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Cooperation Jackson's Kali Akuno: Climate Crisis Impact Worse in Black Cities Facing Disinvestment

Democracy Now! speaks with an evacuated resident of Jackson, Mississippi, where over 180,000 residents are on their third day without access to running water. Democracy Now speaks with longtime Jackson activist Kali Akuno, co-founder of Cooperation Jackson, who joins us from New Orleans, where he went when floods recently inundated the majority-Black city and shut down the main water plant. He attributes the water crisis to decades of white flight and the subsequent disinvestment in majority-Black and Brown cities. "What we are experiencing now is literally just the crumbling of the empire's infrastructure," notes Akuno, who also says he fears the state government will push to privatize or regionalize Jackson's water system instead of giving the city adequate resources to stabilize it.

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