BM4F Official Statement on the 2023 State of the Union

Feb 7, 2023 | BM4F Spotlights, Uncategorized, Young, Gifted & Green Blog Series | 0 comments

Washington, DC–President Biden boldly delivered the State of the Union rolling out receipts of progress toward prioritizing the environment ranging from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act to the Inflation Reduction Act.  One of the biggest takeaways in alignment with Black Millennials 4 Flint’s (BM4F) mission to create a #LeadFreeUSA, is the heightened focus President Biden expressed toward replacing lead service lines across our country–an effort further proven by the recent Get The Lead Out Partnership where BM4F is a proud inaugural partner organization.

“We’re also replacing poisonous lead pipes that go into 10 million homes and 400,000 schools and childcare centers, so every child in America can drink clean water.” –President Joseph Biden

Across the United States, nearly 6 to 10 million homes pay for drinking water from local lead service lines. While places like Flint, MI and Newark, NJ made headlines for lead pipes, the lead water crisis is a national issue, and this focus on “getting the lead out” is a step in the right direction.

“Unlike many of the issues of environmental injustices and pollution we face in this country, we know exactly how lead impacts public health and we know exactly how to fix it. Every city, town, and county must take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to get the lead out of our drinking water.” –LaTricea D. Adams, MAT, EdS

While we are moving in a good direction, there must be significantly more work done to truly “build back better”.  While President Biden lauded the Inflation Reduction Act for its monumental provisions, we cannot ignore the rolling fear of frontline communities that are still at risk of significant pollution from the fossil fuel industry. Additionally, while Roe vs Wade was uplifted as the rights of child birthing people continue to be threatened and taken away in conservative states, we are disappointed to not hear prioritization of Black Maternal Health being that Black child birthing people are dying in record numbers more than any other group in the country simply trying to give birth. The risks are even more dire due to climate change.  Miscarriages are still issues in communities with a heavy presence of lead exposure in cities like our namesake, Flint. 

BM4F is looking forward to being a champion for our most vulnerable communities by being a partner with this administration to truly build back better and remain steadfast in protecting our democracy.

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Black Millennials 4 Flint (BM4F) is a national grassroots, environmental justice, and civil rights organization with the purpose of bringing like-minded organizations together to collectively take action and advocate against the crisis of lead exposure specifically in African American & Latinx communities throughout the nation.

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