Two hundred experts wrote an Open Letter to Michigan governor Rick Snyder about how to fix the Flint Water Crisis, which has lead-poisoned thousands of residents in the troubled Detroit area city, including children.
According to the Global Grind, these experts have called on Snyder to set up a compensation fund for the city, among other solutions to alleviate the Crisis and help the city. They say that this is what the state should do since they have traditionally discriminated against Flint’s residents, based on their race and class.
Here’s what the letter has to say about that:
Based on the criteria established by Michigan’s constitution and embedded in other state laws, it is reasonable to conclude that rights of the residents of Flint, MI have been abrogated. The people of Flint have not received equal benefit, security or protection from their government. They have been denied equal protection of the laws and seemingly discriminated against because of class and race. Their right to petition government for redress of grievances has also been obstructed.
The suggestions include the following: taking extra care to get information about the Water Crisis to undocumented immigrants who don’t speak English, offering compensation due to the psychological and socioeconomic ramifications this crisis is sure to have, providing infrastructure funding and homeowner relief, and saying no to unregulated economic development and tax breaks, when the consequences usually fall on cities like Flint.
(via Global Grind)