The Poisoned City

The Poisoned City

In the first full account of this American tragedy, Anna Clark's The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it.

Author: Anna Clark

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 9781250125156

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins. Through a series of disastrous decisions, the state government had switched the city’s water supply to a source that corroded Flint’s aging lead pipes. Complaints about the foul-smelling water were dismissed: the residents of Flint, mostly poor and African American, were not seen as credible, even in matters of their own lives. It took eighteen months of activism by city residents and a band of dogged outsiders to force the state to admit that the water was poisonous. By that time, twelve people had died and Flint’s children had suffered irreparable harm. The long battle for accountability and a humane response to this man-made disaster has only just begun. In the first full account of this American tragedy, Anna Clark's The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision making. Places like Flint are set up to fail—and for the people who live and work in them, the consequences can be fatal.
Categories: Political Science

Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media

Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media

Too often, traditions of human exceptionalism, individualism, and overconsumption distract us from our entanglements on ... Such a reading list might include Anna Clark's The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy; ...

Author: Cajetan Iheka

Publisher: Modern Language Association

ISBN: 9781603295550

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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Taking up the idea that teaching is a political act, this collection of essays reflects on recent trends in ecocriticism and the implications for pedagogy. Focusing on a diverse set of literature and media, the book also provides background on historical and theoretical issues that animate the field of postcolonial ecocriticism. The scope is broad, encompassing not only the Global South but also parts of the Global North that have been subject to environmental degradation as a result of colonial practices. Considering both the climate crisis and the crisis in the humanities, the volume navigates theoretical resources, contextual scaffolding, classroom activities, assessment, and pedagogical possibilities and challenges. Essays are grounded in environmental justice and the project to decolonize the classroom, addressing works from Africa, New Zealand, Asia, and Latin America and issues such as queer ecofeminism, disability, Latinx literary production, animal studies, interdisciplinarity, and working with environmental justice organizations.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Flint Fights Back

Flint Fights Back

Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis Benjamin J. Pauli. Chariton, Jordan. “EXCLUSIVE: Flint Water Declared ... The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2018.

Author: Benjamin J. Pauli

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262536868

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

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An account of the Flint water crisis shows that Flint's struggle for safe and affordable water is part of a broader struggle for democracy. When Flint, Michigan, changed its source of municipal water from Lake Huron to the Flint River, Flint residents were repeatedly assured that the water was of the highest quality. At the switchover ceremony, the mayor and other officials performed a celebratory toast, declaring “Here's to Flint!” and downing glasses of freshly treated water. But as we now know, the water coming out of residents' taps harbored a variety of contaminants, including high levels of lead. In Flint Fights Back, Benjamin Pauli examines the water crisis and the political activism that it inspired, arguing that Flint's struggle for safe and affordable water was part of a broader struggle for democracy. Pauli connects Flint's water activism with the ongoing movement protesting the state of Michigan's policy of replacing elected officials in financially troubled cities like Flint and Detroit with appointed “emergency managers.” Pauli distinguishes the political narrative of the water crisis from the historical and technical narratives, showing that Flint activists' emphasis on democracy helped them to overcome some of the limitations of standard environmental justice frameworks. He discusses the pro-democracy (anti–emergency manager) movement and traces the rise of the “water warriors”; describes the uncompromising activist culture that developed out of the experience of being dismissed and disparaged by officials; and examines the interplay of activism and scientific expertise. Finally, he explores efforts by activists to expand the struggle for water justice and to organize newly mobilized residents into a movement for a radically democratic Flint.
Categories: Political Science

Public Service Ethics

Public Service Ethics

Testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, hearing on Hurricane Katrina: Community rebuilding needs and effectiveness of past proposals. ... The poisoned city: Flint's water and the American urban tragedy.

Author: James S. Bowman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000433647

