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Group Of Black Bernie Supporters Distributes Water To Newark Schools

Drinking water at the schools had been contaminated with lead.

After unsafe levels of lead found in the water forced officials to shut off drinking fountains at 30 schools in Newark, New Jersey, one political group sprung into action. 

Black Men for Bernie, an organization dedicated to galvanizing the minority vote for Bernie Sanders, hoisted cases of bottled water into their bus and drove all over Newark to distribute the water to the schools in need. 

The problem at the Newark schools has been traced back to the dilapidated lead pipes that run through the city's oldest schools. While the city's communication director Frank Baraff previously told The Huffington Post that the issue isn't as widespread as the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, newly released data shows lead contamination has been a problem for Newark public schools for a while. Roughly one in eight water samples taken from the schools during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years contained lead above the Environmental Protection Agency's "action level" of 15 parts per billion.

Learn more about the story in the video. 

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