Actor Mark Ruffalo urges Flint residents to ‘get in the streets’ and fight for justice

Actor Mark Ruffalo.
Actor Mark Ruffalo.

By Steve Neavling
Motor City Muckraker

Actor Mark Ruffalo, director of the nonprofit Water Defense, said it’s a disgrace that all levels of government aren’t acting swiftly enough to help Flint residents who have been poisoned by contaminated drinking water.

Speaking at a press conference this morning in Flint, Ruffalo called on President Obama to declare a national disaster to unlock funds to replace lead-covered pipes and address the health problems of thousands of residents.

“What is happening here is a national emergency,” an impassioned Ruffalo said. “I am imploring President Obama to declare Flint, Michigan, a national disaster starting today.”

Gov. Rick Snyder
Gov. Rick Snyder

Ruffalo blasted Gov. Rick Snyder’s handling of the crisis.

“What has happened here is a crisis of credibility from the government,” he said. 

Experts and residents joined Ruffalo in calling for immediate action, saying that the dangers of the drinking water have long been downplayed.

Ruffalo said residents must stand up and fight.

“Get in the streets. You have to flight for what you believe in,” Ruffalo said. “It’s the only way to create change.”

Ruffalo added: “It’s an atrocity what happened here. It’s a travesty that shouldn’t be happening in America.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    Ruffalo is a crazed attention seeker hypocrite. He came here suggesting water should be free, its racist to not give black people free water, water is a human right etc, and where does he live ?

    In a community that shuts your water off, after either one or two missed bills, not ten years.

    He can go move to somewhere that gives out free water, no questions asked, until then, I never want to hear the guy speak on anything social, political, nothing. Act and shut the hell up, and at least move to this free water environment you think exists everywhere, it should be quite easy to find such a place mark. You turd.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    Ruffalo is a crazed attention seeker hypocrite. He came here suggesting water should be free, its racist to not give black people free water, water is a human right etc, and where does he live ?

    In a community that shuts your water off, after either one or two missed bills, not ten years.

    He can go move to somewhere that gives out free water, no questions asked, until then, I never want to hear the guy speak on anything social, political, nothing. Act and shut the hell up, and at least move to this free water environment you think exists everywhere, it should be quite easy to find such a place mark. You turd.

    • Donald E. Hodge

      yeah, and what have you done to help?

      • javierjuanmanuel

        Help with free water? Nothing, its impossible to do.

        He can campaign for free water in his own community if he really cares.

        He does not cares, he is trying to get something out of the crazy racial angle to it, and get free press.

        He could have spent all his time the last ten years doing this just in his town and surrounding communities, yet I have never even heard it ever suggested anywhere but detroit.

        Hmm, I wonder why that is.

        • Donald E. Hodge

          No, I didn`t say water. Help with anything.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Sure I help with local charities. What about it.

            Why does him going on tv demanding free water just for black people, burden me to do more.

            LOL why just detroit.

            No one is suggesting we pipe high quality water to every rural white person.

            Have you heard anyone suggest that?

            What are you doing to make sure poor rural white in the UP get world class free water piped right to there house ?

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Sure I help with local charities. What about it.

            Why does him going on tv demanding free water just for black people, burden me to do more.

            LOL why just detroit.

            No one is suggesting we pipe high quality water to every rural white person.

            Have you heard anyone suggest that?

            What are you doing to make sure poor rural white in the UP get world class free water piped right to there house ?

          • Donald E. Hodge

            The Klu Klux Klan and The Nazi Party don`t count as charities.

          • Donald E. Hodge

            The Klu Klux Klan and The Nazi Party don`t count as charities.

    • Donald E. Hodge

      yeah, and what have you done to help?

    • Dongald Trumpenis

      Moron. You are a blathering idiot, 100% of the time.

  • Third World Detroit

    Yes, enough talking and half-stepping.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    I am with Mark on this. He is 100% right. I heard Hillary say in a speech “If this had happened in West Bloomfield or Gross Point, The problem would have been handled a long time ago”. I agree. But what is she doing about it. what is Washington doing about it. this is and has been handled so half assed by most involved. I would like to send some money but not really sure to whom or where to mail it.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Thats because those areas have money, and people are involved. Not because of race.

      They do traffic studies out the azz in GP if they are going to make a street a cul de sac, there can be 20 streets in any direction open all the way to jefferson to harper, they will spend 50k, and have 4-5 public meetings on making a street a dead end behind a store.

