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Joanna Walters, The Guardian, December 17, 2015

The city of Flint, Michigan, has declared a state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a criminal investigation, the resignation of the state governor and a class action lawsuit that could top $1bn.

Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams, July 10, 2015
Fracking Ohio

"Across Ohio, fracking is expanding at a frenzied pace, into our backyards and farmlands, next door to our hospitals and schools, and into the pristine and wild acres that provide drinking water and recreational opportunities for Ohioans."

So says a letter sent by more than 100 elected officials from communities across the state to Ohio Gov. John Kasich this week, urging him "to stand up for the right of all communities to determine whether, where, and how this dirty drilling is conducted within their own borders."

Peter Rugh, July 24, 2014

Or, 'Where do you expect us to shit?'

I recommend blasting the Exploied's "Dead Cities" when you read this. Or really anything by the Exploited, because the citizenry of Detroit are and have been exploited and they have every right to be just as pissed off as the British punk band that was screaming in my head as I wandered through Detroit's derelict neighborhoods researching this article.

Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News, July 21, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's Heritage Center makes for a jarring sight in this Midwestern prairie capital. The newly-expanded museum consists of four interlocking cubes of stone, steel and glass, a gleaming architectural statement poking out of the otherwise drab Capitol grounds. Each cube features a gallery devoted to an era of North Dakota’s history, but the state’s present is everywhere.

Moratorium Michigan, MM, July 12, 2014

We call on activists everywhere to come to Detroit on Friday, July 18 for a rally and march to fight the dictatorship of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, appointed by millionaire Republican Governor Rick Synder, and backed by Wall Street bankers and the 1%.

SCNCC, July 12, 2014

Residents of Detroit, Michigan took steps to keep the H2O in their taps flowing on Thursday, physically blocking a private corporation from shutting off their water. 

Common Dreams reports

Christine Geovanis, June 26, 2014

At the foot of BP Whiting’s tar sands refinery, along the shores of Lake Michigan, sits the century-old East Chicago, Indiana community of Marktown.

Christine Geovanis, June 23, 2014

Three months ago, BP’s massive Whiting, Indiana tar sands refinery spilled 1,600 gallons of oil into the largest freshwater system in the world. But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming.

SCNCC, May 21, 2014

One hundred and one employees from McDonald's outlets across the country -- together with approximately three dozen faith, community and labor leaders -- were arrested protesting at the franchise's annual shareholders meeting in Oak Brook, Illinois, Here's what McDonald's HQ looked like this afternoon:

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