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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

History and Ferguson, Missouri

2014/08/19 - As I watched with a sickening sense of deja vu the images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri this week, I couldn’t help but come to this conclusion: we have allowed a pernicious historical revisionism to undermine the legacy of the civil rights movement. A half century ago, after covering datelines like Birmingham, Alabama and… Read more

‘Is This America?’: 50 Years Ago Sharecroppers Challenged Mississippi Apartheid, LBJ, and the Nation

2014/08/19 - Fifty years ago this month, Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer gripped the nation with her televised testimony of being forced from her home and brutally beaten (suffering permanent kidney damage) for attempting to exercise her constitutional right to vote. “Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where… 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

Why Did Michael Brown Die in Ferguson?

2014/08/17 - Michael Brown didn’t die in the dark. He was eighteen years old, walking down a street in Ferguson, Missouri, from his apartment to his grandmother’s, at 2:15 on a bright Saturday afternoon. He was, for a young man, exactly where he should be—among other things, days away from his first college classes. A policeman… Read more

Race Contributing to Low Insurance Rate

2014/08/13 - Good news: The U.S uninsured rate decreased to slightly more than 13-percent, after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Bad news: that doesn’t really apply to blacks. That’s the wisdom from a series of polls conducted recently on the nation’s newly insured.  Multiple news outlets recently reported that the uninsured rate in the… Read more

Bryant Appoints Spreitler, Franklin to Board of Education

2014/08/12 - Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Danny Spreitler and Johnny Franklin to the state Board of Education to serve unexpired terms of members leaving. Bryant said Spreitler and Franklin bring many years of education experience and “I know they are focused on improving the lives of all Mississippi children through education.” Spreitler will be filling… Read more