FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Chief among the priorities national and local NAACP leaders listed Tuesday for the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint is the repeal of Michigan’s emergency manager law, which they view as a contributor to the public health emergency.
The “15-point priority plan,” which the NAACP drew up with Flint residents, was the focus of a community meeting and was discussed at a closed-door, evening meeting with Gov. Rick Snyder, National NAACP President and Chief Executive Cornell Brooks and other officials.
The plan also calls for the distribution of bottled water to households to be steered from National Guard members to Flint youth who would be paid minimum wage, as well as free home inspections to determine the extent of damage to the plumbing caused by lead that leached from aging city pipes.
Brooks, head of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, told reporters after the meeting that it was a “frank” and “forthright conversation.” He said the Republican governor discussed state efforts and listened to the proposals, which include creating a victims’ fund. Brooks added that Snyder’s regret for what has happened in Flint appears “genuine.”
“We had a very robust conversation about specific reforms: a need for economic development, a …read more
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