Elberta, in nearby Benzie County, could fall prey to Governor Rick Snyder and the GOP-controlled Michigan legislature’s controversial Local Government and School District Accountability Act. The windstorm that hit Leelanau County this week was the strongest storm ever to hit the continental United States, rivaling the pressure of tropical storms and surpassing the winds that doomed the famed Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975 in Lake Superior.
Flint may have finally reconnected to Detroit’s water infrastructure, but the damage done to its population by the ill-advised connection to the Flint River is irreversible. In 2011, one of the first actions of the Snyder administration and the Republican-controlled Michigan legislature was to pass Public Act 4 (PA 4), which strengthened the state’s controversial emergency manager (EM) law. But PA 4 went a step further by allowing EMs to dissolve hard-won collective bargaining agreements between public sector unions and the state, cut pensions, and unilaterally decide to privatize public assets. While Snyder maintains the EM laws are necessary to save financially-insolvent municipalities from themselves, it’s worth noting that Snyder only enforces the laws in Democratic-voting, predominantly-black communities, even though some white, Republican-leaning cities and towns are in equally dire financial straits.
For example, in Handy and Livingston counties, Cindy Denby and Bill Rogers – two Republican state representatives hailing from those districts, respectively – took on millions in debt to build expensive housing developments. In 2014, Flint’s EM, Darnell Earley, singlehandedly made the decision to switch Flint’s water source from treated Lake Huron water to the Flint River.
Limbrinidou cited studies that showed lead can cause developmental problems in children and fetuses. According to Limbrinidou, many people still erroneously believe that the only risk of lead exposure in the household is from lead paint and dust. Homes built before 1986 have lead-bearing components, but even homes built from 1987 to 2014 can have lead-bearing brass in their plumbing infrastructure (lead-bearing brass was finally banned last year). Flint’s EM switched the city’s water source to the Flint River in order to save an estimated $5 million over two years. Flint was under EM rule from 2011 to April 2015, so the switching over of water systems for financial reasons rests squarely on those two men's shoulders. Flint mayoral candidate Karen Weaver has asked state and federal officials to begin a formal investigation into why Flint’s EM and local government was allowed to greenlight pumping water into Flint homes without undergoing rigorous tests for dangerous toxins. More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
In what Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein called the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now,” 21 plaintiffs under the age of 19 sued the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property. Now there’s an app for monitoring the carbon footprint of our food choices, and the Melbourne-based climate action group Less Meat Less Heat will have you craning your neck to see what’s on other people’s plates. Let me tell you how a state awash in extra money is watching its largest school district die due to lack of funds.
It is uncertain what will happen next as teachers and doctors challenge the government alongside social movements – but it is clear that opposition to Britain's neoliberal moment in history has finally gained momentum.
Leak shows what much of the world's 99% believes – it’s just the tip of a much bigger iceberg. Great Britain is directly implicated in the scandal, with critics citing the hypocrisy of Tories’ hardline rhetoric on tax avoidance while “soft-pedaling reform" of a global system that easily shields wealth from taxation. The theory that leaking information is an effective form of social protest is being put to the test like never before.