      Same with letting a bank knock over some store, or putting in a dog park. In grosse pointe woods you can only paint a store sherwin williams colonial williamburg color collection. They tried to ban people from having little 2 ft lit open signs. That is the level of control and involvement. You can have a multi million dollar business and they want to be able to tell you that you cannot have a subtle lit sign on the window saying you are open.

      This could not happen in GP because there would be 40 busy bodies questioning everything, a lawyer taking a suit on pro bono, etc.

      The state or county does not care more. The pointes have crappy roads that are county roads, we are not treated special. We are gerrmandered so our votes do not ever count for anything.

      Basically the complaint is that area is full of dual income hard working people, who are involved and things are pretty darn nice.

      Weeeelll shiiiiiit, try that in Flint, no one will stop you. I guarantee it, the racist boogie men are not going to stop you from being involved in your community and schools.

      • Donald E. Hodge

        Once again you have fucked up the whole and total point to what Mark is all about. This is an environmental emergency. Who cares if the water is free or not. This is about Helping people in flint at a very dangerous time for them.Helping others in need is something your worthless ass wouldn’t know anything about. Enjoy that price on your head. You did it to yourself.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          He cares about free water, he was here spouting off how horrible and racist it is last year that everyone in detroit is not given free water.

          Him and cher made it their big cause.

          So to answer your uninformed, or short sighted question, HE CARES. He was shouting on tv, on the news, going on talk shows for weeks about free water.

          Where have you been ?

          • Donald E. Hodge

            Nowhere other than looking at you right now.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Why are you and muckraker not worried about high lead in fenton ?

            How about communities that are old like detroit, highland park, mt clemens, and a few others having higher lead incidence in kids than post water problems in flint?

            That was in the paper, did you not see it ?

            There is lead all over the place in old areas. Yes even areas like birmingham, grosse pointe, all the old inner ring burbs were completely built up before lead paint was banned.

            No one cares, again because it cannot be blamed on a single white male republican, and made into an ellection issue.

            The same big government that is going to fix it, let pipes be made of lead 8 years after they banned it in paint. How funny is that. That is how much DC cares.

            Stop making paint with lead, it will harm you, yes continue to manufacture pipes with it for 8 more years.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Why are you and muckraker not worried about high lead in fenton ?

            How about communities that are old like detroit, highland park, mt clemens, and a few others having higher lead incidence in kids than post water problems in flint?

            That was in the paper, did you not see it ?

            There is lead all over the place in old areas. Yes even areas like birmingham, grosse pointe, all the old inner ring burbs were completely built up before lead paint was banned.

            No one cares, again because it cannot be blamed on a single white male republican, and made into an ellection issue.

            The same big government that is going to fix it, let pipes be made of lead 8 years after they banned it in paint. How funny is that. That is how much DC cares.

            Stop making paint with lead, it will harm you, yes continue to manufacture pipes with it for 8 more years.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          Michigan Department of Environmental Quality records show that six
          private water supplies in Michigan and two municipalities — not
          including Flint — meet or exceed the federal limit on lead and copper in
          water tested at the customer tap.

          Another six private and 16 municipal systems across the state,
          ranging in size from 25 customers to more than 120,000, tested for
          levels that are below the U.S. federal limit, but above safety
          benchmarks used by the World Health Organization, the international
          public health arm of the United Nations, and the Virginia Tech
          university team that helped blow the whistle in Flint.

          Michigan cities with lead at or above the WHO benchmark include
          Kalamazoo, Muskegon Heights, Benton Harbor, Owosso, Ionia, Marysville
          and St. Louis.
          The statewide lead records underscore a widespread problem with
          American drinking water infrastructure that, in communities with homes
          and commercial buildings constructed prior to the mid-1980s, continues
          to supply vital tap water through private service line connections that
          leach lead into the liquid

        • javierjuanmanuel

          There are high lead levels, in a number of places, and no one cares because it cannot be blamed on a white male republican. You are being hoodwinked. You are a fool. You are a puppet and do not even know it.

          • Donald E. Hodge

            Well like most four year olds you don’t get it. Again. If you are not a Wasp, and it doesn’t sound like you are. In your own admission,then you are gone. Remember he and you wanted a new world order.

