CREED DIRECTOR Ryan Coogler has organised a fundraiser for the residents of Flint amid a water crisis.
The 29-year-old and his Blackout for Human Rights activist collective announced a benefit fundraiser #JUSTICEFORFLINT today (Feb 23).
The event, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday (Feb 28) in the US, aims to raise funds and awareness for those suffering from poisoned water in the Michigan town.
Comedian Hannibal Buress has signed on to host and other Hollywood luminaries, including Ava DuVernay and Jesse Williams will be a part of the event, in addition to Janelle Monae.
“With the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them, as well as provide them with a night of entertainment, unity, and emotional healing,” Ryan explained in a statement.
“Water is life, it is a human right to have access to clean drinkable water and it is all of our responsibility to come together and provide some sense of healing to the Flint community,” said REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales.
The ongoing water crisis has left thousands of households without safe drinking water. In a cost-cutting effort, the city switched its water supply source from Lake Huron (treated by the Detroit Water and sewage Department) to Flint River water, a contaminated source that initiated the scandal.
In a case similar to the plot of Hollywood blockbuster Erin Brockovich, residents in a Michigan town say they had complained that the water from the Flint River looked, smelled and tasted funny and warned it was making them sick, with many developing skin rashes.
Damming evidence was made public that confirmed officials knew of the dangers should they stand by their decisions.
P Diddy, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa and Mark Wahlberg have been among the many who have donated supplies to help families.