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A militia in Michigan has joined Michael Moore, an activist and film maker raised in Flint, to seek justice over the ongoing water crisis in the city which left residents drinking and bathing in water so contaminated that the EPA deemed it “toxic waste.”

“For [Moore] to step forward and say something good… this time I agree with him,” Dave McKellar, a member of the militia group, told the Detroit Free Press. “We’re trying to coordinate so the protests don’t stop.”

The militia called for others to rally with them on Sunday, writing: “we ask that you only wear side arms and not long rifles, this is not about our 2nd Amendment, this is about the infringement on the good people of Flint.”

Approximately 30 members of the Genesee County Volunteer Militia, some openly and legally carrying loaded firearms, gathered outside of the town’s city hall over the weekend.

“We’re here to defend this community," Matthew Krol, the militia's executive officer, told the crowd, as reported by the Detroit Free Press. “We’re not going to allow (the government) to step on the people of Flint any longer.”

“If it means having to take up arms in defense… we will do that as well,” he declared. It was not identified how armed weapons could assist in the clean-up, and whether anyone was actually under urgent threat.

The poisoning of Flint’s water began in April 2014, when the city stopped receiving its supply from Detroit, instead shifting to water from the Flint River, known to have a high corrosive salt content. Corrosive salts in the water damaged the pipes, which contain lead, causing that material to be released into the water, and contaminating it.

Many officials are accused of knowing about the contamination for months and doing nothing to stop it. Those consuming and using the water were exposed to high levels of lead.

A study conducted by scientists at Virginia Tech tested tap water in 271 Flint homes last summer and found some contained lead levels so high that they fell under the EPA's definition of "toxic waste."

Recent estimates say it may take up to 15 years and over $60 million to undo the damage caused to the water system.

An investigation has been launched by the Department of Justice to identify criminal wrongdoing at township, county, state and federal levels.

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  • vendor
    Hmmm, more and more STATE militias are popping up in various places while getting involved in various issues. Interesting. Armed and in search of justice! Soon we will see a true Wild Wild West again.
  • Zhukov
    “If it means having to take up arms in defense… we will do that as well,” he declared. It was not identified how armed weapons could assist in the clean-up, and whether anyone was actually under urgent threat."

    Well, it is fairly obvious that the threat was and is indeed the government's callous and quite intentional actions that poisoned people in Flint. Resident owned weapons are quite necessary to defend the population from future MI state and county government forced entries. Residents are still being charged for the polluted water. Unpaid bills mean residents are subject to child protective services raids.
  • karlof1in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, Here's a link to the open letter Moore wrote calling for the Governor's arrest, www.commondreams.org/views/2016/01/07/dear-gov-snyder-you-have-go-jail If you visit the parent site and search for flint, you'll get numerous articles about the situation and those that haven't been publicized.
  • siberianhusky
    Go Michael make it a good one. Liked your previous documentaries. They where spot on
  • art
    Now I am being convinced that the so called "militias" are a psyop to blemish the gun owners and portray them as irrational, aggressive, and provocative bunch of thugs. Hooking up with the zio-operative and 911 back stabber Jew Michael Moore can be a give away stamp.
  • michaelin reply tokarlof1(Show commentHide comment)
    karlof1, thanks for that! I'll certainly check that later on today! Much appreciated.:)
  • vendorin reply toart(Show commentHide comment)
    art, mate hold on, there are even better ones available these days, and grown organically.
  • FlorianGeyerin reply tocavedeborah(Show commentHide comment)
    cavedeborah, "How can we stop all this corruption! It is just too much!"

    Start taking an interest in word affairs. Stop voting for the same cabal every election .
  • marcanhalt
    The militia's presence, Krol, is waaaaaay outside the intended purpose for its existence. And to march on a government building when this is not a water rights issue is over the top. Now all those who want to talk about "human" and "civil rights" are playing into the hands of the absurd. This is a State government issue and there is no definition within the Michigan Constitution for an armed mobilization as there is NO enemy involved that is infringing on the State or Federal Constitution where the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is involved. "Fe, fi, fo, fum, I smell the blood of an FBI plot sum."
  • marcanhaltin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, STATE militias, not US. And shooting a deer is different than facing the likes of the US Marshals like those at Waco or Ruby Ridge. The strongest element I saw of either militia group in those places was the ability to wear an indignant stare at a real FBI marksman.
  • vendorin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt, thanks. That's what I meant. Corrected as per your suggestion.
  • marcanhaltin reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
    Zhukov, "the government's callous and quite intentional actions that poisoned people." This hasn't been proven to be true neither is it being offered up by those who want to see reparations for ANYONE in the Flint area. Yes, there are blacks there, but there are some of the affluent subdivisions as well, with a high number of professionals. It is remarks like yours that stirs up unnecessary warmongering.
  • Zhukovin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt, Snyder's chief of staff's emails show that they took their time to respond being more worried about the political fallout than the health risks. The chief of staff acknowledged the health hazard 6 months before they ordered any testing at the state level. They hoped to hang it on the city of Flint and not on their hand picked austerity manager. That seems to be a deliberate act.
  • marcanhaltin reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
    Zhukov, That being said, where does intent come in? ""the government's callous and quite intentional actions that poisoned people." And intent, in law, goes to motive. Acknowledging to "Houston, we have a problem", does not place the fault on anyone, However, the slow process to remedy the matter may cost lives, up there or down here. And let's not use the newspaper accounts of anything, as their description of events is hearsay and, therefore, not permitted in a court of law. We have to put the information together ourselves to come to right conclusions, and none of has that yet. Let the facts, as they come out, speak for themselves. Remember, everything has a context.
  • FlorianGeyer
    I hope the militia are not a 'total joke' as the losers in the current Oregon Stand Off are.
    They must make sure that they have packed sandwiches and drinks in their lunch boxes before they occupy a building.
    Oh, it also helps if they occupy a building that the government Gives a Sh 1 t about and not a shed in the middle of a desert.
  • Zhukovin reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt, I agree that press reports are suspect until cross verified.

    My point is that the moment the governor's office knew about the lead levels and did nothing to notify the residents, it became their intent to sit on it in this case for months without regard to the health consequences.
  • marcanhaltin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
    FlorianGeyer, Based on the mindset of a militia member they have a right to occupy any building that is paid for by the taxpayer, even if that building is incorporated. It is the people of that state, that county, that municipality that is considered to be "the incorporated". It took the Oregon Militia movement to prove this in a court hearing, The government may have access to buildings such as the one they are occupying, but only to do legal business on behalf of the governed. This was proven in a court case in Florida where a homeowner, being foreclosed on, turned and foreclosed on the government bank. It was the County Sheriff's department that showed up with a U-Haul truck based on a court order.
  • marcanhaltin reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
    Zhukov, Again, we do not know what the intent was when it was revealed that there was a water problem. The issue here may very well have been hung out to dry because of failed negotiations with the Detroit Water System. I think you will hear more about this, hopefully, in the days ahead. Detroit thinks its water, like its underground salt mines, is gold. I know an engineer there who offered his services to local municipalities between Detroit and Flint. Some of those cities and towns fought for two years to get a contract they could live with. If the State of Michigan gets sued, then so will the bankruptcy in Detroit get sued right along with them.
  • cavedeborahin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, The first three R's: Resistance, Resolution, and Revolution.
    The second three R's: Rebel, Renegade, and Rogue.
    Radicalization full frontal, I am sick of talk with NO action! Thanks for your comment!
  • Zhukovin reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
    Zhukov, Down voting doesn't change the reality.
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