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  • Cochran-Childers Race Will Test How State’s Voters Value Seniority

    2014/10/29 – (Starkville, MS) After a long, bruising, and for Mississippi Republicans, significantly divisive U.S. Senate campaign, the end of the road is now in sight. And after the bitter Republican primary and subsequent failed legal challenges to the outcome of that primary, the general election race has taken on a rather anti-climactic character. Six-term… Read more

  • Born Suspect: Stop-and-Frisk Abuses & the Continued Fight to End Racial Profiling in America

    2014/10/28 - NAACP’s groundbreaking report opens a renewed dialogue about racial profiling by law enforcement in America. This conversation includes a call to action for NAACP members to work toward ending this ineffective policing practice across the country. On July 17, 2014 a young unarmed African American named Eric Garner died as the apparent result of… Read more

  • NAACP Will Monitor Tea Party Poll Watchers

    2014/10/27 - NAACP officials said they will send monitors to the polls in Mississippi on Tuesday to make sure black voters aren’t intimidated when they try to cast ballots in the state’s high-profile Senate race. Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, said he’s received reports that Tea Party activists and other groups may send representatives… Read more

  • Democrat Fighting Long Odds in Mississippi Senate Race

    2014/10/27 – Mississippi’s Senate race may appear to be a lock for Republican incumbent Thad Cochran, but Democratic challenger Travis Childers is still in it to win. That’s the view of Donna Brazile, a national Democratic strategist who said Childers, a former House member, isn’t giving up, even if his race against Cochran is “an… Read more

  • WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: NAACP Wants Thad Cochran to ‘Show Some Reciprocity’

    In lieu of the upcoming state election, below is an article from The Huffington Post published earlier this year concerning the NAACP’s message to Senator Thad Cochran.   2014/10/24 - Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and now… Read more

  • Disenfranchisement News – Mississippi: Slim Chance of Reform During Election Year

    2014/10/24 - Despite ACLU lawsuits and other efforts to reform Mississippi’s disenfranchisement laws, Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger reports that the chance of doing so any time soon is “slim to none.” In Mississippi, people with felony convictions who have finished their sentences may only regain the right to vote by executive pardon or by convincing a state legislator to… Read more

  • Free AP Classes Offered Through Massive Open Online Courses

    2014/10/22 - High school students who want to take Advanced Placement Biology, AP Environmental Science, or AP Physics 2 can just log on at home and watch instructors at Rice University in Houston deliver the materials free through new massive open online courses or MOOCs. The courses are offered as part of a high school initiative launched by… Read more

  • Global Unions Support Nissan Canton Vote, but Tough Fight Remains

    2014/10/15 - The United Auto Workers’ continuing push for a union vote at Nissan Canton has long been viewed as perhaps organized labor’s last true stand in the U.S., especially in the South, but the effort is increasingly attracting global attention. Last week, the IndustriALL global union brought delegates of organized-labor groups from the United Kingdom,… 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

  • Unclear if UAW Will Charter Union in Mississippi

    2014/10/14 – (Canton, MS) Some union supporters say they hope the United Auto Workers will charter a formal local union at Nissan Motor Co.’s plant, but it remains unclear whether the union will do so. The workers made the comments Friday during a visit by a group of international trade union leaders whose organizations represent… Read more

  • Cochran-Childers Race Will Test How State’s Voters Value Seniority

    2014/10/29 – (Starkville, MS) After a long, bruising, and for Mississippi Republicans, significantly divisive U.S. Senate campaign, the end of the road is now in sight. And after the bitter Republican primary and subsequent failed legal challenges to the outcome of that primary, the general election race has taken on a rather anti-climactic character. Six-term… Read more

  • Candidates Hone in on Infrastructure, Crime, Budget

    2014/10/29 - ”Crime is too high, and taxes are too high,” Wilson said, floating an idea for a “G.I. Bill” for police officers who sign a four-year contract with the department. The program would pay back debt from in-state colleges in an attempt to reduce turnover. Often, money spent on training is being wasted on officers… Read more

  • Cochran Stumps for Support from Black Voters

    2014/10/23 – Republican Sen. Thad Cochran told black voters Thursday that when he first ran for Congress in 1972, Mississippi was in a period of fear and uncertainty because race relations were changing. He said the gubernatorial election of 1971 was the first time a candidate for a major office in the state, Democrat Bill… Read more

  • NAACP Will Monitor Tea Party Poll Watchers

    2014/10/27 - NAACP officials said they will send monitors to the polls in Mississippi on Tuesday to make sure black voters aren’t intimidated when they try to cast ballots in the state’s high-profile Senate race. Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, said he’s received reports that Tea Party activists and other groups may send representatives… Read more

  • Democrat Fighting Long Odds in Mississippi Senate Race

    2014/10/27 – Mississippi’s Senate race may appear to be a lock for Republican incumbent Thad Cochran, but Democratic challenger Travis Childers is still in it to win. That’s the view of Donna Brazile, a national Democratic strategist who said Childers, a former House member, isn’t giving up, even if his race against Cochran is “an… Read more

  • Democrat Travis Childers Overshadowed by Mississippi Senate GOP Primary

    2014/10/25 – (Mendenhall, MS) Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers acknowledges he faces a tough task running for senator in Mississippi, a conservative state that hasn’t chosen a Democrat for that job since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Childers doesn’t even mention his party label in his TV ads as he tries to unseat… Read more

  • WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: NAACP Wants Thad Cochran to ‘Show Some Reciprocity’

