FLINT, MI — Filmmaker Michael Moore is calling for an end to water bottle donations in Flint and instead asking citizens to join him in a “revolt” over the city’s ongoing water crisis.
In a Wednesday, Jan. 27, “letter to America” posted on his website, Moore, a Flint-native, laid out his plan after he claimed water donations aren’t enough to help the city’s residents.
“The reason you can’t help is that you cannot reverse the irreversible brain damage that has been inflicted upon every single child in Flint,” Moore wrote.
The letter claims that city residents would need roughly 20 million bottles of water per day until the problem is fixed.
State officials say they have handed out more than 170,000 cases of water since Jan. 9.
“So, do you still want to help? Really help?” Moore asked. “Because what we need in Flint — and across the country — right now, tonight, is a nonviolent army of people who are willing to stand up for this nation, and go to bat for the forgotten of Flint.”
Moore laid out a five-point plan, including: demanding Gov. Rick Snyder’s removal, making the state pay for the disaster, placing the federal government in charge of the situation, evacuating any Flint residents who would like to leave and creating a temporary water system in each home for those who chose to stay.
“In the end, we will need to create a new economy and bring new employment to this town that created the middle class, that elected the first black mayor, and that believed in and created the American Dream,” Moore wrote. “They deserved more than to be poisoned by their own Governor — a Governor who thought that, because the people in the town were politically weak, he could get away with this unnoticed and without a fight.”
The city is currently in the national spotlight after elevated blood levels were discovered in some Flint children after the city changed its water source from Lake Huron water purchased from the Detroit water system to the Flint River in April 2014, a decision made while the city was being run by a state-appointed emergency manager.
State regulators never required that the river water be treated to make it less corrosive, causing lead from plumbing and pipes to leach into the water supply.
Even though the city reconnected to the Detroit water system in October, local officials have advised Flint resident not to drink city water unless they are using a lead-clearing filter.