Mari Copeny Is Flint, Michigan’s 11-Year-Old Hero

When she was just eight years old, Flint, Michigan, resident Mari Copeny wrote to President Obama asking him to meet with her to discuss her hometown’s water crisis while she was visiting Washington, D.C. He didn’t just respond — he decided to visit her in Flint. Since then, Copeny has continued to speak out about Flint’s crisis and regularly helps distribute clean water to residents.

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