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RVA FLINT: #SaveFlintChallenge

$161,002 of $170,000 goal

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CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Thanks to amazing people from all over the world we've raised over $160,000 so far to provide bottled water to Flint residents, and continue our rvacommunitycloset.com  #SaveFlintChallenge social project in 2019. We are approaching the one year mark. I'll be in Flint, Michigan this August. If you want to meet me in Flint or participate in our annual #SaveFlintChallenge event email: streetmedia804@gmail.com

Hello my name is Lance and I'm an activist/community leader located in Richmond, Virginia. RVA Flint: #SaveFlintChallenge is powered by rvacommunitycloset.com, and was created because we want to help the residents of Flint recover. The mission is to get my city and the world, actively involved in supplying the residents of Flint, Michigan with clean drinking water as a result of the contamination, and keep the world aware of this ongoing crisis. I'm launching the Save Flint Challenge and calling on others to start a GoFundMe or fundraiser in their neighborhoods to get more bottled water to Flint, Michigan. Hopefully the GoFundMe community will answer the call.

Accept the challenge. Help us save Flint.

Check out some familiar names who support our #SaveFlintChallenge GoFundMe campaign: Debra Messing, Rosario Dawson, Geneva Carr, Rosanna Arquette, Brie Larson #CaptainMarvel , Van Jones, Ben Stiller, Kerry Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Frances Fisher, Lou Diamond Phillips, Eric Lange, Sandra Bernhard, Monica Lewinsky, DL Hughley, Alyssa Milano, Chelsea Clinton, Paris Jackson, Chelsea Handler, David Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, David Hogg, Deepak Chopra, Jon Cooper, Scott Dworkin.


Rewind


Flint's water crisis began in 2014 when the drinking water source for the city of Flint, Michigan was changed from Lake Huron and the Detroit River to the cheaper Flint River. The decision to switch the city of Flint’s drinking water source to the Flint River was pegged as a cost-cutting maneuver aimed at saving $5M over a two-year period.

This community malpractice resulted in lead contamination in Flint's water, which poisoned tens of thousands of innocent people in this community.

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Researchers studying Flint lead water crisis found a decrease in pregnancies, and an increase in fetal deaths among Flint women. Fertility rates dropped by 12% while fetal deaths rose by 58%.

The water change is also responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the county that has killed 12 people and affected another 77.

BREAKING NEWS: Flint water prosecutors dismiss all charges, plan to start over after new investigation. https://t.co/TUoAKy9iBP 

Related Article: Judge says US government can be sued for Flint water crisis. https://t.co/7L0VPDWFaD 

Related Article: Save Flint Challenge Donations help Flint’s West Court Church distribute water again. https://t.co/7LWgs8yZro

Related Article: Flint Clean Water GoFundMe Campaigns Get Border Wall Boost.
https://t.co/XdKEroVH6F

Related Article: Flint congressman says water is not safe to drink yet. https://t.co/WmZN9Ti4PY

Related Article: Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer says she will bring back free water bottle delivery to Flint when she takes office next month. https://t.co/nuaOr5Fxn7

Related Article: Flint Water Crisis Deaths Likely Surpass Official Toll. https://t.co/ptzrVbLrr6

Related Article: Let Flint serve as a warning: Congress must to do more to improve the nation’s infrastructure. https://t.co/egsbJMMzD1

Related Article: Internal watchdog blasts EPA's response to Flint water crisis in blistering report https://t.co/brRiCyGSbR 

Related Article: In Flint, Michigan, there's so much lead in children's blood that a state of emergency is declared. https://t.co/tkrsEZrXo0

Related Article: Flint water prosecutor amends charges against two state officials. https://t.co/j4XnzuUBIa

April 6th Gov. Rick Snyder announced the end of a free bottled water program in Flint, citing the water quality was acceptable, but that isn't the truth. The residents of Flint STILL don't have access to clean drinking water, unless someone in the community like Little Miss Flint or Pastor Rob, provides it for them. Further investigation reveals the replacement of all the lead pipes necessary to provide clean water to Flint residents, won't be completed until 2020.

Others Making A Difference In Flint

30869074_1530060843387698_r.jpegJustin and Jayson Ruffin
in Indianapolis accepted the #SaveFlintChallenge.

Little Miss Flint: https://www.shondaland.com/inspire/a19485789/getting-to-work-with-little-miss-flint/

Support Little Miss Flint here: https://t.co/HSk91g880i 

Pastor Rob:  https://chognews.org/2018/05/31/michigan-church-courageously-combats-flint-water-crisis/  

Support Pastor Rob here: https://t.co/gVs0PCw3xX

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Fast Forward

This is where #RVAFlint comes in. Our mission is simple, we're fundraising to provide clean drinking water for the residents of Flint. If we reach our goal this campaign will transform into a relief mission to assist other areas with providing clean water, and we will expand our agenda to address other important issues like mental health, gun violence, etc.

