OPINION: Letter to the community

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Rukia Lumumba

By Rukia Lumumba

Jackson Advocate Guest Writer

On August 8th, 2023, I will be on the ballot for State Representative for Mississippi House District 72 and I am asking for your support, prayers, and VOTE. 

This year we saw very aggressive legislation that attempted to threaten our democracy and safety.   Now is the time for courageous, committed-service leadership. I am running for state representative to protect our democracy by increasing resident access to information and participation in the legislative process. It is time that we (as community members) move from being governed to having a full opportunity to be a part of the governing process. 

I am a firm believer that local government and its constituents deserve the right and the resources to improve their communities. Whether in my work with the University of Mississippi Medical Center to build Mississippi’s first hospital-based violence intervention program; or my leadership in the #JXNUndivided Coalition to protect our democracy and challenge HB1020/SB2343; or my work to build self-determined communities as the executive director of the People’s Advocacy Institute, founding board member of Black Voters Matter,  legal advisor for the MS Poor People’s Campaign,  co-founder of the MS Rapid Response Coalition, and incubator of the Strong Arms of MS Credible Messenger Mentoring Program and the Operation Good Cure Violence program, I have been leading communities in community-led governance, community-driven public safety efforts, and an intentional grassroots process for cultivating ideas and developing solutions to our common problems.  I am known for my strong work ethic and direct services model to improve the lives of Mississippi residents immediately.  I am a strong supporter and advocate for job and economic development, equal pay, a liveable wage, affordable housing, medicaid expansion, voting rights restoration, an end to predatory loans/lending, and full funding for public education.  As state representative, I will work with you to bring these issues to the forefront of legislation.  I look forward to working with you to achieve these goals. 

Together we can create a better Mississippi! You can join me and #TeamRukiaLumumba by donating to the Committee to Elect Rukia Lumumba. Sign up to volunteer. Vote August 8th for me, Rukia Lumumba, for State Representative, Mississippi House District 72 and encourage others to do the same. Learn more about my platform by visiting www.rukialumumba.com. You can also donate online or by made payable to the Committee to Elect Rukia Lumumba, P. O. Box 31762, Jackson, MS 39286.  I appreciate your support and prayers. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at electrukia@gmail.com or call 769-487-6404.  We thank you in advance for your support and your donation. 

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OPINION: Letter to the community

By Jackson Advocate News Service
July 24, 2023