Four Years on, the People of Flint are Still Fighting for that Most Basic Necessity

by Thinker

Flint native Jada Coleman decided to step up when she watched a Netflix documentary about her own city and felt it only told just part of the story. It talked about the crime and poverty, the scandalous water crisis, and the way the city police force was responding. But it said little about its people, how they were suffering, and even less about the way residents were working to help each other when confronted by official deceit and failure. She had to do something. It started with the 24-year-old graphic design student designing and selling T-shirts, with the intention of raising both awareness and funds. Less than three months later, her activist group 810H2O – 810 is the phone code for east Michigan – is helping organize the city’s young people, and her T-shirts are being snapped up by people across the country.

Four years after the Michigan city’s water supply was unintentionally poisoned, the events covered up and the physical and psychological health of its residents shaken to the core, Jada and her younger sister, Jallyah, are among dozens of ordinary people still fighting to provide that most very basic of needs – safe drinking water.

“I got the idea after Flint Town appeared on Netflix and:
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Obama’s Military Legacy: Fewer Troops, More Drones (HBO)

As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which were started by his predecessor. But instead, Obama as commander-in-chief expanded the number of countries in which the U.S. has military involvement from four to seven. While President Obama did reduce troops by 76 percent in Afghanistan and 97 percent in Iraq, he also sent 500 soldiers into Syria and is leaving office as the only president to serve two complete terms during wartime. And even while soldiers were coming home, the brand of warfare was shifting, from boots on the ground to stealth machines in the sky. What sets the Obama war strategy apart is the sweeping and unilateral adoption of a shadowy fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles better known as drones.

When Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize in December 2009, 10 months into his first term, he’d already launched 47 recorded drone strikes in Pakistan, just one less than in George W. Bush’s entire eight years. Since 2008, American drone strikes have been blamed for thousands of civilian deaths on two continents, at no immediate human cost to the U.S. Drones still account for only a tiny fraction of American military kills overall. But that number will likely grow, under presidents who are now empowered to wage covert wars at will, with little or no oversight.

IT’S ALWAYS A GOOD TIME WHEN YOUR SPENDING OTHER PEOPLES MONEY $10 Million a year for vacations is a Good Time!

President Obama & Family Spend $85 Million and Counting on Vacations in 8 years In the White House!

 

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