Russell Simmons Visits Flint to Help Residents During Water Crisis
Russell Simmons has added his voice to the chorus that is seeking a resolution to the ongoing clean water crisis in Flint, Mich. The Def Jam cofounder recently made the trek to the embattled town, visiting with residents and helping local organizing groups with their relief efforts. Below, he's pictured (via his own Instagram account) speaking with residents and helping distribute bottled water.
According to M Live, the same Michigan publication that first reported news of Pusha T's water donations, the visit is going down today (Feb. 1), and Simmons is helping hand out 150,000 bottles of water, part of the 1 million originally pledged by the actor Mark Wahlberg and Diddy.
The mogul's donation officially comes courtesy of RushCard, the prepaid debit program he began in 2003 to help young people by existing without credit checks or overdraft fees; it also includes built-in financial incentives for users to deposit and to save money.
Simmons has long been vocal in the political arena; last month, he told Donald Trump that he should "cut the bullshit" with regard to his racist immigration proposals. (Trump is running today in the Iowa caucuses, the first time delegates for the Republican presidential candidacy will be committed.) He has called the poor water quality in Flint "environmental racism," arguing that the same situation would not be allowed to occur and continue in a more affluent area.
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