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Emergency for Democracy: Unelected Manager Who Caused Flint Water Crisis Now Runs Detroit Schools

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http://democracynow.org - Flint’s water contamination crisis began in April 2014 after Darnell Earley, an unelected emergency manager appointed by Snyder, switched Flint’s water source to the long-polluted and corrosive Flint River in a bid to save money. Earley is now the emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools. This week, Detroit’s teachers have staged a series of "sickouts" to protest the vast underfunding of the public schools, which have black mold, rat infestations, crumbling buildings and inadequate staffing. We are joined by Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the ACLU of Michigan whose work focuses on emergency management and open government. Michigan has the most sweeping emergency management laws in the country, which allow the governor to appoint a single person to run financially troubled cities. Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,300+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9am ET: http://democracynow.org Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today: http://democracynow.org/donate FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE: Facebook: http://facebook.com/democracynow Twitter: https://twitter.com/democracynow YouTube: http://youtube.com/democracynow SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/democracynow Daily Email: http://democracynow.org/subscribe Google+: https://plus.google.com/+DemocracyNow Instagram: http://instagram.com/democracynow Tumblr: http://democracynow.tumblr Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/democracynow iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/democracy-now!-audio/id73802554 TuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/Democracy-Now-p90/ Stitcher Radio: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/democracy-now
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Robert Noyola (2 года назад)
arrest snyder for doing this.
ben ban (2 года назад)
This governor is acting based on 'class and skin color' @ 03:10
Rhonda D (2 года назад)
It's definitely an intentional shuffle game of guess who...
Marie Miller (2 года назад)
GEE MAYBE WE SHOULD SWITCH IT BACK TO THE OLD SYSTEM UNTIL WE FIGURE IT OUT. SENDING A GUY DOWN THERE WITH A WRENCH TO CLOSE ONE VALVE AND OPEN ANOTHER ONE GEE MUST COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ??????? IT IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE DUH
KootFloris (2 года назад)
This is also very much the price for Americans mostly voting for lower taxes. Taxes pay for schools, infrastructure, hospitals and clean water.
Discophreak (2 года назад)
Though Michigan may look like a mitten it really is just an armpit.
bipola telly (2 года назад)
"unelected"!? lol i'm sure another election, where a democrat or republican lying scumbag will make a huge difference... your "democracy" is the fourth reich for fucks sake !!!... haven't you wet nosed, fake liberal, academic, never worked in your life, pseudo intellectual dingbats worked that out yet? or you have but the money is just too good to stop pretending that you are some sort of alternative to the msm...? peace, love and incense from all of us here in the real world....(-:
william thompson (2 года назад)
He covers water and public education?  Wake up, and confront the real reason he got these jobs.
Steppenwolf (2 года назад)
No river should ever get to the point where it is too polluted to drink. Disgusting, self-interested industry just brutalizing the land...
Brian McMahon (2 года назад)
Is the governor really the only person responsible for the state of affairs in Detroit and Flint? Teachers unions bankrupted the city at the expense of children. United Auto Workers drove manufacturing out of the state. Elected officials ran the cities into the ground. Voters have repeatedly elected tax and spend democrats. Detroit and Flint have recklessly  spent their way into an apocalyptic bankruptcy. It is heartbreaking, but there is plenty of blame to go around. Too bad Amy Goodman has no clue about the dysfunction of unions and big government. Where was the environmental protection agency? Shall we now increase their budget in response to this tragedy so they can become a more well paid army of useless bureaucrats?
Michael Isbell (2 года назад)
This is what you get when you elect someone that has an agenda is the area of "doing the wrong things" department. You people... "[w]hat do you mean, You people?" ... IDIOTS that's who I mean to speak about. Corruption is on the Left and on the Right, as it is in this case. When will you wake up and fight these freedom stealing oligarchic sympathizers to governmental positions? You won't. You will not fight because you have been told not to fight. You are the subjects of tyranny and yet you do not care, you allow your children.... YOUR CHILDREN to be poisoned, how can you as a person allow this to happen? Oh, that's right, you do not want to die fighting for your right to live, what a shame, what a shameful outcome this will have on the minds of the youth that shall survive the atrocity. For those of you that cannot see as well as those who refuse to see the dreadful outcome allow me to enlighten you; these children and these adults that survive shall become even more subservient than the generation that preceded them, and their children and their parents shall only dream of what freedom can be, even worse, some will not even dare to dream of freedom because of their fear of reprisal from the elected officials. In the words of one Mr. Lois Armstrong "[w]hat a wonderful world".
