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We are going to be doing regular canvassing in Flint to make sure that the people that have been most marginalized in this crisis have access to clean water, filters and correct information. We will be continuing to canvass Flint's eastside where many immigrant families live. Additionally we would like to get canvasses running in public housing in Flint.
•We need lead canvassers!• If you are willing and able to canvass regularly, have canvassing experience, or are interested in leading teams of canvassers, please come to our •Lead Canvasser Training!
It will take place tomorrow (Jan 27) from 11:30am - 1:30pm at St. Michael's Church (609 E 5th Ave, Flint, MI 48503). It's located on the corner of Saginaw St. and Fifth Ave. across the street from Rally's).* RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pCae5QqemCm8Tq29QqzKRkT7QxVk60gJqmrVYS3k_d0/viewform
We need volunteers! We will need volunteers to canvass, enter data, distribute water, and phone bank. Please sign up here to let us know what you're willing to do and when you might be able to join us! VOLUNTEER SIGNUP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AhLRQB8YA4ga155azJPWaXL4ZSVHFVHseBYdS5nQi9Q/viewform
We need money! The Genesee County Hispanic/Latino Collaborative is a local organization that has been leading efforts to get resources to the immigrant community, making sure that undocumented people have access to clean water, filters, and information. They will be leading up the canvassing operation on the eastside of Flint. They have a fundraising page up to help get resources for canvassing, distribution, and organizing the community. DONATE HERE: https://www.crowdrise.com/watercrisisinflint/fundraiser/geneseecountyhispaniclatinocollaborative
There are a lot of great people on the ground in Flint working around the clock to address this crisis, meet the direct needs of the community, and ensure that we are building power with the people who have been most marginalized to hold those responsible accountable.
If you have any questions, please email or text me. Please excuse me if I'm slow to respond, as we are trying to coordinate the efforts and requests to help.
Much love and solidarity,
Art Reyes III
We are in need of people willing to knock on residents' doors and speak with immigrant families, undocumented people, low-income residents, and people living in public housing. We are talking to people about the crisis, getting language accessible information to those who need it, collecting their stories, and engaging them into a larger effort to come together as a community to work for long term, systemic change. We also need volunteers to help with data entry, distributing water and filters and phone banking.
Here's how you can help:
Saturday, January 30th Canvass - St. Michael's Church at 9am
We are launching canvass teams from St. Michael's Church (609 E 5th Ave, Flint, MI 48503) to canvass Flint's east side and public housing facilities across the city. We will be gathering to train canvassers at 9am, and launching canvasses across the city from 10am - 2pm. Please arrive ready to go at 9am!
Dress warmly for the weather, and if you're able, bring snacks to share.
We could also use people willing to do data entry after 2pm.
Sunday, January 31st Canvass - St. Michael's Church at 2pm
(609 E 5th Ave, Flint, MI 48503)
We will be canvassing to sweep the city on Sunday afternoon, launching again from St. Michael's.
To Flint Community Schools: Call the district's finance office at 810-767-6030 about cash donations. Bottled water drop-offs can be coordinated by calling 810-760-1310.
To United Way of Genesee County: Visit unitedwaygenesee.org and click on the "GIVE" button. There's an option to support the Flint Water Project. Call 810-232-8121 for details. A new phase for outreach is investment in services to help residents who have been exposed to contaminated water.
To Catholic Charities of Genesee County: For information on making cash or bottled water donations to aid soup kitchens and warming centers, call 810-785-6911.
To help Flint community activists who are delivering water: Call Melissa Mays at 810-423-3435.
109 E. Grand River Avenue Lansing, MI 48906-4348
The Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2012! It is the statewide voice for the nation's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Also in 2012, the national Sierra Club celebrated its 120th anniversary!
For nearly five decades, the Michigan Chapter has organized the bold action of citizens working together to protect and restore our Great Lakes state’s health and heritage. Click here to see a timeline of our accomplishments. We secured permanent protection for Pictured Rocks, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Grand Island. We defended thousands of acres of fragile wilderness areas in Michigan’s public forests. Our activists cleaned up toxic air pollution from incinerators. We helped stop oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes. We set up strong sulfide mining regulations and helped pass Michigan’s first comprehensive water use laws.
Sierra Club has 30,000 members and supporters in Michigan. We are volunteer-led, and we actively coordinate our work on many levels. Sierra Club’s nine regional volunteer groups in Michigan work for healthier communities at the local level. The Michigan Chapter works with volunteer leaders, state agencies and the legislature for better environmental stewardship statewide. Nationally, Sierra Club works to improve federal protections in the Great Lakes basin and across the country.
Our members care about clean water and air, wild biodiversity, and a safe energy future, and they help us work towards these goals by supporting our efforts to:
- Raise public awareness of human health and environmental threats.
- Monitor water quality to help enforcement efforts.
- Build coalitions for our issue campaigns to diversify support.
- Find sensible policy solutions to our state’s problems.
- Take legal action to stop corporate interests and government from harming public health and resources.
- Fight for environmental democracy -- we lobby on critical environmental issues and report back on lawmakers’ actions -- we have a strong citizen lobbyist program, helping connect members to their lawmakers on important issues, and we also rally voters to elect pro-environment leaders.
The Michigan Chapter’s conservation priorities focus on the legacy that every child should inherit—water you can drink, air you can breathe, lakes safe for swimming, and communities free from poisonous waste; clean and healthy energy from local renewable sources that grow our economy and reduce dependence on dirty fossil fuels; wild places that provide clean rivers, wildlife habitat, and opportunities to fish, hunt, hike, and learn about the natural world; and active participation in a democracy that ensures our elected officials fairly represent their voters, not special interests.
- To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
- To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources;
- To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment;
- and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.