For Immediate Release
Green For All Urges President Obama to Support Flint’s Rebuilding
14K including Mark Ruffalo, Rosario Dawson, and Russell Simmons Urge Governor Snyder to Pay to Fix Flint so Families Don’t Have To
** Green for All staff and Flint residents are available for interviews on today's visit by President Obama.
WASHINGTON - Today, President Obama is on-the-ground in Flint, Michigan, where he’s taking account of the ongoing water crisis that has affected nearly 100,000 residents. This comes more than two years after toxic water began flowing into the homes of Flint residents, with dangerous levels of lead and other chemicals. Despite high-profile coverage, Governor Snyder has yet to commit to fully rebuilding Flint’s pipes and economy, frustrating activists and local residents.
More than 14,000 activists, including Mark Ruffalo, Rosario Dawson, Keith Ellison, and Russell Simmons have signed on urging Governor Snyder to fix what he has broken in Flint -- the pipes and the economy.
See the petition: MakePollutersPay.us
See photos of celebrities showing their support: http://bit.ly/1SZ1bL7
"Today, President Obama will see that after two years and a lot of outrage, Flint residents are still paying to fix Governor Rick Snyder’s mistakes,” said Vien Truong, Director of Green For All. “It’s not right that Flint residents are the ones shouldering the cost of this disaster. Polluters are the ones that need to pay to rebuild Flint, not families. We urge President Obama to join us in calling on Governor Snyder today to fix Flint once and for all.”
"I'm relieved that President Obama is visiting Flint and shining the light on the disaster that we're continuing to face. But it's not just about the water: our economy has been decimated and our housing values have plummeted,” said Melissa Mays, Flint mother and founder of 'Water You Fighting For.' "Obama needs to declare Flint a ‘federal disaster’ so that we can get the assistance we need, less relief be cut off at the end of this summer. When President Obama meets with Governor Snyder, I hope he'll urge him to do more to fix Flint with local labor.”
In March, Green For All led a bus tour with Van Jones, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Steyer and a coalition of Flint activists to draw attention to the continued disaster. Ruffalo and Jones called on President Obama to declare Flint a “federal disaster.”
See photos from the bus tour here: http://bit.ly/1QCdqNL
Green For All is a national initiative that puts communities of color at the forefront of the climate movement and equity at the center of environmental solutions. By creating and implementing equitable solutions to some our most pressing issues today – poverty and pollution – Green For All works to ensure that every American citizen has access to strong, resilient, and healthy communities. Learn more at greenforall.org.