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Water Wars

Water Wars

Flint, Michigan residents have won their first victory in the fight for clean water.

In a settlement, the state has agreed to replace 18,000 pipes that lead-poisoned the city's water.

A refresher on how this all started: Gov. Rick Snyder's "emergency manager" decided to save money by making the Flint River the city's water source. That didn't mix too well with the old pipes.

Even with the settlement, the crisis is far from over.

Many pipes won't be replaced until 2020, and Flint residents continue to pay more than most Americans for their poisoned water.  Nearly 60% of Flint residents are Black and more than 40% live in poverty.

How to help the people of Flint

Get enraged all over again by reading this Flint water crisis timeline, watching Undrinkable: The Flint Water Emergency, and checking out Rachel Maddow's prior coverage.

Learn even more about the situation from the people who have been on it since day one: the Flint Water Study group.

Follow Flint water crisis heroes Melissa MaysDr. Mona Hanna-AttishaRhonda KelsoRev. Allen OvertonMarc Edwards, and LeeAnne Walters.

If you're in Michigan, join a town hall tomorrow in Flint about the settlement (Thursday at 6pm at the New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church).

Sign a petition to stop water shutoffs for Flint residents who can't afford to pay.

Donate to Flint organizations working to prevent lead poisoning of children, including Water You Fighting Forthe United Way of Genesee County's Flint Water Fund, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint's Child Health & Development Fund, and Catholic Charities' Flint Water Recovery Effort.

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