Evolving Qi (2 года назад)
https://www.gofundme.com/people4flint #DonateNASAFilters Revolutionary Ideas Challenge The Status Quo. The Culture of Science Is, If It Is A Threat To Stakeholders Of The Prevailing Paradigm, Infinite Possibilities Will Be Ignored or Suppressed. So If Someone Discovers Water, Silver, & Gold (all abundantly available) Are Good For You, Pharmaceutical Companies Would Not Be Happy. Let Us Help The People/Children Of Flint First, Then Kindness Can Trickle Down Into Our Lives As We Are Waking Up To Knowing It's Not Just Them, This Is A World Wide Water Crisis In Every Aspect. Permanent Damage In Children Has Already Been Done And Will Affect Their/Our Future. Please Help Us Love Ourselves. Copy & Share Everywhere #DonateNASAFilters #FlintsWaterCrisis #OneLove
nick cainski (2 года назад)
Make non elected Dictators commonly called "Emergency Managers" illegal because they are destroying our democracy.
William Monroe (2 года назад)
It should be brought out nationally that Governor Rick Snyder basically performed an end-around on the will of Michigan voters concerning Emergency Financial Managers: Proposal 1 was passed by Michigan voters in the November elections of 2012, which repealed Public Act 4 of 2011 (Emergency Fanatical Manager) clearly showing that Michigan citizens did not want emergency managers controlling local affairs in the state. Following the measure's defeat, Governor Rick Snyder and state lawmakers quickly began the process finding a replacement for the law. On December 13, 2012, the Michigan legislature approved a new version of the bill which was then signed by Gov. Snyder on December 27. The new bill offers financially troubled local governments the ability to choose from four options: accept an emergency manager, undergo bankruptcy, enter into a mediation process, or join the state in a partnership called a consent agreement. Choosing one of these options is mandatory, however, and governments that qualify are not allowed to opt out of the program. Had Governor Snyder respected the will of the people, no EMF would have been in place, and the crisis would most likely not have occurred.
Alex Burck (2 года назад)
I can't understand why the people of Michigan re-elected this criminal governor?
J Lee (2 года назад)
A black person destroying a city. Nothing new here.
Coach Reed #StopsDimes&Buckets (2 года назад)
+J Lee do some research and stop trolling because it wasn't a black person that destroyed this city...here I have done some for you... http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/10/gms_decision_to_stop_using_fli.html http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2013/04/detroit_gives_notice_its_termi.html
Chad Simmons (2 года назад)
hey lets send the ( EPA ) to fix the flint river you know like they did in COLORADO
sumereye regime (2 года назад)
You people are fucked. All these clowns acting like they care ....they don't give a fuck about you. All the media whores have latched on to this story and played ball with it. They are deliberately fucking you and me and that is what the media calls .....(((((((((MOVING FORWARD))))))))). (National Public Radio favorite Zionist BUZZ WORDS) ....Just bring Bruce Springsteen to town and let him sing these people a song. Keep importing Muslim refugees. ((((((((((MOVING FORWARD)))))))))).
Bob Lake (2 года назад)
The decent into 3rd world hell continues... Fucking glad i'm not American... How is that savage capitalism going for you? You should all be happy you saved some money. After all, that's all that matters to the American mind.
S.J. Samuels (2 года назад)
Republicans are always yelling "ELECT A CEO!!!!" And this is what you get when you elect a former CEO. You get a man who puts MONEY over the health and safety of his PEOPLE.
bipola telly (2 года назад)
+S.J. Samuels lol...you think you live in a two party system...!! lol (or were you being ironic)
A. Soul (2 года назад)
Emergency management often takes on fascist tendencies.
A. Soul (2 года назад)
wow
bipola telly (2 года назад)
+Bruce Huff especially when it's founded and run for and by nazis.... tho' mein homeland is australia...ve ist still part od der grosser reich!! der grosser 4th reich...an affiliate of the "united corporations of amerika"... anyway...3cheers for fema and homeland security...
Donald Hawkes (2 года назад)
8 years what has president obama did for ghettos of the city and towns get rid of the republicans and democrats ,I voted for obama now am going to give trump a chance.
LOA (2 года назад)
+Donald Hawkes Obama is for the white man not the black man yet his half black what a shame. Donald ,Obama there both the same s***
Nancy Mesek (2 года назад)
They'll be paying more to fix the problem than they ever thought they were trying to save money for the city. Did emergency managers have stock in water filters?
