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Weekend Express with Susan Hendricks

Cassandra Welchlin, Executive Director of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable speaks with Susan Hendricks about the water issues which has plagued Jackson, MS for decades.

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National Guard deployed to Jackson, Mississippi, to help with water crisis

Excerpt from CBS News Streaming – Six hundred National Guard members have been deployed to Jackson, Mississippi, to help distribute water. Many in the city are still without reliable drinking water even though crews installed an emergency pump at the deteriorating water – treatment facility. CBS News correspondent Elise Preston spoke with residents about what they’re experiencing, and CBS News’ Debra Alfarone spoke with Cassandra Welchlin, executive director of the Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable, about the crisis.

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MS Black Women’s Roundtable encourages voter registration

Excerpt from WJTV–Leaders with the MS Black Women’s Roundtable hosted several sites across the state, including the campuses of Jackson State University(JSU) and Tougaloo College. Their voter registration tables for students included voter information.

They said it’s important for the youth to understand the importance of voter registration and that their votes matter.

Toni Johnson, Civic Engagement for MS Black Women’s Roundtable, said the organization will start a youth program called ‘Black Youth Vote.’ The youth are provided with training on the importance of voting and breaking down how voting connects to community solutions.

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A Mississippi mom of 3 shares how water crisis is hurting her family

Excerpt from Today Article – A crumbling infrastructure, neglected water system and severe flooding has left more than 180,000 people living in Jackson, Mississippi without access to safe drinking water.

One mom of three is sharing how the crisis is impacting her and her family.

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Mississippi Moms Detail Horrors of Parenting During Jackson Water Crisis: ‘I Just Pray’

Residents of Jackson, Miss., are currently battling through a water crisis that one woman says “has been building for decades.” Having children at home makes it even more difficult.

 

Mom Brooke Floyd, 43, tells PEOPLE that many of her fellow Jackson residents are both “angry and frustrated” after being left without reliable running water for more than a month.

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‘It’s a long history’| Mississippi resident talks Jackson water crisis

Excerpt from Today with Dr. Kaye – JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — People are waiting in lines for water in Jackson, Mississippi, after the partial failure of the the city water system.

Some homes and businesses have running water, but many do not. Flooding of the Pearl River worsened longstanding problems in one of two water-treatment plants.

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More Than 150,000 People In Jackson, Mississippi, Are Once Again Trying To Survive Without Reliable Clean Water

Excerpt from Buzzfeed – Mississippi’s capital was struggling to keep the water flowing to more than 150,000 people on Tuesday after floods deepened ongoing problems with the city’s aging water system.

Mississippi and the city of Jackson have declared emergencies as they work to distribute water to residents and restore water pressure across the capital city. On Monday night, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that the city’s main water treatment facility had started to fail, and it was unclear when it would be fully operational again. Residents had already been told not to drink from their taps without first boiling it, but now they can’t even reliably access the potentially contaminated water.

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Jackson, Mississippi, mayor says he hopes water service can be restored this week, as residents endure lines for bottles

Excerpt from CNN Newsroom – As Mississippi’s capital faces a third day without reliable water service Wednesday – pushing some residents to stand in long lines for bottled water and keeping schools and businesses closed – the mayor says he hopes water service can be restored this week.

The problem came to a head Monday, when river flooding nudged an already-hobbling main treatment plant to failure, meaning Jackson couldn’t necessarily produce enough water to flush toilets or even fight fires, officials say. The water system has been troubled for years and the city already was under a boil-water notice since late July.

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CNN Tonight – CNN Tonight Cassandra Welchlin and Aaron Banks

Excerpt from CNN Tonight – I’m joined now by Jackson city council member Aaron banks and Cassandra Welchlin. She’s a social worker trying to help her neighbors and a mother of three trying to get her family through this crisis. Cassandra, let me start with you and how your family is dealing with this.