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Environment central to grassroots political initiative led by students, professor
On Sunday night, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated in Flint, Michigan, the city facing a devastating lead-contamination water crisis. The issue dominated the early part of the debate as the candidates called for increased federal resources and Gov. Rick Synder’s removal from office, and vowed not to forget about the city once its crisis fades from the national headlines.
On Tuesday, Michigan residents will head to the polls for their state’s primary.
“With the debate in Flint, environmental justice is front and center in a presidential debate for the first time ever,” said Daniel Faber, professor of sociology and director of the Northeastern Environmental Justice Research Collaborative. He should know. Faber literally wrote the book on it, Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice.