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On February 28th, comedian Hannibal Buress, Creed director and co-writer Ryan Coogler, singer Janelle Monae, Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, Selma director Ava DuVernay, and other entertainment notables will be joining forces onstage for a free event in Flint, Michigan, according to BuzzFeed News. The Buress-hosted gathering, dubbed #JUSTICEFORFLINT, is open to the public and presented by Blackout for Human Rights, an activist collective founded by Coogler which is devoted to addressing human rights violations in the U.S.

For almost two years, Flint’s residents — many of whom are black and impoverished — have been subjected to massive lead and bacterial contamination in their water supply.

#JUSTICEFORFLINT will take place at the Whiting Auditorium (1241 E. Kearsley St.) on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET to raise both awareness and funds for those affected by the water crisis. It will also be live-streamed via revolt.tv, and donations will be collected both at the event and via text. Along with all the star power, organizers have also invited members of the Flint community to share their stories with the audience.

“With the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them, as well as provide them with a night of entertainment, unity, and emotional healing,” Ryan Coogler told BuzzFeed News in a statement. “Through the live stream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint’s youth.”

Though the event does take place on the same night as the Academy Awards, Coogler said the date was chosen because it fell on the final weekend of Black History Month, and that the date overlap was simply a coincidence.

The idea for #JUSTICEFORFLINT came about at Blackout’s last event #MLKNOW held on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 28), which took place at Riverside Church in Harlem and drew more than 2,200 attendees and nearly half a million views online.

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  • LogicOverEmotion

    Who are they gonna prosecute bc I heard it was a black guy who was actually in charge of the situation.

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    One crucial part of creating solutions deals with social activism. Social activism throughout the ages has promoted workers’ rights, caused the Voting Rights Act to be created, and caused more of an awareness on issues of criminal justice including police brutality. Today, we witness the man-made disaster in Flint, Michigan. This disaster is a product of austerity, deregulation, and the corrupt capitalist exploitation found in society. Children will be harmed for life for the actions of some people, so accountability must be made. It can cost over 1 billion dollars to replace and pipes and rebuild the plumbing system in Flint too. Flint Michigan has been a victim of deindustralization for decades and now its citizens have been poisoned of their water supply. Not only is Rick Snyder responsible for this situation (and he must resign. People must be prosecuted for this tragedy) as he is the Governor of the state.

    People from both major parties and multiple levels of government are responsible for the water switch, the cover up, and the other egregious measures that harmed the people of Flint too. For example, none other than Democratic Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon gave the official go ahead to the switch. The series of emergency managers that presided over the city during the crisis were all Democrats, as were the mayor and members of the Flint City Council. So, we know that the GOP is filled with sexists, xenophobes, racists, Islamphobes, and people with low character. I will never be a Republican. Yet, some Wall Street noeliberal Democrats also have done dirt too. The free event is inspiring. I have great love for Janelle Monae and I have great admiration for Sister Ava Duvernay. Sister Ava inspired me to research the events of Selma in a higher level. I respect the courageous Brothers and Sisters who are helping the people of Flint too. The privatized, corporate entities promoting austerity in the region are wrong. The emergency manager system (which is blatantly anti-democratic) must end in Michigan. Folks involved in the poisoning of the water and the cover up must be prosecuted as tons of people have been sick including children. We are black people and we want justice. Therefore, I greatly appreciate those involved in this important event (I have great respect for Blackout for Human Rights), so human beings in Flint can be helped.

    #Justice for Flint