• Flint Water Crisis - Vehicle City

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    The town of Flint, Michigan was once a thriving hub of industry. Located 70 miles from Detroit, the town once housed General Motors’ largest factory plant; jobs were plentiful and the area was a strong working class town. That identity has all but faded. Now, 41.6% of Flint residents live below the poverty line with a median income of $24,000, even worse, they are locked in the worst water crisis in American history. Budget mismanagement and corruption caused the city to source the Flint River as the city’s main water source, and area residents are facing drastic health risks from the chemically imbalanced water. Born and raised in Flint, Aftermath emcee Jon Connor has seen enough. Using his platform to shed light on this disastrous water shortage, Connor is standing up for the town that made him who he is. Releasing an ode to the crisis, the rapper’s poignant single “Fresh Water for Flint” featuring Keke Palmer is a call to action for the country to aid his hometown during this difficult battle. Connor has held meetings with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, partnered with the Flint Food Bank and rallied area teens in an attempt to bring attention to the situation which desperately needs a solution. “I feel like I’m the voice of Flint, so I’m just trying to verbalize how all the natives feel,” Connor remarked to Billboard Magazine. Young and Reckless caught wind of Jon’s message and felt compelled to support his platform by filming this video showing the residents’ perspective of this dire crisis. “I was definitely inspired to act when I heard his message,” states Y&R Founder Chris “Drama” Pfaff. Check the video to learn more about the situation and what Jon Connor is doing for his hometown. Show less
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