Access to lead-fighting food expanded in Double-Up Bucks program
Jul29

Access to lead-fighting food expanded in Double-Up Bucks program

By Stacie Scherman Many low-income Flint residents now have greater access to lead-fighting fruits, vegetables, and milk, thanks to a recent Double Up Food Bucks expansion in Flint. According to a press release, Fair Food Network (FFN), the nonprofit organization behind Double Up, has committed up to $750,000 to fund the expansion through December 2017. According to Emilie Engelhard, communications director of FFN, the Double Up...

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“Things went tragically wrong in Flint,” Schuette says, charging six more in water crisis
Jul29

“Things went tragically wrong in Flint,” Schuette says, charging six more in water crisis

By Jan Worth-Nelson Declaring “The families of Flint will not be forgotten,”  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday announced criminal charges against six state employees alleged to be implicated in the Flint water crisis. “Many things went tragically wrong in Flint,” Schuette said. “Some people failed to act, others minimized harm done and arrogantly chose to ignore data, some intentionally...

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Flint water crisis “a shocking denial of what should be a right,”  NRDC expert tells visiting scribes
Jul26

Flint water crisis “a shocking denial of what should be a right,” NRDC expert tells visiting scribes

By Jan Worth-Nelson At the heart of the Flint water crisis is “a failure and a shocking denial of what should be a right…a failure at every level of government,” an attorney for the Natural Resource Defense Council told a group of environmental journalists meeting in Flint July 22. What has happened in Flint is “an extraordinarily important point of reality for the United States of America,” according to Henry Henderson, Midwest...

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Keep the heat on the Flint story, UM-Flint Chancellor and residents tell national journalists

By Jan Worth-Nelson Don’t let the “Flint story” drop out of view, UM – Flint Chancellor Susan Borrego and local residents implored a panel of national environmental journalists meeting in Flint last weekend. What’s at stake is not abandoning a city whose struggles are of national significance, Borrego said. “Flint was important in the history of this country,” she said. “It should be equally important in its present and future. “You...

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The black church and the civil rights movement:  11 a.m. Sunday “the most segregated hour”
Jul23

The black church and the civil rights movement: 11 a.m. Sunday “the most segregated hour”

By Robert R. Thomas The July 21 Tendaji Talk at Flint Public Library featured Rev. Dr. Kim DeWayne Yarber, Pastor of Flint’s Mount Hermon Baptist Church for the past 20 years. Yarber opened the talk before an audience of 25 by stating his focus would be on racism and religion. He then reiterated Martin Luther King’s statement that the most segregated hour in America was 11 a.m. Sunday where worship of the same deity was equal...

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