The veterans who just joined the indigenous protest to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota are heading to Flint, Michigan next.
While a date hasn’t yet been set for the trip to Flint, Wes Clark Jr., who organized a force of over 4,000 U.S. military veterans to mobilize for Standing Rock, said he’s planning a similar mobilization to help the people of Flint.
“This problem is all over the county. It’s got to be more than veterans,” Clark told the Flint Journal. “People have been treated wrong in this county for a long time.”
Flint resident Arthur Woodson, who is a veteran and a supporter of the Standing Rock protesters, said the veterans coming to Flint may help revive media attention on the community’s plight of tainted drinking water, and that the renewed public pressure could bring about an effective solution.
“All the media attention that was there brought more attention to Standing Rock. The government had a change of heart,” Woodson told the Journal.
In 2015, it was revealed that the Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s decision to switch drinking water sources from Lake Huron to the Flint River resulted in a mass outbreak of lead poisoning. Scientists discovered that water from the water people had been drinking since 2014 was 19 times more corrosive than the Lake Huron water the city had been purchasing from the Detroit Water and Sewage Department.