How the funds will be used 

All funds will be personally withdrawn from our secured account, and 100% of every donation you provide will be invested in maintaining this #SaveFlintChallenge campaign, and used to purchase bottled water from outlets we've chosen such as, Meijer Grocery Store, CleanItSupply.com, Sam's Club, etc. & shipped directly to Flint, Michigan. Securing trucks is our most complicated task. As mentioned in our very first campaign update our bulk bottled water pallet cost is roughly 278.00 per pallet (54 cases per pallet, 35 bottles per case) including delivery. We will also be making donations to other water distribution organizations serving Flint, and assisting random residents. The ultimate goal is to raise $50,000 and provide over 250,000 bottles of water to Flint residents.

West Court Street Church of God in Flint, Michigan will be one of several drop off destinations selected. If you are in the Richmond, Virginia area and want to directly donate cases of water please send me a direct message.

Campaign Results 

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March 29th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to Little Miss Flint's NYC Shorty Awards campaign.

December 30th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to Little Miss Flint & PYB Water Drive.

December 30th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to West Court Street Church of God, and committed to funding their water distribution program for the entire first quarter of 2019.

December 27th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to Little Miss Flint & PYB Water Drive.

October 23rd: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated $1,951.48 to assist West Court Street Church of God with their water distribution program for November.

August 18th: 78,500 bottles of water. 389 families served, all distributed in Flint, Michigan. The line was wrapped around the block, but we had a great team and helped some great people. Thank you to everyone supporting our #SaveFlintChallenge.

August 12th: The #SaveFlintChallenge donated to Little Miss Flint & PYB Water Drive.

The #SaveFlintChallenge is a community improvement social project centered around water relief for Flint, and encouraging everyone to extend a helping hand in communities other than their own.

Thank you for contributing and sharing our campaign.

"Everyone deserves clean water."


News/Interview Links

WITIN Radio
https://t.co/1Gq4RKbQP2 

Forbes
https://t.co/XdKEroVH6F

MLive.com
https://t.co/7LWgs8yZro

Taylor & Tara Radio
https://t.co/DsAbghI2Zc

WTVR CBS 6 News, Richmond, Virginia
http://wtvr.com/2018/02/25/black-panther-challenge-free-tickets-for-kids-richmond/

WRIC ABC 8 News, Richmond, Virginia
http://www.wric.com/news/black-panther-challenge-makes-its-way-to-richmond_20180326073023280/1078237610 


For the latest updates and activity check out www.rvacommunitycloset.com, or connect with me on social media.

Twitter:
@escapedmatrix

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/RVAstreetmedia

Donate. Tweet. Tag. Like. Share. Together we can all help make a difference in Flint.

Thank you,

Lance (Campaign Organizer)
www.rvacommunitycloset.com 

#NoWaterNoWall #SaveFlintChallenge #FlintWaterCrisis #DontForgetFlint 

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Flint still doesn't have clean water.
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WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP: THIS IS THE FIRST MONTH WE FAILED TO REACH OUR MONTHLY GOAL. Please continue to share our campaign/donate and help us reach our #SaveFlintChallenge June goal. Everyone deserves clean water.

We can't calm down now. Thank you for supporting our mission.

Lance
www.rvacommunitycloset.com
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SAD NEWS: THIS IS THE FIRST MONTH WE FAILED TO REACH OUR MONTHLY GOAL. Please continue to share our campaign/donate and help us reach our #SaveFlintChallenge June goal. Everyone deserves clean water.

We can't calm down now. Thank you for supporting our mission.

Lance
www.rvacommunitycloset.com
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WE NEED YOU NOW, MORE THAN EVER! Charges have been dropped in Flint water crisis cases, but the crisis still exists. Please continue to donate and help us reach our #SaveFlintChallenge monthly goals.

Everyone deserves justice. Everyone deserves clean water. We can't calm down now.

Thank you for supporting our mission.
Lance
rvacommunitycloset.com
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BREAKING: Charges dropped in Flint water crisis cases, to reopen the investigation. A community conversation in Flint is scheduled for June 28th to explain this dramatic action.

LANSING (WJRT) (6/13/2019) - The new prosecution team handling Flint water cases is starting over from scratch.

All charges have been dropped against eight defendants, including former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon.

The cases are being dismissed without prejudice, meaning new charges can be filed against them later. However, more than a year of court proceedings and millions of dollars in legal fees will be for naught with the charges dropped.

Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy want to make sure they conduct a "full and complete investigation" before moving forward with any new cases, they said in a joint statement.

