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Mississippi’s Low Income Workers

There is a movement taking hold that would try to protect low income workers….and Mississippi has it fair share of those, as well as day workers and such.

Original source: civilrights.org

Organizations that advocate for working-class Americans, such as the Institute for Policy Studies and Jobs with Justice, recently formed a coalition called the Inter-Alliance Dialogue to address the needs of low-income workers, minorities, domestic workers, day laborers, and other groups most affected by the recession.

In recent months, employers have been eliminating jobs at a rate of about half a million per month, causing many people to lose their homes and healthcare, especially low-income workers and minorities.

The groups that make up the Inter-Alliance Dialogue are urging Congress to address the needs of low-wage workers, by:

* passing the Employee Free Choice Act to expand workers’ right to organize and improve working conditions;
* enhancing worker protection laws to prevent wage theft and workplace abuses;
* preventing the lending and credit industries from taking advantage of minorities and low-income people;
* implementing fair immigration reform that protects workers and their families; and
* providing equal opportunities for jobs for all workers in the emerging green economy.

Mississippi’s Sex, Drugs And Rock N’ Roll

23 January 2009 Leave a comment

Well we can start with the Rock N Roll part…..Hwy 61 has been designated as the “Blues Highway”.  So much for Rock.

Sex!  HB 789 would require notification of TANF if pregnancy is discovered.  It reads:

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 43-17-5, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO PROVIDE TEENAGE TANF RECIPIENTS WITH INFORMATION AND REFERRAL TO PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL, PRENATAL HEALTH CARE, ABSTINENCE EDUCATION, MARRIAGE EDUCATION, PARENTING SKILLS, FAMILY PRESERVATION AND FATHERHOOD, AND REQUIRE THOSE TANF RECIPIENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PROGRAMS; TO PROVIDE THAT AFTER THE IDENTITY OF THE FATHER OF A CHILD OF ANY OF THOSE TANF RECIPIENTS HAS BEEN LEGALLY DETERMINED, THE FATHER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PROGRAMS; TO REQUIRE THE DIVISION OF MEDICAID TO PROVIDE TEENAGE MEDICAID RECIPIENTS WITH INFORMATION AND REFERRAL TO PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL, PRENATAL HEALTH CARE, ABSTINENCE EDUCATION, MARRIAGE EDUCATION, PARENTING SKILLS, FAMILY PRESERVATION AND FATHERHOOD, AND REQUIRE THOSE MEDICAID RECIPIENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PROGRAMS; TO PROVIDE THAT AFTER THE IDENTITY OF THE FATHER OF A CHILD OF ANY OF THOSE MEDICAID RECIPIENTS HAS BEEN LEGALLY DETERMINED, THE FATHER SHALL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE PROGRAMS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES

Drugs!  And then there is HB 790:

