Mississippi is one of few states that has yet to secure civil rights protections for everyone. There is no law that explicitly protects individuals from discrimination in housing, employment, education, or the use of public accommodations. Under state law, it is perfectly legal to discriminate against an individual on the basis of their race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, or place of birth. As Mississippi enters its 200th year, we believe it’s time for a new beginning.
The We Are All Mississippi (WAAM) Coalition unites various organizations who are all working in different ways toward the same goal: protecting Mississippians from discrimination. We stand together behind our ultimate goal of securing civil rights protections for all via the state-wide Mississippi Civil Rights Act and local non-discrimination ordinances.
The coalition is a unique combination of people who have come together to combat prejudice and discrimination. The coalition members represent a wide variety of organizations including those that advocate for women, communities of color, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, Mississippians with disabilities, and many more. What our coalition members have in common is a profound commitment to equality for all people in Mississippi.
We are always looking for new organizations and new individual members to make our coalition stronger and our voices louder. Become a part of the WAAM coalition today as we fight for a more equal and just Mississippi!