Families take trip to D.C. for Flint hearing

Posted at 8:48 AM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 08:58:55-04

It's a nine-hour drive from Flint to Washington, D.C. and dozens of people are making the trip to stay for about 12 hours. Flint resident Willie Williams says it's worth it.

"It's letting people know around the nation that we care about our city and our kids, and we're behind each other," Williams said. "We're backing each other, and we want to show our government that we want this done, we want it done right."

He's going to the capital when Governor Rick Snyder testifies before a congressional committee about the Flint water crisis.

"I want to hear Rick Snyder answer some of the questions on how this happened," Williams said. "He's a businessman, and I want to know how he could let something like this happen and not have any knowledge about what's going on."

Others making the trip want more than just to hear what the Governor has to say. "We don't want Governor Snyder to fix it. We want to get him a cell next to Kwame Kilpatrick," Reta Roby said.

Even some of Flint's youngest are getting involved. "We shouldn't have lead in our water," 8-year-old Mari Copeny said.

Williams has lived in 54 years and says he trusted the government at first, but has no trust now.

"It's a real tragedy that a whole city can be hurt. We need to speak out on this," Williams said.

"I'm coming to see true justice being served. We're demanding true justice be served," Roby said.

The group will arrive in D.C. Thursday morning and leave in the evening.