NAACP plan for Flint seeks repeal of state EM law

Detroit News staff and wire reports
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National and local NAACP leaders said Tuesday that one of their main priorities for the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint is the repeal of Michigan’s emergency manager law.

The “15-point priority plan,” which the NAACP drew up with Flint residents, was the focus of a community meeting Tuesday at University of Michigan-Flint campus. It was expected to be discussed at a meeting between Gov. Rick Snyder and National NAACP President and Chief Executive Cornell Brooks on Tuesday.

The plan also calls for the distribution of bottled water to households to be steered from National Guard members to Flint youth who would be paid minimum wage, as well as free home inspections to determine the extent of damage to the plumbing caused by lead that leached from aging city pipes.

The water crisis anchored Tuesday’s community meeting, which NAACP officials said would include Brooks; representatives from the Flint and Detroit branches; as well as Hurley Medical Center’s Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who helped discover high levels of lead in the blood of local children that prodded the state into action. A panel of experts from the health, legal and educational fields also were to answer questions and provide guidance, according to a post on the Detroit Branch NAACP website.

Snyder met privately with Brooks and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver “to discuss the administration’s efforts to protect the health and welfare of all Flint residents and make sure they have access to safe, clean water,” spokesman Dave Murray told The Detroit News.

During that meeting, the governor also was asked about a plan to improve academics and finances in the Detroit Public Schools, Murray said.

Snyder has proposed a $715 million plan to create a new, debt-free Detroit school district and a commission to oversee the opening and closing of the city’s schools. State lawmakers recently introduced legislation in an effort to restructure DPS.

“We know that Detroit children need the best education possible to reach their potential, and the district’s crushing debt takes away money that could better be spent in the classroom,” Murray said.

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