Fed up with inequality, unemployment and labor reforms – and increasingly outraged at the financial and political elite – tens of thousands across France are taking to the streets and the squares. The climate crisis IS a reproductive crisis, and the founders of Conceivable Future talk to us about the intersectionality of parenthood and climate change.
Federal Law has re-affirmed The Salvation Army’s authority to provide disaster assistance with the passage of the Robert T. The Salvation Army provides help as an outgrowth of faith and as an act of obedience to God, but no service is withheld because of a recipient’s beliefs. Hydration Service Hydration service provides beverages which replenish electrolytes (minerals such as potassium), enhance energy and which meet general hydration requirements for those served.
Where food is not the most immediate basic need, such as at public events where people may become victims of heat exposure. Emergency Shelter When necessary, The Salvation Army provides shelter in a facility identified by the local emergency management personnel. Cleanup and Restoration The Salvation Army supports people as they restore and rebuild after a disaster. Distribution of cleanup supplies such as mops, brooms, buckets, shovels, detergents, and tarps. Donations ManagementThe Salvation Army is one of the nation’s leaders in collecting, sorting, and distributing donated goods.
Spiritual and Emotional CareThe Salvation Army provides spiritual comfort and emotional support to disaster victims and emergency workers coping with the stress of a disaster. Disaster Social ServicesThe Salvation Army provides direct financial assistance to disaster victims through a system of trained caseworkers.
Transmit welfare inquiries from friends and family members who are otherwise unable to reach loved ones in the disaster area. This means that debt-ridden and financially troubled Elberta could fall under government financial review and, hypothetically, the town could be disbanded and turned over to non-elected Emergency Managers. If Michiganders are looking for someone to blame for the travesty in Flint, they need look no further than Governor Rick Snyder and the emergency manager Snyder appointed who unilaterally made a decision that put thousands of children and adults at serious risk. To clarify, the EM law effectively erases the sovereignty of local governments by installing a state-appointed autocrat whose decisions can override city councils and mayors. PA 4 was so unpopular that the state’s unions successfully banded together, organized a ballot referendum to abolish the law, and got rid of it by a 52 to 48 margin. The 2010 Census data shows that just 14.2 percent of Michigan’s residents are black – yet 80 percent of Michigan’s black residents have lived under an EM while Snyder has been governor.
After realizing these bad financial decisions put their lily-white districts at risk of being taken over by an EM, Denby and Rogers co-sponsored a bill that would allow a bailout of their towns with state tax dollars should insolvency be declared. As the New York Times reported, residents had long been using the Flint River as a dumping ground for “car parts, grocery carts, and refrigerators.” And not surprisingly, lab results of Flint River water samples showed an elevated blood lead level in the city’s children.
Yanna Lambrinidou, an adjunct science professor at Virginia Tech, said that lead was one of the most heavily-studied chemicals in terms of its effect on the human body, and that Flint residents have a right to be concerned about the elevated levels of lead in their water. Lead has been known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths for pregnant women, and even adults who ingest lead may suffer from reproductive damage, hypertension, kidney problems and other health issues.

Given the already-pronounced danger of lead exposure for Flint residents living in older homes, the damage caused by residents ingesting Flint River water over the last 18 months could be astronomical.
But after the public health fiasco that unfolded in Flint, the state will end up paying at least $10.6 million when all is said and done.
Current Mayor Dayne Walling, who initially supported the switch, has come under fire for handling the water crisis in a “casual, callous, and irresponsible” manner. Justice Department, it's only the latest multibillion-dollar civil settlement reached with a major bank over the economic meltdown in which millions of Americans lost their homes to foreclosure. Stafford Emergency and Disaster Assistance Act, which also created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That right is recognized by public law and through signed Memorandums of Understanding and Agreements (MOUs) with government agencies and other voluntary organizations.
Even at this level, The Salvation Army’s workers are ministering in that they serve as a means of expressing God?s love. If disaster relief recipients ask for prayer or spiritual counseling, The Salvation Army can provide these.
Just a month later, Snyder signed an entirely new EM bill into law, thumbing his nose at democracy.
Effectively, this means that the EM law creates two governments – sovereign ones for white, Republican-voting towns, and banana republics for majority-black communities, with a state-appointed dictator to make financial decisions on their behalf. The Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), a federal regulation issued in 1991, was put in place to reduce the harm of lead poisoning inside the home. ACLU of Michigan executive director Kary Moss claimed the crisis in Flint may have been averted were it not for the “short-sighted” decision of then-EM Darnell Earley to make the switch – and if that decision hadn’t been defended by his successor, Jerry Ambrose.
Snyder, and were given orders to prioritize cheapskate solutions that would cost the city less money no matter the health consequences, Snyder must also share some of the blame for what happened in Flint. Imagine if, instead of a state-appointed czar becoming the sole decider about a city's water supply, Flint's residents had been able to vote on whether or not to switch to a new water source. This Act specifically names The Salvation Army as a relief and disaster assistance organization.
The outcome may have been very different, and thousands of children and adults could have been saved from lead exposure.
Flint's crisis should serve as a warning to other cities and states – if an entire population is impacted by a decision, then they should be the ones who decide. The Salvation Army’s disaster response is community based, varying from place to place based upon the community?s situation and the magnitude of the disaster. Emergency response services are activated on short notice according to an agreed-upon notification procedure, while long-term recovery is strategically planned in response to the situation, through working and partnering with many other community entities. Even with the ability to be flexible and to respond based upon the community’s situation, there are several basic services that The Salvation Army offers in most major disasters.

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