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Pearl Jam has raised $300,000 to help the people of Flint, Michigan as the city reels from a water crisis that has gone on for two years. According to Billboard, the band has donated $125,000 of its money, while pulling another $175,000 out of recording, publishing and touring partners Republic Records, the Universal Music Publishing Group and Ticketmaster for a grand total of $300,000. The money is going to the United Way of Genesee County, which will channel the money to the Flint Water Fund and benefit the city’s ongoing drinking water contamination crisis. Pearl Jam has also launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise more money for Flint. At press time, that fund had raised nearly $10,000.
A dangerous amount of lead has been contaminating Flint’s water supply for nearly two years, following a switchover in which the city manager stopped getting water from Detroit and started pumping it in from the Flint River to cut costs. The water from the river flowed in corroded lead pipes, poisoning the water and causing sickness for thousands of Flint residents. City and state officials, including Governor Rick Snyder, have come under fire for what many believe was a slow response to the crisis.
Not so even flow…