Salon, in a recent article by Jaimee Swift , featured MALA’s advocacy efforts on the Flint water crisis. With an audience of 15 million monthly unique visitors, Salon covers breaking news, politics, culture, technology and entertainment through investigative reporting, fearless commentary and criticism, and provocative personal essays.
Recently, in partnership with the American Muslim Community Services, MALA raised $3,500 for the Flint cause. We were able to present the funds to to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who helped unmask the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and recently recognized as TIME’s 100 Most Influential People for the Flint Children’s Fund. Although we are very grateful for this, there’s still a massive void that needs to be filled to help these children and families.
In her post, Swift writes, “Countless …. organizations across the country such as the Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA), Zen Buddhist Temple of Ann Arbor, and Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles, have rallied behind and monetarily supported the Flint cause.”
The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination issue in Flint, Michigan, that started in April 2014, and is yet far from over. The lead-contaminated water has affected children the most in the Flint community.
Giving bottled water isn’t enough. This crisis will take at least a good 20 years to gauge the full longitudinal aftermath of the contaminated water. Continued medical care and community service programs are sorely in need.