Southern Company has a long, documented history of putting profits over people. They give money to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia while they greenwash their use of dirty coal that poisons our air, water, and land. And the people suffering first and worst are Black families and poor families. The bottom line: Southern Company profits off persistent poverty in the South.
That’s why Arm in Arm is hosting a Black History Month Town Hall: The Two Faces of Southern Company on Tuesday, February 21 at 2 p.m. as part of the Power for Southern People Not Southern Company campaign. Together with allies across Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, we are demanding that the new incoming Southern Company CEO put ratepayers and communities first over shareholders and profits. Check out our list of demands and sign on to the campaign today!
Mississippi Power covered up up their misdeeds in the failed Kemper Plant while passing billions of dollars in cost overruns on to ratepayers. Alabama Power’s solar tax penalizes customers who install solar panels to generate their own electricity, this tax makes it almost impossible for them to get a good return on a solar investment. Georgia Power,and their enablers continue to put their needs above our community’s most vulnerable by pushing for more fossil fuel production and higher utility rates after GA Power’s profits plummeted after their decision to build the first two new U.S. nuclear power plants (Vogtle) in 30 years.
This town hall is an opportunity to come together and discuss Southern Company’s impact on our already struggling communities that can not continue to shoulder the burden Southern Company’s unfair rate hikes. Donating money to local colleges and HBCUs does not wash away their sins or cover up their misdeeds.