    In lieu of the upcoming state election, below is an article from The Huffington Post published earlier this year concerning the NAACP’s message to Senator Thad Cochran.   2014/10/24 - Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and now… Read more

  • Disenfranchisement News – Mississippi: Slim Chance of Reform During Election Year

    2014/10/24 - Despite ACLU lawsuits and other efforts to reform Mississippi’s disenfranchisement laws, Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger reports that the chance of doing so any time soon is “slim to none.” In Mississippi, people with felony convictions who have finished their sentences may only regain the right to vote by executive pardon or by convincing a state legislator to… Read more

  • State Supreme Court Rejects McDaniel Appeal

    2014/10/24 – The state Supreme Court on Friday upheld the dismissal of Chris McDaniel’s lawsuit over his June GOP primary loss to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. The court ruled four to two, upholding a lower court decision that McDaniel waited too long to file the challenge of his loss. Three justices did not participate. McDaniel… 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

  • Cochran-Childers Race Will Test How State’s Voters Value Seniority

    2014/10/29 – (Starkville, MS) After a long, bruising, and for Mississippi Republicans, significantly divisive U.S. Senate campaign, the end of the road is now in sight. And after the bitter Republican primary and subsequent failed legal challenges to the outcome of that primary, the general election race has taken on a rather anti-climactic character. Six-term… Read more

  • Candidates Hone in on Infrastructure, Crime, Budget

    2014/10/29 - ”Crime is too high, and taxes are too high,” Wilson said, floating an idea for a “G.I. Bill” for police officers who sign a four-year contract with the department. The program would pay back debt from in-state colleges in an attempt to reduce turnover. Often, money spent on training is being wasted on officers… Read more

  • Born Suspect: Stop-and-Frisk Abuses & the Continued Fight to End Racial Profiling in America

    2014/10/28 - NAACP’s groundbreaking report opens a renewed dialogue about racial profiling by law enforcement in America. This conversation includes a call to action for NAACP members to work toward ending this ineffective policing practice across the country. On July 17, 2014 a young unarmed African American named Eric Garner died as the apparent result of… Read more

  • Cochran Stumps for Support from Black Voters

    2014/10/23 – Republican Sen. Thad Cochran told black voters Thursday that when he first ran for Congress in 1972, Mississippi was in a period of fear and uncertainty because race relations were changing. He said the gubernatorial election of 1971 was the first time a candidate for a major office in the state, Democrat Bill… Read more

  • NAACP Will Monitor Tea Party Poll Watchers

    2014/10/27 - NAACP officials said they will send monitors to the polls in Mississippi on Tuesday to make sure black voters aren’t intimidated when they try to cast ballots in the state’s high-profile Senate race. Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP, said he’s received reports that Tea Party activists and other groups may send representatives… Read more

  • Democrat Fighting Long Odds in Mississippi Senate Race

    2014/10/27 – Mississippi’s Senate race may appear to be a lock for Republican incumbent Thad Cochran, but Democratic challenger Travis Childers is still in it to win. That’s the view of Donna Brazile, a national Democratic strategist who said Childers, a former House member, isn’t giving up, even if his race against Cochran is “an… Read more

  • Democrat Travis Childers Overshadowed by Mississippi Senate GOP Primary

    2014/10/25 – (Mendenhall, MS) Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers acknowledges he faces a tough task running for senator in Mississippi, a conservative state that hasn’t chosen a Democrat for that job since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Childers doesn’t even mention his party label in his TV ads as he tries to unseat… Read more

  • WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: NAACP Wants Thad Cochran to ‘Show Some Reciprocity’

    In lieu of the upcoming state election, below is an article from The Huffington Post published earlier this year concerning the NAACP’s message to Senator Thad Cochran.   2014/10/24 - Black voters played a huge role in helping Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) fend off tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff election Tuesday, and now… Read more

  • Disenfranchisement News – Mississippi: Slim Chance of Reform During Election Year

    2014/10/24 - Despite ACLU lawsuits and other efforts to reform Mississippi’s disenfranchisement laws, Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger reports that the chance of doing so any time soon is “slim to none.” In Mississippi, people with felony convictions who have finished their sentences may only regain the right to vote by executive pardon or by convincing a state legislator to… Read more

  • MS MOVE and Phi Beta Sigma Fight to save Brumfield and Matt’s House (Homeless Shelters)

    2014/10/24 - Mississippi M.O.V.E and Mu Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma will meet with public officials and community leaders to bring attention to and ask for support for two homeless shelters in Jackson who are in danger of closing by November 15, 2014. The two shelters are Billy Brumfield House for males and Matt’s House… Read more

  • Free AP Classes Offered Through Massive Open Online Courses

    2014/10/22 - High school students who want to take Advanced Placement Biology, AP Environmental Science, or AP Physics 2 can just log on at home and watch instructors at Rice University in Houston deliver the materials free through new massive open online courses or MOOCs. The courses are offered as part of a high school initiative launched by… Read more

  • Pickering Pans MAEP Formula Again

    2014/10/20 – State Auditor Stacey Pickering has filed his annual report on the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding formula, and as he has for the last few years he warns lawmakers there are problems and flaws with the formula that determines how more than $2 billion in state tax dollars are spent on education. “Each… 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

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    Mississippi M.O.V.E and Mu Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma will meet with public officials and community leaders to ask for support for two homeless shelters in Jackson who are in danger of closing.
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    Where: Matt’s House | 43 Adelle st. Jackson, MS 39202

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