Jackson: In water crisis 'there are no winners' - WNEM TV 5

Jackson: In water crisis 'there are no winners'

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Cars lined up like they were in a drive-thru at Flint's fire stations.

It is one of the few places where people who live in the city can get safe drinking water.

They can also pick up water filters to help stop dangerous lead from flowing out of the tap.

Paul Pattiste said this is no way to live.

"This is a Band Aid," Pattiste said. "This is unbelievable. Things are moving way too slow to fix this water situation."

And the situation gripping the nation is gaining attention from civil rights leaders.

This weekend the Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to visit Flint and said what's happening in the city is unjust and inhumane.

"There are no winners, and all losers in this," Jackson said.

On Sunday, he plans to attend church services and hold a town hall rally at heavenly host of the harvest church and demand justice for the people.

He said he originally planned his visit as part of Martin Luther King's birthday, but he said now it is taking on added meaning.

"This Martin King's actual birthday. Dr. King's celebration will be a protest demonstration this week in Flint, Michigan. We must protest this reckless, this environmental abuse and recklessness," Jackson said.

Some faith-based leaders are hoping his presence will get things moving.

"This is a humanity problem that plagues blacks, whites, Hispanics," said Bishop Neal Roberson, Heavenly Host Church of the Harvest.

But others, like city councilman Wantwaz Davis, said his spotlight takes away from issues at hand.

"I respect him for his stand up, his rights, and activism. But in regards to this, there's too many John- and Jane-come-latelys," Davis said.

Pattiste said that may be the case.

But she said having the national spotlight on Flint seems to be the only reason this crisis is gaining attention.

"Any added pressure from any national figures is going to help take care of the situation," Pattiste said.

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