Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: Simple Steps Elected Officials Can Take to Protect Us

In case you missed it, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley posted an ad on his Facebook page highlighting the steps that people can take to protect themselves from lead poisoning. What he failed to mention was that people in Flint were not poisoned by lead because they don’t wash their hands enough or give their kids proper nutrition. People in Flint were poisoned by lead because of Gov. Rick Snyder’s emergency manager’s decision to switch Flint’s drinking water source to the contaminated Flint River to cut costs.

Since it’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and since our state elected officials are wholly responsible for poisoning people in Flint with lead, we want to highlight several simple steps that our elected officials can take to protect our communities in the future:

  1. Prioritize people over profits – Public health and safety is always more important than the bottom line.
  2. Don’t rob people of their democracy – Our elected leaders are supposed to represent people, not money.
  3. Don’t be racist – Would the Flint water crisis have happened in a majority white city? Doubt it.
  4. Don’t ignore citizens when they’re crying out for help – Flint residents were ignored and chastised by elected officials for years before anyone took action.

People also took to Facebook and Twitter and shared some great tips for Snyder and Calley:

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