The water crisis in Flint, Michigan
By Eric London, 22 January 2016
The catastrophe in Michigan, including the lead poisoning of thousands of residents in Flint, has provoked outrage across the country.
22 January 2016
The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are calling a public meeting in Detroit, Michigan on January 27 to discuss a political strategy to unite the working class.
By Shannon Jones, 22 January 2016
Workers expressed their solidarity with the people of Flint who are suffering from lead poisoning due to the criminal actions of state, local and federal authorities.
“We’ve lost our democracy. It’s a revolutionary time.”
By Lawrence Porter and Zac Corrigan, 20 January 2016
The WSWS spoke to demonstrators outside the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan as Governor Rick Snyder spoke on the water crisis in Flint.
By Thomas Gaist, 18 January 2016
In the face of an immense public health catastrophe, the American federal government has mustered the meager sum of some five million in federal funds.
By James Brewer, 18 January 2016
Workers in Flint and surrounding areas are incensed at the continued crisis around the poisoning of Flint’s water.
By James Brewer, 15 January 2016
US Environmental Protection Agency officials knew as early as April that the Flint River water was not being treated for corrosivity.
By Andre Damon, 15 January 2016
The man-made disaster in Flint has revealed the reality of social relations in America behind the official facade constructed by the media and politicians.
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 January 2016
The lead-poisoning disaster in Flint is the direct result of cost-cutting measures carried out under the Michigan emergency manager law.
By James Brewer, 14 January 2016
Health officials announced that 87 cases of the disease resulting in 10 deaths occurred while the city was on Flint River water.
“They’ve taken us back to the dark ages”
By Zac Corrigan and Shannon Jones, 12 January 2016
At a recent demonstration residents described the horrific conditions they are facing and demanded that state officials be held accountable for the man-made disaster.
By James Brewer and Jerry White, 8 January 2016
The poisoning of the population in the former manufacturing center for General Motors—and the cover-up by state officials—highlights the socially destructive character of American capitalism.
By James Brewer, 6 January 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement came the day after the Genesee County Board of Commissioners held a meeting to discuss its approval of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s request for a federal disaster declaration.
By Matthew Brennan, 31 December 2015
The resignations are an attempt by Republican governor Rick Snyder to obscure the criminal role he and his "Emergency Managers" in Flint and Detroit have played in creating a public health crisis.
By Matthew Brennan and Lawrence Porter, 16 December 2015
Behind the declaration by the newly-elected mayor is a deep-going political crisis over the poisoning of nearly 100,000 residents.
By James Brewer, 11 November 2015
State and local officials ignored health warnings in regard to the water supply.
By Phyllis Scherrer, 19 October 2015
WSWS reporters visited Flint to discuss the city’s water crisis, produced by the cost-cutting decision of city officials to switch their water source to the Flint River.
By James Brewer, 10 October 2015
The action by the state of Michigan is a tacit admission that the city’s population has been subjected to lead poisoning for 17 months.
By James Brewer, 2 October 2015
Independent studies have proved that Flint residents, and particularly children, are in danger from lead poisoning caused by mismanagement of the water system.
By James Brewer and Lawrence Porter, 26 September 2015
The head of the Virginia Tech university team that conducted a survey of Flint’s water toxicity warned residents not to trust the government's claims that city water is safe to drink.
By James Brewer, 15 September 2015
A research group from Virginia Tech University calls for “immediate health warnings and intervention” based on sample results from Flint households.
By Shannon Jones, 1 September 2015
Residents of the Michigan city describe a continuing nightmare caused by astronomical water rates combined with foul smelling, discolored drinking water.
By Thomas Gaist, 12 June 2015
The military drills come as US special operations forces prepare to conduct “Realistic Military Training” in American cities, towns and rural areas throughout the South and West.
“They don’t care about the people … all they care about are the rich”
By a WSWS reporting team, 1 April 2015
Flint residents expressed anger and frustration over unsafe water, high bills and the emergency manager overseeing the destruction of living conditions in the city.
By Shannon Jones, 24 January 2015
The news comes as Detroit continues its draconian policy of shutting off water to residents who are too poor to pay for it.
By James Brewer, 12 January 2015
Only months after severing its contract with the Detroit water system, the city of Flint faces a crisis.
By James Brewer, 31 May 2014
The battle over control of Detroit’s water system between state and local governmental agencies is far from resolved.
By Bryan Dyne, 30 January 2014
As in Detroit, bankruptcy is being used as a cudgel against Flint workers to gut pensions and force through further concessions.