College student organizes Flint water drive after seeing story of unused water left in abandoned building
A University of Michigan-Flint senior remembers the exact moment she decided to help people of Flint access clean water.
Her efforts are culminating with a water drive at Freeman Elementary School Saturday, April 6.
At some point during
her busy schedule studying communications, Taylor Mosely stumbled across an article on ABC12.com in March.
Video from inside the old St. Agnes school building showed unused water bottles.
ABC12 later learned the water was expired and is believed to have been contaminated because of a possible wat
er main break, meaning none of it was safe to drink.
“It was kind of hea
rtbreaking for me because I know how bad the Flint residents need the water. I’ve experienced it myself living with my grandmother. So that day I decided I had to do something, and I decided to come up with a water drive,” Taylor Mosley said.
Her idea took off after she posted it online.
“I kind of posted something saying I wanted to do a water drive and who would be willing to help. The fir
st person that reached out to be was Jordan, saying we could use the school – Freeman Elementary,” Mosley said.
She then heard from former Flint residents, people in Washington D.C. and as far away as Texas. She says she has about 300 cases of water to give out on a first come, first serve basis.
Mosley has learned a lot from this experience, and says she is already working on the next water drive.
“One thing it’s taught me – I know a lot of people feel like there’s no support for Flint but there is. You just have to reach out to the right people and you have to ask for help. People are willing to help but you have to have responsible people that are willing to help,” Mosley said.
The water drive is happening Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the afternoon at Freeman Elementary School. The address is 4001 Ogema Avenue.
A federal judge has reinserted former Governor Rick Snyder as a defendant in a massive civil lawsuit.
The suit seeks damages related to the Flint water crisis.
Last Summer, United States District Judge Judith Levy agreed with a defense motion to drop the former governor from the civil lawsuit. In her August 1st opinion, the judge decided the plaintiffs had failed to plausibly assert a bodily integrity claim against Governor Snyder.
But Levy’s new opinion reverses that.
“Plaintiffs plausibly state that the Governor acted indifferently to the risk of harm they faced, demonstrating a callous disregard for their right to bodily integrity. This indifference manifested itself in two ways. Initially, the Governor was indifferent because instead of mitigating the risk of harm caused by the contaminated water, he covered it up. In private, he worried about the need to return Flint to DWSD water and the political implications of the crisis. But in public, he denied all knowledge, despite being aware of the developing crisis. As a result, plaintiffs were lured into a false sense of security. They could have taken protective measures, if only they had known what the Governor knew. Instead, the Governor misled them into assuming that nothing was wrong. Governor Snyder’s administration even encouraged them to continue to drink and bathe in the water.”
Attorneys filed an amended complaint last fall in which they allege the former governor and his staff were aware of the health risks tied to switching Flint’s drinking water source to the Flint River in 2014.
“We know that former Governor Snyder’s administration was well aware of the emerging public health issues in Flint and we’re pleased that the Court recognized today that he must face justice for that,” says Michael L. Pitt, co-lead Plaintiffs’ attorney.
In 2017, ten related federal class action lawsuits were consolidated into one suit, which could seek damages for tens of thousands of Flint residents.
Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with lead after the city’s water source was switched from Detroit to the Flint River. The river water was not properly treated. During the time Flint’s tap water came from the Flint River, a Legionnaires Disease outbreak occurred in Genesee County. At least 12 people died from 2014 until the end of 2015.