MISSISSIPPI RISING COALITION is a non-profit, non-partisan, all-volunteer grassroots organization based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast comprised of citizens and ally and affinity organizations which support our collective vision.
Our goal is to facilitate the state of Mississippi’s rise from the bottom to the top of the list of quality of life metrics by empowering individuals and communities through community organizing, education, coalition-building and advocacy in the areas of human and civil rights and social justice, and by increasing citizen engagement in the democratic processes of our state.
We mobilize people and resources to improve the well-being, quality of life and political power of marginalized Mississippians.
We recognize and are guided by the following principles:
Equal value and dignity is inherent in every Mississippian, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, nation of origin, immigration status or housing status.
Our state’s diversity is one of its greatest assets, and every citizen has the potential to contribute to the progress of our state when given the opportunity to thrive in a healthy and supportive environment.
The rights of every human being to self-determination, self-expression, privacy, freedom from harm and the pursuit of happiness are human rights, and informed participation in the democratic processes of our state plays a vital role in protecting those rights.
Progress in areas of social justice and human and civil rights are foundations for economic progress and improved overall well-being of individual citizens and our state as a whole.
We will empower the citizens of Mississippi to shape the future of our state so that every Mississippian has equal opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential and achieve the highest possible quality of life and well-being.
theory of change
Protect & Resist
We must protect our most vulnerable communities from state and vigilante violence and exploitation in all its forms- including incarceration, gentrification, medical violence, social control, food apartheid, environmental degradation, police and ICE violence and harassment and policy violence resulting in neglect, disinvestment, pollution and impoverishment of Black, Brown, Indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and low income communities. We will organize grassroots resistance when violence and exploitation is encountered.
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 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 increasing the minimum wage and the power of labor unions; universal healthcare; equitable and adequate funding for public education that does not perpetuate racialized and gendered propaganda propping up white supremacy and cisheteropatriarchy; access to safe and affordable housing; food sovereignty and security; a clean and safe environment; equitable distribution of capital and public investment and preservation, promotion and integration of cultural diversity and the arts.
Community organizing, popular education, direct action and coalition building emerge as shared strategies needed to effect the systemic change necessary to create these conditions.