Genesee County Volunteer Militia Holds Rally Outside Flint City Hall
Flint, Michigan has a water problem. It is contaminated. The following video shows what local citizens are doing about it, and how two young men from Chicago drove to Flint with cases of water to help the people of Flint. The people, gathered to support each other, are what can make a difference. The politicians will duck responsibility, which is to be expected, but organized citizens must join together to solve this problem. Kudos to the two young men, and the Genesee County Volunteer Militia for doing what needs to be done. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor
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by Emmy Lucas
FLINT (WJRT) – (01/24/16) The Genesee County Volunteer Militia gathered at Flint’s City Hall Sunday to keep the spotlight on the water crisis, but the rally drew more than just locals.
“There’s really no motivation other than the people of Flint need help and we’re in the position where we can help,” said twenty-seven-year-old La’Mont Williams of Chicago.
While most twenty-some year olds are worrying about what the weekend plans are, the minds of Lamonte and Nate Williams of Chicago weighed heavy with concern for the residents of Flint.
“No one is putting politics into it, no one is putting any agenda into it. This is just a human crisis with a human face that needs a human response and that’s what we’re trying to do,” added Williams.
So, with the donation of water and money they collected from family and friends in Illinois they arrived in Flint Saturday, making trip after trip to the local store.
“We loaded up my Corolla with about twenty-five cases of water and headed to Chicago and then we made about three trips to Wal-Mart and kept getting twenty-five cases, twenty-five cases.”
And that’s when two volunteer efforts collided and which would later gather as one on Sunday. Where for just a little while the topic of water took a backseat to hope.
“Manager from Wal-Mart actually told us that those guys were from Chicago and I said I’m going over there to thank them,” said Matt Krol, a member of the Genesee County Volunteer Militia.
“That’s what we do as Americans. It’s neighbor helping neighbor and there’s nothing better than that,” said Krol.
“That’s putting the rubber where it meets the road. That’s the thing that everybody should do is give all they can all the time. I don’t hold up myself as an example at all. I could do a lot more, everybody could. When they put forth an effort like they did. That’s inspiration right there,” said another member of the GCVM that referred to himself as “Preacher”
“People need water. You can’t go three days without drinking water and if you can come out here and help, I’ve been met with nothing but love, my little brother has been met with nothing but love and everyone seems to appreciate just two guys coming from Chicago and helping out. And I’m pretty sure, the more the merrier,” said Williams.