Your voice matters.
Make it loud.
Once our leaders are in office, they take an oath to uphold our state Constitution, which includes protecting, not preventing, Mississippians’ rights to protest, assemble, and establish our government in a way that best serves us.
That means it’s up to us to demand the change we want to see in our communities. It’s not enough to hear about their ideas—we need action!
Your Civic Toolbox
Change starts with you.
Voting is just one of the tools in our civic toolbox to hold our elected officials accountable. There are many other tactics, strategies, and tools you can use to organize and advocate for your community.
Here are a few resources you can use to make your voice heard beyond the ballot box.
Your Guide to Combatting Classroom Censorship
Since 2021, dozens of states have moved to introduce and pass classroom censorship bills that restrict students and teachers from discussing race, gender, and sexual orientation in public schools.
At the same time, politicians and school boards are making moves to ban books — predominately those by Black and LGBTQ authors — from public schools and libraries.
Here, learn how you can combat classroom censorship in your school district.
Know Your Rights
Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws. Learn more here about what your rights are, how to exercise them, and what to do when your rights are violated.
Topics covered include police encounters, protestor's rights, and voting rights.
Let People Vote Toolkit
The vestiges of discriminatory voting laws still remain in Mississippi and other Southern states. Measures such as allowing voters to register online and ensuring the right to vote by early ballot for all voters help legitimize elections by increasing voter turnout.
This toolkit provides an overview of the issues, fact sheets, sample social media posts, and talking points for you to use in your activism
LGBTQ Justice Project Resources
The LGBTQ Justice Project is a free legal clinic offering service to LGBTQ identifying people in issues related to family law, civil rights, consumer law, housing, and employment discrimination.
The project also acts as a resource for attorneys on LGBTQ issues, an advocate for the rights of LGBTQ individuals, and as a vessel for bringing forth impact litigation.
Here, you can find instructions for name and gender marker changes, professional resources for attorneys and journalists, information about upcoming free clinics, and more.
Vote Your Values Conversation Guide
A simple conversation with your friends and family can spark political action. In fact, having a conversation with your network has been show to increase voter turnout. With our rights on the ballot, this guide is here to help you navigate tough conversations.
Voting Rights Restoration Project
Over 230,000 Mississippians – 1 in 10 – have lost their right to vote because of a past felony conviction.
Do you or a loved one have a past felony conviction and want to have your voting rights restored? Learn more about the process here.