Phaedra Parks is addressing the Flint, Mich. water crisis

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" personality Phaedra Parks has been in Flint, Mich. handing out water and meeting with residents beset by lead in their public drinking water.

What we know about the Flint water crisis

"When we work together there is synergy," she wrote with one of the images she has posted on her public Instagram page. "We will not sit quietly and allow the government to poison families and children."

Parks, who is an attorney, is teaming up with other celebrities and attorneys.

President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency, lawsuits have been filed and federal agencies are investigating who's at fault.

Jimmy Fallon, Cher, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Mark Wahlberg and Meek Mill are among the other celebrities pitching in with donations.


State and local officials can likely bank on a blizzard of lawsuits. From a recent AJC news recap:

"Almost immediately after the city switched water sources in April 2014,  residents complained of  smelly, discolored water coming into their homes. Soon after that, people began to report itchy skin after they took baths in the contaminated water. Within months, a pediatrician in the area said she began to see children with signs of lead poisoning.

At one point, a General Motors plant even stopped using the water, saying it was rusting its parts.

Despite the complaints, officials made public assurances that the water met federal safety guidelines put into place and monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency." 

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Jennifer Brett
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