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first intro’d to Hanna when she won first mit disobedience award – 2017

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StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) tweeted at 9:21 AM – 16 Aug 2018 :
Flint still doesnt have CLEAN WATER! They have to wait HOURS in line to get CLEAN WATER for their families!

StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) tweeted at 10:40 AM – 16 Aug 2018 :
What we can afford
$90M for the Parade
$70M on Trump golf
$70M on Trump Vacation
$233M on separating immigrants
$12B for tariff bailouts
$70B on a wall
$716B on American Imperialism
Space force
What we can’t afford
Debt free Education
Healthcare for all
Clean water (

StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) tweeted at 1:31 PM – 16 Aug 2018 :
What I am about to say is not the matter of opinion, it is FACT.
If Majority of Flint’s population was rich & white, the government wouldn’t think twice to fix Flint’s water. But because flint is majority black and poor, the government doesn’t give a damn.
This is why we KNEEL (

StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) tweeted at 7:05 PM – 16 Aug 2018 :
It has been 4 YEARS!
Also if you are a fellow resister and you don’t have a Muslim friend or know any one Muslim, I’ll be your friend. You can follow me. (


2016 TEDMED Talk – Flint’s fight for America’s children

Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha is the whistleblower who exposed the dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water. In her 2016 TEDMED Talk, Mona sheds light on how the people of Flint are finding hope after the crisis and working together to rebuild their American dream


4 min – flint was something special from immigrants.. lifted working people into the middle class and the american dream.. but what followed was heavy disinvestment.. flint is where our inequality/injustice problems are most striking

5 mi – today in flint the life expectancy is 15 yrs less than a neighboring zip code..

lots of changed but people are still flocking to america.. but there are two americas.. the one i was lucky to grow up in and the one i see everyday in my clinic

6 min – i have seen things you never want to see.. things you run from not towards

7 min – lily was born into a city.. who’s city’s manager focus was austerity.. save money.. and the water got compromised (paraphrase)

this poor city had lost democracy.. for 18 months they were told to relax.. while drinking contaminated water..

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8 min – mind you.. we were drinking contaminated water while in the middle of the .. largest source of fresh water in the world..

500 house – drew philp

we know what lead does.. we’ve known for centuries.. it is a potent irreversible neurotoxin.. it impacts cognition/behavior.. how we think/act.. and we know now even the smallest doses and the first increments of exposure can cause tremendous damage..

not just a flint problem.. our countries most vulnerable children are already burdened w lead and every other level of toxic stress..

lead levels doubled .. when we first stood up w truth.. michigan tried to discredit me.. but.. you don’t mess around with kids.. lead.. pediatricians.. as physician we have taken an oath as healers/protectors..

10 min – we fought back w science.. and finally the house of cards began to fall

there is no magic pill for lead.. but we need to figure out how to improve tomorrow.. this begins our story of hope.. but i am far from thinking it is enough to hope.. that’s why i’m proud to work in flint.. hard work

11 min – new dream – a model public health program.. ie: health care for all..

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Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) tweeted at 0:48 PM on Thu, Aug 16, 2018:
Remember: our “crazy idea” of universal health care is a reality in:

Czech Rep.
New Zealand
S. Korea

12 min – frederick douglass: easier to build strong children than to repair broken men


in a city that used to build really strong cars we are now building really strong kids

but to truly fix flint and flints everywhere it will take a re building of that american dream.. because the most potent med we can prescribe is to lift our families out of poverty

rather.. we need the energy of 7bn alive people.. we need to get back to an undisturbed ecosystem

via 7n people.. in the city.. as the day.. guided by gershenfeld something else law

as it could be..

2 convers.. as infra

to get at our deeper poverty (ie: than money.. than water even..) our absence of shalom.. our lacking of 2 basic needs..

not just a labor or econ issue.. it is a public health issue.. and american dream issue

exactly.. to health.. ie: krishnamurti measure law.. not so much and american dream.. has to be all of us..

families are desperate for something better

that dream is for everyone.. not just a select few.. w/in right tools/resources.. it is w/in reach

turning a tragedy into something beautiful


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Mom, pediatrician, and public health advocate. Author of “What the Eyes Don’t See.”

