In Flint, residents will be dealing with the devastating health consequences of lead exposure for decades. On an emotional level, it is profoundly disorienting and deeply traumatic when your water - the most crucial element to preserve life - is contaminated. On top of that, this water crisis is a fundamental betrayal of the social contract between citizens and government
Throughout the development of this crisis, Flint residents were lied to again and again, and were subjected to a relentless strategy of gaslighting. Although lead levels in the Flint water system continue to gradually improve, residents are understandably hesitant to trust the water from their taps, and many have vowed never to use tap water again. As you can imagine, the use of bottled water as a primary source has a negative environmental impact. And if residents do not use their tap water, the municipal system will not function as it should because municipal water systems require flowing water (regular use).
We know that Flint is not alone in its water woes. Many communities in the US have dealt with or are dealing with the trauma of unsafe drinking water. As our country’s infrastructure ages, there will no doubt be more water crises, and we’ve unfortunately learned that we cannot necessarily count on an appropriate, speedy, or compassionate response from our leaders.
This month Pantsuit Nation is partnering with Crossing Water, a high impact nonprofit providing services to Flint residents, to increase awareness about the ongoing water crisis.
Please watch and share Michael's video and consider supporting the efforts of Crossing Water. Even $5 makes a difference.
Video produced by Pantsuit Nation members Lee Fearnside and Holly Hey in partnership with Pantsuit Nation's Story+Action team.