Virtual discussion will go 'beyond the headlines' of Flint water crisis

click to enlarge Virtual discussion will go 'beyond the headlines' of Flint water crisis

Seven years ago in April, state officials made the disastrous decision to switch Flint's water source to save a few million dollars — a costly mistake that resulted in the Flint water crisis, and the poisoning of tens of thousands of people.

While the state announced a historic $600 million settlement with Flint residents, the root causes of the crisis, like Michigan's emergency manager law, remain in place.

ProPublica will host a virtual panel on Thursday to discuss the ongoing crisis, as well as answer questions from viewers.

The panel will be moderated by ProPublica's Talia Buford, a Flint native. featured speakers include Jiquanda Johnson, founder and executive editor of Flint Beat; E. Yvonne Lewis, founder and CEO of the National Center for African American Health Consciousness; Benjamin Pauli, assistant professor of social science at Kettering University; and ProPublica reporter (and former MT contributor) Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy.

"The Flint Water Crisis: An Uncertain Aftermath and Future" will take place from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. Viewers can register online here.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland “Lee” DeVito is the editor in chief of Detroit Metro Times since 2016. His writing has also been published in CREEM, VICE, In These Times, and New City. He once asked porn star Stormy Daniels to spank him with an issue of Metro Times. She obliged.

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