AN ACT TO REQUIRE DRUG TESTING OF ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS IN GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE; TO DECLARE LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS RELATING TO STUDENT DRUG USAGE AND THE PURPOSES OF THIS ACT; TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS USED UNDER THE ACT; TO REQUIRE EACH SIXTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE STUDENT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE OF HAVING SUBMITTED TO A DRUG TEST RESULTING IN NEGATIVE FINDINGS NO MORE THAN 30 DAYS BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR OR THE DATE ON WHICH A STUDENT SEEKS ENROLLMENT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR; TO REQUIRE EACH LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD TO ADOPT A POLICY REQUIRING RANDOM DRUG TESTING FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE AND TO PRESCRIBE CERTAIN COMPONENTS THAT MUST BE IN THE POLICY, INCLUDING A PROVISION REQUIRING A STUDENT’S PARENT TO PAY THE COST OF THE DRUG TEST; TO PROVIDE FOR THE ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN WHEN A STUDENT’S DRUG TEST IS POSITIVE; TO PROVIDE THAT STUDENT DRUG TESTS WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND TO PRESCRIBE THE MANNER IN WHICH THE TESTING MUST BE PERFORMED; TO PROVIDE FOR THE DISCLOSURE OF POSITIVE TEST RESULTS AND TO REQUIRE INFORMATION RELATING TO A STUDENT’S DRUG TEST TO BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL AND SEPARATE FROM THE STUDENT’S CUMULATIVE FOLDER; TO AUTHORIZE A STUDENT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE OF THE PROPER USE OF A PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION AS AN AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE TO A POSITIVE DRUG TEST; TO AUTHORIZE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO OFFER IN-SCHOOL COUNSELING OR REFERRAL INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS TESTING POSITIVE FOR DRUGS; TO REQUIRE THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STATE BOARD OF HEALTH, TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; TO REQUIRE THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO PREPARE A MODEL RANDOM DRUG TESTING POLICY FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS; TO AMEND SECTION 37-15-9, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROHIBIT THE ENROLLMENT IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF ANY CHILD IN GRADES SIX THROUGH TWELVE UNTIL THE CHILD PRESENTS PROOF OF HAVING A NEGATIVE DRUG TEST WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ENROLLMENT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

Yes you read that right!  It will be madatory testing by the state and the parent will pay.  Personally, I will feed my child poppy seeds until they are coming out of her ears….they make the rules….I will play their game….dumb asses.

South Mississippi Celebrates MLK Day

20 January 2009 Leave a comment

Barack Obama’s call to community service and a 1994 congressional act that turned the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday into a national day of service translated into seven Mississippi Coast work projects.

Instead of claiming a holiday of rest, more than 150 stepped up to the volunteer plate Monday in Biloxi and Gulfport, many through AmeriCorps programs or Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s MLK observances at the Jefferson Davis and Jackson County campuses.

Fences were built, lots were cleared, seniors’ houses were painted, a soup kitchen received much-needed help and 30 youngsters learned to think about how they might improve their communities now and in the future.

Mississippi Mayor Is Indicted on Civil Rights Charges – NYTimes.com

11 July 2008 Leave a comment

Civil Rights in Mississippi

30 January 2008 Leave a comment

In a state where civil rights abuses were rampant for over a hundred years, you would think that they would lead in their civil rights protection. Think again! In the 2008 session of the legislature the sate lawmakers are working on a bill to create a Civil rights division with the Attorney general’s office.

Does that mean that abuses in the past were not given the attention they deserved? Of course, it will be spun differently, but IMO, that is exactly what was happening. Mississippi is still suffering from massive civil rights violations. recently a black man was killed by deputies of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. And finally, the family was awarded a settlement for wrongful death. But here is the kicker–land owners will be paying for this violation with higher property taxes.

The people of Mississippi need to be more informed. For centuries, the people of the state have been lead around by their noses by rich influential people. The sad part is they seem to like it. An informed electorate is essential for a democratic government–Mississippi is missing that goal completely.

FYI–if you want to check out the creation of the AG’s civil rights div–it is HB216–in the state legislature.

Categories: Civil Rights

Mississippi Code of 1972

29 January 2008 Leave a comment

Did you know that in the state of Mississippi it is a misdemeanor to have more than 1 illegitimate child. Think I lie? check it out.

§ 97-29-11. Illegitimate children; person becoming natural parent of second illegitimate child; jurisdiction.

(1) If any person, who shall have previously become the natural parent of an illegitimate child within or without this state by coition within or without this state, shall again become the natural parent of an illegitimate child born within this state, he or she shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90) days or by a fine of not more than Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00), or both. A subsequent conviction hereunder shall be punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than three (3) months nor more than six (6) months or by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or both. Provided, however, that for the purpose of this section, multiple births shall be construed to be the birth of one (1) child.

(2) The circuit court of the county in which said illegitimate child is born shall have jurisdiction of any action brought under this section. No male person shall be convicted solely on the uncorroborated testimony of the female person giving birth to the child.

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