By Ashton Horne
Little Miss Flint's Dedication To Solve Flint's Water Crisis Is Never Ending
At 8-years-old, Mari Copeny wrote a letter to President Obama. She asked him or his wife Michelle Obama to meet with her in Washington D.C. to view congressional hearings on the Flint, Michigan water crisis.
Her letter read the following:
Hello my name is Mari Copeny and I’m 8 years old, I live in Flint, Michigan and I’m more commonly known around town as “Little Miss Flint”. I am one of the children that is effected by this water, and I’ve been doing my best to march in protest and to speak out for all the kids that live here in Flint. This Thursday I will be riding a bus to Washington, D.C. to watch the congressional hearings of our Governor Rick Snyder. I know this is probably an odd request but I would love for a chance to meet you or your wife. My mom said chances are you will be too busy with more important things, but there is a lot of people coming on these buses and even just a meeting from you or your wife would really lift people’s spirits. Thank you for all that do for our country. I look forward to being able to come to Washington and to be able to see Gov. Snyder in person and to be able to be in the city where you live.
Thank You Mari Copeny
Obama got the memo. He instead came to Flint to make sure the people received the support they needed. Read his letter to Copeny below:
Soon afterwards The Environmental Protection Agency announced $100M to Flint, Michigan to make upgrades for their drinking water system.
The system became contaminated with leads and other toxins after switching water sources. The reason for switching was due to a cost cutting measure.
$250M in state funds had been already allocated to the crisis. 31% of the EPA Funding has since been cut by the Trump administration.
Copeny is no stranger to attention and activism. She is known around town as Little Miss Flint. She works hard to represent the children of Flint.
Since April 2014 Flint hasn't had clean water. It is now going on 5 years and Copeny is still working harder than ever for her town.
This goes beyond getting the president's attention. She makes sure to also help with school supplies, coats, and other essentials for children in her community.
Her accomplishments include the following:
Raising over $10,000 in two weeks online to provide backpacks for over 1,000 students in Flint.
Partnering with an organization called Pack Your Back. This organization mission statement is, "Working for the benefit of the underprivileged in the public education system through distribution events and community get-togethers, helping to give students opportunities to interact and grow.”
That event alone helped over 1,000 students start with school supplies and backpacks. Every child who came to received the backpack and supplies.
She is the youngest Women's March Youth Ambassador.
She is also a Youth Ambassador for the Climate March and Equality for Her.
Not even a teenager, she has spoken in front of the White House and at the Science March in Washington D.C.
#BlackPantherChallenge in which she took 800 kids from Flint Michigan to see Black Panther. She raised $16,000 through a Go-Fund Me Campaign.
In a world where we need models to look up to, Copeny has gone above and beyond for her community. People tend to forget the crisis going on, but she keeps pushing to make the change. She is a true hero!
Follow her on Twitter & IG @LittleMissFlint