Ten Black Caucus Members to Travel to Flint on #FlintWaterCrisis

Ten Black Caucus Members to Travel to Flint on #FlintWaterCrisis

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On March 4th, ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus will travel to Flint, Michigan because of the crisis over lead in the drinking water.

“We will go there to listen, we are not there to make speeches,” Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) said yesterday to reporters.

A total of twenty members of Congress will be in Flint. On Sunday a group of celebrities are bring attention to the #FlintWaterCrisis while  the Oscars are airing.

Butterfield pointed out to reporters that residents in Flint are paying some of the highest rates for water in the U.S.

This week a study of 500 of the largest water systems in the country revealed that “Flint residents paid about $864 a year for water service, nearly double the national average and about three-and-a-half times as much as Detroiters pay” according to a report in USAToday.

The Flint water crisis happened after Flint changed its water source from Detroit Water to the Flint River to save money. The  Flint River water contains unacceptably high levels of lead.  As a result from decisions from the administration of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, it is estimated that over 10,000 children have been exposed to lead in their drinking water.

 

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke

4 COMMENTS

  1. This is not correct. The river didn’t contain lead. The river was corrosive, and the MDEQ failed to interpret the EPA lead and copper rule correctly — they needed to add orthophosphates, or “corrosion control”. Without this, the corrosive water strips the lead from lead pipes. This caused the lead poisoning.

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