The water crisis in Flint, Michigan
By James Brewer, 19 November 2019
Claims of professional negligence and public nuisance against private water companies advising the City of Flint were dismissed by a circuit court judge on November 8.
By Shuvu Batta, 27 September 2019
Residents of Newark, New Jersey, continue to be exposed to lead in their tap water as their city and state officials attempt to lie their way out of the crisis.
By Shuvu Batta, 30 August 2019
A bond issue of $120 million was pushed through before residents were given an opportunity to attend hearings or scrutinize details of the proposal to replace all lead service lines in the city.
By Mitch Marcus, 24 August 2019
Exposure to or ingestion of raw or partially treated sewage, as the city maintains is the case here, can cause immediate harmful effects.
By James Brookfield, 22 August 2019
A courageous defiance of political intimidation by politicians of both big business parties—Democrats as well as Republicans.
By James Brookfield, 22 August 2019
A Democratic state senator tried to blame the disaster solely on the Republican state government, although the mayor of Flint and other local officials were Democrats.
By Sheila Brehm, 20 August 2019
The lead-in-water crisis in Newark, New Jersey is evoking angry responses from Flint residents who have gone through similar experiences over the last five years.
“This is corruption, collusion, conspiracy”
By our reporters, 19 August 2019
The city began distributing bottled water last week after it was revealed that faucet filters were failing to screen toxic lead from home drinking water.
Lead contamination crisis grows
By Shuvu Batta, 16 August 2019
City officials were forced to stop distributions Tuesday in response to concerns over cases of bottled water that were labeled as expired.
By Matthew Taylor, 9 August 2019
The Jacksonville Electrical Authority board has laid the groundwork for the approval of the sale of the largest public utility in the state through months of crisis mongering.
By Sheila Brehm, 4 July 2019
The decision came in the face of widespread opposition on the Harvard campus, in Flint, Michigan, and nationally.
By James Brewer, 1 July 2019
What was billed as a “community conversation” was an exercise in evasion and lies, with scores of police deployed to intimidate angry Flint workers.
No more lies!
By the WSWS editorial board, 28 June 2019
The following statement is being distributed to a community meeting in Flint Friday night.
By Sheila Brehm, 14 June 2019
While the Democrats claim they will restart the investigation, Flint residents are deeply skeptical—and with reason.
Michigan attorney general seizes cell phone of former governor Snyder in probe of Flint water crisis
By James Brewer, 6 June 2019
The cell phones, iPads and laptops of former governor Rick Snyder and 65 other state officials are being gathered as evidence in the criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis.
5 June 2019
By James Brewer, 15 May 2019
This is the second part of a two-part series drawing a balance sheet of five years of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Part one was posted on May 14.
By James Brewer, 14 May 2019
This is the first of a two-part series drawing a balance sheet of five years of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
By James Brookfield, 23 April 2019
Recent federal court rulings allow Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and the US Environmental Protection Agency to be sued in class action lawsuits filed on behalf of Flint residents.
By Jerry White, 10 April 2019
The conviction on bribery charges of Jewell sheds light on the close connections between the UAW and the Democratic politicians responsible for the lead poisoning of an entire city.
Flint, a play at the University of Michigan: Stuck, unfortunately, in the quagmire of racial politics
By Joanne Laurier, 10 April 2019
José Casas’ drama is a response to the horrendous Flint, Michigan water crisis, which began in April 2014. As a result, the city’s poisoned population has suffered disease, death and untold misery.
By Sheila Brehm, 8 March 2019
In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, there were bread lines. But today, in 2019, there are water lines.
“Her failing health was due to the government failing her”
By Sheila Brehm, 27 February 2019
Jassmine McBride, only 30 years old, contracted the deadly lung disease at the height of the Flint water crisis in 2014.
By Lawrence Porter, 12 October 2018
A new report on lead and copper in Detroit schools reveals the acute health dangers facing working class families due to the massive deterioration in education funding.