Nancy Mesek (2 года назад)
+bdub78 🍆
bdub78 (2 года назад)
+Nancy Mesek Really Nancy , do you know how many water filters a company would have to sell to increase the dividends for stockholders ? You should educate yourself before you ask an ignorant question that you meant as a statement.
stangeriam (2 года назад)
you all may be interested to know that the Rockerfellers fund democracy now on an annual basis for 1.5 million dollars.
Christonya Watson (2 года назад)
so ironic😂
Metonymy1979 (2 года назад)
50 students? There is no way in hell you can teach a class well with 50 students. This is the richest country in the world and this is what we are giving our children? Shameful and disgusting.
Bruce Basile (2 года назад)
+bipola telly Richest country when you include the top 1% and huge corporations making record profits not paying taxes genius.
bipola telly (2 года назад)
+Metonymy1979 lol....the "richest country in the world"....!?!!?!? are you insane?? your "country" (a corporation in fact) is, what?, 20ish trillion bucks in the red...owed in fact, to the "federal" (lol) reserve bank...? and exporting virtually nothing (aside from real jobs...oh, and war) .... what in the fuck makes you think you live in the richest country? the several hundred, obscenely rich psychopaths that own everything...? is that it? i might also add, that to not get an education in a government run system is probably the best thing that can happen to a kid... skools are now merely conditioning centres for the corporate machine.
Peter Mullen (2 года назад)
+Metonymy1979 The only way to describe the corruption, and deplorable political situation in this country, in so many places, in so many ways Washington D.C. Iowa, New Hampshire, Flint Michigan, Detroit, Trento, Camden, "et al", is a combination of (Apocalypse Now), (One Flew Over The Kookoo's Nest), (Alice In Wonderland), and (The 1949 Broderick Crawford version of (All the kings men).  I have seen a lot of political debauchery, despicable lies, and dirty rotten things done in politics in 50+years. Usually the worst stuff is done by Republicans in my experience: Watergate, Iran Contra, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and the Bush New Orleans Fiasco, the greatest Recession since 1929, and the biggest bank robbery back to back. Somehow though this whole Flint Michigan (Governor -"Alice In Wonderland"- Snyder) water crisis, is so sinister, so base, disgusting, so criminally negligent, It's bringing the direct irrefutable results of Right wing, fascist Republican Tea Bagger lunacy to the forefront for all the world to see. Welcome to fascist America. If you all don't wake up soon ,that same Republican lunacy circus, and criminal negligence will be coming soon to to a "theater of the absurd" near you.
Brad Dewar (2 года назад)
+Metonymy1979 , I do it everyday
bohnstube (2 года назад)
Never any solutions offered by this crew, it's always If there's *ANY* way possible that the facts can either be omitted or twisted in such a way that a bushel of phony bullshit and blame can be heaped on either a Republican or a Conservative, then that's enough of a green light for this crew to go totally apeshit...
bohnstube (2 года назад)
+tomitstube Typical partisan low-information response. And totally expected. Oh well...
tomitstube (2 года назад)
+bohnstube maybe you should go back to watching fox or something, this obviously is going over your head. 
bohnstube (2 года назад)
+tomitstube Only thing I detest and that disgusts me, is your and the "DN!" bunch's "partisanship at all costs!!!" total bullshit.
tomitstube (2 года назад)
+bohnstube - for someone who's so interested in the "truth", you sure don't like hearing it.
bohnstube (2 года назад)
+tomitstube Never commented on that, and neither did the "DN!" bunch. Just a mile-wide, broad brush, partisan attack.
J.D. Elliott (2 года назад)
I live near Flint, Mi and Flint's government, from mayor to city council, has been in control of the Democrat party since 1975. And the state of Michigan had to take Flint in financial emergency receivership two times over the last 15 years because of the upscale pensions of Flint's public city retirees that had been ratified by the city council plus the city council couldn't keep spending in its budget down to where it was tens of millions of dollars in the red. That's why Flint had to use its own water supply rather than Detroit to cut costs. The entertainer Cher called for Governor Snyder execution by firing squad. However the people who need to be lined up and shot for this Flint water crisis is all the Democrat mayors and city council that had agreed to those outlandish pensions of its public city retirees and its overspending. http://bridgemi.com/2013/11/as-communities-across-the-state-face-unfunded-legacies-no-options-look-good/
bdub78 (2 года назад)
+J.D. Elliott Thank You ! It's a relief to see comments made by people educated of the whole situation.
