From MICHAEL MOORE:
Dear Reader —
Have you heard the disastrous news out of Flint, Michigan — my hometown and the community at the forefront of my first major documentary film “Roger & Me”? If you haven’t, or even if you have, please take a moment to read this important message.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, along with the premeditated actions of his administrators, has effectively poisoned the children of Flint by allowing lead and other toxins to enter their drinking water. The consequences are devastating now and will be for generations to come.
For this outrageous catastrophe, Gov. Snyder must resign — and go to jail.
To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat. Even international terrorist organizations haven’t figured out yet how to do something on a magnitude like this.
I want to be absolutely clear here: If we don’t attract national attention to what Gov. Snyder did, what happened in Flint could happen in all of our communities. That’s why I need your help to bring Rick Snyder to justice.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder must resign — and be arrested — for his role in poisoning the water of children in Flint. Please join me and sign this important petition I am launching with my friends at Democracy for America.
Gov. Snyder and his staff and others knew that the water in the Flint River was poison — but he decided that taking over the city and “cutting costs” to “balance the budget” was more important than the people’s health (not to mention their democratic rights to elect their own leaders).
So he cut off the clean, fresh glacial lake water of Lake Huron that the citizens of Flint (including myself) had been drinking for decades and, instead, made them drink water from the industrial cesspool we call the Flint River — a body of “water” where toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been dumped for over a hundred years.
And then he decided to put a chemical in this water to “clean” it — which only ended up stripping the lead off of Flint’s aging water pipes, placing that lead in the water and sending it straight into people’s taps. State officials who tried to report this problem were ignored.
Gov. Snyder’s callous — and reckless — decision to do this has now, as revealed by the city’s top medical facility, caused “irreversible brain damage” in Flint’s children, not to mention other bodily damage to all of Flint’s adults.
The federal prosecutor in Flint, after many of us had called for months for action, finally opened up an investigation into the matter. Now we need Gov. Snyder to resign and face arrest, prosecution and conviction.
Rachel Maddow and other reporters have done great work drawing attention to this awful crisis. The facts are clear for the whole country to see. It’s time for justice.It’s time for Gov. Snyder to go.
Thank you for joining me and DFA in standing up for justice in Flint.
Filmmaker and Flint native