“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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Online “MapFlint” project offers mass of data for public use
Nov20

Online “MapFlint” project offers mass of data for public use

By Jan Worth-Nelson An interactive, open-access mapping project that offers data about the city on everything from educational attainment to median household income to locations of schools, medical services and locations for meal services is now online at mapflint.org/maps.html. The project is a collaboration of two University of Michigan – Flint units, University Outreach and the Geographic Information Center of the Department...

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CCNA hears proposal for Pierce Park, pitch for ending gerrymandering
Nov18

CCNA hears proposal for Pierce Park, pitch for ending gerrymandering

By Patricia Isenberg The news and implications of the City of Flint’s changing city council membership and the marathon closed-door and public discussions deciding on Flint’s water source this week didn’t deter about 60 College Cultural Neighborhood Association members from showing up to get updates on water line pipe replacement and a proposal for Pierce Park at Thursday’s monthly meeting. Vice President Sherry Hayden presided for...

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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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