What if poverty was declared an emergency?
The mayor of Flint, Michigan – the birthplace of General Motors and the famous UAW sit-down strikes – is doing just that. She's declared a "Manmade State of Emergency" in her town after years of under-funding, divestment and imposed leadership over her city finally brought the city to a crisis moment: thousands of poor kids are being lead-poisoned by water that was never supposed to be pumped into their homes from a polluted local river.
Last month, Mayor Karen Weaver defeated the incumbent Mayor who aided the state in poisoning these kids by running on a simple platform: if elected, she would call for a state of emergency in the city and request federal funds to bring livable conditions back to her city. She was elected, and now she's doing just that. And she needs our help to get the people in power to listen to her overwhelmingly low-income and black city:
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Let's amplify the voices of Flint and make sure President Obama, Congress and all of the upcoming presidential candidates hear this message: poverty is the real national emergency we face today and you can't ignore it any longer!
And keep fighting,
The OccupyWallSt.NYC Team