Reclaiming our communities: Take action for Flint, a people’s project for self-sufficiency
WASHINGTON, DC — The slow poisoning of Flint residents through the contaminated municipal water system has people outraged. As the nation watches, feelings range from mass powerlessness to longing to “do something” crisis of contaminated water in Flint Michigan has poisoned thousands of mainly African-American residents.
Around the world people are outraged. While the government has been slow and ineffective in its response to the needs of Flint residents, the organization, Let’s Buy Black 365, has forged an empowering approach to lend support and to invite individuals and organizations to join this move-ment.
Let’s Buy Black 365, a national movement to empower Black communities through Black individual civic action and business development has partnered with companies and organizations to usher in a sustained solution for Flint. LetsBuyBlack365, Abibitumi Kasa, The National Association of Black Psychologists, Freedom Paper Company, Imperial Water, and Power In One Clothing, have unified in the spirit of collective work and responsibility to bring water, bathroom tissue, and other essential supplies to support Flint.
These Black-owned businesses and organizations each have a core policy, to support Black communities, by Black people both domestically and globally. Now they are joining forces through Let’s Buy Black 365’s “Take Action For Flint 365” campaign to bring Black solutions to Black communities services to Flint, Mich.
“By tapping into the resources of our own communities nationally we can begin to move away from dependency on agencies and government offices that do not show accountability to our communities. Self-sufficiency in the Black community is the best solution,” said a Let’s Buy Black 365 spokesperson and activist Nataki Kambon. Flint is economically depressed and has a 57 percent African-American population. Governor Snyder’s deliberate decision to switch to the contaminated Flint River source, has left thousands sick, dying, and in distress.
Recent reports indicate that Governor Synder made his decision knowing that residents faced the endangerment of toxicity in the river water and ignored cries for help that followed immediately after. The environmental racism at play Rather than wait for Snyder and his constituents to “clean up their act”, Let’s Buy Black 365 is providing a self-sufficient and proactive solution to address
the concerns of Flint.
Let’s Buy Black 365’s mobilization of African Americans across the country is a call to be both individually and collectively responsive and accountable to all Black communities.
“We intend to show how empowered our communities can be when we join together to help one another,” said a Let’s Buy Black 365 organizer. Go to Let’s Buy Black 365.com, click on Take Action For Flint and support Black-owned water suppliers and bathroom tissue manufacturers to get quality products to Flint. Read more about this initiative and the give campaign to measure sustained Black solutions for Flint at www.LetsBuyBlack365.com.