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lea campbell

Lea Campbell, a resident of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is founding President of Mississippi Rising Coalition and a passionate advocate for dismantling exploitative systems perpetuating white supremacy, heteropatriarchy and poverty. Her advocacy and community organizing work in Mississippi has focused on anti-racism and anti-poverty initiatives; dismantling the prison industrial complex; ending food apartheid in Mississippi; removal of the Confederate emblem from the Mississippi state flag and advocating for equal civil rights protections for the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Lea approaches social justice work through an intersectional lens grounded in the political analysis of the Black feminist liberation movement and is inspired by fellow Southern anti-racist activist  and organizer Anne Braden who said, "As long as people of color can be written off as expendable, and therefore acceptable victims of the most extreme inequities, none of the basic injustices of our society will be addressed; they will only get worse.”

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Morris Mock was born in Natchez, MS and attended North Natchez High School then Calloway High School in Jackson. He attended Jackson State University where he majored in Music. Morris is a graduate of the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute and one of the founding members of Nissan Organized Workers (NOW). He is also an illustrious member of AF&M. Morris, whose passion is labor rights and organizing, states, "There's no peace without unity!"

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Laronne lewis

Laronne O. Lewis, Sr. is a native of New Orleans, LA and father of 3 young men. He has called Waveland, MS his home for 32 years now and is a 1993 graduate of Bay St Louis High School. Laronne attended MS Gulf Coast Community College where he studied Industry Maintenance and Business Administration and was a member of MGCCC football team. After college, Laronne committed to a lifestyle change and pursued a career as an all Natural Professional Bodybuilder, and he still competes in Supernatural Bodybuilding and Fitness Organizations. Laronne served 2 year as the Hancock County Political Chair and 2nd Vice President of the Hancock County branch of the MS NAACP, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hancock County Boys and Girls Club. He is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Hancock County, and in his spare time, Laronne loves to mentor young men from all walks of life.


Lisa Foster

Lisa Foster is a resident of Petal, MS. She is a recent graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving her Masters in War & Society (History) and a minor in Race & Ethnicity. Prior to graduate school, she spent ten years in the museum field and a total of fifteen years in non-profits. She was awarded the 2017 Mississippi Historical Society’s prize for best Mississippi History Now website article as co-author of the feature story “Jefferson Davis Soldier Home – Beauvoir.” She has also worked as a research consultant for an episode of the genealogy television show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” Her work and research interests include the Mississippi Homefront during the Civil War, the Confederate veteran, social welfare for Mississippi Confederates and their dependents (wartime aid and post-war pensions), and the Beauvoir Soldiers Home.


charlotte ciobanu

Charlotte Ciobanu is a recent Mississippi transplant from California and is the Community Ag Organizer for MRC's Hub City Mutual Aid Project. Charlotte attended the University of California, Riverside, where she double-majored in philosophy and sociology and then went on to receive her Master’s in philosophy from San Francisco State University. Her interests in social justice include: bridging the wealth gap between white and BIPOC families, food sustainability and distribution, public education, and environmental justice. In her free time, you are likely to find her in her garden with her two pit bulls and bulldog.