01/17/2012 08:23 am ET Updated Jan 18, 2012

Rick Snyder Protesters: 'We Don't Want Our Elected Officials To Be Unilaterally Dismissed'

As hundreds of marchers demonstrated outside the gates of Gov. Rick Snyder's private residence near Ann Arbor, loudly chanting in protest of Michigan's emergency manager law, the Rev. Charles E. Williams II had a quiet conversation with the governor's chief of staff.

Williams, pastor of the historic King Solomon Baptist Church in Detroit, said he hopes the governor is listening and is willing to find a way to help cities in Michigan that are struggling financially -- without, as he put it, ruining their democracy.