If you weren’t from Michigan (or even if you are) and you watch the news it seems as if the only thing happening in the world is Trump v. Clinton, Russia, and Clowns. The Flint Water Crisis seems to be a thing of the past, a tragedy, but a past tragedy that is slowly resolving…. except that isn’t the truth. The Flint Water Crisis is becoming worse by the day, and we need to be aware of what’s happening in one of the major cities of our state.
The Detroit Free Press has reported that donations to Flint have significantly slowed down. A lot of this is because of the media and their ‘drive-by’ tactics. The term ‘drive-by’ media refers to a drive-by shooting where it occurs quick and is over before you know it; the same can be said for the media. CNN and the like descended on Flint and so came the donations, but once they left the city, donations have slowed and it is starting to take its toll.
Help for Flint’s website has information on how to donate and get involved in helping the citizens of Flint.
Even more disturbing than the lack of help that Flint is now receiving, is the way that bureaucrats are taking advantage of the situation. Ed Silverman, a writer at STAT, reports that the cost of Calcium EDTA, a drug used to treat lead poisoning, has risen in price by 2,700 percent(!). Instead of the drug costing $950, it is now $26,000. During a time of crisis, Valeant Pharmaceuticals has chosen to hurt the citizens of Flint instead of helping them. Not only is this disturbing, but it’s morally reprehensible.
Join us as we support the families and citizens of Flint. We need to come together as a state and be a watchdog for our fellow Michiganders to ensure that the Flint Water Crisis is no more. #FlintDeservesBetter