Raw: Flint Water Protests In Michigan Capitol

Protesters from Flint, Michigan converged on their state capitol in Lansing, angry that Governor Rick Snyder is closing Flint’s four remaining free bottled water sites. Water was given out after Flint’s water was found to be tainted with lead. (April 12)

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Detroit Students Are Suing The State Of Michigan: VICE News Tonight on HBO

This segment originally aired Nov. 18, 2016, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

In September, seven Detroit students filed a lawsuit against Governor Rick Snyder and other state education officials. They argued that the state of Michigan is violating students’ Constitutional rights by depriving them of literacy.

A senior at Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design named Jamarria Hall is currently taking his second year of pre-calculus. Math is his favorite subject, he told VICE News correspondent Jay Caspian Kang in Detroit.

“Really, I don’t think there’s even another teacher probably available to teach the next math class,” Hall said. “And even if it is, it’s probably not even no books for that math class.”

Hall is classmates with one of the unnamed plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Earlier this month, the state filed a motion to dismiss the case, claiming there is no fundamental right to literacy.

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On The Line: Kayla Ruble Discusses the Flint Water Emergency

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VICE News journalist Kayla Ruble (https://twitter.com/RubleKB) joined On The Line to take your questions about lead contaminated water in Flint, MI, and the impact on Flint’s residents.

Earlier this month, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for the city of just under 100,000 people, who are at risk for toxic lead exposure due to citywide contamination in the water system.

Following criticism that clean water was not being distributed efficiently to the city’s residents, the governor called in the National Guard for assistance, and President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency over the weekend, authorizing $5 million of federal assistance, though he stopped short of declaring the crisis a “major disaster.”

Residents across the city had stopped drinking the city water in early 2015, and were forced to purchase bottled water out of their own pocket until state help arrived this month.

Read “Michigan Governor Releases Emails About Flint’s Water — But There’s a 7-Month Gap” – http://bit.ly/1nwcEXO

Read “Protesters Demand Michigan Governor’s Resignation During State of the State Speech on Flint Water Crisis” – http://bit.ly/201R4LV

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This Week On The Line: Kayla Ruble Discusses the Flint Water Emergency

On Thursday at 12pm EST VICE News journalist Kayla Ruble (https://twitter.com/RubleKB) will join On The Line to take your questions about lead contaminated water in Flint, MI, and the impact on Flint’s residents.

Earlier this month, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for the city of just under 100,000 people, who are at risk for toxic lead exposure due to citywide contamination in the water system.

Following criticism that clean water was not being distributed efficiently to the city’s residents, the governor called in the National Guard for assistance, and President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency over the weekend, authorizing $5 million of federal assistance, though he stopped short of declaring the crisis a “major disaster.”

Residents across the city had stopped drinking the city water in early 2015, and were forced to purchase bottled water out of their own pocket until state help arrived this month.

Read “Michigan Governor Releases Emails About Flint’s Water — But There’s a 7-Month Gap” – http://bit.ly/1nwcEXO

Read “Protesters Demand Michigan Governor’s Resignation During State of the State Speech on Flint Water Crisis” – http://bit.ly/201R4LV

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