Mississippi’s rising generation will inherit a state brimming with potential but mired at the bottom of nearly every national ranking in education, health, and poverty. If we hope to detach ourselves from the number 50, we must rethink our approach to the state’s entrenched social, political, and economic challenges. That process starts with an honest discussion of the state we are today — and the state we aspire to be.

Rethink Mississippi hopes to contribute to that discussion by providing well-researched insight, analysis, and commentary about the state’s critical issues. Our contributors come from a range of backgrounds, but most work directly with the issues they write about in schools, nonprofits, or community organizations. As we see it, these are the people who are committed to making a difference over the next generation. RM offers them a space to be heard and, more importantly, hear from each other.

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A version of this article appeared in the Winter Institute's newsletter, The Wellspring.

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation works in communities and classrooms, in Mississippi and beyond, to support a movement of racial equity and wholeness as a pathway to ending and transcending all division and discrimination based on difference.

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This article was produced by the Mississippi Center for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice.

Mississippi Center for Justice is a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Supported and staffed by attorneys and other professionals, the Center develops and pursues strategies to combat discrimination and poverty statewide.

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The Mississippi Economic Policy Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts independent research on public policy issues affecting working Mississippians. Through public outreach efforts, policy maker education and engaging the media, MEPC uses its analysis to ensure that the needs of low and moderate-income Mississippians, in particular, are considered in the development and implementation of public policy with the ultimate goal of improving access to economic opportunity.

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What We Believe

  • Every Mississippian deserves the chance for a quality education, a job that pays a livable wage, decent housing on a safe street, affordable and accessible healthcare, and the right to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Persistent poverty, particularly among children, is morally abhorrent and fiscally inefficient. Stopping the intergenerational transmission of poverty must be an economic and humanitarian imperative.
  • Mississippi must end all discrimination based on difference and commit to dismantling systems of oppression and exploitation. We aspire for an equitable society in which race is no longer a reliable predictor of a Mississippian’s economic, educational, or health outcomes.
  • All children must have access to free, high-quality early childhood and K-12 education that prepares them for gainful employment and active citizenship.
  • Mississippi’s future is jeopardized by its inability retain or attract people who have the option to live elsewhere. Many young people leave to find professional, educational, or social opportunities that Mississippi does not offer. It is critical to examine the causes of outmigration and reverse them.
  • Mississippi’s success is dependent on Jackson’s success. The state needs a vibrant urban center to accelerate economic growth and attract people and capital to the state.
  • A healthy policymaking process demands wider engagement in vigorous, data-driven, and constructive public discourse about these and other critical issues facing Mississippians.

How To Reach Us

If you want to get in touch, please contact Jake McGraw.

Email: jake@winterinstitute.org

Phone: 662-915-1645

Twitter: @RethinkMS

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