Flint residents protest water crisis in Lansing - WNEM TV 5

Flint residents protest water crisis in Lansing

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Protesters poured onto the capitol grounds on Thursday with a message for lawmakers.

The protesters came from Flint to hand deliver angry letters from residents of 44 legislative districts. All of the letters said the same thing, fix the Flint water crisis now.

"I hear a tone of real frustration and anger coming out today. Yes, and it's sad that we have to endure this for over two years now," Rev. Gerald Cardwell said.

About 30 demonstrators descended on the capitol, hoping to be heard.

"Angry I am. Angry and frustrated because here it's been over two years and we haven't had safe water and it's ridiculous. We're in the Great Lakes State, why is this still going on," said Melissa Mays, with Flint Rising.

The demonstrators didn't get the meeting with lawmakers that they wanted, but they said it's a step forward.

"Like we actually spoke with Rep. Brent Roberts. He was interested in supporting Flint so that was very helpful," said Nayyirah Shariff, with Flint Rising.

The advocates want full replacement of Flint water pipes, zero water bills from when the crisis started and increased funding to solve the crisis once and for all.

"They're suggesting that some of the money that's already been allocated for fixing the Flint situation is going to get cut," Cardwell said.

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