The We Are All Mississippi Coalition is hosting a series of town hall meetings throughout the state of Mississippi to educate the community on the impacts of discriminatory policies, like the recently signed House Bill 1523. Meetings will take place throughout May and early June in the following cities: Biloxi, Hattiesburg, McComb, Natchez, Greenville, Holly Springs, Tupelo, Columbus, Meridian, and Jackson. Titled “Community Conversations,” these town halls will serve as an open space for communities to share concerns, ask questions, and get answers about the meaning of religious liberty, the importance of non-discrimination policies, and the need to change the state flag. The town hall meetings are free and open to the public.
On April 5, 2016, Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 into law, effective July 1, 2016. It sanctions discrimination against LGBT people, single mothers, and vulnerable young people in Mississippi. The egregious legislation has garnered national and international backlash. The adverse impact on the state’s economy and tourism industry affects all Mississippians.
“We Are All Mississippi” is a collaborative effort of about 20 non-profit organizations working to increase equality for all communities, which includes the passage of the Mississippi Civil Rights Act. For more information and for specific dates and venues, please visit We Are All Mississippi on Facebook or call 769-447-6680.
Confirmed Town Hall Meetings Include:
Steps Coalition | 610 Water Street
CE Roy Center | 300 E. 5th Street
May 16, 2016 – Natchez - CANCELLED DUE TO BASEBALL TOURNEY
Council Chamber | 115 S. Pearl Street
May 19, 2016 - McComb - CANCELLED DUE TO GRADUATION
Sankofa Academy | 2070 Old Industrial Road
Rust College Beckley Center | 155 Rust Ave.
All Saints' Episcopal Church | 608 W. Jefferson Street
June 2, 2016 - Columbus - CANCELLED
Columbus-Lowndes Public Library | 314 7th Street N
East MS Power Assn | 2128 Hwy 39
June 9, 2016 - Jackson
Smith Robertson Museum
June 23, 2016 - Greenville
Washington Co. Library | 341 Main Street