Open Letter to Michigan Governor Synder
Wednesday December 14, 2016
Governor Rick Snyder P.O. Box 30013 Lansing, Michigan 48909 Dear Governor Snyder,
We are writing to officially express dissent in regards to your recent motion to block the delivery of four cases of bottled water per person every week to Flint households as ordered by U.S. District Judge David Lawson.
We are troubled that while the contamination of Flint’s water source was due to the mismanagement of your leadership, that there would be a repudiation of a possible solution to address the immediate needs of Flint residents—while you and your team of leaders have failed to provide any substantial relief.
Black Millennials for Flint would actually like to lead by example and provide viable solutions to your leadership team on how to leverage this order issued by U.S. District Judge David Lawson in hopes that you will retract your motion.
“The Herculean effort required by the court order would be on the magnitude of a large-scale military operation,” Synder spokeswoman Anna Heaton wrote in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post. “The resources to accomplish this would only be available through the activation of the National Guard or the hiring of several logistics companies.”
While we acknowledge your concerns, Governor Snyder, we cannot support your complete disregard to make an effort to create even an alternative solution. Humans being deprived of the most essential necessities of life is cause for “herculean acts”.
We demand the following:
Retract your motion filed to block the order designated by U.S. District Judge David Lawson to deliver four cases of bottled water per person every week to Flint households
Partner with local community-based organizations, churches, schools, and other city government agencies in Flint to serve as official distribution centers for the allocated cases of water per household
Work with Flint city officials to expedite the pipe excavation process (including increased allocation of current funding and requesting additional funding from congress.)
We certainly hope you will work diligently to create a more just, free, and equal world for children and families in Flint, Michigan.
Black Millennials for Flint National Black United Front Rhythm & Justice Radio The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition The Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement for Love & Unity We Act Radio Windpoint Light Brigade