Hurricane Katrina’s powerful surge swept casino barges onto highways, upended bridges, and inundated areas untouched by any prior storm, making the point with sheer brute force that status quo precautions no longer were adequate. As Mississippians emerged from shelter to face a new reality, the...

September 3, 2020   JACKSON,  Miss. — In an early evening ruling yesterday, the Hinds County Chancery Court held that voters with pre-existing medical conditions that make them more likely to suffer severe consequences from COVID-19 may vote absentee in the November 3 election.  The ruling came...

As the devastation of Hurricane Katrina became clear to the public, a popular saying took hold: the storm was “an equal-opportunity destroyer.” What this phrase neglects is the fact that this storm struck a profoundly inequitable society shaped for generations by Jim Crow law. For...

Fifty years ago, almost to the day, I began working at the Wilkes Elementary School in Money, Mississippi – literally a hundred feet (across the Money Road) from the Bryant Grocery Store. I, of course, knew all about the Bryant Store. And I knew about...

Episode 1 – August 4, 2020 MCJ President and CEO Vangela M. Wade and state lawmakers Sen. Briggs Hopson, Rep. Robert Johnson, and Se. Derrick Simmons discuss COVID-19, the flag, and other challenges Mississippians face today. From August 4, 2020. ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 11, 2020   CONTACT: Patrick Taylor, Mississippi Center for Justice, 601-473-4309, ptaylor@mscenterforjustice.org Inga Sarda-Sorensen, ACLU, 347-514-3984, isarda-sorensen@aclu.org   JACKSON,  Miss. — The Mississippi Center for Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of Mississippi filed a lawsuit today seeking to ensure that absentee voting is more accessible to Mississippians during...

One year after the record-breaking ICE Raids at Mississippi poultry plants, the Mississippi Center for Justice explores the deepening crisis and worsening injustices in the affected communities. Click here to read our comprehensive report 1 year after the raids....

Mississippi’s history is steeped in state-supported violence and institutional racism that permeate every economic, educational, health, social, political, religious, and economic issue, decision, and debate within its borders. For many of its citizens, including the near 20% living in poverty, the “hospitality state” nickname is...

According to the National Consumer Law Center, state courts across the nation have begun to hold remote virtual hearings. Hinds County Justice Court, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,  now utilizes remote conferencing in civil matters due to limited space for social distancing in the...