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Jackson Water Town Hall
Press Statement March 27, 2024

NAACP Calls for Establishment of Community Advisory Council in Jackson Water Crisis

Jackson Water Town Hall


March 27, 2024

Contact: Alicia Mercedes,


WASHINGTON — Today, NAACP National along with the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP and the Jackson Branch of the NAACP sent a letter to requesting the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to JXN Water, Inc. to establish a Community Advisory Council to accomplish the appropriate consultation from the residents of Jackson, MS regarding the city's water crisis. The letter comes after growing concerns on the lack of transparency and community engagement from JXN Water, Inc.

The letter details how JXN Water Inc.'s Third-Party Administrator, Ted Henifin, is complicit in decision-making with the Mississippi State Legislature regarding ownership changes to Jackson's water without engaging in a public forum or addressing the concerns of Jackson's elected officials during the process.

Abre' Conner, NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice shared the following statement:

"We at the NAACP understand the dire situation underway in Jackson, as we have been at the forefront of continued crisis response.  From town halls to community water distribution activations, we've seen the impact and heard firsthand stories from residents. To be clear, there is no resolution without direct involvement from the Jackson community. We are advocating for JXN Water to implement meaningful involvement from impacted residents in order to prioritize public wellbeing through oversight by the EPA. The NAACP stands firmly alongside our grassroots advocates on the ground in Mississippi as we work toward equitable resolutions and tangible results."

Excerpts from the letter include:

  • "…writing to you on behalf of the residents of Jackson, Mississippi, and our organizations to express our ongoing deep concerns with the lack of transparency in the administration of JXN Water to the detriment of the people of Jackson."
  • "We now call for the establishment of a Community Advisory Council as a key means to accomplish the appropriate consultation."
  • "…Jackson residents have been largely excluded from considerations around outreach, jobs, and the future of Jackson's water."
  • "We demand that those considerations around future water system governance be part of the community consultations…"

The NAACP continues to stand with our Mississippi State Conference and the Jackson Branch as they navigate the difficulties of this ongoing environmental crisis. We thank the EPA for their active commitment to ensuring safe water for all residents of Jackson and look forward to a prompt response to create a more equitable path forward.

For more information on our work in the Jackson Water Crisis, visit our website.



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