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  • Poverty the Strongest Factor in Whether High School Graduates Go to College

    2014/10/14 – Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas. A report released Tuesday by the research branch of the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse, which examined data from more than 3.5 million high school graduates, found that… Read more

  • With 188K Signatures, Fair Funding Initiative Goes on the MS Ballot

    2014/10/09 – After collecting more than 188,000 signatures, organizers in Mississippi have won a place on the state’s November 2015 ballot for a fair school funding initiative. The Better Schools, Better Jobs campaign is hoping to use the ballot initiative to pass a constitutional amendment that would force the state Legislature to adequately fund the state’s public schools. From The… Read more

  • NAACP Launches Probe of Pascagoula Man’s Jailhouse Death

    2014/10/09 – (Jackson County) The NAACP has launched an inquiry regarding the alleged hanging of a Pascagoula man in police custody, said the organization’s president, Curley Clark. Daryl Peoples, 51, of Pascagoula, was reported to have hanged himself between 9:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center jon Monday night or Tuesday morning. He’d been arrested by Pascagoula… Read more

  • Global Auto Union Leaders to Meet With Nissan and Kelly Workers in Canton, Mississippi

    2014/10/09 - (CANTON) A delegation of senior-level trade union leaders from around the globe will travel to Canton, Mississippi, to meet with Nissan workers and community leaders Oct. 9-10 to learn more about working conditions at Nissan and reported violations of international labor rights standards. For years, workers have weathered an environment of intimidation and implied… Read more

  • Hood Asks Judge to Throw Out School Funding Suit

    2014/10/08 - JACKSON, MS (AP) — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed Tuesday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school… Read more

  • Food for Thought…Are We Spending Enough Time Teaching Our Children How to Learn: Better Ways to Learn

    2014/10/06 – Does a good grade always mean a student has learned the material? And does a bad grade mean a student just needs to study more? In the new book “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens” (Random House), Benedict Carey, a science reporter for The New York… Read more

  • Hate Your Politician? Help the NAACP Help You

    2014/10/03 – It’s an understatement to say people are displeased with their Congress.  A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll revealed that despite having obliterated the economy in 2008, leaving thousands of Americans jobless, even Wall Street is still, somehow, more popular than Congress. The poll revealed that even though only 21% of Americans have a favorable… Read more

  • Third-Year Scores from Common-Core Tests Released by Kentucky

    2014/10/03 – Kentucky has released scores from last year’s reading and math assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. The 2013-14 school year was the third year the Bluegrass State has assessed students on tests, called K-PREP, that are aligned to the common standards. So what are the results? The short answer is that elementary school students… Read more

  • Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention Toolkit

    2014/10/03 – Leadership for Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently released an exciting new resource for policymakers and community leaders in rural America. The toolkit, Rural Childhood Obesity Prevention, provides a comprehensive menu of policy options to promote healthy eating and active living in rural towns, counties, tribal lands, and… Read more

  • Ministers’ Luncheon on HIV & The Black Church Kicks off MS NAACP State Convention Nov. 6th

    2014-10-03 – (Vicksburg, MS) – Did you know that 80% of new HIV infections in Mississippi are among African Americans, and this problem is even more amplified in poor neighborhoods with limited access to healthcare?  This is a public health crisis and we need the leadership of the faith community to help put an end… Read more

  • With 188K Signatures, Fair Funding Initiative Goes on the MS Ballot

    2014/10/09 – After collecting more than 188,000 signatures, organizers in Mississippi have won a place on the state’s November 2015 ballot for a fair school funding initiative. The Better Schools, Better Jobs campaign is hoping to use the ballot initiative to pass a constitutional amendment that would force the state Legislature to adequately fund the state’s public schools. From The… Read more

  • Education Funding Petition Receives 122,000 Certified Signatures

    2014/10/07 - Mississippians may get the chance to vote on whether state lawmakers should be constitutionally required to fully fund public schools. The group pushing for the mandate has gathered enough signatures to put a referendum on the 2015 general election ballot. Nearly 122-thousand certified voters in Mississippi have signed a petition in support of a… Read more

  • 2014 Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Toolkit

    2014/09/15 - As the 2014 Midterm elections approach, now is the time that we begin to turn our attention to Getting Out the Vote. We’ve seen from previous election cycles that African American voter turn-out in midterm elections typically decreases between 30 and 44%. And an examination of the data avaiable to us in the van… Read more

  • Remembering Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer: ‘I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired’

    2014/09/02 - Fifty years ago, civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer spoke before the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City—and her speech became one of the most pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Fannie Lou Hamer wasn’t one of those dainty, soft-spoken Southern ladies who drank sweet tea with a congenial smile and a… Read more

