Flint water activists and NoDAPL protesters rally together for clean drinking water
Two groups came together as one in downtown Flint Wednesday. From the Flint Water Crisis, to the oil pipeline in North Dakota these people say standing together for safe and clean water is vital.
They fear action from President Donald Trump could hurt them. What worries them most are the executive orders coming from the new commander in chief.
Yesterday President Trump decided to allow construction to continue on two oil pipelines, including the Dakota Access. That’s the line the Standing Rock Sioux tribe has been trying to stop.
Meanwhile, Trump's administration has put a freeze on all EPA grants. Some in Flint now worry that move could halt efforts to improve water quality in the city.
Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint believes the money for Flint is coming from a source that is not impacted by Trump’s action but says he has yet to get confirmation from the White House.
For Jackie Pemberton of Flint, she is worried about losing funding, but feels standing together is the best way to bring about positive change.
“Unity, unity gets you a long ways. Because one man standing by himself is not going to get much, but if there's a group of ya, the more we have the more they'll listen to,” said Jackie Pemberton, Flint.
Regis Ferland of Mount Pleasant has been rallying for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, and says he also sympathizes with the people of Flint.
"We'll continue to come to the streets. We'll continue to do rallies and protests until our voices are heard,” said Regis Ferland, Mount Pleasant.
The lead level in the drinking water in Flint just fell below federal action levels. But that still isn't enough for many in the city to feel confident drinking the water.
Meanwhile, things are moving ahead with the oil pipelines. President Trump says this will create jobs. But these two groups argue clean water is at risk and should be a priority.