Mar 01, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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A benefit event for residents affected by lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan has brought in almost $156,000.

Blackout for Human Rights says about 2,000 people attended the event held on Oscar night.

Filmmaker and founding Blackout member, Ryan Coogler, says more than 4,000 people made donations online. Coogler directed the film “Creed.” Blackout is a collective that addresses human rights violations.

Flint was under state financial control in 2014 – when it switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River to save money. Corrosive water from the river leached lead from old water lines into some homes – and tests have shown high lead levels in some of  Flint’s children.

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