This one isn’t about me.

By the time you read this, the people of Flint, Michigan will have been suffering through a catastrophe with far-reaching, irreversible consequences for FIVE FULL YEARS (🐤 click here to tweet this).

Because of the Flint Water Crisis, somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 children have been exposed to lead poisoning through contaminated drinking water. FIVE 👏🏾 YEARS 👏🏾.

So today, I’m asking for you to give. But not to me. Give five dollars to the people helping in Flint.

fish in gas masks/dirty water

This isn’t perfect, and it won’t save the people who have already suffered permanent health consequences as a result of this crisis, but it will help. If you can give more than $5, please do.

When I talk about this campaign, I say it’s bigger than the 12th District –– but it has to be bigger than Baltimore, too. 

The problems that Flint faces today could be problems Baltimore faces tomorrow.

Importantly, they are the results of a system that rewards white supremacy and that refuses to acknowledge the struggles of poor people and the working class.

In 2020, we must do better, and I think we can start today. I hope you’ll chip in.

sick deer drinking toxic water

P.S. If you want to give something to an organization in Baltimore that is doing similar work to advocate for victims of lead poisoning, and for lead-centric public health policy, I would encourage making a contribution to Green & Healthy Homes Initiative.

Every tax deductible dollar donated to the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative supports their relentless work to prevent childhood lead poisoning in Baltimore City and throughout the U.S.