#JusticeForFlint Raises Nearly $150K To Battle Flint Water Crisis Brandon Caldwell February 29, 2016 Lifestyle, News #JusticeForFlint, a benefit dedicated to battling the water crisis in Flint, Michigan raised over $145,000 last night. The event, aimed as a form of counter programming to the Academy Awards not only educated but engrossed those who sat inside the Whiting Auditorium on Sunday night. Ryan Coogler’s Blackout for Human Rights and Ava DuVernay, along with musicians Janelle Monáe, Flint resident Jon Connor, Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Jazmine Sullivan and more provided the entertainment. Flint activists, residents and students spoke on stage about how the water crisis had affected them, including a mother who miscarried her twins thanks to the consumption of the water. “One of these poets was pregnant w twins & lost them. A direct result of lead poisoning. She’s here, now. Overstand that. #JUSTICEFORFLINT,” actor/activist Jesse Williams tweeted during the #JusticeForFlint broadcast. Hosted by Hannibal Buress, #JusticeForFlint raised over $145,000 in funds to help with the crisis. (Donations are still being accepted via sending text messages of the word “Justice” to 83224.) A mixture of talent was brought in, including Michigan residents such as Royce da 5’9″, Denaun Porter, DeJ Loaf and Chicago’s Vic Mensa, who performed a new song, “16 Shots” as a tribute to Laquan McDonald. After he was finished performing, Wonder was joined by Monáe and led chants of “Flint Lives Matter” and “Clean Water Matters”. The Saginaw-born Wonder delivered a fiery critique of the Michigan government during the event. The government, in an effort to cut costs decided to no longer use the treated water from Detroit and instead opted to use water from Flint, long known to have been contaminated. RELATED: THe Modern Day Chernobyl That Is The Flint Water Crisis You can watch the encore of #JusticeForFlint via Revolt below. Share this:TweetShare on Tumblr Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.