By James Brewer, 21 September 2018
Superintendent Vitti’s claim of his “abundance of caution” in shutting the water off at all 106 schools has been belied by new lead and copper test results showing over half with high levels.
By Eula Holmes and Patrick Martin, 31 August 2018
The pollution of the water supply is particularly devastating for children, whose brains and bodies are especially at risk from toxins.
By Sheila Brehm and Michael Anders, 21 August 2018
Nick Lyon will face two counts of involuntary manslaughter for deaths due to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint related to the city’s polluted water crisis.
By Joseph Lorenz, 2 August 2018
In a tightly controlled meeting, local and state officials sought to dispel the anger of residents who learned last week that their water has dangerous levels of PFAS chemicals.
1 August 2018
By Carlos Delgado, 28 July 2018
City officials announced to residents of Parchment, Michigan Thursday that their water contained dangerously high levels of PFAS chemicals.
By Sheila Brehm, 27 July 2018
During a press conference in Flint, Michigan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chose to attack Trump not for gutting the EPA or aid to hungry families but for “Russian meddling”
By Debra Watson, 7 July 2018
Detroit water shutoffs will resume this week, after a one-week pause, though extremely high temperatures and heat advisories in Detroit are expected to continue throughout the summer.
By James Brewer, 30 May 2018
A resolution reportedly passed by doctors at Flint Hurley Medical Center puts forward the false narrative that no one was lead poisoned in Flint, but lead-exposed.
22 May 2018
Now available! This pamphlet exposes the social and political forces behind the lead poisoning of the water supply in Flint, which was rooted in the subordination of all aspects of social life to the profit drive of business.
By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 15 May 2018
Multiple educators reported that Southwestern Academy high school has held dozens of classes without teachers for months at a time over the course of the current school year.
By Genevieve Leigh and Sam Wayne, 8 May 2018
The school administration at Flint Southwestern Academy has hidden from parents and the community for months that dozens of their children’s classes are being held without teachers.
By Jim Brewer, 4 May 2018
Comedian Michelle Wolf’s comment on Flint’s water at the White House correspondents dinner elicited an indignant rejoinder from the Michigan governor’s office.
By our reporters, 27 April 2018
On the fourth anniversary of the Flint water crisis residents and youth speak out on the unresolved lead poisoning disaster.
By James Brewer and Barry Grey, 25 April 2018
What above all has changed since the onset of the Flint water crisis is the emergence of a new upsurge of the working class.
By Sheila Brehm and James Brewer, 19 April 2018
The Michigan officials have granted the world’s largest bottled water company expanded rights to exploit the state’s fresh water supplies.
By James Brewer, 13 April 2018
Central Michigan University sociology professor Cedrick Taylor presented his new documentary at the University of Michigan in Flint.
By Lawrence Porter and James Brewer, 11 April 2018
Snyder justified this latest provocation against the residents, who have suffered years of lead-poisoned water, by citing test levels, despite scientists insisting that no amount of lead in water is safe.
By Phyllis Steele, 10 April 2018
The Public Service Commission announced a rate increase and water surcharge fee for Martin County residents who have been fighting contaminated water and service interruptions.
By Matthew Brennan, 13 March 2018
At a recent pretrial hearing, a former water plant operator detailed how city and state officials ignored his warnings that the city’s long moth-balled treatment plant could not handle a switch to the polluted Flint River.
By Alex González, 10 March 2018
Constellation Brands set up beer manufacturing plants in drought-prone cities and is threatening the region with a water crisis.
By our reporter, 23 February 2018
The meeting provided a forum for workers and youth to discuss the root causes of the mounting water crisis in the US and internationally and a socialist perspective to fight back.
Students and workers call for the unity of the working class following meeting on Flint water crisis
By our reporters, 23 February 2018
Students and workers who attended the meeting spoke to the WSWS and expressed their support for the struggle of workers in Puerto Rico, Kentucky and Flint.
