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Genesee County Volunteer Militia Holds Rally Outside Flint City Hall

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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

This article comes from abc12.com

To view a video from this article, go here.

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.

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8 comments

  1. I’m glad to hear that people believe in helping people, but being that I live close to Flint (same news stations) and actually have family in Flint and surrounding areas; knowing something about the politics of Flint MUST be brought to attention. Flint has been governed by a political class that believes that ‘government’ is the answer to all their issues. Yes issues. Flint’s own city council voted to switch from Detroit water to their own based on the Flint river supply just a year or so ago to ‘save money’ because the Flint area was so in debit from all their promises to “help”. But raising taxes to support all the ‘well fare’ and school drop-outs because “someone would be there to always help” forced many businesses away. Chevrolet, one of the largest auto manufactures of the WORLD, was/is based in Flint. Buick City was closed, literately a field with sidewalks now; closed to thousands of workers because local government raised taxes to pay for ‘the help’.

    On one hand, I want to say, ” you made your bed, lay in it” but then there is the human aspect of it. Even though they made their own choices, they need the help. Ok. But will that correct the issue(s) at hand. History provides “NO”. Sometimes, “tuff love” is what is needed. Again, however, there are many new families in the area like my cousin. Newly married and the second child now coming on 2 years. Did they have anything to do with what was going on? No. But how do you change their eyes? If you don’t help them; then we’ve left them with no way out. It’s our fault. Then again, If you help them, then they say “See, government will always come to help”.

    This one is, in my honest opinion, the locals’ fault and issue. They need to fix the local issue and ‘ask’ for State help, not ‘demand’ it. That I can support. What to do at the local level for responsibility? I really don’t know. People made stupid mistakes. Unqualified people in positions because of idealogical ideas. Reality hurts, and it should. Humans learn from pain, little or a lot. If we don’t learn from the past, history dictates that we will repeat.

    State government only based their decisions on the information given to them from the local assessment. In computer terms; ‘garbage in = garbage out’. In a way, this should teach a lesson… there is nothing free in life. We pay taxes to pay people to provide the service we deem as “rights”. The only “Free” things in life are ‘Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Whether we achieve these should be and are totally up to the individual, not to your neighbor.

    I don’t really know if this is an answer or statement. But I really don’t want others to hear ‘one side’. There is always the ‘other side’.

    JoeF
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    Sustaining O.K. ,U.S. Navy Veteran, & Michigan resident

    1. Oooof. Thanks for the perspective. What is the proper course of action? I read elsewhere that more than 8,000 children under school age may have permanent damage. This is awful. I am thrilled that these two groups have met and expressed same intention. Some of us are wondering. My own city seems to be billing with threats of shut-off every 3 weeks. We recently had huge turnover in leadership and wonder if the former mayor transported to a non-extradition nation or what. We know our city has huge debt and figure they threaten us early because they are playing games moving the monies around. When you go to pay your supposedly late bill and the line of other faux delinquents trying to keep their water on (cause yeah, if the water goes off they can take your home from you) and their homes – the line stretches around the block and it takes hours to giterdone. Who you gonna call? One government entity does not prosecuted another government entity. But we have had private water companies in some locales and they harmed people too. It’s the American way of business it seems.

  2. This is just a glaring example of people blindly trusting the government to protect them. I cannot believe that anyone would taste and look at the color of that water and drink it just because they were told it was okay. I’ve been buying drinking water for years because I really do not think our water here is fit to drink or cook with. Giving up thinking for yourself and giving up taking responsibility for yourself is a really bad idea.

  3. Wait. The manager of walmart is thanking these guys for helping outside of their own town… why didn’t walmart donate the water to local residence?

    Why did outsiders have to purchase it in order to distribute it to the community?

    Since big-business makes a lot of money from the communities, they should be the first to help out from their own pockets.

  4. I GREW UP IN GENESEE COUNTY AND WAS SOME WHAT SURPRISED BY HOW MEANY PEOPLE I SEE TRYING TO BUILD A JUNK HOUSE INTO SOMETHING NICE FOR THERE FAMILY.MANY OF THESE FOLKS NEVER OWNED THEIR OWN HOME AND WAS TRYING TO TAKE A BAD THING AND MAKE THERE LIVES AND WAY OF LIFE BETTER.SO WHAT DO THEY GET FROM THE STATE OF MICHIGAN?LIES AND FOUL WATER.DID THEY EVER HAVE A CHANCE?THE PEOPLE OF FLINT AND THE SURROUNDING AREA PAVED THE WAY FOR GM,AC ,BUICK,TRUCK&BUS TO MAKE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THE BACK OF THE PEOPLE TO JUST UP AND LEAVE THEM HIGH AND DRY(NO PUN INTENDED)WOULD THIS HAVE HAPPENED IF THEM COMPANIES WAS STILL THERE WOULD THE STATE HAVE LEFT FLINT BEHIND?THIS WE WILL NEVER KNOW BUT I KNOW THE STATE OWES THE PEOPLE OF FLINT MORE THEN JUST CLEAN WATER.TAKE NOTHING LESS.

  5. What is with all the bottle water, especially from the government? We have water filteration systems. We use them with our military. We simply don’t send troops bottle water, nor do we trust local water supply. If there is an issue such as some contamination can’t be removed, or FEMA doesn’t invest in water purifying unit. I would like to know.

  6. What is with all the bottle water, especially from the government? We have water filteration systems. We use them with our military. We simply don’t send troops bottle water, nor do we trust local water supply. If there is an issue such as some contamination can’t be removed, or FEMA doesn’t invest in water purifying unit. I would like to know. What scares me is almost acceptance of money going to a company and control to the government without us asking the the basic question,”Isn’t there a more efficient way to supply water in a disasters?” Even if a unit only supplies 300 gallons per hour, it’s better than bottle water.

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