The WAAM Campaign is working to shift the culture in Mississippi and hold our state accountable to values we hold: respect, equality, and acting with decency towards all Mississippians.
At the state level, the WAAM campaign is working to secure full legal protections for everyone. You can see text of the legislation we sponsored under the legislation tab. Because state-wide protections are not yet available, local ordinances can help protect against discrimination by securing explicit protections – civil rights protections that bar discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, immigration status, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
In May of 2016, the “We are ALL Mississippi” coalition decided to take the message of equality for all to the people of Mississippi. As a result, the coalition hosted eight “Community Conversation” Town Hall meetings from the Gulf Coast to North Mississippi. Discussion included the impacts of House Bill 1523, civil liberties, and ways to implement non-discrimination policies locally and at the state level. These community conversations were lively and engaging as people shared concerns about persistent racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia in Mississippi.
Also in 2016, Jackson City Council voted to pass the first non-discrimination ordinance in the state of Mississippi to include protections for all people, including protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In March of 2017, Magnolia, Mississippi became the second city to pass a local non-discrimination ordinance that guaranteed protections for all people. Slowly but surely, individual towns and municipalities are moving to make Mississippi a better state for all.