Jackson residents march and rally outside the Governor’s Mansion to demand clean water

THIS IS THE THIRD TIME WE’VE SEEN MORAL MONDAY IN THE CAPITAL, RIGHT HERE OUTSIDE THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION. ALTHOUGH THE SPEAKERS CAN CHANGE THE MESSAGE REMAINS THE SAME THAT PROVIDES SAFE DRINKING WATER AND KEEPS THE WATER SYSTEM PUBLIC. – **NATS POP** DOZENS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING DOWN CAPITOL STREET FOR ONE THING… STAGED JUST OUTSIDE THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION. THE LEADERS BEHIND THE EVENT TELL US THE GOAL IS CLEAR. NAT POP… “LIBERATE THE EARTH, CLEAN WATER, KEEP IT PUBLIC” (BUTT SOTS) BISHOP WILLIAM J. BARBER II – POOR CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR 26:27-26:34 “WATER IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR YOU AND NOT BAD FOR YOU… CAN YOU ALL AGREE?.” THIS MORAL MONDAY COMING SAME DAY MAYOR CHOKWE ANTAR LUMUMBA WITH AN UPDATE ON JACKSON’S WATER SAFETY. MAYOR CHOKWE ANTAR LUMUMBA “EPA, IN CONJUNCTION WITH MSDH, HAS CONDUCTED A SERIES OF TESTS ON OUR DRINKING WATER OVER SEVERAL MONTHS. FINAL RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE AND REVEAL THAT OUR WATER IS IN FACT SAFE TO DRINK.” DURING TODAY’S EVENT, LOCAL FAITH LEADERS WERE JOINED BY COMMUNITY YOUTH AS THEY DROP DOWN BOTTLES OF WATER FROM THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION. FRANKIE HARRIS- RESIDENT OF JACKSON 1:21-1:29 “WE ARE LONG-LIFE JACKSONIANS. AND THIS HAS BEEN A VERY LONG TIME, AND BASICALLY EVERYONE IS TIRED OF IT.” PROTESTERS AND LEADERS OF ORGANIZATIONS SAY THEIR EFFORTS DO NOT STOP HERE. HOPENING TO CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR RELIABLE WATER AND THE FUNDING NEEDED TO IMPROVE THE SYSTEMS. DANYELLE HOLMES- NATIONAL SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZER, POOR CAMPAIGN ‘WE’RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. AND WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING, WE WILL KEEP WALKING, WE WILL KEEP PROTESTING UNTIL WE GET CLEAN WATER IN THE CITY OF JACKSON AND THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE TAKING THE DIRECTION OF FUNDING WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.” THESE ARE SOME OF THE WATER BOTTLES THAT HAVE BEEN PLACED JUST OUTSIDE THE DOORS HERE. IT COMES AS THE GOVERNOR HAS ALSO EXTENDED A STATE OF EMERGENCY UNTIL NOVEMBER 22, WITH THE MAYOR HOPEING TO HAVE A CONTRACTOR IN PLACE TO RUN THE WATER SYSTEMS BY NOVEMBER 17. AS FOR MORAL MONDAYS, ORGANIZERS SAY THEY PERIODICALLY HOPE

Jackson residents march and rally outside the Governor’s Mansion to demand clean water

Participants in a march and rally outside the governor’s mansion chanted, “Free the land, clean the water and keep it public.” Monday’s rally came the same day Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba gave an update on the city’s drinking water safety, in which he said tests revealed it was safe and meets the requirements of the Drinking Water Act. During Monday’s event, the religious leaders were joined by youth from the community outside the governor’s mansion, where they dropped off bottles of water they said came from homes in Jackson. “We’re lifelong Jacksonians, and this has been going on for a very long time, and basically everyone’s had enough of this,” Jackson resident Frankie Harris said. Protestors and Poor People’s Campaign organizers said their efforts would not stop. They hope to continue to push for reliable water and the funding needed to improve Jackson’s water supply system.

Participants in a march and rally outside the governor’s mansion chanted, “Free the land, clean the water and keep it public.”

The Mississippi Moral Monday event was the third of its kind as part of a clean water campaign in Jackson. Monday’s rally came the same day Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba gave an update on the city’s drinking water safety, in which he said tests revealed it was safe and meets the requirements of the Drinking Water Act.

At Monday’s event, the religious leaders were joined by youth from the community outside the governor’s mansion, where they placed bottles of water they said came from homes in Jackson.

“We’re lifelong Jacksonians, and this has been going on for a very long time, and basically everyone is fed up with it,” said Jackson resident Frankie Harris.

Protestors and Poor People’s Campaign organizers said their efforts would not stop. They hope to continue to push for reliable water and the funding needed to improve Jackson’s water supply system.

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