          • Donald E. Hodge

            Well like most four year olds you don’t get it. Again. If you are not a Wasp, and it doesn’t sound like you are. In your own admission,then you are gone. Remember he and you wanted a new world order.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            If they say they cannot send back ten million illegal latin people with no papers, how are they going to eject 200 million non wasps.

            Do you know what wasp is? Its pretty damn specific, white anglo saxon, protestant. That means you must be anglo saxon tribe pure, and practice protestant Christianity.

          • Donald E. Hodge

            yeah you got me, that`s me I`m a wasp. whats it like knowing if you died soon, no one would care.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Whats it like knowing if you died, your own family would cheer.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            You dipshit, how can they not deport illegals with no papers, but they will send 200 million or more non wasps to where?

            Lol you can barely get europe to take a couple million Syrians.

            Lol

            You think wasp means white, or pale. You are a fool, very few white people are even wasps.

          • Donald E. Hodge

            well is he not the governor of the entire state of Michigan? So yes, all the areas of our state that have these issues with water. It would be his fault. just like if it was a Democratic governor in office, assholes like you would be asking for their head.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            You are a moron. He did nothing in those areas, its not any more his fault than obamas fault.

            The go back, depending on the community 10 years under granholm, to 100 years ago in places like detroit, dearborn, grosse pointe park.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          It’s worth nothing that 15 ppb is a regulatory measure and public
          health agencies and advocates consider that generous. The World Health
          Organization says that, while no level of lead is safe to drink, 10 ppb
          is guideline level for action. Virginia Tech researchers consider 5 ppb a
          “cause for concern.”

          In 2014, Kalamazoo tested at 13 ppb. In 2013, the city of Caseville
          in Huron County also tested at 13 ppb, according to the most recent DEQ
          records.

          Not including Flint, the highest recent municipal water levels were
          in the Manistee County village of Bear Lake and in the Upper Peninsula’s
          Crystal Falls Township. Both tested at 15 ppb; Crystal Falls in 2013
          and Bear Lake in 2015.

          What do those results mean? Well, it’s complicated.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          this from lilly white fenton in a nice private sub with private water.

          As for the private water systems on the list, the highest
          contamination in the DEQ records is at Chateaux Du Lac Condominiums, a
          homeowners association in Fenton that tested at 79 ppb in December 2014;
          and the AuSable Valley Community nursing home in Fairview, which tested
          at 68 ppb in December 2015.

          The Fenton condos get water from a private well, say managers.”

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Thats because those areas have money, and people are involved. Not because of race.

      They do traffic studies out the azz in GP if they are going to make a street a cul de sac, there can be 20 streets in any direction open all the way to jefferson to harper, they will spend 50k, and have 4-5 public meetings on making a street a dead end behind a store.

      Same with letting a bank knock over some store, or putting in a dog park. In grosse pointe woods you can only paint a store sherwin williams colonial williamburg color collection. They tried to ban people from having little 2 ft lit open signs. That is the level of control and involvement. You can have a multi million dollar business and they want to be able to tell you that you cannot have a subtle lit sign on the window saying you are open.

      This could not happen in GP because there would be 40 busy bodies questioning everything, a lawyer taking a suit on pro bono, etc.

      The state or county does not care more. The pointes have crappy roads that are county roads, we are not treated special. We are gerrmandered so our votes do not ever count for anything.

      Basically the complaint is that area is full of dual income hard working people, who are involved and things are pretty darn nice.

      Weeeelll shiiiiiit, try that in Flint, no one will stop you. I guarantee it, the racist boogie men are not going to stop you from being involved in your community and schools.

    • Evangelina Aguilar

      and with $ of one or two of her paid speeches she could have helped long ago, but oh wait she also stole the money from haiti, never mind.. mm never mind, she has an awful record helping poor communities, she is just blah blah, ..oh yes forgot she is for fracking and oh yes forgot Nestle and Monsanto the ones making money from the crisis and oh wait forgot about the big banks now benefiting from the homes that will be foreclosures due to lead, and oh wait.. didnt she voted against helping as well? oh wait.. what else. the list goes on, but she will pander the votes .. as usual.. or have slick willie interrupt voters.. oh the klinton dynasty cant they get it? people dont want them..

      • Donald E. Hodge

        unlike the Bush famliy.

        • Stewart

          Bush was NEVER impeached, accused of having sex with a subordinate, OR made their fortune by 300k speeches to anyone willing to pay them.

