The Flint Water Crisis

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Why should people be concerned about the Flint Water Crisis? What makes it different from any other crisis? The citizens of Flint have been poisoned by drinking lead-filled water. This occurred because governor Rick Snyder switched Flint’s main water source from Detroit, to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Due to this change in the water source, many children may not experience major health defects and have problems in the near future. The water change may have also caused an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the county. Legionnaires’ disease has killed about ten people, and has affected seventy-seven more. Many lawsuits have been filed towards the government officials because of this issue. Jurgis and his family are having a tough…show more content…
It is about the harsh environment of the meat packing industry and the immigrants who worked in it. This book follows the story of Jurgis Rudkus. He had moved to the United States from Lithuania in search of a better life, but they were soon taken advantage of because they have a lack of education and money. Jurgis and his family moved into an area in Chicago called Packingtown. It was the center of Chicago’s meat packing industry. The town was filthy and living conditions were horrible. The family struggled to find jobs so they could survive. Corruption in the government was very present in Packingtown. By not understanding the language, Americans and Immigrants swindle the family without their knowledge. Jurgis and his family were taken advantage of multiple times throughout this novel. They were given low pay and barely had enough food to survive. This makes the American Dream nearly impossible to achieve. In this novel, many people pass away, including Ona, Jurgis’ wife. Ona dies while giving birth to her stillborn baby. Jurgis goes in and out of jail many times due to many different things. Jurgis falls into a very deep depression and his life goes downhill from there. He goes through many life changing experiences because he endured such bad horrible things while being out on the streets. After a little while, Jurgis starts to change his life for the better. He eventually gets a good stable job…show more content…
The Flint Water Crisis is a state emergency in which the government decided to save money by switching over their main water source from the Detroit River, to the Flint River. This resulted in the residents of the city of Flint to be poisoned. The horrible conditions of the Flint River water caused lead to get into the water supply from the old pipes. This meant that the water was toxic with extremely elevated lead levels. Between 6,000 and 12,000 young children were exposed to drinking water with elevated lead levels in it. Due to this, the children might be exposed to many different serious health problems. Several lawsuits have been in place because of this situation. The Jungle, written by Upton Sinclair, is about Jurgis Rudkus and his family, who are immigrants that move to Chicago from Lithuania in search of a better life. Once they get to America, they realize that life here was not all that it was cracked up to be. They get mistreated, and their daily lives become very challenging. It is very hard for them to find jobs, and once they do, they get paid little to no money at all. Both the Flint Water Crisis and The Jungle have many similarities. They both are real life stories on how government officials let many people suffer due to corruption in the government. Both the Flint Water Crisis and The Jungle have corrupt governments. The citizens
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