Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company, bottles Michigan’s water for next to nothing and sells it at great profit. And the state has just approved its request to pump even more, despite the failed promise of jobs and 80,000 public comments against Nestle. Meanwhile, just two hours away, Flint still doesn’t have clean water. AJ+’s Dena Takruri meets those who have a stake in this fight, including local environmentalists, a tribal citizen, ordinary residents and a Nestle spokeswoman.
AJ+’s Dena Takruri returns to Flint for the 4-year anniversary of the water crisis. Officials here say the water is safe, but residents still don’t trust them. And since the state of Michigan stopped providing free bottled water, people here are forced to pay some of the highest bills in the country for water they don’t even use. When will this crisis be over?
Skid Row is a sprawling tent city in the heart of downtown Los Angeles where you’ll find thousands of people sleeping on the streets, diseases, no toilets, no food or water. AJ+’s Dena Takruri goes to ground zero of L.A.’s homelessness crisis to show the dire and shocking conditions residents live under.
There’s rumors of another massive ICE raid in California, despite its sanctuary state status. AJ+’s Dena Takruri explains how California and its sanctuary cities are trying to defy the Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
AJ+’s Dena Takruri spends a day with Jose Guevara, a 23-year-old Salvadoran college student who recently relapsed with leukemia for the third time. He’s a DACA recipient, and his mother has temporary protected status, or TPS. The Trump administration has ended TPS, and if his mother has to leave the country, Jose will lose his insurance coverage.
For decades, the war on drugs has unfairly locked up a disproportionate number of black people in California. Now that recreational weed is legal, the city of Oakland has mandated that half of all marijuana business permits go to people who are low income and have a cannabis conviction. AJ+’s Dena Takruri visits Nug, a weed business training such folks to become potrepreuners.