Our friends at “WaterYouFightingFor?,” LeeAnne Walters and Melissa Mays win the “Hammer and Chisel Award” for their courage and heroism

Very well deserved!

These awards are created in conjunction with the upcoming release of Michael Moore’s new movie Where To Invade Next and honor “individuals who have, in their own unique and courageous way, made America a better place for all.”

We knew things were bad when water coming out of the kitchen taps in our homes in Flint, Michigan, looked like frying oil and smelled like an open sewer. We’re not water experts; we’re moms. But thanks to the blood, sweat, and tears of regular citizens, we learned our drinking water was contaminated with lead, a fact that our city and state governments refused to acknowledge for far too long.

Read the full story here: The Huffington Post

New FOIA E-mail With Michigan Health Department’s Response to Dennis Muchmore’s email

We release a new e-mail obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, indicating that scientifically conclusive results about a spike in childhood lead poisoning after the switch to Flint River were not properly communicated back to Mr. Muchmore of the Governors’ Office in late July 2015.

While this was undoubtedly a missed opportunity, we presently believe this was an honest mistake by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Especially considering the erroneous input from MDEQ that everything was fine with Flint water, and that EPA employee Miguel Del Toral had acted outside his authority when writing his memo highlighting serious lead problems in Flint. We also remind everyone, that EPA Region 5 Director Susan Hedman inexplicably apologized for Del Toral’s memo in a July 1st 2015 e-mail to Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. EPA R5 was also publicly silent when Del Toral was termed a “rogue” employee by MDEQ. The point is that even if DHHS or Mr. Muchmore had gone to EPA R5 in late July, to double check MDEQ’s statements that Flint water was just fine, it is virtually certain EPA would have backed MDEQ statements.

But you can decide for yourself.

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Hurley Medical Center’s “Nutrition & Lead: Recipe and Resource Guide”

From the Hurley website:

Nutrition is one of the first lines of defense against the harmful effects of lead. People who eat a healthy diet are less effected by lead in the body than someone with poor diet habits. Foods high in iron, calcium, and vitamin C protect the body from lead. The body absorbs lead easier on an empty stomach, so make sure not to skip meals! This nutrition guide features 10 low-cost, healthful recipes that will help you fight the effects of lead.

The Guide:

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