For Jackson State University graduate student LaMonté Pierce what started out as a class project focused on addressing an issue faced by communities in Mississippi led to the creation of a product designed to combat lead poisoning in water, WJTV reported.
Pierce and other students that he collaborated with decided to use the assignment as an avenue to address water contamination impacting the City of Jackson. They designed a straw that could be used to filter water. Pierce and his classmate Andrew Willis decided to go beyond the project and continue to do research and testing to turn the straw into a product that would be a catalyst in addressing water contamination in communities across the globe. Pierce’s efforts led to the creation of Cleanstraww. The straws are made of non-toxic materials and has a three-step filtering process which divides sediment and particles from water. He utilized a 3-D printer for the creation of the straw.
“I saw somewhere they were drinking out of toilets, they were drinking from the river, different things like that. They use simple filters that you can find in everyday filters, but the thing was they did not filter out lead. If we can filter out lead, we can pretty much filter out anything,” he told the news outlet. “Take the responsibility of clean water directly out of the government, state and city officials hands and put it in the hands of the consumers. If you want clean water, here you go.” Several national retailers have expressed interest in selling his product, including Walmart. Pierce hopes that he can find investors for his product to grow his business and create more jobs in Mississippi.
Products like Cleanstraww are needed. According to CBS News, lead in America’s water systems has become a growing national crisis.
Black Twitter Is Split On Reparations After Contentious House Hearing
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A couple of things #HR40 hearing is reinforcing:— Greg Carr (@AfricanaCarr) June 19, 2019
1. The need to study the long #Reparations movement and it’s well-established objectives is greater now than ever;
2. Supporters of White American nationalism can find an American Negro to say anything they need them to.
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It's important to continue to have the conversion about #reparations This is one of my favorite speeches of the late Martin Luther King "...we are coming to get it check" #Juneteenth pic.twitter.com/sxKbjxncKP— Essence Of Today (@DarkQueenJ_) June 19, 2019
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I’m getting quite tired of hearing and seeing white people debate whether or not we need #Reparations. Don’t cut me a check. Make a world where I don’t get scared that my 15 year old brother will be shot for wearing a hoodie and sweatpants— Aniya (@AniyaBrown_) June 19, 2019
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Jim Crow, redlining, mass incarceration, lynchings that CONTINUED to take place AFTER emancipation, discrimination, exploitation. We were the NON-CONSENTING human testers before the rats. And after all of that (& more) you still ask why #reparations are owed. Are you kidding me?— Genevia Dede (@persevere_fit) June 19, 2019
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To all the white folks saying that they don’t owe anything....— B1. CDj 🇺🇸 (@CDjLive) June 19, 2019
Here’s the deal: you’ve been benefiting all this time from the foundational wealth created by slaves. America wouldn’t be the country it is today if it weren’t for slavery.
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this #ReparationsHearing is completely pointless and time wasting. What exactly are they studying? The only discussion should be on the dollar amount of the check.— QP (@IamQuidpro) June 19, 2019
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Is Burgess Owens the father of Candice Owens? He keeps saying Democratic Party uhhh Yes but fails to accept TODAYS (1964 - present) GOP policies and practices #reparationshearing— James Green (@SuccessMinded) June 19, 2019
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Reparations is a revolutionary act.— ghetto intellectual™ (@kzshabazz) June 19, 2019
You cant get reparations from a govt that is actively trying to destroy you and African people globally. What you are actually asking for is some modicum of relief and reform. Huey Newton might call it a "survival strategy." #ReparationsHearing
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#ReparationsHearing 😂😂😂— Brannu Sunyata (@BrannuSunyata) June 19, 2019
Y’all really gonna listen to people talk bullshit about OUR history as if they are qualified to speak on it? Nah. They didn’t ask to dehumanize us. They didn’t ask to steal this land.
I ain’t asking for freedom. I’m taking it. #FreedomOrDeath
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So many African Americans have done SO much with so little. Isn't it time? #reparationshearing— Anne C. Bailey Recent book: The Weeping Time (@annebailey63) June 19, 2019
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Jackson State University Student Creates Straw That Filters Lead was originally published on newsone.com