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  • NAACP, Red Cross Set to Sign Partnership Agreement

    2014/09/16 – The Mississippi State Conference NAACP and the American Red Cross Mississippi Region are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the framework for cooperation and support for assisting individuals and families who have been impacted by disaster. The signing of the agreement signifies the launch of a long-term cooperative initiative aimed… Read more

  • Denver Area Students Walk Out of School in Protest

    2014/09/23 – Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay. The youth protest involving six… Read more

  • PRESS RELEASE: NAACP President/CEO Cornell Brooks Headlines 69th Annual State Convention in Vicksburg November 7th-9th

    2014/09/23 - Vicksburg, MS – The Mississippi State Conference NAACP is pleased to announce that the National NAACP President & CEO Cornell William Brooks will serve as keynote speaker during its Freedom Fund Awards Banquet on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The semi-formal affair will culminate the state conference’s 69th Annual State Convention & Policy Institute in Vicksburg, MS. The evening affair kicks… Read more

  • Kemper Albatross Triggers Settlement

    2014/09/19 - After six long years of battle, the Mississippi Sierra Club and the owners of a massively overpriced coal plant under construction in Kemper County reached a settlement. Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company, agreed to reshape its coal-dependent army of power plants so that less-hazardous natural gas will make up 60% of… Read more

  • MS State Conference Set to Sign Partnership Agreement

    2014/09/18 - The Mississippi State Conference NAACP and the American Red Cross Mississippi Region are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the framework for cooperation and support for assisting individuals and families who have been impacted by disaster. The signing of the agreement signifies the launch of a long-term cooperative initiative aimed at… Read more

  • Imagining Successful Schools

    2014/09/15 – What should teacher accountability look like? We know what the current system of accountability looks like, and it’s not pretty. Ever since the passage of No Child Left Behind 12 years ago, teachers have been judged, far too simplistically, based on standardized tests given to their students — tests, as Marc S. Tucker… Read more

  • Community Speaks – “A Community Conversation With Law Enforcement Lawyers and Judges”

    2014/09/15 – Come out and support your community by joining us in a community conversation with law enforfcement lawyers and judges. Topics Discussed: What To Do When The Police Stops You, Community and Law Enforcement Relations, and How To Diffuse Intense Situations. Click Here To View Flyer     When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 Time:… Read more

  • Here’s How an Alleged Cheating Ring that Could Send Atlanta Teachers to Prison was Uncovered

    2014/09/26 – A jury has been chosen in an extremely rare criminal cheating prosecution against Atlanta educators, and it all started with a local reporter who noticed “miraculous” test scores. Prosecutors are using a law originally enacted to go after mobsters to accuse former principals, teachers, and administrators of trying to boost their bonuses by conspiring to artificially raise kids’… Read more

  • “Farish Street District: No More Neglect” Townhall Meeting

    2014/09/11 - The Community of Farish Street invites you to its “Farish Street District: No More Neglect” Town Hall Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, located at 106 N. Hamilton Street in Jackson, MS.  The purpose of this Town Hall Meeting is to provide an opportunity for… Read more

  • Mother Still Waiting for Answers in Police Shooting Death

    2014/09/03 – What do you get when you cross a cop with a fleeing suspect at night? Well, in Bolivar County, it appears you get a dead suspect with a bullet hole in the back of his head. That’s the complaint Jackson attorney Dennis Sweet is throwing at the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department and the… 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

  • A Lesson From Freedom Summer: In 1964 and Today Power is the Issue

    2014/07/08 – Freedom Summer began 50 years ago this season with a terrifying act of oppression. Attorney Martin Popper called it “the first interracial lynching in the history of the United States.” The brutal June 21, 1964 murders of young activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner were committed to send a message.  And… Read more

  • Black Leaders in Mississippi Say Thad Cochran Should Now Return the Favor

    2014/07/07 - After African-American voters in Mississippi came to the aid of Sen. Thad Cochran in a recent, hotly contested Republican primary runoff, several Black officials and leaders are calling on the incumbent senator to return the favor by adopting some policy changes. For one thing, they cite the importance of having congress reinstate some of the most… Read more

  • Kemper Albatross Triggers Settlement

    2014/09/19 - After six long years of battle, the Mississippi Sierra Club and the owners of a massively overpriced coal plant under construction in Kemper County reached a settlement. Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company, agreed to reshape its coal-dependent army of power plants so that less-hazardous natural gas will make up 60% of… Read more

  • Community Speaks – “A Community Conversation With Law Enforcement Lawyers and Judges”

    2014/09/15 – Come out and support your community by joining us in a community conversation with law enforfcement lawyers and judges. Topics Discussed: What To Do When The Police Stops You, Community and Law Enforcement Relations, and How To Diffuse Intense Situations. Click Here To View Flyer     When: Thursday, September 18, 2014 Time:… Read more

  • Mother Still Waiting for Answers in Police Shooting Death

    2014/09/03 – What do you get when you cross a cop with a fleeing suspect at night? Well, in Bolivar County, it appears you get a dead suspect with a bullet hole in the back of his head. That’s the complaint Jackson attorney Dennis Sweet is throwing at the Bolivar County Sheriff’s Department and the… Read more

  • 14 School Districts Sue State for Underfunding Mississippi Adequate Educational Program

    2014/08/29 - Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state Thursday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state’s public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program. State lawmakers have underfunded the formula by $1.5… Read more

