#JusticeForFlint: A Night of Awareness
A call-to-action and a platform filled with voices with the ability to curate change, stood at the forefront of the successful #JusticeForFlint event that took place Sunday, Feb. 28 in Flint, MI.
The event, structured to bring a night of entertainment and fundraising on behalf of the Flint water crisis, raised over $100K from donations to further aid in efforts to provide the city with clean, healthy water.
Folks are standing up for Flint! Since last night’s #JusticeForFlint show, 3635 activists have raised their voices w/ $145k toward recovery!
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) February 29, 2016
Rallying together, Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams and many other representatives of the Blackout for Human Rights Organization, along with Flint activist Nayyirah Shariff, Rick Carter (Michigan Faith in Action Executive Director), Brian Walker (Color of Change Culture and Entertainment Advocacy Director) and REVOLT.tv CEO Keith Clinkscales, had a vision to bring unity and a night of stress relief to the citizens of Flint.
In addition to music provided by Robert Glasper, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi, Janelle Monae and surprise guest Stevie Wonder, the program was also an opportunity for residents to share their experiences and how the water crisis has affected their lives. From spoken word to personal testimonies, the tragedy is heartfelt and hope was present.
“We wanted to show the resilience of the people of Flint,” Ryan Coogler stated during a press teleconference. “And we wanted to give people voices and humanize the issue.”
Since the national reveal of the crisis, alarming news about the city has further come to light. There’s been a significant drop in services, and some businesses are not honoring their mission. There’s also been a massive violation of people’s human rights, which is why many are calling for the resignation of Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder.
Flint Democracy Defense league’s Nayyirah Shariff added that “people in Flint are traumatized. It feels like we’re doing the state’s job.”
“While the rich get richer, the poor gets systematically attacked,” Coogler added with frustration.
If you’re interested in donating, text JUSTICE to 83324.
Click through for a visual recap of the high-intensity event.
*Photos: Geoffrey Black, JPC Photo Editor