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book on hold at library – thank you library

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her site:

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Mona Hanna-Attisha (born 1976) is a pediatrician and public health advocate whose research exposed the Flint water crisis. Her research revealed children were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan. She is now the director of an initiative to mitigate the impact of the crisis. She is commonly referred to as “Dr. Mona”

Born Mona Hanna in Sheffield, England, her parents are Iraqi scientists and dissidents who fled during Saddam Hussein’s regime. She grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan and graduated from Royal Oak’s Kimball High School.[4] In 2017, she penned a New York Times opinion about her immigrant story and the impact of President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions titled Corroding the American Dream.


On 24 September 2015, in a press conference at Flint’s Hurley Medical Center, Dr. Hanna-Attisha revealed that Flint children’s blood lead levels doubled after the water was switched from the Detroit River to the Flint River in April 2014.

Dr. Hanna-Attisha conducted her research after talking to a high-school friend, Elin Warn Betanzo, a former Environmental Protection Agency Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water employee and water engineer. Betanzo told Hanna-Attisha that Marc Edwards, a water engineer and professor from Virginia Tech and his team of Flint Water Study researchers, found high levels of lead in Flint residents’ homes. Even though Hanna-Attisha was not provided the data she sought from the State of Michigan, she used hospital electronic medical records as data for her study.

At a risk to her career, Hanna-Attisha revealed her findings at the 24 September 2015 press conference before her research was scientifically peer reviewed, because of the public health implications.


At Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s 24 September 2015 press conference she urged residents, particularly children, to stop drinking the water, to end Flint River as a water source as soon as possible and urged the City of Flint to issue a health advisory. A day after Dr.Hanna-Attisha released her study, Flint issued a health advisory advising residents, particularly children, to minimize exposure to Flint tap water. The water source was switched back to the Detroit river on 16 October 2015. Later, the City of Flint, the State of Michigan and the United States made emergency declarations.

Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s research was initially ridiculed by the State of Michigan, when a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson accused her of being an “unfortunate researcher” “splicing and dicing numbers” who was causing “near hysteria.” About ten days later, after The Detroit Free Press published its own findings consistent with Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s findings and after Hanna-Attisha engaged in one-on-one conversations with Michigan’s chief medical officer, the State of Michigan backed down and concurred with her findings. Later, at the press conference in which the State of Michigan acknowledged the lead in water crisis, Department of Environmental Quality officials apologized to Hanna-Attisha. In his 19 January 2016 State of the State address, Governor Snyder publicly thanked Hanna-Attisha and Edwards for sounding the alarm about the Flint water crisis.


Eventually, in part due to Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s advocacy, $100 million in federal dollars was allocated to Flint in addition to approximately $250 million in state dollars to address the crisis.


Hanna-Attisha wrote what has been described as a dramatic first-hand account of the Flint Water Crisis with the “gripping intrigue of a Grisham thriller.” ..The release date for Hanna-Attisha’s book, What the Eyes Don’t See was June 19, 2018.

Anonymous Content optioned the book rights to make a movie, to be produced by Michael Sugar and Rosalie Swedlin, and written/directed by Cherien Dabis.


Hanna-Attisha gave a TEDMED talk entitled “Flint’s Fight for America’s Children” on 1 November 2016.


On 21 July 2017, Hanna-Attisha and Edwards were jointly awarded the first Disobedience Award by the MIT Media Lab for “for defying conventions of peer review as they sought to bring attention to Flint’s water crisis before more people were affected.” Hanna-Attisha and Edwards donated the $250,000 award to victims of the crisis.


CityLab (@CityLab) tweeted at 7:18 AM – 29 Aug 2018 :
After Flint, Michigan’s top state health official was indicted. He’s still on the job


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deray (@deray) tweeted at 6:13 AM – 30 Aug 2018 :
Drinking water to be shut off at all Detroit public schools (