Category: Political Science

Page: 434

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The study and practice of ethics, in all its exemplary and execrable forms, matter now more than ever. It deals with one of the most gripping questions in life: "What is the right thing to do?" Public Service Ethics: Individual and Institutional Responsibilities, Third Edition, introduces readers to this personally relevant and professionally challenging field of study. No matter the topic—the necessity of ethics, intriguing human behavior experiments, provocative approaches to decision-making, new theories to understand ethical actions, the role of ethics codes, whistleblowing incidents, corruption exposés, and the grandeur as well as decay of morality—there is no shortage of controversy. This book discusses these issues, explains how they arise, and suggests what can be done about them. The authors make the narrative user-friendly and accessible by highlighting dilemmas, challenging readers to resolve them, and enticing them to go beyond the text to discover and confront new issues. New to this Third Edition: Exploration of fascinating and important new topics such as the Green New Deal, Black Lives Matter, oaths of office, classroom dishonesty, state corruption, the Biden administration, and the ethical challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and response. In-depth profiles of newsworthy figures, including Michael Flynn, Alexander Vindman, Anthony Fauci, and John Lewis. All new case studies drawing on actual and hypothetical events to give students an opportunity to apply concepts and analytical frameworks. All new end-of-chapter discussion questions and exercises to encourage students to think more deeply about ethical issues. The authors' conversational writing style invites readers to annotate pages with their own ideas, experiences, comparisons, and insights, bolstering students' confidence and ultimately preparing them for the ethical problems they will face in their own careers. This lively and thorough new edition is required reading for all public administration and public policy students.
Categories: Political Science

Teardown

Teardown

happening to Flint,” journalist Anna Clark told me recently. She is the author of The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy, the most compelling and in-depth look at the crisis. “Because the city was seen as such a ...

Author: Gordon Young

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520976405

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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After living in San Francisco for fifteen years, journalist Gordon Young found himself yearning for his Rust Belt hometown: Flint, Michigan, the birthplace of General Motors and the “star” of the Michael Moore documentary Roger & Me. Hoping to rediscover and help a place that had once boasted one of the world’s highest per capita income levels but had become one of the country's most impoverished and dangerous cities, he returned to Flint with the intention of buying a house. What he found was a place of stark contrasts and dramatic stories, where an exotic dancer could afford a lavish mansion, speculators scooped up cheap houses by the dozen on eBay, and arson was often the quickest route to neighborhood beautification. Skillfully blending personal memoir, historical inquiry, and interviews with Flint residents, Young constructs a vibrant tale of a once-thriving city still fighting—despite overwhelming odds—to rise from the ashes. He befriends a ragtag collection of urban homesteaders and die-hard locals who refuse to give up as they try to transform Flint into a smaller, greener town that offers lessons for cities all over the world. Hard-hitting, insightful, and often painfully funny, Teardown reminds us that cities are ultimately defined by people, not politics or economics.
Categories: Social Science

Public Policy

Public Policy

Choice #2: Say No to Plastic Straws Choice #3: Limit Plastic Bag Usage Choice #1: Use a Refillable Water Bottle bottles and/or banning disposable, single-use plastic ... The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy.

Author: Sara R. Rinfret

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 9781071835180

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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Public Policy: A Concise Introduction is a student-friendly textbook that quickly connects readers to the inner workings of public policy. The text condenses early chapters on theory and the policy-making process, allowing students to take up key policy challenges – such as immigration, education, and healthcare - much earlier in the semester. Not every student starts out engaged in public policy, so place your students – both majors and non-majors alike – in the driver’s seat by fostering their analytical skills early and spend the rest of the semester discussing policy issues, examining data, and debating current policy examples that matter most to them. The Second Edition has been updated to include how we can collectively use public policy to raise individuals from the margins and address inequities that exist in our system. Recent policy questions include: "How do we shape our country′s health care system?", "How do we address increases in costs of tuition?", and "Did the COVID-19 pandemic positively or negatively shape our public education system?"
Categories: Political Science

Making Sense of Homicide

Making Sense of Homicide

Clark, A. (2019), The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy, London: Picador. Gun Violence Archive (2019): https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ Kohne, E. and Ewigleben, C. (2000), Gladiators and Caesars: The Power ...