  • NCVR Report Protecting Minority Voters 2014 – Our Work Is Not Done

    2014/08/07 – New Report Shows Continued Pattern of Voting Rights Discrimination—African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American Voters More Vulnerable Than Ever On the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act and a year after the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v Holder decision gutted a vital protection of the Voting Rights Act… Read more

  • NAACP Promises to ‘Educate, Mobilize and Agitate’ for Voter Participation

    2014/07/25 - With a “pivotal election” coming up Nov. 4, the NAACP will kick off its 105th Annual Convention this week focusing primarily on maximum Black voter turnout for the mid-term elections. “All In for Justice and Equality” is the theme of the convention — to be held in Las Vegas. Voter suppression, criminal justice reform,… Read more

  • Voting Rights for All: People With Disabilities Are Prevented From Voting

    2014/07/23 - This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Freedom Summer, during which more than a thousand volunteers went to assist African Americans in that state in their efforts to vote. From helping people prepare for literacy tests to facing angry mobs at voter registration offices, these volunteers encouraged citizens to navigate through a… Read more

  • African-American Vote in Mississippi Primary Recalls Freedom Summer

    2014/07/21 – Last month in Mississippi, African-Americans voted their choice in the Republican primary election. Some pundits see it as a strategic move to select the lesser of two evils, resulting in “mainstream” incumbent Thad Cochran fending off Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. That interpretation is the default view of the pundit class, but those… Read more

  • Courtroom Drama: Voting Rights Paid for in Blood Under Siege in North Carolina

    2014/07/09 – At the U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem, Rick Glazier, a Democratic state legislator, took the witness stand on Tuesday, the second morning of a hearing on North Carolina’s restrictive new voting law, the enforcement of which the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP, and the League of Women Voters are seeking to halt…. Read more

  • Don’t Let SCOTUS Have The Last Word on Voting Rights

    2014/07/09 – In the Freedom Summer of 1964, several hundred students from across the United States traveled to Mississippi to register black voters in the face of discriminatory voting laws. This year’s 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer calls for a renewed focus on the obstacles U.S. citizens still face in securing the right to vote. Perhaps the… Read more

  • MEDIA ADVISORY!!! Jackson Branch NAACP Hosts Judicial Candidates Forum

    2014/10/14 - WHAT: The Jackson Branch NAACP, in partnership with A. Philip Randolph Institute and Mississippi Move, will host a forum for Hinds County Court candidates.  This forum is an opportunity to learn about the campaign platforms of each candidate as well as to ask questions about their view of sentencing and incarceration, among other judicial issues…. Read more

  • With 188K Signatures, Fair Funding Initiative Goes on the MS Ballot

    2014/10/09 – After collecting more than 188,000 signatures, organizers in Mississippi have won a place on the state’s November 2015 ballot for a fair school funding initiative. The Better Schools, Better Jobs campaign is hoping to use the ballot initiative to pass a constitutional amendment that would force the state Legislature to adequately fund the state’s public schools. From The… Read more

  • NAACP Launches Probe of Pascagoula Man’s Jailhouse Death

    2014/10/09 – (Jackson County) The NAACP has launched an inquiry regarding the alleged hanging of a Pascagoula man in police custody, said the organization’s president, Curley Clark. Daryl Peoples, 51, of Pascagoula, was reported to have hanged himself between 9:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center jon Monday night or Tuesday morning. He’d been arrested by Pascagoula… Read more

  • Global Auto Union Leaders to Meet With Nissan and Kelly Workers in Canton, Mississippi

    2014/10/09 - (CANTON) A delegation of senior-level trade union leaders from around the globe will travel to Canton, Mississippi, to meet with Nissan workers and community leaders Oct. 9-10 to learn more about working conditions at Nissan and reported violations of international labor rights standards. For years, workers have weathered an environment of intimidation and implied… Read more

  • Hood Asks Judge to Throw Out School Funding Suit

    2014/10/08 - JACKSON, MS (AP) — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed Tuesday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school… Read more

  • Education Funding Petition Receives 122,000 Certified Signatures

    2014/10/07 - Mississippians may get the chance to vote on whether state lawmakers should be constitutionally required to fully fund public schools. The group pushing for the mandate has gathered enough signatures to put a referendum on the 2015 general election ballot. Nearly 122-thousand certified voters in Mississippi have signed a petition in support of a… Read more

  • Literacy is an Important Part of Education

    2014/10/07 - Being a good reader is critical to success in school. That’s why Mississippi’s youngest students started this school year with classes that provide a greater emphasis on literacy. This effort is part of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, which Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law in 2013. The act establishes a path to ensure every… Read more

  • Education Funding-Initiative Gets Enough Petitions to Make 2015 Ballot

    10/07/2014 – Almost 200,000 Mississippians from around the state have signed a petition for a state initiative to require lawmakers to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program—far more than the 107,216 certificated signatures required. Better Schools, Better Jobs, a statewide coalition that is pushing for full funding of MAEP, announced Monday that circuit clerks… Read more

  • Signatures Secured for School Funding Vote

    10/07/2014 – (Pearl, MS) A group of public education advocates say they have garnered the required number of signatures to place on the November 2015 general election ballot an initiative that will level the playing field for Mississippi schoolchildren. Better Schools, Better Jobs officials announced at a news conference Monday afternoon at the Pearl Upper… Read more

  • Jump into Fall with the Annual Sickle Cell Walk and Jack O Lantern Jog

    2014/10/06 - Jump into fall and raise awareness for Sickle Cell during the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation’s annual 5K Walk on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at UMMC.   This year, we’ve added a Jack-O-Lantern Jog for all you runners out there.   Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the UMMC Student Union, and the walk will… Read more

  • Poverty the Strongest Factor in Whether High School Graduates Go to College

    2014/10/14 – Students from high-poverty public schools are less likely to attend college than those from wealthier ones, regardless of whether they’re from urban, suburban or rural areas. A report released Tuesday by the research branch of the nonprofit National Student Clearinghouse, which examined data from more than 3.5 million high school graduates, found that… Read more

  • With 188K Signatures, Fair Funding Initiative Goes on the MS Ballot

    2014/10/09 – After collecting more than 188,000 signatures, organizers in Mississippi have won a place on the state’s November 2015 ballot for a fair school funding initiative. The Better Schools, Better Jobs campaign is hoping to use the ballot initiative to pass a constitutional amendment that would force the state Legislature to adequately fund the state’s public schools. From The… Read more

  • Hood Asks Judge to Throw Out School Funding Suit

    2014/10/08 - JACKSON, MS (AP) — Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed Tuesday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood’s office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi’s school… Read more

  • Caledonia and Gulfport Schools Win Blue Ribbons

    2014-10-06 JACKSON, Miss. /Two Mississippi schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools for academic excellence and closing achievement gaps. Winning the award from the U.S. Department of Education are Caledonia Elementary School in Caledonia and St. James Catholic School in Gulfport. The program was created in 1982 to recognize exemplary schools through the nation. Two representatives… Read more

  • Education Funding Petition Receives 122,000 Certified Signatures

    2014/10/07 - Mississippians may get the chance to vote on whether state lawmakers should be constitutionally required to fully fund public schools. The group pushing for the mandate has gathered enough signatures to put a referendum on the 2015 general election ballot. Nearly 122-thousand certified voters in Mississippi have signed a petition in support of a… Read more

  • Literacy is an Important Part of Education

    2014/10/07 - Being a good reader is critical to success in school. That’s why Mississippi’s youngest students started this school year with classes that provide a greater emphasis on literacy. This effort is part of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, which Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law in 2013. The act establishes a path to ensure every… Read more

  • Education Funding-Initiative Gets Enough Petitions to Make 2015 Ballot

    10/07/2014 – Almost 200,000 Mississippians from around the state have signed a petition for a state initiative to require lawmakers to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program—far more than the 107,216 certificated signatures required. Better Schools, Better Jobs, a statewide coalition that is pushing for full funding of MAEP, announced Monday that circuit clerks… Read more

  • Signatures Secured for School Funding Vote

    10/07/2014 – (Pearl, MS) A group of public education advocates say they have garnered the required number of signatures to place on the November 2015 general election ballot an initiative that will level the playing field for Mississippi schoolchildren. Better Schools, Better Jobs officials announced at a news conference Monday afternoon at the Pearl Upper… Read more

  • Food for Thought…Are We Spending Enough Time Teaching Our Children How to Learn: Better Ways to Learn

    2014/10/06 – Does a good grade always mean a student has learned the material? And does a bad grade mean a student just needs to study more? In the new book “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens” (Random House), Benedict Carey, a science reporter for The New York… Read more

  • School Funding Amendment Backers Say Enough Voters Have Signed

    10/06/2014 – (Pearl, MS) Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi loaded up the bed of a Chevrolet pickup with 16 boxes and drove to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office Monday. Inside those boxes, they say, are the certified signatures of 121,691 votes,… Read more

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