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MISSISSIPPI RISING COALITION knows that the quality of life and well-being of all people in Mississippi and the progress of our state are directly related to social, political and environmental factors, and these factors can be directly and positively impacted through strategic bottom-up organizing in directly impacted communities. We ground our organizing in the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, knowing that impacted community members hold the solutions to systemic injustices. 


As a guide to direct MRC’s organizational projects, initiatives and alliances, we have chosen to use the indicators of social progress as outlined and measured by the Social Progress Imperative in its Social Progress Index:  Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Well-being and Opportunity.

Basic Human Needs

  • Access to medical care

  • Personal and community safety

  • Safe, health & sustainable housing

  • Access to clean water and sanitation, clean air & healthy food

Foundations of Well-being

  • Access to communications and information

  • Personal and community health & wellness

  • Ecosystem resilience & sustainability


  • Equal civil rights & protections

  • Personal freedom and choice

  • Equity & inclusion

  • Access to education & living wage jobs

Protect & Resist

We must protect our most vulnerable communities from state and vigilante violence and exploitation in all its forms- including incarceration, gentrification, gender-based violence, food apartheid, environmental degradation, police and ICE violence, disinvestment, pollution and impoverishment of Black, Brown and Indigenous communities; women; queer, trans and gender non-conforming people and low-income communities. We will organize grassroots resistance when violence and exploitation is encountered. 


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Dismantle & Build

We must dismantle violent systems of exploitation and oppression- including white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy and exploitation of workers and the Earth- and build new political, social and economic institutions and systems grounded in racial and gender equity, environmental sustainability, people-centered power and care for the public good. We will do this through community building and organizing around climate and environmental justice, racial justice, economic justice and human rights. 

Bottom-up community organizing, popular education, mutual aid, direct action and coalition building emerge as shared strategies needed to effect the systemic change necessary to create these conditions.

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