          • Donald E. Hodge

            That is what your coming back with! No the Bush family made all their money by fucking everyone over at the gas pumps day in and day out. And nobody would pay him 300thou a speech because hes a fucking moron! I mean whats he going to talk about? How he lied to everybody in the world about WMD in Iraq just to start or finish the the war his old man started or maybe how he Destroyed the dignity,honor and decency of Gen. Colin Powell live on TV to sell it to everybody else in the world? Oh and ah sex? look at his hideous wife, yeah boy what a peach she is, smokin hot! you know he did. just not dumb enough to get caught at the white house like Bill did Just go away, you embarrass yourself dribbling out that doggerel. But thanks Stewie . now I can get through the day knowing how smart you are.

          • Stewart

            Boy, what a pissy little hothead. Keep screaming stupidity, it serves YOU VERY well. LOL! YOU are SO fun!

          • Donald E. Hodge

            Look just because they filled in your favorite peephole in the boys shower room at your local middle school does not make this your next stop. This is Motor city muckrakers. It is a great on-line Newspaper.Not the Pederast chat room. Ok Mair.

          • Stewart

            LOL!!!! The LITTLE ANGRYE boy continues to AMUSE! YOU should stop revealing ALL your deepest, DARKEST secrets l YOU’RE THE gift, that never will be! LOL!!!!!

          • Stewart

            Boy, what a pissy little hothead. Keep screaming stupidity, it serves YOU VERY well. LOL! YOU are SO fun!

          • javierjuanmanuel

            You are the moron if you think the money is for the speech. Its like buying a whore, but you say you are paying for her advice, the sex is because she likes you.

            Hillary cant speak for shit. She yells monotone into the mic

          • Donald E. Hodge

            Paying for whores is something I`m sure you know all about. So get this and get it good you Nazi asshole. the next president of this country is going to be a Democrat. so get use to it, and chances are they will be there eight years strong. But hopefully in that time frame you`ll be rotting in an alley somewhere.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Whatever you hopeless moron. You thought the speeches and the 300k is for the actual speech. Its buying influence.

            Forget whores, its all fake. They cannot make that much per speech on tv. They could just as easily sell autographs for 300k, or collector white house matchbooks. Its a way to bribe the clintons because they are very easily bribed.

          • Dongald Trumpenis

            Bush only started a war because his VP told him to. 10,000 Americans killed or wounded, and 1 million Iraqis, and $3 trillion bill paid by the U.S.

          • Stewart

            PROVE it- Mr. Penis- that the VP told him to and PROVE the intelligence agencies DIDN’T support the existence of WMD. YOU know, the agencies the CURRENT emperor uses and IGNORES. THUS, leaving those dead soldiers to died in vain.

          • Dongald Trumpenis

            ONCE AGAIN you claim that the exact same intelligence agency is being used by two presidents in the same manner. Pathetic.

            Ask Richard Clarke. Clarke worked for the State Department during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush appointed him to chair the Counter-terrorism Security Group and to a seat on the United States National Security Council. President Bill Clinton retained Clarke and in 1998 promoted him to be the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism, the chief counter-terrorism adviser on the National Security Council.

            “The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said, ‘I want you to find whether Iraq did this.’ Now he never said, ‘Make it up.’ But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this.

            “I said, ‘Mr. President. We’ve done this before. We have been looking at this. We looked at it with an open mind. There’s no connection.’

            “He came back at me and said, “Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there’s a connection.’ And in a very intimidating way. I mean that we should come back with that answer. We wrote a report.”

            Clarke continued, “It was a serious look. We got together all the FBI experts, all the CIA experts. We wrote the report. We sent the report out to CIA and found FBI and said, ‘Will you sign this report?’ They all cleared the report. And we sent it up to the president and it got bounced by the National Security Advisor or Deputy. It got bounced and sent back saying, ‘Wrong answer. … Do it again.’

          • Stewart

            AND THEY USED the SAME intelligence agencies that said WMD existed and THE REST OF THE WORLD CONCURRED, MR. PENIS

          • Dongald Trumpenis

            What an administration does with the intel depends on that particular administration’s policies.

            Nice going- you basically completely failed to comprehend what I posted about Bush’s people deliberately ignoring Richard Clarke’s assessment of Saddam / 9/11 non-existent connections.

            Too much AM radio brain damage?

          • Stewart

            AND THEY USED the SAME intelligence agencies that said WMD existed and THE REST OF THE WORLD CONCURRED, MR. PENIS