You’re invited: Please join Corporate Accountability and Jamaica Plain Forum for a documentary screening and community discussion with two water justice organizers from Flint, Michigan.
Nayyirah Shariff and Gina Luster are Flint-based organizers with Flint Rising, a coalition born from the city’s water crisis that is leading the ongoing struggle for justice for Flint residents.
After Flint’s water supply was switched from the Detroit city system to the Flint River in 2014, lead levels spiked, potentially exposing 8,000 children and nearly 100,000 Flint residents to toxic lead levels -- in some cases several times more than the EPA action level. By the date of our event, Flint residents will have gone 1,384 days without clean water. The Flint water crisis is a stark reminder of the realities of environmental racism in the U.S. and the devastating impacts of lack of access to clean, safe drinking water, which affects one in four people worldwide.
The event will begin with a screening of a short documentary called Here's to Flint, which tells the story of how one of the biggest environmental scandals of our generation took place. Then, Nayyirah and Gina will tell their own stories and the stories of other organizers who worked and continue to work tirelessly against great odds to secure justice for their community. You’ll hear how they’re exposing the racist emergency management law in Michigan and challenging the reckless government officials and corporate interests whose policies and practices blatantly disregarded the lives and health of poor and Black residents in the city.
It has been over 1,300 days since residents of Flint have had access to clean water -- and there is still so much to be done to secure justice. Come join us and learn what actions we can take to ensure everyone has access to safe drinking water at rates affordable for all for generations to come.
Co-sponsors: Flint Rising, Corporate Accountability, Jamaica Plain Forum
For more on the Flint water crisis and Flint Rising, visit: www.flintrising.com
. For more on Corporate Accountability’s water campaign visit www.corporateaccountability.org
*The screening will be preceded by a supporters reception at a nearby home. For more information or to RSVP for the reception please contact Marilyn Willmoth at RSVP@corporateaccountability.org