On the heels of MLK Jr. Day, the hip hop community is getting civic-minded by addressing Flint, Michigan water crisis.
Diddy took to Instagram to pop off on the national emergency (POTUS Obama declared it so.) And urged everyone to “Wake the Fuck up” on the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
The hip hop mogul vowed to throw a water drive through his part-ownership of Aquahydrate to help.
Meanwhile, Meek Mill put his feud with 50 Cent aside to donate $50Gs to Flint. And called out 50 Cent on Instagram to match his amount.
But no amount of groveling (looking at you, Governor Snyder) can make up for 10 Flint residents’ deaths by poisoning. Technically, Legonnaires disease, caused by the city’s tainted water supply.
The city of Flint’s water crisis occurred when switching from Detroit’s water supply to the Flint River in 2014. The erosive pipes were not properly cleaned and the contaminated water–full of lead and iron–reached homes.
To add insult to injury, Flint, Michigan res pay the highest water bills in the country. For water they can’t drink, bathe or cook with. Water that continues to negatively affect kids with rashes and headaches.
If that makes you angry like it does me, we can do three things.
First, find a way to punish those responsible.
Second, if you’re in the Michigan area donate water to any of these drop-offs:
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
39020 Five Mile in Livonia
Donate gallon jugs of water by Jan. 30th
Flint Community Schools
Gallon jugs of water and cash donations are accepted
810-767-6030 (donations) and 810-760-1310 (bottled water)
Catholic Charities of Genesee County
Gallon jugs of water and cash donations are accepted.
Finally, if you don’t live in Flint, Michigan you can donate money.
Flint Kids Funds
A fund established to help treat short and long term health effects of Flint’s kids.
Flint Water Study Research Fundraiser
Engineers raising money to research and fund corrosion control for Flint.