Saturday, June 09, 2018

Mona Hanna-Attisha

What happened in Flint could happen elsewhere, as the push for austerity and a disdain for science are combined with antidemocratic measures like voter disenfranchisement, gerrymandering and state-appointed emergency managers. One of the lessons of Flint is that science and public health won’t save us without a functioning democracy. Being awake is not enough. We have to be loud. Only when we mobilize and have a say in what happens to our communities will smarter decisions be made — for the environment, for public health and for all our children.


Mona Hanna-Attisha (@MonaHannaAthe), the founder and director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, is the author of the forthcoming “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City,” from which this essay is adapted.