While Creed star Sylvester Stallone will most likely walk away with the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at this weekend’s Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles, his director, Ryan Coogler, will be in Flint, Michigan, organizing a star-studded event addressing the city’s ongoing water crisis.
Coogler is teaming up with director Ava DuVernay, comedian Hannibal Buress, singer Janelle Monae, and television star Jesse Williams for #JUSTICEFORFLINT, a free public event presented by Coogler’s own activist collective Blackout for Human Rights. The event will coincidentally take place the same night as the Oscars… where Creed was largely shut out.
However, per Buzzfeed’s initial report, that was merely a coincidence, as Blackout for Human Rights chose the date because it was the last weekend of Black History Month. That being said, if you want to do something other than watch white actors win Academy Awards, Coogler and DuVernay — who have both been snubbed for Best Director by the Academy in recent years — have given you something far more important to live tweet.
The event aims to bring worldwide awareness to the impoverished city’s water crisis while simultaneously raising funds for those affected. The people of Flint have been subjected to lead-tainted water, forcing residents, many of whom are poor and black, to avoid tap water altogether. The crisis began in April 2014 when the chronically cash-strapped city switched its water source from Lake Huron to the polluted Flint River in an effort officials said would save $19 million over the next 8 years.
Hosted by Buress, #JUSTICEFORFLINT will take place at the Whiting Auditorium (1241 E. Kearsley St.) on February 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET in Flint. It will also be live-streamed on revolt.tv, and donations will be collected during the event and via text.