Council considers “companion resolution” to water crisis settlement bringing Flint residents’ water refund amounts into consideration
Dec18

Council considers “companion resolution” to water crisis settlement bringing Flint residents’ water refund amounts into consideration

By Tom Travis The City Council has delayed voting on the water crisis settlement (WCS) again until Monday, Dec 21. In Thursday’s five-hour meeting a “companion resolution” was introduced into discussion by Council President Kate Fields (4th Ward). In addition, Council president Kate Fields announced that a public hearing (available online via Zoom) has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday by Michigan Attorney General...

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Local group hands out $20,000 to Flint teachers as 30-year tradition continues in pandemic
Dec17

Local group hands out $20,000 to Flint teachers as 30-year tradition continues in pandemic

By Tom Travis Flint teachers were awarded $20,000, in gifts of $100 each,  by the Flint Classroom Support Fund (FCSF) on Thursday. The contributions are given to each of the 200 Flint Community School (FCS) teachers from a COVID Rescue Grant to use towards their classroom needs. The annual event was hosted by the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA). In addition to the $100 grants, teachers also received a Family Membership from the Flint...

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Council delays water settlement vote until Thursday, Dec. 17, ‘yes’ vs ‘no’ votes seem to be shifting sand yet
Dec16

Council delays water settlement vote until Thursday, Dec. 17, ‘yes’ vs ‘no’ votes seem to be shifting sand yet

By Tom Travis City Council postponed until Thursday a vote on the $20 million portion of the $641 million water crisis settlement. In a six and half hour meeting, with the first two hours spent bickering over rules and procedures, the council questioned attorneys at length about the water crisis settlement. At Monday’s meeting, it appeared that some council members fluctuated between voting “yes” and “no”...

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Book Review: A  five-day odyssey of “Motown Man” explores familiar themes, settings in Flint author Bob Campbell’s first novel
Dec16

Book Review: A five-day odyssey of “Motown Man” explores familiar themes, settings in Flint author Bob Campbell’s first novel

By Harold Ford “The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the colour-line.” –from Address to the Nations of the World, W. E. B. DuBois, July 1900 “As much as we all try to think we have all reached the promised land, the reality is there’s still alot of separation.” –Bob Campbell, Motown Man author, Dec. 11, 2020 Flint author Bob Campbell’s first book, Motown Man, was virtually launched Dec. 11 via Zoom and...

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“The State brought a piggy bank when they should have brought a safe,” former Mayor Karen Weaver declares at water settlement protest
Dec11

“The State brought a piggy bank when they should have brought a safe,” former Mayor Karen Weaver declares at water settlement protest

By Tom Travis “It’s a slap in the face and a kick in the behind. The State brought a piggy bank when they should have brought a safe. They brought a piggy bank to pay us and it’s not right to pay between 80,000 and 100,000 people.” So said former Mayor Karen Weaver in a fiery speech to protesters who gathered at City Hall today to voice their opinions of the $641 million Flint water crisis settlement. Activist...

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