The coal slurry disaster of 2000
By Carlos Delgado, 19 February 2018
The water crisis in eastern Kentucky can be traced back to the bursting of a coal slurry dam owned by Massey Energy in 2000.
By Warren Duzak, 13 February 2018
After losing service due to collapsing infrastructure, Martin County residents now face shutoffs and a 50 percent rate hike for contaminated water.
By James Brewer, 12 February 2018
Pretrial hearings last week shed further light on the criminally negligent character of the water scheme imposed on the people of Flint, Michigan.
By Will Morrow, 9 February 2018
Police were stationed at entrances to the meeting as residents were informed they would have no opportunity to speak or ask any questions.
By Genevieve Leigh, 5 February 2018
The Democratic Alliance fears its inability to address the water crisis will lead to a loss of support ahead of the 2019 elections.
Is it “all about the money” or all about race?
By David Walsh, 2 February 2018
Jeff Daniels’ drama is currently being performed at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, some 60 miles west of Detroit. The play will run until March 10.
By Matthew Brennan, 30 January 2018
While none of those criminally charged in the Flint water crisis have yet been brought to trial, preliminary court proceedings have revealed a network of dirty operatives.
By Genevieve Leigh, 29 January 2018
Local government in Cape Town, South Africa continues to implement drastic water saving measures in a last-ditch attempt to stave off a complete water shutoff.
“The water is milky white and smells like bleach”
By Jerry White, 22 January 2018
Working class residents of the former coal mining area have had no water or only intermittent service for weeks.
“The state trooper choked me because I was telling the truth”
By Sheila Brehm, 17 January 2018
Gary Michael Hunt, a former coal miner who was assaulted by a state trooper for criticizing local authorities about the lack of safe water for area residents, spoke with the WSWS.
By James Brookfield, 28 November 2017
The council passed a motion to sign a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority for the provision of water services to Flint.
By Jerry White, 16 November 2017
Reuters has identified 3,810 neighborhoods nationally where child lead poisoning rates are at least double those found in Flint, Michigan during the height of that city’s water crisis.
By Sheila Brehm, 11 November 2017
Last Tuesday’s mayoral election in Flint was marked by mass abstention after three-and-a-half years of an ongoing lead water crisis.
Lifetime movie on the water disaster will air October 28
By Joanne Laurier, 27 October 2017
The film, directed by Bruce Beresford, was inspired by the ongoing Flint water crisis and bases itself more immediately on a February 2016 Time magazine report, “The Poisoning of an American City.”
By Sheila Brehm, 9 October 2017
The matter arose during a preliminary hearing concerning the first of 13 officials facing criminal charges over the Flint catastrophe.
By Debra Watson, 6 October 2017
As the election approaches, persistent and shocking levels of poverty in Detroit and continuing residential water shutoffs belie claims that the city is making a comeback.
5 October 2017
By Sheila Brehm, 23 September 2017
Due to lead-poisoned water in Flint, fertility rates dropped, and the number of women who miscarried, had a stillbirth, or delivered babies with health problems, increased.
By our reporters, 21 August 2017
The event was a stage-managed exercise in political evasion.
26 July 2017
The SEP and the IYSSE are holding public meetings Thursday in Detroit and Flint, Michigan to review the experience of the Grenfell fire tragedy in London and its broader implications for the working class.
Michigan researchers investigate connection between Flint water crisis and high infant mortality rate
By Carlos Delgado, 18 July 2017
The city of Flint saw a significant increase in rate of infants who died before their first birthday in 2015, when the lead-in-water crisis was at its height.
By Sheila Brehm and Jerry White, 6 July 2017
Few Flint residents believe the claims of the governor and mayor that the 30-year deal to buy water from Detroit is motivated by concerns for the people of Flint. But what are the real issues behind the legal conflict with the City Council?
5 July 2017
By Jerry White, 30 June 2017
In both London and Flint—and cities throughout the globe—modern-day capitalism is condemning the working class to impossible conditions and an early grave.
