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In The Streets with Beverley Smith: Flint, A Study in Environmental Racism -ep53

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Flint, Michigan: environmental racism on display. The powers-that-be have knowingly, and with forethought, poisoned the tap water of the predominately black city since April 2014. This atrocity was recently uncovered and publicized, but no one has yet been held accountable. Water bills continue to be issued and the residents have been warned that they risk losing custody of their children if they don't pay for the poisoned water. The local EPA official quit last week. There is demand for Michigan's Republican govornor to resign. And there are rumors that undocumented immigrants in Flint are being refused the bottled water that has been sent to the area. Environmental racism is real. According to the The Center for Public Integrity, out of "300 complaints filed by communities of color, the EPA have never once made a formal finding of a civil-rights violation."

Another black youth has died in custody. Her name was Gynna McMillen. She was 16.

The trial of the officer who shot and killed Akai Gurley in NYC has begun. On the day he was shot, Akai Gurley was declared to be a "total innocent" by Chief Bill Bratton. But that doesn't stop the NYPD officer Peter Liang from attempting to avoid criminal responsibilty. President Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Grand jury indicts two anti-abortion activists behind the fake Planned Parenthood videos. In response, Texas doubles down on its intention to completely financially strip the state Planned Parenthood. A federal court in North Carolina will hear a challenge to the state's restrictive voter ID law. And more. Tuesday, January 26, 6pm Pacific.