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Rev. Jesse Jackson holds a rally on Flint water and other issues

Jan 17, 2016

Flint’s drinking water crisis continues to draw national attention. 

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to about 150 people at the Heavenly Host Church of the Harvest in Flint
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

The Reverend Jesse Jackson held a rally at a Flint church today. 

Jackson says the city’s lead tainted drinking water has turned Flint into a “crime scene”.

“The people of Flint have been betrayed,” says Jackson, “They have been given poisoned water and told it was pure, healthy when it was corrosive and sick.”

Some people who took the pulpit at the Heavenly Host Church of the Harvest on Flint’s north side made their case in language that was more blunt. 

“Somebody needs to go to jail!,” former Flint mayor Woodrow Stanley shouted, and was thunderously applauded by the congregation. 

Rev. Jackson agreed people need to be held accountable. But he insists Flint has greater needs. 

Jackson says fixing Flint’s water is only part of the answer.  He says the city needs help to rebuild economically and to reduce violent crime.