Environmental justice is racial justice.
Jackson's water crisis is what results when you have years of a state legislature and governors acting as if their primary jobs are cutting taxes and taking care of wealthy donors.
Support the organizations that are actively working to assist families, individuals, communities and students harmed by the lack of clean drinking water in Jackson.
The safe drinking water crisis for Jackson, MS residents reached a dangerous apex this summer. The disparities in investments to critical infrastructure projects and access to clean water often disproportionately put Black, Brown and low-income communities at risk of environmental harms.
The ACLU of Mississippi was able to raise over $60,000, with the help of the Just Trust Foundation, to assist on-the-ground organizations with purchasing and distributing water and supplies to Jacksonians most harmed by the water crisis -- including the Mississippi Rapid Response Coalition.
ACLU of Mississippi is directly supporting these organizations:
- Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center and the largest provider of primary health care services to the uninsured and under-served in Central Mississippi.
- New Horizon Church--International is part of the fabric of South Jackson, a working-class community of over 90% Black residents. It is also the most heavily impacted area in Jackson. New Horizon Church-International has arranged to be the South Jackson distribution point throughout this crisis.
- Springboard to Opportunities is a nonprofit organization working with residents who live in affordable housing to reach their goals in school, work, and life. Springboard is working to ensure clean drinking water is available in all of our communities in Jackson as soon as possible. They are working with partners to provide meals to families, particularly those with children who are virtual learning due to schools closed by the water crisis.