In 2021, Mississippi Rising Coalition became a founding member of the Mississippi Alliance for Public Safety (MAPS). MAPS mission is to reclaim public safety from the racist, classist, violent, coercive institution of policing and create a true and effective public safety system grounded in respect, care, equality, transparency and accountability while ensuring the harm done to communities impacted by police violence and misconduct is repaired. While the primary focus of MAPS is on policing and public safety, we acknowledge policing as inextricably linked to the larger criminal punishment system.
In order to achieve our goal, MAPS advocates for:
Divestment of public funds from policing at both the state and municipal levels coupled with investment of public funds into community health, public safety & well being needs.
Abolition of state and municipal policies and practices allowing perpetuation of racist, violent and coercive policing coupled with establishment of programs, policies and practices aligned with true transparency, accountability and principles of restorative justice.
Other member organizations of MAPS include South Mississippi Showing Up for Racial Justice (South MS SURJ); Mississippi Chapter of American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS Mississippi); ReRootD Futures Initiative; Black Lives Matter Mississippi; Immigrant Alliance for Justice and Equity of Mississippi; Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Jobs to Move America MS Chapter; Unite 2 Thrive and the Mississippi Chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL).