The water crisis in Flint, Michigan

Michigan residents speak on Flint lead poisoning

By a WSWS reporting team, 23 January 2016

Workers and students from Flint, Detroit, Lansing and other cities in Southeastern Michigan demonstrated their anger at the poisoning of Flint’s water supply at the state Capitol building in Lansing on Tuesday evening.

The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit

By Eric London, 22 January 2016

The catastrophe in Michigan, including the lead poisoning of thousands of residents in Flint, has provoked outrage across the country.

Emergency meeting January 27 on the crisis in Flint and Detroit

22 January 2016

The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are calling a public meeting in Detroit, Michigan on January 27 to discuss a political strategy to unite the working class.

Autoworkers speak on Flint water crisis

By Shannon Jones, 22 January 2016

Workers expressed their solidarity with the people of Flint who are suffering from lead poisoning due to the criminal actions of state, local and federal authorities.

“We’ve lost our democracy. It’s a revolutionary time.”

Video: Workers and youth protest Flint water poisoning at Michigan State Capitol

By Lawrence Porter and Zac Corrigan, 20 January 2016

The WSWS spoke to demonstrators outside the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan as Governor Rick Snyder spoke on the water crisis in Flint.

Obama White House declares state of emergency over Flint water crisis

By Thomas Gaist, 18 January 2016

In the face of an immense public health catastrophe, the American federal government has mustered the meager sum of some five million in federal funds.

Michigan workers speak on the poisoning of Flint water

By James Brewer, 18 January 2016

Workers in Flint and surrounding areas are incensed at the continued crisis around the poisoning of Flint’s water.

New revelations expose federal cover-up in Flint, Michigan water crisis

By James Brewer, 15 January 2016

US Environmental Protection Agency officials knew as early as April that the Flint River water was not being treated for corrosivity.

Flint, Michigan: Portrait of an American city

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2016

The man-made disaster in Flint has revealed the reality of social relations in America behind the official facade constructed by the media and politicians.

Michigan governor calls out National Guard over Flint water crisis

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 January 2016

The lead-poisoning disaster in Flint is the direct result of cost-cutting measures carried out under the Michigan emergency manager law.

Dramatic spike in Legionnaires’ disease deaths possibly linked to Flint River water

By James Brewer, 14 January 2016

Health officials announced that 87 cases of the disease resulting in 10 deaths occurred while the city was on Flint River water.

“They’ve taken us back to the dark ages”

Outraged Flint residents protest water contamination

By Zac Corrigan and Shannon Jones, 12 January 2016

At a recent demonstration residents described the horrific conditions they are facing and demanded that state officials be held accountable for the man-made disaster.

Lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan

By James Brewer and Jerry White, 8 January 2016

The poisoning of the population in the former manufacturing center for General Motors—and the cover-up by state officials—highlights the socially destructive character of American capitalism.

Michigan governor declares state of emergency over Flint lead poisoning

By James Brewer, 6 January 2016

Gov. Rick Snyder’s announcement came the day after the Genesee County Board of Commissioners held a meeting to discuss its approval of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver’s request for a federal disaster declaration.

Top Michigan environmental safety officials resign amidst ongoing Flint water crisis

By Matthew Brennan, 31 December 2015

The resignations are an attempt by Republican governor Rick Snyder to obscure the criminal role he and his "Emergency Managers" in Flint and Detroit have played in creating a public health crisis.

State of emergency declared in Flint, Michigan over poisoned water supply

By Matthew Brennan and Lawrence Porter, 16 December 2015

Behind the declaration by the newly-elected mayor is a deep-going political crisis over the poisoning of nearly 100,000 residents.

Michigan political crisis over lead poisoning in Flint

By James Brewer, 11 November 2015

State and local officials ignored health warnings in regard to the water supply.

Flint workers speak out against lead poisoning of water supply

By Phyllis Scherrer, 19 October 2015

WSWS reporters visited Flint to discuss the city’s water crisis, produced by the cost-cutting decision of city officials to switch their water source to the Flint River.

Michigan governor belatedly orders change in Flint’s water supply

By James Brewer, 10 October 2015

The action by the state of Michigan is a tacit admission that the city’s population has been subjected to lead poisoning for 17 months.

Michigan governor grudgingly admits Flint water danger

By James Brewer, 2 October 2015

Independent studies have proved that Flint residents, and particularly children, are in danger from lead poisoning caused by mismanagement of the water system.

Flint, Michigan residents fight lead poisoning of water supply

By James Brewer and Lawrence Porter, 26 September 2015

The head of the Virginia Tech university team that conducted a survey of Flint’s water toxicity warned residents not to trust the government's claims that city water is safe to drink.

Study shows Flint, Michigan has “very serious lead in water problem”

By James Brewer, 15 September 2015

A research group from Virginia Tech University calls for “immediate health warnings and intervention” based on sample results from Flint households.

Water shutoff moratorium in Flint as water crisis continues

By Shannon Jones, 1 September 2015

Residents of the Michigan city describe a continuing nightmare caused by astronomical water rates combined with foul smelling, discolored drinking water.

US Army simulates gun battles, sets off explosives in Flint, Michigan

By Thomas Gaist, 12 June 2015

The military drills come as US special operations forces prepare to conduct “Realistic Military Training” in American cities, towns and rural areas throughout the South and West.

“They don’t care about the people … all they care about are the rich”

Flint, Michigan residents speak on tainted water supply

By a WSWS reporting team, 1 April 2015

Flint residents expressed anger and frustration over unsafe water, high bills and the emergency manager overseeing the destruction of living conditions in the city.

Detroit regional water authority prepares double-digit rate increases

By Shannon Jones, 24 January 2015

The news comes as Detroit continues its draconian policy of shutting off water to residents who are too poor to pay for it.

Drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan

By James Brewer, 12 January 2015

Only months after severing its contract with the Detroit water system, the city of Flint faces a crisis.

Regional disputes deepen over control of Detroit water system

By James Brewer, 31 May 2014

The battle over control of Detroit’s water system between state and local governmental agencies is far from resolved.

Flint, Michigan emergency manager threatens to file for bankruptcy

By Bryan Dyne, 30 January 2014

As in Detroit, bankruptcy is being used as a cudgel against Flint workers to gut pensions and force through further concessions.