'For All' podcast

For All is an ACLU of Mississippi podcast focused on the people and projects that promote civil liberties and rights in our state. Each episode features stories from the ground and across a broad range of topical social justice initiatives, but with the same thread – freedom and justice for all. Hosted by ACLU of Mississippi’s Candace Coleman, this podcast offers lessons for every Mississippian on how to build power for all people.






Ep. 11: Firing the Chief of Police is not enough!

In the small town of Lexington, Mississippi, one of the poorest counties in the state, the police department's crucial promise to protect and serve is broken.

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ACLU of MS Legal Director Josh Tom and Founder of Julian, Jill Jefferson join the podcast to explain how Lexington Police have wrongfully harmed the community, and what’s needed on the path to justice.

Ep. 10: The Problem with Gendered Dress Codes

On this episode, one parent’s fight to change gendered dress code language in Jones County, MS leads to a statewide effort to correct school handbooks. 


LGBTQ Justice Project Attorney McKenna Raney-Gray explains what makes a discriminatory dress code, and how it disproportionately impacts students who are girls, Black and LGBTQ.

Ep. 9: The future of abortion in Mississippi and beyond

Hours after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ACLU-MS staffers breakdown Mississippi's trigger ban and what's to come for Mississippians seeking abortion.


Featuring ACLU-MS Communications and Advocacy Director Candace Coleman and Policy Counsel Vara Lyons.

Ep. 8: The Truths and Myths of Critical Race Theory

What is Critical Race Theory? Who is learning it? And what have politicians been getting wrong about it? Hear from Chauncey Spears, Education Policy Analyst for the Mississippi Center for Justice.


Ep. 7: Abortion IS Healthcare

Ahead of the Supreme Court hearing separate arguments on extreme abortion ban laws in Mississippi and Texas, two women talk about their decisions to have abortions.


Mississippian Amanda Furdge explains her late education on abortion and the mission to destigmatize the word abortion. ACLU of Texas’ Blair Wallace shares the origin of the state’s Senate Bill 8.

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Ep. 6: Behind the Scenes of Redistricting with Former Rep. Tyrone Ellis

After spending nearly four decades as a Mississippi State Representative, Tyrone Ellis shares what it’s like being one of very few Black legislators to be on the redistricting committee. To fight for fair maps: https://bit.ly/3zXQt1l


Ep. 5 Amir Badat on the Power of Redistricting and Black Votes

Amir Badat is the new Special Voting Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He explains why Black voting power is at risk, more than ever. 


Badat also highlights regions of the state Black voters should be paying extra attention to when the new district maps are proposed. To fight for fair maps: https://bit.ly/3zXQt1l

Ep. 4: Congressman Bennie Thompson on Immigration Reform

In our last immigrants’ rights episode, the advocates discuss excerpts from an ACLU of Mississippi forum with U.S. Representative for Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District Bennie Thompson.


Thompson, who also chairs the Committee on Homeland Security, shares the future of federal immigration policy and ICE detention in Mississippi. 

Ep. 3: Immigrant Advocate Efren on Encounters with Police

Efren is a  Mississippian and lifelong immigrants’ rights organizer. His story includes experiences as a Southern activist and as a Latino man subject to anti-Hispanic discrimination. 


Ep. 2: Vanessa on Factory ICE Raids

Vanessa has lived in Mississippi for almost two decades since fleeing gender-based discrimination in Mexico. She shares stories from her time working in majority immigrant factories, including during the 2008 ICE raids at Howard Industries.


Ep. 1: DACA Recipient Jeimy on Discrimination in Healthcare

Jeimy is a Mississippian born in Mexico and raised in Jackson. In this first episode, she shares her experiences as a DACA recipient, and how witnessing language barriers and bias in healthcare lead her to becoming a traveling nurse.