Citizens continue to fight for rights in Jackson

Representatives from Black Voters Matter and Jackson citizens met at the Mississippi State Capitol on March 14 to continue to advocate for Jackson amidst the passage of HB1020 and other legislation that seeks to take authority from the state’s capital city. Carol Blackmon, the senior state organizing manager for Black Voters Matter Fund, says that Jackson has been under “constant legislative attack during the 2023 legislative session.”  Jackson’s Black citizens make up 82% of its population. Blackmon says that white state officials and legislators are being “ruthlessly racist” in their “desire to stage a hostile takeover of the majority Black city of Jackson.”  Representatives John Lamar (R-District 8 – Lafayette and Tate counties), Fred Shanks (R-District 60 – Rankin County), and Price Wallace (R-District 77 – Rankin and Simpson counties), who do not live in or represent Jackson or Hinds County, introduced HB1020 apparently to find a way to reduce

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Rep. Scott denounces Republican ‘thugs, hoodlums, reprobates’ for corrupt welfare system

Every effort the Democrats in the Mississippi House and Senate have made to put an end to one of the most corrupt welfare systems in the United States during the current legislative session has encountered Republican majority roadblocks and secret tactics to defeat them. Representative Omeria Scott of Laurel took to the podium in the House on March 1 and denounced the tricks used by House Speaker Philip Gunn and his Republican underlings to push a vote on Senate Bill 2369 to extend the life of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (DHS), the scandal-ridden agency that gave tens of millions of dollars of federal welfare money each year to crooked schemes set up by friends and associates of Gov. Tate Reeves and former Gov. Phil Bryant. The corrupt system established by former Gov. Kirk Fordice and his equally corrupt State Auditor Phil Bryant, who later became governor and lieutenant,

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A Salute to Dr. Ivory Phillips!

Dr. Ivory Phillips has been a contributing writer to the Jackson Advocate for 42 years. He has been instrumental in highlighting issues in the Jackson community that deal with education and politics.

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