Author: Adam Lynes

Publisher: Waterside Press

ISBN: 9781909976863

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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The first dedicated textbook for Criminology students studying homicide. As the authors explain, criminal homicide is but one form of lethal violence victims may suffer, leading them to describe a much broader range of scenarios. Ranging from murder to manslaughter to State killings, genocide and disasters involving victims of public policy, corporate crime or shortcomings in health and safety, Making Sense of Homicide re-positions discussion of the topic for those wishing to see beyond routine media hype and ill-informed popular discourse. The book also contains a special expert contribution by former Police Superintendent Ronald Winch about how the UK police investigate homicide including fundamental requirements and pitfalls. The book ranges in scope from serial killing to mass and spree homicide and across the jurisdictions of the UK, USA and other countries. Also interweaved in this key resource are acutely observed accounts of the Holocaust, capital punishment and homicide within a consumer society. The authors explain the categories within which homicide is conventionally discussed, as well as crimes of the powerful and those made opaque for political, economic or other questionable purposes, making the work one of immense value to anyone wishing to see violence through a new lens. A hugely wide-ranging explanation of homicide, perfect for dedicated courses. The book demonstrates how homicide definition stems from political, cultural and societal choices and looks at the deficits in homicide classifications. An entirely fresh look at the subject. From the Foreword ‘It is no small feat to offer such robust understandings of homicide … A judicious and much needed collection at a time in which our existence is evermore enveloped by aspects of death, despair and homicide in all its various malignant forms.’— Professor David Wilson. Authors Dr Adam Lynes, Professor Elizabeth Yardley and Lucas Danos all teach at Birmingham City University, one of the UK’s leading centres of Criminology where their existing publications have attracted considerable acclaim. Ronald Winch spent over 30 years in the police including investigating homicide and other serious, major and complex crimes. Together they bring straightforward and refreshing perspectives to a sometimes hard to understand and often disquieting topic.
Categories: Social Science

Counting How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters

Counting  How We Use Numbers to Decide What Matters

... The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2018). My quotations are from these books unless noted. 93 standards for dangerous levels of lead in blood: Centers for Disease Control ...

Author: Deborah Stone

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 9781631495939

Category: Political Science

Page: 312

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“Required reading for anyone who’s interested in the truth.” —Robert Reich In a post-Trumpian world where COVID rates soar and Americans wage near–civil war about election results, Deborah Stone’s Counting promises to transform how we think about numbers. Contrary to what you learned in kindergarten, counting is more art than arithmetic. In fact, numbers are just as much creatures of the human imagination as poetry and painting; the simplest tally starts with judgments about what counts. In a nation whose Constitution originally counted a slave as three-fifths of a person and where algorithms disproportionately consign Black Americans to prison, it is now more important than ever to understand how numbers can be both weapons of the powerful and tools of resistance. With her “signature brilliance” (Robert Kuttner), eminent political scientist Deborah Stone delivers a “mild-altering” work (Jacob Hacker) that shows “how being in thrall to numbers is misguided and dangerous” (New York Times Book Review).
Categories: Political Science

Troubled Water

Troubled Water

Anna Clark's book, The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (New York: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 2018), is a journalist's account of the Flint story. It not only helps to explain how the crisis came to be, ...

Author: Seth M. Siegel

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 9781250132550

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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New York Times bestselling author Seth M. Siegel shows how our drinking water got contaminated, what it may be doing to us, and what we must do to make it safe. If you thought America’s drinking water problems started and ended in Flint, Michigan, think again. From big cities and suburbs to the rural heartland, chemicals linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity, birth defects, and lowered IQ routinely spill from our taps. Many are to blame: the EPA, Congress, a bipartisan coalition of powerful governors and mayors, chemical companies, and drinking water utilities—even NASA and the Pentagon. Meanwhile, the bottled water industry has been fanning our fears about tap water, but bottled water is often no safer. The tragedy is that existing technologies could launch a new age of clean, healthy, and safe tap water for only a few dollars a week per person. Scrupulously researched, Troubled Water is full of shocking stories about contaminated water found throughout the country and about the everyday heroes who have successfully forced changes in the quality and safety of our drinking water. And it concludes with what America must do to reverse decades of neglect and play-it-safe inaction by government at all levels in order to keep our most precious resource safe.
Categories: Political Science

Environmental Policy

Environmental Policy

Jacob M. Grumbach, “From Backwaters to Major Policymakers: Policy Polarization in the States, 1970–2014,” Perspectives ... Anna Clark, The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2018).

Author: Norman J. Vig

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 9781544378039

Category: Political Science

Page: 424

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Authoritative and trusted, Environmental Policy once again brings together top scholars to evaluate the changes and continuities in American environmental policy since the late 1960s and their implications for the twenty-first century. Students will learn to decipher the underlying trends, institutional constraints, and policy dilemmas that shape today’s environmental politics. The Eleventh Edition examines how policy has changed within federal institutions and state and local governments, as well as how environmental governance affects private sector policies and practices. There are five new chapters in this edition that examine the public’s opinion on the environment, courts, energy policy, natural resource agencies and policies, and the political economy of green growth. The book has been updated to reflect the Trump administration′s four years of policy changes and students will walk away with a measured, yet hopeful evaluation of the future challenges that policymakers will confront as the American environmental movement continues to affect the political process.
Categories: Political Science