BM4F Official Statement on The Jackson, MS Water Crisis

Sep 2, 2022 | BM4F Spotlights, Uncategorized, Young, Gifted & Green Blog Series | 0 comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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LaTricea Adams
Media@blackmillenials4flint.org

September 2, 2022

Washington, DC–On behalf of Black Millennials 4 Flint, we are absolutely heartbroken to learn of the current water crisis taking place in the beloved, majority Black City of Jackson, MS. What has occurred in Jackson was no accident–it is the result of decades of environmental racism and climate injustice to further oppress majority Black and poor people. Jackson has long since encountered water quality issues with a series of boil water notices from earlier in 2022 and with the recent flooding in the Jackson area, the issue has grown even more dire. More than 150,000 people in the state capital have no access to safe drinking water for the foreseeable future. The main water treatment facility began failing Monday, after torrential rains and years of water system problems had already left the city under a boil water notice in late July for what the state called a “water-quality issue.” [SOURCE] This situation sounds so eerily similar to the Flint Water Crisis that began in April 2014. We are learning more now that ever that the environmental terrorism exemplified in Flint was not an isolated incident, but a strategic form of white supremacy and genocide to aggressively attack Black and Latinx communities.

What Happened in Jackson?

Jackson, MS Mayor Chokwe Lumumba declared a water system emergency the night of Monday, August 29, 2022. On Tuesday morning, August 30, 2022, the MS Department of Health issued an emergency order. The Governor of MS declared a state of emergency soon after. And by the night of August 30, 2022, President Biden signed off on the state’s federal disaster declaration request. [SOURCE]

What Can be Done to Help?

Black Millennials 4 Flint is in full support of the Mississippi Rapid Response Coalition, which includes People’s Advocacy Institute, MS Poor People’s Campaign, One Voice, and Alternate Roots. They are leading the city-wide rapid response efforts in the City of Jackson during this extreme water crisis. Donations to the Mississippi Rapid Response Coalition can be made HERE

Where are Emergency Water Stations in Jackson?

Follow BM4F on all of our social media platforms to learn about upcoming direct action to further support our brothers and sisters in Jackson, MS: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

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Black Millennials 4 Flint is a national environmental justice and civil rights organization with
the purpose of bringing like-minded organizations together to collectively take action and advocate
against the crisis of lead exposure specifically in African American & Latinx communities throughout the
nation.

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