest water systems.
By James Brewer, 16 February 2016
Eight days before switching to the heavily polluted river as a water source, a city official warned that the water system was not ready for the change.
By Jerry White, 12 February 2016
Outside of the state and local authorities, there are few if any other entities so deeply implicated in the social catastrophe in Flint as GM and the UAW.
By Sheila Brehm, 12 February 2016
Former inmate and Flint resident Jody Cramer brought the situation to public attention when he spoke out on a national radio program.
By James Brewer, 11 February 2016
Numerous health experts concerned that Flint River water was the source of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak were thwarted by state water authorities.
By James Brookfield, 11 February 2016
The intervention by SEP Assistant National Secretary Lawrence Porter provoked considerable discussion about the class issues in the water disaster, the Democratic Party and racial politics.
By Carlos Delgado, 9 February 2016
One of the first doctors to describe the effects of lead on children called the disease “a toxicity of habitation.” Today it might be more accurately termed a toxicity of poverty.
By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2016
In a visit to Flint on Sunday, Clinton sought to obscure the criminal role of Democratic officials at all levels of government in covering up the lead poisoning of residents.
Emails reveal Michigan governor’s staffer knew about Flint Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in March 2015
By James Brewer, 6 February 2016
A March 13 email to a staffer for Governor Snyder related that county health officials suspected that the “uptick” in Legionnaires’ disease was due to the switch to the Flint River.
By Carlos Delgado, 6 February 2016
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha spoke about her work and the devastating impact of lead poisoning on Flint residents.
By our reporter, 5 February 2016
The WSWS interviewed some of those who attended this week's Congressional hearing on the Flint water poisoning crisis.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 February 2016
Scientists and residents of Flint, Michigan who testified in Washington described a systematic cover-up of lead poisoning at the local, state and federal level.
Flint pre-screening of the documentary MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic
By Tim Rivers, 4 February 2016
Following a preview screening of the film MisLEAD: America’s Secret Epidemic, which documents the epidemic spread of lead across America, a panel of parents was joined by the director of the film and a state expert for lead risk assessment.
US Environmental Protection Agency administrator appears in Flint, Michigan to “rebuild trust” over water crisis
By James Brewer, 3 February 2016
The one-day visit was a politically orchestrated effort at damage control engineered from the highest levels of government.
By Shannon Jones, 1 February 2016
Long before the crisis in Flint became a national issue, the World Socialist Web Site was exposing the facts and issuing warnings.
By E.P. Bannon, 30 January 2016
An internal email shows that the administration of Michigan Governor Snyder was providing state workers in Flint with bottled water long before any government official publicly acknowledged a health hazard existed.
By James Brewer and Jerry White, 29 January 2016
The official narrative, that Flint officials disconnected the city from the relationship from the Detroit water system simply to save money, has been undermined by recent revelations.
By Shannon Jones, 29 January 2016
Maddow’s appearance was an attempt to bolster the credibility of the state’s political establishment, whose criminality has been exposed by the crisis around the city’s lead-poisoned water.
By E.P. Bannon, 29 January 2016
The meeting, which was attended by teachers, city workers, autoworkers, students and other sections of the working class, discussed a political strategy for the entire working class.
28 January 2016
Over a hundred workers, retirees and young people, including representatives of teachers and students participating in a sickout protest in Detroit Public Schools, as well as autoworkers and Flint residents, attended an emergency meeting called by the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality in Detroit Wednesday. A full report on the meeting will follow tomorrow.
By a WSWS reporting team, 26 January 2016
On Monday, residents protested the exorbitant utility rates charged by the city of Flint, Michigan for water tainted with lead and other poisons.
By Shannon Jones, 25 January 2016
Andy Dillon, who played a key role in the conspiracy to throw Detroit into bankruptcy, gave the go-ahead for Flint to leave the Detroit water system, a decision that set in motion the disaster.
By Andre Damon, 23 January 2016
At least 10 people have died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, which has been linked to the poisoning of Flint residents covered up for more than a year by the government.