Bruce Basile (2 года назад)
+J.D. Elliott Pure RW bullshit ! STFU !!!
bipola telly (2 года назад)
+Kerenszharris Harris privatise the lakes!!?? he needs to be eliminated the way traitors are!!!!
bipola telly (2 года назад)
+J.D. Elliott well...they all should be!! including cher!!! ok ... not cher... but all the lying corrupt politicians, officials... even the fukking dog catcher...especially þhe dog catcher..!!! and cher too... and justin bieber too ... but definitely the corrupt officials and politicians.... americans should take their country back... the rest of the world will thank you.
RussiaNukesAmerica3 (2 года назад)
A case of another ' black ' affirmative action disaster ?..or another ' black ' tool inserted by ' white ' males to destroy i.e. Barack Obama.
b52gf16c (2 года назад)
+bipola telly You sound like a lunatic
RussiaNukesAmerica3 (2 года назад)
+bipola telly Obama is merely following orders to destroy America, deal with it.
bipola telly (2 года назад)
+RussiaNukesAmerica3 lol..."drone killah" obama is a convicted war criminal you idiot......! he is a traitor to your country and all the people that once believed in him....! most of all, he is a traitor to black people, not to mention, brown people all over the world...! if "drone killah" is so fukking good, why the fukk is he acting like fukashima isn't the end of the pacific (and consequently everything else)...why has he killed more people than bush, with drone strikes...? why is obamacare the exact opposite to what he said it'd be...? he ignores the constitution...? etc etc are you crazy???? i doubt he's even american...? and why he moving to middle east ...?
Erik Extraordinaire (2 года назад)
+RussiaNukesAmerica3 definitely a tool. scapegoat.
Henbot (2 года назад)
+RussiaNukesAmerica3 Or none of that and just another case of corrupt officials and incompetence. Why you have to go into it being all black thing? Just because it a black official. Hundreds and hundreds of corrupt officials and incompetent officials populate everywhere.
Liza Tanzawa (2 года назад)
How is this not a Constitutional violation to push aside elections????
Bruce Basile (2 года назад)
+tomitstube Very well explained !!!
tomitstube (2 года назад)
+T. Reid this "emergency manager" is not set in stone the way you infer. snyder and his fellow repubs have a 5-2 majority on the supreme court, and the latest ruling is barely 3 years old, this was after michigan voters repealed an appointed "emergency manager". and the lawsuit was specifically aimed at a manager after the voters repealed the law.  this is clearly the result of stacked courts and a overly ambitious and corrupt conservative governor and legislature.  this latest episode of fraud and corruption will lead to another repeal of this disgusting and unconstitutional law.
T. Reid (2 года назад)
+tomitstube The Michigan Financial Emergency system has been around since 1988. The Michigan Supreme Court has declared it's legality since then. It has served by Republican and Democratic Governors since 1988.
tomitstube (2 года назад)
+Liza Tanzawa - it is unconstitutional, at it's core, how fascists like rick snyder keep getting away with this racist and undemocratic plundering is beyond comprehension, and why are these fascists not in jail?!
Imperial Dragon (2 года назад)
Wanna know what Republicans will do for America? Look at Michigan, especially Flint & Detroit. What did they fix or do? Nothing, but kick poor people off a lakeside park to put condo's up, screw up Flint's water and now onto DPS! Nothing improved, nothing changed for the better.
TakeTheFall (2 года назад)
+drummerboy smith Well, sheesh, when you assigned someone you expect them to do their job. It's like a new CEO of a Christian company just happens to be atheist and the employees sabotage and blame it on his beliefs.
bdub78 (2 года назад)
+Imperial Dragon I'm furious about Flint's water situation , and I'm well vetted on fact regarding this water crisis. I don't feel Republican or Democrats really have any place in it. You really think Hillary Clinton gives a damn about Flint's water crisis . C'mon ? And I respect your opinion .
Eric Oxner (2 года назад)
+Imperial Dragon This is very true I have over the years listen to both sides.But after this I don want anything to do with républican party. The governor should be brought on charges.People have been harmed by what this man has done.People have died and children have gavin a lifetime health isuses.Come to my state of n.c. where things have gone down hill.All they care about money nothing else.Ever hear of the term potash.We have had two big time spill into rivers.And would you know.it.The co whos potash is duke energy.The governor work for duke power back then for over 20 years.He has stuck his nose.When duke gets fined for the mess.Can you say conflict of interest.
Parasmunt (2 года назад)
+Imperial Dragon Clinton and other Purple Democrats are just as bad.
Imperial Dragon (2 года назад)
Nope, I don't!  Democrats are just as bad.

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