30 June 2017
29 June 2017
By Jerry White, 28 June 2017
The unelected financial review board decided Tuesday to overturn the one-year moratorium on imposing tax liens on residents who do not pay for the city’s lead poisoned water.
By Sheila Brehm and Phyllis Steele, 28 June 2017
Residents in Flint, Michigan, said the Grenfell Tower fire, like the lead poisoning of their city, was the result of politicians subordinating the needs of the population to private profit.
By Shannon Jones, 15 June 2017
The director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the highest ranking state official yet to be named in the ongoing official investigation, is facing manslaughter charges.
Theater professionals address the Flint water disaster
By Joanne Laurier, 15 June 2017
A version of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (1882) was performed last week in the devastated city of Flint, Michigan, as a commentary on the city’s water crisis.
By Joanne Laurier, 15 June 2017
Several members of the cast of a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People (1882), performed last week in Flint, Michigan, spoke to the WSWS.
By Carlos Delgado, 14 June 2017
A father in his 50s and two teenage children are the latest victims of fatal house fires in the economically ravaged city.
By Sheila Brehm, 10 June 2017
A number of protest groups are promoting an infrastructure program advanced by Congressional Democrats to divert growing anger over the lack of resolution to the water crisis.
By Shannon Jones, 8 June 2017
In the audio recording, Stair rants at length against working class residents of Flint, black and white, whom he calls “f**kin’ deadbeats.”
By Jake Dean, 7 June 2017
A majority of schools examined so far have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in drinking water.
6 June 2017
By James Brewer, 3 June 2017
The Public Broadcasting Service presented an engaging and informative documentary on the science behind the Flint water crisis.
By James Brewer, 1 June 2017
Some 400 households had their water service disconnected in the one-week period following the city’s resumption of water shutoffs earlier this spring.
25 May 2017
25 May 2017
“We’re being punished for not being able to pay the city for the poison”
By Jerry White, 19 May 2017
With popular anger reaching a boiling point, city officials passed a temporary moratorium of foreclosure threats against residents not paying for the poisoned water.
By Jerry White, 18 May 2017
Angry workers on Wednesday confronted the Flint City Council, which voted to temporarily halt plans to put tax liens on homes with unpaid water bills.
By James Brewer, 17 May 2017
Despite the fact that the water is still not safe to drink three years after the city began pumping foul, improperly treated water from the Flint River into homes, authorities are forcing residents to pay up or face eviction.
17 May 2017
By Kathleen Martin, 15 May 2017
The new biosolids waste facility has violated one-hour EPA sulfur dioxide emission standards over 2,500 times in the last year.
By Kathleen Martin, 10 May 2017
One in six residential units in the city of Detroit are facing immediate shutoffs while national projections estimate that one third of the US will not be able to pay their water bills by 2020.
By Jerry White, 10 May 2017
Three years after the decision to switch Flint’s water supply to the polluted Flint River, nothing has been done to address the catastrophic health consequences of the lead poisoning of tens of thousands of working-class residents.
“After compromising our health, they want to kick us out of our homes”
By Jerry White, 5 May 2017
Letters sent out by the city said outstanding bills would have to be paid by May 19 or tax liens would be put on homes that could result in residents losing them next year.
“The politicians in Flint, Lansing and Washington—they’re all for capitalism”
By Lawrence Porter, 27 April 2017
A retired autoworker reflects on three years of the Flint water crisis.
27 April 2017
“People were being arrested for nothing”
By our reporters, 26 April 2017
Six Flint residents were arrested for exercising their freedom of speech at last week’s public “Town Hall” meeting.
“What they did to this city is criminal”
By Larry Porter, 26 April 2017
Hundreds of Flint residents marched to City Hall Tuesday to protest the failure of federal, state and local officials to address the disaster they all had a hand in creating.
By James Brewer, 22 April 2017
The meeting, called as a follow-up to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s announcement on the future of the city’s water system, was held at a church with heavy police presence.