MISSISSIPPI RISING COALITION
holds the view that the quality of life and well-being of Mississippi citizens and the progress of our state are directly related to social, political and environmental factors, and these factors can be directly and positively impacted by our efforts.
As a guide to direct MRC’s organizational focus and actions, 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
Nutrition and basic medical care
Water and sanitation
Foundations of Well-being
Access to basic knowledge
Access to communications and information
Health and wellness
Personal freedom and choice
Tolerance and inclusion
Access to education
Dialogue on Race in Mississippi (DORM)
Learn how to be a part of making your community stronger and more inclusive! MRC is offering Dialogue on Race in Mississippi (DORM), an educational process modeled after Dialogue on Race Original Series, the core program of an organization called Dialogue on Race Louisiana.
Its focus is on education, action and transformation. The program is a six-session weekly series backed by factual materials that is facilitated by a biracial pair of trained race dialogue facilitators and structured to set a safe environment for open, honest and brave conversation about racism.
The series is specifically designed to create increased awareness and understanding that leads to informed action and meaningful change around race and institutional racism in our communities. It’s a journey that needs to include all of Mississippi. For more information, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition
In January 2020, the Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition , led by the Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign, formed in the wake of deadly riots and violence inside the overcrowded, underfunded and inhumane Mississippi prison system. MPRC is a group of formerly incarcerated people, families with loved-ones in prison, advocacy organizations and concerned residents demanding that the state of Mississippi immediately REDUCE the prison population; REMOVE harmful conditions, policies and practices; REMEDY the harm and close Parchman prison for good.
MPRC coalition membership includes but is not limited to: Mississippi Poor People’s Campaign; People’s Advocacy Institute; Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy; Black With No Chaser; One Voice, MS; IWOC MS; MS Southern Poverty Law Center; Mississippi Rising Coalition with national partners including Color of Change, Until Freedom and others.
MS Gulf Coast Mutual Aid Network
When the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak began, we knew a rapid response disaster relief initiative would be critical to helping impacted individuals survive and meet basic needs now, and in the wake of future crises, while not falling prey to disaster capitalism. MS Gulf Coast Mutual Aid Network is a grassroots disaster relief network based on the principles of solidarity, mutual aid, and autonomous direct action. Mutual aid is voluntary, reciprocal, participatory assistance among equals and being with, not for, disaster survivors. By working with, listening to, and supporting impacted individuals and communities, especially our most vulnerable members, we support what they need to lead their own recovery and build long-term, sustainable and resilient communities.
Disaster survivors themselves are the first responders to crisis; the role of outside aid is to support survivors to support each other. The privileges associated with aid organizations and aid workers–which may include access to material resources, freedom of movement, skills, knowledge, experience, and influence—are leveraged in support of disaster survivor’s self-determination and survival in crisis, and their long-term resilience afterwards, ultimately redistributing these forms of power to the most marginalized.
As Mississippi has become an epicenter for rising COVID-19 cases, food insecurity has skyrocketed. Prior to the pandemic, Mississippi already had the highest rate of food insecurity in the nation (at the county level), with food insecurity rates in 34 of Mississippi's 82 counties at or higher than 22%, posing a life-threatening challenge for hundreds of thousands of Mississippians. Now, the urgency of the hunger crisis has been exacerbated by COVID-19.
To address the needs of our food-insecure community members, MS Gulf Coast Mutual Aid Network began a Food Security Initiative, partnering with the Indian Springs Farmers Cooperative Association to deliver fresh produce weekly to households from the Gulf Coast to the Pine Belt. MGCMAN plans to expand the initiative to include growing and harvesting its own produce for distribution. This fresh food will not only decrease food insecurity, it will serve as vital sources of nutritious food that can help build the body's immunity to combat the virus. To inquire about volunteering to help with our Food Security Initiative, contact MRC Board Members James Skinner or Matt Lawrence.
If you would like to support our mutual aid network directly, you can make a donation here. All funds go toward direct financial and material aid and are tax-deductible.