  • Community Wealth Building Town Hall Meeting

    2014/09/05 – Cooperation Jackson has asked The Democracy Collaborative — a nonprofit research and advisory group with offices in Washington, DC and Cleveland, Ohio — to explore the feasibility of a Community Wealth Building strategy in Jackson, Mississippi. The aim of this approach is to transform neighborhoods through job creation by identifying areas where local… Read more

  • MPB Episode | 1964: The Fight for a Right [VIDEO]

    1964: The Fight for a Right Air date 08/21/14 Voting is a Constitutional right. But in 1964, Black Mississippians had to fight – often at great personal cost – to fully gain this fundamental right. By the mid twentieth century, Mississippi’s African Americans had suffered from nearly 75 years of Jim Crow discrimination. In order… Read more

  • ‘Third Grade Gate’ Targeting Poor School Students

    2014/08/21 - This year, Mississippi legislators bravely imposed strict new grading standards on elementary school students, but then failed to give the tots the tools to meet those new standards. In the spring of this coming school year, officials will squash the advancement of students to 4th grade if they fail to pass a new required… Read more

  • HB 585: New Rules, New Crimes and New Punishments

    In 2014,  Mississippi legislators created and Governor Phil Bryant  signed  into  law a new bill   designed  to  reduce  the state’s  prison population and  decrease  the  prison  system’s  strain of the budget.  While the  law does reduce  some criminal penalties, it also increases penalties for certain other crimes. Read our brochure for details.   HB 585… Read more

  • The Message Behind the March

    2014/08/19 - When the March on Washington took place in August 1963, I was in jail in Greenville, Miss. I had gone to Greenville as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to work with local people seeking voting rights. We didn’t expect that when high school students, hearing that “freedom riders” had… Read more

  • Kemper Albatross Triggers Settlement

    2014/08/19 - After six long years of battle, the Mississippi Sierra Club and the owners of a massively overpriced coal plant under construction in Kemper County reached a settlement. Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company, agreed to reshape its coal-dependent army of power plants so that less-hazardous natural gas will make up 60% of… Read more

  • Denver Area Students Walk Out of School in Protest

    2014/09/23 – Hundreds of students walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver on Tuesday in protest over a conservative-led school board proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority, in a show of civil disobedience that the new standards would aim to downplay. The youth protest involving six… Read more

  • Imagining Successful Schools

    2014/09/15 – What should teacher accountability look like? We know what the current system of accountability looks like, and it’s not pretty. Ever since the passage of No Child Left Behind 12 years ago, teachers have been judged, far too simplistically, based on standardized tests given to their students — tests, as Marc S. Tucker… Read more

  • Here’s How an Alleged Cheating Ring that Could Send Atlanta Teachers to Prison was Uncovered

    2014/09/26 – A jury has been chosen in an extremely rare criminal cheating prosecution against Atlanta educators, and it all started with a local reporter who noticed “miraculous” test scores. Prosecutors are using a law originally enacted to go after mobsters to accuse former principals, teachers, and administrators of trying to boost their bonuses by conspiring to artificially raise kids’… Read more

  • MS Department of Education Lays Off About 30 Employees

    2014/09/03 -The Mississippi Department of Education shaved about 7 percent of its workforce with a round of layoffs affecting approximately 30 people, including the head of the Office of School Improvement. Some employees were notified Friday, others on Tuesday, said MDE spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle. Guilfoyle said the moves are part of the agency’s reorganization process… Read more

  • 14 School Districts Sue State for Underfunding Mississippi Adequate Educational Program

    2014/08/29 - Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state Thursday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state’s public school funding formula over the last six years. The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program. State lawmakers have underfunded the formula by $1.5… Read more

  • ACT-SO Kickoff Jazz Jam

    When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Where: M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge 1072 W. Lynch Street Time: 7-9 p.m. Featuring: Southern Komfort Brass Band For More Information: Contact Lolita Bolden at 601-353-8452

  • The Mental Virtues

    2014/08/28 - We all know what makes for good character in soldiers. We’ve seen the movies about heroes who display courage, loyalty and coolness under fire. But what about somebody who sits in front of a keyboard all day? Is it possible to display and cultivate character if you are just an information age office jockey, alone… Read more

  • ‘Third Grade Gate’ Targeting Poor School Students

    2014/08/21 - This year, Mississippi legislators bravely imposed strict new grading standards on elementary school students, but then failed to give the tots the tools to meet those new standards. In the spring of this coming school year, officials will squash the advancement of students to 4th grade if they fail to pass a new required… Read more

  • 4th Annual Art, Poetry & Justice SLAM

    2014/08/19 – It’s time for the 4th Annual Art, Poetry & Justice SLAM. To register please click the link at the bottom of the article. DATE: Saturday, October 18, 2014 Location: Tougaloo College Bennie G. Thompson Auditorium 500 West County Line Road Jackson, MS Time:      6pm-10pm *Caution may contain artistic expression! Every Oct. is National… Read more

  • Racism Suspected in Jones County Schools

    2014/08/13 - Notable politicians and Supreme Court judges have a habit these days of claiming that racism doesn’t exist, but that’s a hard argument to swallow when examples of discrimination drip out of the newspapers. On May 7, North East Jones High School Senior Deion Dobbins acted like a hothead and pushed over a school trash… Read more

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