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lea campbell

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Lea Campbell is founding President of Mississippi Rising Coalition and a passionate advocate for dismantling exploitative systems perpetuating white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy and poverty. As a healthcare worker for 19 years before becoming an organizer, Lea experienced how the capitalist healthcare system prioritizes profit over people and perpetuates race, gender and socioeconomic inequality. Her advocacy and organizing work in Mississippi has focused on racial, gender and environmental justice issues including police and prison abolition; removal of the Confederate emblem from the Mississippi state flag and advocating for equal civil rights protections for the LGBTQIA+ community. She wears many hats for the MRC Team but identifies as an organizer first. Lea approaches social justice work through an intersectional lens rooted in the political analysis of the Black feminist liberation movement and is inspired by the words of Audre Lorde who wrote, “I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

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morris mock

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Morris Mock, Jr. 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) at the Nissan factory in Canton, MS, where he has been a worker-organizer for over 15 years. He is also an illustrious member of AF&M. Morris, whose passion is labor rights and organizing, states, "There's no peace without unity!" Morris serves as Board Vice-President and strategic visioning and planning advisor for advancing workers rights and climate, racial and economic justice.

Lisa Foster

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Lisa Foster is a native of Petal, MS. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Masters degree 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?”. Lisa serves as Board Treasurer and Community Organizer in the Pine Belt region for MRC.

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Keeley morgan

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Keeley, a native of Walnut Grove, MS, currently resides in the Petal, MS area. Keeley is a graduate of Jackson State University with a BS in Professional Interdisciplinary Studies. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree from Belhaven University in Biblical and Theological Studies. Keeley has always been involved in her community, from serving as a Girl Scouts Trooper Leader, to volunteering at the Blair E. Baston’s children’s hospital. Most recently, Keeley founded Petal Healing Garden, a community garden focused on combating food insecurity and teaching children about food sustainability.

 

It is her vision that through the partnership of other organizations and entities that we will be able to eradicate food insecurity in MS and reverse the diseases that are currently plaguing the residents of the state of Mississippi through continued research of public health in marginalized communities. Keeley serves as an urban ag organizing consultant with MRC and is a partner in Hub City Food Freedom Collective.

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noelle nolan-rider

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Noelle is a native of Natchez, Mississippi and founded Vote Your Pride with her wife, Rachel in 2020. In addition to organizing Vote Your Pride, Noelle is a volunteer organizer in MRC's MS Gulf Coast Mutual Aid Collective and MS Alliance for Public Safety. She is a fierce activist and organizer for QTGNC rights in Mississippi and is passionate about empowering the LGBTIA+ community with education around voting, voting rights and the electoral process as a tool for advancing queer, women and femme and trans liberation. 

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