September 13, 2017
“Here’s to Flint” a film about what happened in Flint and the importance of public maintenance of water infrastructure by cities and towns to prevent what happened in Flint. Water safety problems have been detected in the Pioneer Valley.
“Flint, Michigan has become synonymous with a failure of civic leadership to ensure public safety. This documentary examines what led up to the poisoning of the largely African American city, and, on a larger scale, how lack of funding in infrastructure poses risks to the entire country. Film made by the ACLU of Michigan.
Speakers to kick off the post-film discussion include: Mary Ann Babinski, Westfield city councilor who will talk about water safety problems closer to home with activists from Westfield Residents Advocating for Themselves (WRAFT); and David Ahlfeld, Prof. of Civil and Environment Engineering, UMass Amherst.