Protesters Draw Attention to Newark's Lead Crisis Before VMA's

Downtown Newark Prudential Center Aerial View

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Last night, protesters stood outside the Prudential Center before the MTV Video Music Awards, drawing attention to Newark's ongoing lead crisis. According to, residents chanted “We want our water free, we don’t need no MTV!” and held signs that read “Not Another Flint,” “Get the Lead Out,” “Fix Newark Now,” and “Governor Murphy Fix Our Pipes."

Tests have shown elevated levels of lead in Newark's tap water for the last two years but the situation gained more exposure earlier this month when officials started distributing bottled water to residents. The decision to give out bottled water came after the reliability of water filters given out by the city was questioned.

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