In July, we wrote how Hezekiah Jackson, the president of the local NAACP Birmingham chapter, sold out the African-American community for cash.
Balch & Bingham and Drummond Company’s criminal bribery scheme included a slew of “consultants” and other stooges that discouraged African-Americans in North Birmingham from testing their toxic property.
While Balch & Bingham refuses to apologize for the appalling conduct of their convicted partner Joel I. Gilbert, the national NAACP is dealing swiftly with the situation.
AL.com reports this evening:
The NAACP has suspended the membership and leadership of beleaguered Birmingham chapter president Hezekiah Jackson, pending results of the organization’s investigation into allegations he conspired to convince African-American residents in north Birmingham to not get their soil tested for toxins from nearby manufacturing plants, the long-time civil right organization confirmed to AL.com on Wednesday.
“On September 7, 2018, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson issued a letter to Mr. Hezekiah Jackson, President of the Metro Birmingham Branch, notifying Mr. Jackson that his membership in the NAACP and his leadership of the Branch were being immediately suspended pending a hearing into allegations (1) that he advised homeowners not to have their soil tested by the EPA for potentially deadly toxins, and (2) that he accepted cash payments for engaging in this activity,” the organization said in a statement. “Mr. Jackson was directed to immediately cease holding himself out as a member of the Association and as President of the Branch.”