“Flint and the Rock Daughter”:  Women of the water crisis inspire a new myth
Nov23

“Flint and the Rock Daughter”: Women of the water crisis inspire a new myth

By Jan Worth-Nelson “Mother Flint, my daughters said, we will be your courageous truth tellers…Mother we are your bedrock daughters, your breathing water, and your living fire.  We will not rest until you are restored.  Until you are healed.  We are your radical hope.” –Natasha Thomas-Jackson, “Flint and the Rock Daughter” The Flint Water Crisis has poisoned children, created physical and economic...

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It’s “Detroit water” for 30 years:  Flint city council approves GLWA contract 5-4
Nov22

It’s “Detroit water” for 30 years: Flint city council approves GLWA contract 5-4

By Meghan Christian After a week of marathon-like meetings, the Flint City Council approved Resolution 170354.3, a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), with a close vote of five to four on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Those in favor were Eric Mays (First Ward), Maurice Davis (Second Ward), Santino Guerra (Third Ward), Jerri Winfrey-Carter (Fifth Ward), and Herbert Winfrey (Sixth Ward). Those opposed were Kate Fields...

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Flint lead exposure “registry” aims to track water crisis health consequences, outcomes
Nov16

Flint lead exposure “registry” aims to track water crisis health consequences, outcomes

By Jan Worth-Nelson A federally-funded registry to monitor the health of individuals affected by the Flint water crisis is about to launch, Flint pediatrician and crisis luminary Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha told the FACT Community Partners group meeting Thursday under the dome at City Hall. Funding for the program, about $14.4 million awarded to Michigan State University,  has been earmarked from a $150 million December, 2016 bill passed...

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Winfrey defeats Mays for Flint city council president, Galloway elected VP as new configuration kicks in
Nov14

Winfrey defeats Mays for Flint city council president, Galloway elected VP as new configuration kicks in

By Meghan Christian Meeting for the first time Monday night after a swearing-in ceremony just hours before, the new Flint City Council elected two members to serve as its leaders and approved two of Mayor Karen Weaver’s appointments — for chief financial officer and director of public works.  Sixth Ward Councilman Herbert Winfrey, returned for a new four-year term Nov. 7, was elected president over First Ward Councilman Eric...

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New Flint Council sworn in with promises of hard work and a “new day” for the city
Nov13

New Flint Council sworn in with promises of hard work and a “new day” for the city

By Meghan Christian The newly-elected Flint City Council members were sworn into office by City Clerk Inez Brown at noon Monday in front of family, friends, and members of the Flint community — the group an altered combination of new and old that could  change the city’s political environment. After all nine members gave their oath, each in turn voiced their gratitude and their eagerness to start aiding the City of Flint...

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Weaver survives recall, city council undergoes major realignment, voter turnout hits 17 percent
Nov08

Weaver survives recall, city council undergoes major realignment, voter turnout hits 17 percent

By Jan Worth-Nelson Incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver, two years into her four-year term, soundly overcame a recall effort against her triggered by activist Arthur Woodson with 53 percent  of the vote. Her closest competitor, longtime city councilman Scott Kincaid, came in a distant second with 32 percent. His defeat means the end of a 32-year career in city politics, because a judge ruled that he could not keep his name on both the ballot...

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