Water is a critical component of the current body of work that I do. It is the medium that allows me to create the beautiful imagery of my Inkscapes. Because I am aware of its importance and of its scarcity in many parts of the world, I strive to conserve my use of it.
It is because of this and my personal connection to the city of Flint, Michigan, that I feel compelled to share a few thoughts with you.
My family is from Flint, hailing all the way back to my great grandparents who arrived and settled in the town as part of The Great Migration. Many of my relatives continue to live there and the very thought of them, alongside thousands of other residents, living without access to clean, drinkable water is horrifying. There aren't enough words to express my outrage over the fact that future generations will be permanently scarred from the effects of consuming and bathing in lead-poisoned water as a direct result of the reckless indifference of the state and federal government.
I am encouraged that there are people are coming forward to support the people of Flint, who have persistently and valiantly spoken out about the crisis affecting their city. If you would like to learn more this man-made disaster and how you can help, a great place to start would be with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show website. There you will finds links on how to make monetary and water donations as well as other background information. If you use Twitter, you can also find information under the hashtags #FlintWaterCrisis #FlintWater and my personal favorite, #ArrestSnyder.
Justice for Flint.