PLBC hosts rally for Flint residents

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, co-hosted a news conference on Feb. 19 in support of the National Black Conference of State Legislators' "Day of Action” on behalf of Flint, MI.

Approximately 50 supporters attended the news conference was held at the Enterprise Center in Philadelphia.

In addition to Brown, other speakers included:

  • Minister Rodney Muhammad – President of Philadelphia NAACP;
  • Imam Nuridin – Philadelphia Masjid Clara Muhammad School;
  • Ray Lewis, Jr. – Philadelphia OIC;
  • Rev. Dr. Wayne Weathers – Black Clergy of Philadelphia;
  • Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym ;
  • Rev. Robert P. Shine – Life Equality Coalition;
  • Youma Ba – Representative of the City of Philadelphia African Community;
  • Rev. Edmund Sherrill – PA Eastern Keystone Baptist Association.

"While Flint, Michigan is a long way from Philadelphia, in many ways we are brothers and sisters with their residents," Brown said. "We need to stand together to ensure that cities and states do not try to balance budget deficits by reducing the safety and security for those most in need of support. Saving money by switching to a cheaper, unsafe water supply must not be permitted to happen again. Anywhere."

As part of the recognition of the "Day of Action," Brown will be introducing a House resolution recognizing Feb. 19, 2016 as the "National Day of Action (Achieving Water Security)" in Pennsylvania, which is expected to be voted on when the House returns to session next month.

The "Day of Action" was a nationwide as a call to consider safe, clean, drinking water in Flint and elsewhere in the United States as a basic right and to support the legislative action being brought forth in the Michigan legislature to pay for a way to fix the lead problems in the Flint water supply.