NAACP lays out 15-point action plan for water crisis - WNEM TV 5

NAACP lays out 15-point action plan for water crisis

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A Flint resident looks over a program at an NAACP town hall. A Flint resident looks over a program at an NAACP town hall.
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The nation's eyes are locked on to Flint's water crisis.

The NAACP president came to town to see it for himself.

Cornell William Brooks spoke to a crowded room in downtown Flint and was clear as to why he is here.

"We are here because we are seeking justice for children who have been poisoned in their very communities," Brooks said.

Brooks said many Flint residents have asked him to join their fight and he promised to see it through until action is taken.

"We are analyzing, we are discussing, we are disentangling one of the most profound environmental social justice challenges of our time," Brooks said.

On Tuesday night the NAACP laid out its 15-point plan to address the issue.

It demands people of Flint get a new, state of the art water distribution program.

Any economic benefits must go to local residents.

The leaders responsible must be held accountable and there must be a repeal of the emergency manager law.

"We can stand and stand and stand against injustice because we can do no less," Brooks said.

After his speech, Brooks headed to a closed door meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.

"We were honest with the governor," Brooks said. "It's not the matter of merely listening and talking in one meeting, there may be occasions where we demonstrate, there may be occasions where we continue to press for reform."

He said he told them there needs to be real reform both with the water system and the government.

"I think the residents and citizens of Flint will take the remorse of government to be genuine when they see quality, pure, safe water coming out of their tap," Brooks said.

The organization passed out a draft of its 15-point plan. The points are not in any particular order:

  • Emergency financial manager law must be repealed
  • Water distribution by National Guard must be replaced by local youth labor
  • Access to fresh fruits and vegetables must be accessible for all residents
  • All Flint citizens must be provided free home inspections
  • All Flint residents must be provided federal funded replacement of damaged systems, appliances
  • Fairness, justice must be examined in rate hikes and continued billing for poisonous water
  • The City of Flint must have a new, state of the art distribution system
  • Pro bono legal advice must be available to all
  • Investigate responsibility for crisis and impose accountability measures
  • Equitable redevelopment must include anti-displacement measures
  • Jobs, contracts and other economic benefits must go to local residents
  • Small business owners and prospective works must have access to capacity building
  • A multi-disciplinary study must be conducted to assess impacts and needs related to crisis
  • All academic reports arising from water crisis must be available to Flint residents
  • A Flint-wide environmental assessment must occur to determine and address other risks

>>READ MORE: View the full description of each point<<

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