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Cornell Brooks is the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Michael Brune is executive director of the Sierra Club, which is the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2 million members and supporters. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the authors.
(CNN)The world stared in disbelief recently at the news that an American city of nearly 100,000 was needlessly exposed to toxic levels of lead in the city's water system. In Flint, Michigan, thousands of families fear for their health and their children's future. And as the full story has emerged, disbelief has turned to outrage, turning Flint into a political issue big enough to attract a presidential debate.