Charges against the following defendants have been dropped:
-- Lyon, who was the state's top public health official.
-- Former Flint emergency managers Gerald Ambrose and Darnell Earley.
-- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality official Patrick Cook.
-- Former Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft.
-- Former Michigan Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells.
-- Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials Robert Scott and Nancy Peeler.

They said Thursday's announcement is a reaction to "immediate and grave concerns" they had with Special Prosecutor Todd Flood's work under former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Worthy and Hammoud say Flood's team did not pursue all available information about the cases and cut deals with private law firms representing various state agencies regarding what information would be released in the investigation.

They were mindful of the millions of taxpayer dollars spent on lawyers for both sides of the case, along with months of courtroom proceedings up to this point. However, Worthy and Hammoud believe they couldn't continue based on Flood's "flawed foundation."

The fresh investigation is well under way, with millions of pages of documents and data from hundreds of electronic devices, including mobile devices used by former Gov. Rick Snyder.

Worthy and Hammoud said dropping the charges doesn't determine anyone's guilt or innocence. They are free to refile the charges or add charges against all of the defendants at any time.

Hammoud and Worthy plan to host a community conversation in Flint on June 28 to explain the dramatic action. A time and place for the meeting was not announced Thursday.

Worthy and Hammoud declined further comment Thursday until after the June 28 meeting. They issued the following statement:

“Legitimate criminal prosecutions require complete investigations. Upon assuming responsibility of this case, our team of career prosecutors and investigators had immediate and grave concerns about the investigative approach and legal theories embraced by the OSC, particularly regarding the pursuit of evidence. After a complete evaluation, our concerns were validated. Contrary to accepted standards of criminal investigation and prosecution, all available evidence was not pursued. Instead, the OSC entered into agreements that gave private law firms—representing Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Treasury, and the Executive Office of former Governor Rick Snyder—a role in deciding what information would be turned over to law enforcement.

From the outset, our team seriously considered dismissal of all pending cases initiated by the OSC. However, we believed the people of Flint deserved expeditious action, despite the shortcomings of the OSC, and we worked to salvage whatever progress had been made. We were also mindful of the massive expenditure of public resources up to that point and sought to use taxpayer money as efficiently as possible.

Nonetheless, we cannot provide the citizens of Flint the investigation they rightly deserve by continuing to build on a flawed foundation. Dismissing these cases allows us to move forward according to the non-negotiable requirements of a thorough, methodical and ethical investigation.

Our career prosecutors and investigators have worked around the clock to conduct the kind of criminal investigation to which all citizens are entitled, regardless of their zip code. That begins with a commitment to obtain and review all evidence. By executing a series of search warrants, our investigators aggressively pursued an extraordinary amount of potential evidence not previously examined by law enforcement. This week, we completed the transfer into our possession millions of documents and hundreds of new electronic devices, significantly expanding the scope of our investigation. Our team’s efforts have produced the most comprehensive body of evidence to date related to the Flint Water Crisis. We are now in the best possible position to find the answers the citizens of Flint deserve and hold all responsible parties accountable.

Our team has already identified additional individuals of interest and new information relevant to the Flint Water Crisis. These investigative leads will be aggressively pursued. Additionally, we will evaluate criminal culpability for all Legionnaires deaths that occurred after the switch to the Flint River, which was never done by the OSC.

It is important to note that this voluntary dismissal by our team is not a determination of any defendant’s criminal responsibility. We are not precluded from refiling charges against the defendants listed below or adding new charges and additional defendants.

We understand this decision will not bring immediate remedy or relief to the citizens of Flint, who remain victims of one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in United States history. However, we recognize the only acceptable remedy is the vigorous pursuit of justice, which demands an uncompromising investigation of the Flint Water Crisis and professional prosecution of all those criminally culpable. Accordingly, our team will move forward unrestrained by political motivations, prior tactics, or opportunities for financial gain.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who is keeping herself away from the Flint water crisis criminal cases, said she trusts the judgment of Hammoud and Worthy if they believe dropping the charges was the best course of action.

“I trust them and if this step is necessary for them to do a comprehensive and complete investigation, I am in absolute support," Nessel said. "I want to remind the people of Flint that justice delayed is not always justice denied and a fearless and dedicated team of career prosecutors and investigators are hard at work to ensure those who harmed you are held accountable.”

State Sen. Jim Ananich, a Democrat from Flint, is aghast at the development and the sheer amount of money wasted on lawyers during the past two years of legal proceedings.

“Let me be clear: I want to see people behind bars. Words cannot express how disappointed I am that justice continues to be delayed and denied to the people of my city," he said. "Months of investigation have turned into years, and the only thing to show for it is a bunch of lawyers who have gotten rich off the taxpayers’ dime."

Ananich feels bad for Flint residents, who believe nobody will ever face justice for their roles in causing the water crisis.

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